true dat. we went to a family new years eve party a few years ago and, like many others, removed our shoes. however NOT everyone removed their shoes. and it was super super crowded. by the end of the evening, my white socks were black and WET. yuck!
i've already posted up-thread on this topic and generally i'm very much in favor of shoes off, but i do make the exception when we have a large party. reason being that the floor is pretty much bound to get trashed anyway, and i just know that i WILL be cleaning it completely and thoroughly when the party's over, so, basically, why bother in this situation? and if just one or two people with wet or dirty shoes don't comply, then everyone else gets wet and dirty feet. NOT FAIR!
most generally, however, i sure don't feel like or have the time/energy to clean my floors after every time someone visits. there's a nice way to ask -- just be upbeat and friendly about it, most people will comply,.and those who don't want to (like my father), will self limit their visits into your house. which is too bad, but fine i guess; we can visit on the front porch instead.