"As it turns out, we've been stuck on this topic for-ev-er. Going all the way back to 2006, the first post I found on this topic was a Good Question post answered by the man himself, Maxwell, who tackled this quandary: Good Questions: Is Shoes Off at a Party Proper? which yielded a whopping 181 comments.
Then we got bossy on the matter: In 2007 there was the directive Take Off Your Shoes (accompanied by the most adorably out-of-focus picture of two pairs of suede Puma's. Shout out to those early AT photos!). And one of our most popular posts ever was 37 Reasons To Take Off Your Shoes."
It's very nice to know that Apartment Therapy's most popular post was inspired by this blog.