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Barefoot in the kitchen

Jumping off a gel mat thread --
Nearly all of my shoes are heels. Some spikey.
I never wear shoes in the house, although I occasionally wear "moon boots" [terry cloth sock with a rubber sole].

Do you guys have //kitchen// shoes?

Kitchen floors that don't like heels?

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  1. You wear heels in the kitchen?

    Is your name in real life "Nadia G"?

    And is your kitchen "bitchin'"?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Haha!!! :). I cook barefoot although I never thought about it before reading this. Is that weird?

      My husband would say it's because I'm from Kentucky. I would say it's more of an asian/zen thing. ;)

      1. re: thingmaker

        Yeah, I never wear shoes in the house. Cooking, or for anything else.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I'd never wear shoes again if I could figure out how to get away with it.

        2. re: thingmaker

          Another barefoot Kentuckian here! Shoes are the first item off when I come in the door. Always cook barefoot.

            1. re: LaLa

              We multiply 'round here like weeds (or should that be goldenrod?).

          1. re: ipsedixit

            OP here-- I never wear shoes IN the house, either.
            Nadia can have her kitsch and her … bitsch.
            Although --OP going OT-- I think I saw she's getting a toned down show??

          2. I go barefoot at home except when my feet are cold, when I wear fuzzy slippers, and my husband always wears slippers. Never shoes in the house!

            We don't have kitchen shoes, but we do have bathroom slippers.

            1. I take my shoes off when I walk in my house; I've always liked going barefoot or at the least with socks on. The only time I put shoes on in the kitchen is if I have my bedroom shoes on or if I have company.

              1. in general, i NEVER wear shoes in the house, so no shoes in the kitchen as well. house slippers are always available tho. funny memory from years ago: i remember my mom wrapping the furniture movers' shoes in saran wrap when they refused to remove their shoes in my parent's home.
                why would anyone need shoes for the home kitchen? is there a benefit?

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                1. re: ajk11

                  beyond the safety issue (spilled hot food, scalding oil, dropping knives -- see below) my last kitchen had heavy ceramic tile -- painfully cold in the wintertime, and hard on my feet, ankles, and knees when I was in the kitchen for hours on end.

                  Slippers for the cold -- sneakers if I was going to be in the kitchen all day -- the support and cushioning were necessary.

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    ah ic. i'm guessing that the shoes you all wear indoors is specifically meant to be worn only in the house. never really understood how people could wear the shoes they wear outdoors inside their homes.

                    1. re: ajk11

                      when I lived in a cooler climate, I usually wore slippers in the kitchen.

                      But for marathon cooking sessions? Nope, regular shoes that I wear outside regularly.

                      That's a germ thing that I just can't get all that worked up over.

                  2. re: ajk11

                    A bad case of plantar fasciites: I wear shoes with good support at all times to prevent a recurrence. I used to go barefoot indoors, but now I have a few pairs of indoor slip-ons with decent arch support.

                    1. re: tardigrade

                      I have plantar fasciitis also, a condition due to my having always had flat feet since I was a child; wearing shoes with high arches are a no no for me in general but a good work shoe when I'm on my feet all day does help, just not in the house...old habits...

                    1. Barefoot in the kitchen is fine. Until you drop a big, heavy knife.

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                      1. re: emu48

                        which I've done.

                        And opted to jump backward and save my foot, rather than save the point on my beloved chef's knife (sniff)

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          Even if I'm wearing slippers, or shoes, I still do the jump back. I'm not going to try to catch a sharp tool in mid-air, or risk injury generally.. I can fix or replace the knife.

                          1. re: mcsheridan

                            yep...I figured my foot would be a whole lot more time, money, and effort to fix than the knife.

                            And yes -- I took it to the knife shop in town, and they reground a new point on it for a pittance.

                        2. re: emu48

                          Why are you dropping knives? Especially big, heavy ones?

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I've never dropped a big one. Dropped a few small ones, and that was scary enough. Asking why I drop knives is like asking when is a duck.

