Sunday, September 04, 2016

Vogue: Visiting a No-Shoe House? Here’s What to Do

Vogue: Visiting a No-Shoe House? Here’s What to Do

"Most houseguests wouldn’t bat an eyelash should their host request that they kindly remove their shoes upon entering. That is, a houseguest in, say, Stockholm or Tokyo. But stateside dinner-party etiquette typically does not entail leaving one’s kitten heels at the door. So you can imagine my surprise when, upon entering a friend of a friend’s apartment, I was asked to leave my sandals on the welcome mat. As someone who grew up in a naked house, where shoes were definitely never expected anywhere past the foyer—my father is Hawaiian and so going barefoot is a cultural norm—my surprise didn’t stem from a place of complete bewildered horror, as much as it was an unexpected encounter among the New York set."

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