We grew up slipping our shoes off as soon as we walked in the door. Mom's orders.
Granted, Mom wasn't thinking green -- she was thinking oatmeal, the color of her easily-stained carpet. Still, removing your shoes outside (or near your doorway) is a green habit.
Your shoes can track allergens, pesticides and all other kinds of nasty toxins into your home. If you have children, or animals, who spend a lot of time on the floor, this is doubly worrisome.
But, if you're going to take the shoes off, you need a good way to keep them organized and out of the way. Our favorite solution might be this DIY floating shoe rack (pictured) that we nabbed from AT: Nursery. We think we could jury-rig a decent version of this with some leftover pieces of wood we have stored in the basement.But one shoe rack won't work for everyone, so we spent some time fishing around the archives at all the AT sites.
Here are our favorite shoe rack posts:
&bull AT: Chicago: Top Ten: Shoe Organizers
&bull AT: Chicago: Hot or Not? Footprint Shoe Rack by Charlotte Tangye Design
&bull AT: San Francisco: Look!: Creative Shoe Storage
&bull AT: LA: Coat Rack Shoe Rack
Do you have a great shoe rack/organizer?
Do you remove your shoes before entering your home?
(Re-edited from a post originally published 09.05.07)