Holiday parties are starting to become a thing again, and I'm loving it. The food, the fun, the festivities, it's everything you could ask for in a party. There's just one thing about the party we're invited to this weekend that makes me uncertain.

It's a holiday party that we went to several years in a row pre-pandemic. It's thrown by two of my wife's college friends that live in the Bridgewater area. They are very nice people, and they have all of the elements for a great get-together. They usually have a plentiful spread of food and drinks. The problem is, I hate their shoe policy.

Or, more accurately, their no shoe policy.

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Guests are expected to take their shoes off at the door, and leave them off until it is time to go home. I'm not a fan. It's hard to put your finger on, but there's just something "off" about trying to have a conversation with people you may or may not know well at a party while you are wearing socks without shoes.

For the ladies, shoes can often play a big role in their outfit. For many, it is not just a supporting role, but more of a main character.

For guys, it's just awkward to try to talk about Mac Jones' chances of winning NFL Rookie of the Year while wearing a pair of dress socks from Marshalls.

I'm not sure if these people are worried about people tracking in dirt, germs, or both, but it makes me hate going.

Maddie suggested they hand out new slippers to all of their guests. Truthfully, that might be enough to persuade me – and it would cover up any potential holes in your socks!

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