There's been a bit of discussion going around regarding dear Ina Garten's suggestion to go barefoot or wear slippers when hosting a party, to help the affair feel more relaxed. My preferred move is to start the party in heels so you get to look fabulous and tall (gentlemen, the same applies for cowboy boots, of course), then kick them off after a bit to signal that the party has truly begun. Time to dance and spill and be merry!
Over at Cup Of Jo, the commenters were almost unanimously pro-slippers, except for one kindred spirit who would prefer a chance to wear cute shoes. I think the issue I have with a barefoot or slippered host is that I would immediately feel the need to take off my own shoes. Try as we might, our feet and socks are not always ready to show off at parties. Providing slippers for guests would be a graceful gesture, of course, but what are the chances they would go with your outfit? It reminds me of that episode of Sex & The City when Carrie is forced to take off her big high heels at a party, and she wishes she would have known ahead of time so she could have worn a tall hat or something! Starting the party shod indicates to your guests that it's perfectly alright for them to keep their shoes on, and kicking off your shoes when the mood strikes indicates that it's perfectly alright for them to let their hair down, figuratively and literally.
Would you host a party barefoot? Would a barefoot host gross you out? Or do you think it's cute and playful?