We knew the Take-Your-Shoes-Off-In-the-House-thing had reached critical mass when we saw door mats for sale that say SHOES OFF in big ugly letters, and other iterations on the theme. It got me thinking about the homemade signs we’ve seen asking guests to remove their shoes, as well as the ones we’ve made ourselves over the years. Here’s a collection, a question and some ideas.
Andy Warhol LOVED drawing shoes and made a whole series. One asks the question “To Shoe or Not to Shoe?” which a lot of people have fierce opinions about. Where do you weigh in on it?
We’re down with asking people to take their shoes off (except for the occasional party where people are dressed UP and fab shoes make the outfit.) It protects our soft-wood white floors and keeps out city dirt and vibes. And it’s a strange leveler: When people take their shoes off, they remove a part of the costume, and are left standing on… their own two feet.
Many cultures make it a practice, to keep the space clear and quiet.
Our friends do it so their baby, who crawls EVERYWHERE, can have a clean “streetless” floor to wander.
A hipster we know is BOLD in her request:
Our no-frills hand-written sign, affixed by magnets, doubles as a request that visitors knock HARD, as we have no doorbell. But we’re thinking of a more charming revise that will let them know there’s a seat inside they use to remove their boots and shoes.
The door and hallway is going to be painted soon, so we’re mulling possibilities.
The prettiest shoes-off sign we’ve seen was made by artist friends years ago. We wish we had a picture. We wish we could draw a shoe, too (maybe we’ll try).
BUT there are Warhol’s many shoes to take inspiration from. We don’t think he’d mind if we appropriated some (after all he loved doing that himself). Google “Andy Warhol shoes” and you’ll find a trove…
This would be pretty swell printed on a color printer…
Way better than this:
or this (well, it’s not that bad):