                          2. re: emu48

                            Hi Emu-

                            Do you wear Safety Boots then ?

                          3. My kitchen floor is ceramic tile, and it's really cold and hard. I can't stand on the bare floor for very long without getting cold feet, so I usually have my moccasins with the fuzzy insides available. Or in the summer, some slip on sandals.

                            1. Oh for heaven's sake- are you Nadia G trolling for ideas?
                              I would kill for the puffy foot mats, but i think we'd be too rough on them. OTOH, you can hose them off

                              1. We're a no shoes allowed house too - although we make exceptions for older relatives. I'm barefoot in the kitchen in summer and have socks/slippers in winter.

                                My parents insist that I wear kitchen slippers when I visit them so no dirt/grease from the kitchen floor gets tracked into the carpeted areas. It makes sense I guess except they end up with a little mountain of slippers in the dining room doorway to trip over while you're carrying a hot dish of food.

                                1. Barefoot. Big fuzzy boot/slippers in the winter. We have old linoleum floors but are putting in end cut pine at some point. We considered tile but really hard surfaces kill my back. I have a gel mat where I usually spend most of the time. We had the no shoes in the house rule growing up, it is permanently part of my behavior. Now if I could get get the hubby and kids to do so.

                                  1. Wood floors over concrete in our apartment so I wear a pair of running shoes sometimes if I'm going to be cooking for more than 4 hours. Otherwise I wear socks 100% of the time at home whether I'm cooking or not. If it's really cold sometimes I'll throw on some old Intuition ski boot liners that had like 125 days on them before I retired them, warm and comfortable.

                                    1. My feet no longer do well barefoot. I have a pair of Crocs sandals that I wear only indoors - kitchen included. Comfortable and gives enough support for me.

                                      1. I'm barefoot pretty much all the time. Might wear some ankle socks if it's chilly. If I'm grilling outside, I have a pair of flip flops I keep in the first floor coat closet.

                                        I don't like wearing shoes. Even walked around barefoot in my office today and it was delightful... even if it was because my favorite sandal broke.

                                        1. We take our shoes off in the house. I have a pair of Croc flip-flops with the massage dots on the bottom that I wear around the house. I come home, take off my heels, and put those on. They don't go on the carpet though - on the ceramic tiles only. I have a gel mat in front of the stove, but the Crocs keep my feet comfortable everywhere else too.

                                          1. I haven't worn heels in over a decade. I won't wear them ever again.

                                            I have a pair of indoor crocs. They're great for me - the only shoes I've found that don't cause plantar fasciitis. I also have a history of broken toes - I'm very clumsy - so wearing something indoors is necessary for me to prevent even more accidents.

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                                            1. re: LMAshton

                                              yes, that's the downfall of loving to go barefoot, particularly for us klutzes-- I've lost count of how many toes I've broken, and am pleasantly dumbfounded that they're somehow all reasonably straight.

                                              1. re: LMAshton

                                                And this is why I also wear shoes indoors...I need the "support" and I am a klutz of the first order.

                                              2. I wear socks in the kitchen so that if I spill anything I can just use them to wipe it up without having to bend over. Just kidding. Lately I seem to have switched from flip flops to mostly barefoot.

                                                Time to log off now, have to go contemplate the feasibility of swiffer footwear.

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                                                  1. re: phofiend

                                                    :-) Darn it. Hate it when I come up with something and then find out that it's already been done.

                                                    1. re: phofiend

                                                      Do these things actually work? Because I just got laminate floors in the LR and ceramic tile in the kitchen and bathroom. I'd especially like anything that keeps the laminate from accumulating hair and dust. I don't have a dog; I'm the one who sheds. :D

                                                  2. It depends on how long I'm cooking for. I have back problems so just standing too long can give me issues, so a quick meal, no just socked feet. If I'm preparing a large meal or party, yes I have to wear supportive foot wear like running shoes.

                                                    Side note; some might be surprised at how popular crocks are in commercial kitchens, probably the current shoes of choice by a majority of cooks. I have never been able to bring myself to put on a pair.

