I tend to not wear shoes in my house, but it's because I hate wearing shoes. I don't take them off at the door. I tend to take them off when I sit at my dining table. I certainly don't make my guests take their shoes off. And hey! I still can wear socks in my house! The two aren't mutually exclusive I admire people with great design sense - I agree that if you've got that you can make your place look fab even without a ton of $$ if it's a priority for you. I admit that my style is more utilitarian, and I can live quite easily under circumstances that would drive another person nuts. But I am very uncomfortable in any home that is so clean it looks like no one lives there.