I feel like a doofus for asking this, but if you spend most of your time at home, and you’re on your feet a lot, do you wear shoes?

We’re a mostly no-shoes household, and I’ve always spent most in-home time barefoot – with socks if it’s wicked cold, but I prefer naked feet when possible.

I’ve never been a candidate for a top foot model, and I pretty much loathe pedicures, but I never had feet that could safely wander The Shire (minus the Hobbit hair, thank God) till I started spending a full work week standing in bare feet at home. Short of (gag) getting bi-weekly pedicures (I’m painfully ticklish and therefore sweat through pedicures aka torture sessions), I’m just not sure how to solve my current ugly-feet solution without wearing shoes inside, and that just feels weird.

Is it, though? Or is this supposed to be part of my SAHM uniform?


17 Responses to Weird question

  1. Kari says:

    I’m not a mom, so I have no clue about the uniform. However, I do love to be barefoot. I usually wear flip flops while cooking or standing for a while inside the house. It’s as close to barefoot as possible while avoiding the achy ugly feet.

    I’m curious to see other replies.

  2. Laura says:

    We are a no-shoe house. All of us are in bare feet if we are at home–which is a LOT. I do have to have pedicures to make them look nice and take the crust off. I get them probably 5 or 6 times per year at the most. I would love to have more but the money aspect of it is not worth it. I do have a home care pedi and soak myself in between pedis. It does involve a pumice stone and some foot cream from BBW. Going to try the method floating around Pinterest next time!

  3. Andrea @paralegalmom says:

    I am generally shoe-less at home, but when I’m standing in the kitchen for a long time, I do wear shoes. Saves my back! MIL often wears something in the house due to plantar fascitis.

    I find doing my own pedicures works better than having them done. I can control the ticklish reaction when I’m in control of the touching. If that makes sense.

  4. Ashley says:

    I used to always be barefoot but recently I’ve been getting a lot of pain in my heel so I alternate between wearing shoes and not wearing them. I try to find really cushy socks and I put lotion on my feet a lot. I still have pretty dry heels so I get ocassional pedicures.

  5. jenna says:

    We’re generally a socks or barefoot house. However, at my parents house – they almost always have shoes on. Meaning my mom is in some sort of heeled boot clomping all over the place.

  6. Ashley says:

    I am firmly no-shoes in the house. Germs and dirt and GROSS. I’d rather bare feet than dirty shoes you wore outside! 😉

    But I do wear slippers in the winter!

  7. Kim says:

    I have heard that going barefoot outdoors, like just out to get the mail, is very hard on your feet. The walking on the concrete is what very quickly can rough up the bottom of your feet after they get all smooth with a pedicure. I personally love walking outside barefoot and have horrible feet!

  8. i’m supposed to care about my feet?? yeah, i’m no help. my feet rarely see a pedicure and they are tough. i don’t care. my husband’s are worse than mine. if he doesnt like my rough feet, he can take care of his first. 😉

  9. Anita says:

    We too are a non-shoe house. However, DH needs shoes after developing a neuroma in one of his feet. What we did was purchase a pair of shoes (crocs) that he wears exclusively inside.

    I wear socks when necessary. We just simply do not wear outside shoes inside past the garage. The idea of tracking outside dirt (and DH and I both work in a lab) is grody.

  10. Carla Burgdorf says:

    I am always barefoot & I not barefoot I am in flip flops. I don’t get a lot of pedicures because of money, but I do have a scrubbing stone at home to get the dry skin off my feet. After I use it I use a foot scrub (mine is equal parts white sugar and brown sugar & add olive oil until it makes a paste, add a few drops of essential oil). And if you can stand it lather your feet in a good lotion at night & wear cotton socks to bed. My feet aren’t the prettiest, but they stay smooth.

  11. Therese says:

    I’m not a SAHM but I have to have something on my feet at home – mostly due to the cats, I don’t want to step in anything unpleasant! In warm weather, I wear flip-flops that are my home flip-flops (I never wear them outside of the house). In cold weather, I wear slippers.

  12. Michele says:

    I walk around in my Croc ABF flip flops. LOVE THEM. We’re a shoeless family too, but man… I dont want to step in whatever crumbs, etc, a kid decided to hide!

  13. MKP says:

    I usually keep a salt or sugar scrub handy for the shower, and Bath and Body Works makes a great callus-removing lotion, so periodically I soak my feet, scrub off the grossness, then rub in the acidy callus-eater and put socks on overnight (sexy!) while they marinate.

  14. Victoria S says:

    My doc recommended Amlactin Ultra moisturizer when my heels were cracking painfully for months on end. Since Amlactin contains alpha hydroxy acid and the Ultra version is a sticky cream, it is PERFECT for slathering on your feet before putting socks on at bedtime. My feet have never looked better. Good luck!

  15. Jayme says:

    I’m always barefoot. I hate shoes, so confining. And pants too.

  16. Jenny says:

    Thanks for all the tips! It looks like I’ll be investing in a new pair of Old Navy flip flops and trying to convince myself to sleep with socks on. Yargh!

  17. The Mommy says:

    Wow – I’m odd-man-out here. I’m a follower of Flylady and always wear lace-up shoes around the house. First and foremost – being a mom IS a job and there’s no way I would go to work barefoot. Second – have you recently stepped on a hotwheels car or tiny Legos piece? I have 4 kids and my house if booby trapped – if I didn’t have on shoes I would spend all day cursing the mess. I mostly wear the same shoes around the house (therefor avoiding the germs from outside).

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