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                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                      I wear Crocs flipflops or flat sandals. I own the clogs, but those tend to be my garden shoes.

                                                    2. My shoes come off as soon as I come in the house. I'm barefoot (or sock-footed) as long as it's warm enough. Otherwise, I wear Dearfoam slippers that look like ankle boots.

                                                      And while I'm barefoot, if I have to walk downstairs to the garage or go put the garbage out, I have a pair of very old flip-flops that I put on before going downstairs.

                                                      I do have a gel mat in front of my sink for when I'm doing dishes.

                                                      1. barefoot

                                                        I only wear shoes when going out.

                                                        1. We're a "no street shoes in the house" family. I wear a pair of croc flip flops pretty much year round in the house.

                                                          1. I keep trying to get DH on board with using "inside" shoes inside.
                                                            Problem is- we have dogs and not dragging outdoor flotsam and jetsam isn't possible, so we give up all the time.

                                                            I have clogs for colder weather and thongs for warmer weather that I wear when in the house and practically everywhere.
                                                            I'm afraid my feet would be in shock with zero support!

                                                            1. I keep getting a visual of Ina...padding around in barefeet, and then of the chubby dumpling in Kris' spiked heels

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                                                              1. I always cooked barefoot when I was younger, but eventually my back complained too much. Now I have 2 gelmats that cover my whole work space - back to barefoot after a long absence!!

                                                                On a long kitchen day/evening, i like to switch off between sneakers & barefoot.

                                                                1. Our kitchen floor is stone. We have a bench by the door so we can sit and take shoes off(socks come off too is worn)We all usually put slippers on when we come in so we usually have them on when cooking/baking. Guests also take their shoes off.

                                                                  1. My kitchen floor is ceramic tile - hard and cold. It has to be pretty hot in there for me to go barefoot. Even if I'm walking around on the wood floors barefoot, I'll slip on a pair of old sandals before I walk into the kitchen.

                                                                    1. I despise shoes apparently always have according to my mother who still seems angered that I always took my shoes off as a kid. I cook barefoot, sometimes rarely socks in winter.

                                                                        1. Mostly barefoot except in the winter then its shearling slippers. Said slippers reside in the mudroom during warmer months since they have outdoor soles. Good for slipping on to walk the dogs.

                                                                          The kitchen has wide pine floors which have natural "give" plus I move around a so much that I rarely get leg/back pain.

                                                                          1. Shoeless always..
                                                                            Pantless never..

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                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                              "Remember our motto: Never fry bacon when you're naked." - Bill, the Belching Gourmet (Richard Jeni)

                                                                            2. Unless it's the dead of winter and our tile floor seems to be Arctic-level cold, I'm going to be barefoot indoors... one time I gave myself a serious burn on my foot draining a pot of rice too hurriedly so the boiling water bounced out the front of the sink onto my foot... but I still won't wear shoes indoors! I have some difficulty walking so I have two choices - one, really good sturdy shoes with arch/ankle support so that I have good grip and won't wobble, or two, bare feet for maximum feedback as to where I'm putting them... and I vastly prefer the latter.

                                                                              1. Hi Kris -


                                                                                Never found Crocs that fit.

                                                                                Dropped knives don't do much except dull the knife.

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                                                                                1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                                                                  I'm sure there are ER nurses and doctors who would disagree with you.

                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                    Hi Sunshine -

                                                                                    They really itch too.

                                                                                    I think I'll cool them off in Duffy's pool.

                                                                                2. I never wore shoes in the house until I moved into a place with the hardest, coldest floors ever. After trying a whole bunch of slippers, the best option for me was a sports slide like kids on swim teams wear. I got these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Womens-ADIDAS... .

                                                                                  What I love about these Sleekwanas is that there's some cushioning, but not too much; no thongs your toes have to grip; no rise in the heel; they're not made of that weird cheap foam that wicks all moisture out of your soles; they're adjustable in width and can accommodate socks in the winter (super uncool I know); and they're waterproof.