Can Wearing Shoes Inside Your Home Make You More Productive?

Can wearing shoes inside your home make you more productive? The answer is yes.

Ever since we've been young, most of us have been told not to wear shoes in the house. Our parents or grandparents wanted to keep the home clean, but what if wearing shoes in the house could help with foot health and overall productivity? We aren't saying you have to wear your dirty shoes inside to accomplish this; a simple pair of "house shoes" will work too.

It's time to redefine the term “house shoes". My grandmother used to call her slippers, her “house shoes". When we say “house shoes" we aren't talking about slippers or flip flops, we're talking about a supportive shoe that you would wear outside or to a meeting. These can be athletic shoes or any supportive shoe.

A large majority of us are working from home or doing school from home, which means making the switch from relaxing in bed or the sofa to productively working is a little more challenging. Maybe you don't have a designed work space and find yourself on the sofa with your laptop, which sounds relaxing, but can be very unproductive. Having a pair of “house shoes" can do wonders for you.

You would be surprised by the power you will feel once you slide off your fuzzy slippers and step into your shoes. Doing this can put you into an active mindset that has you ready to check things off your to-do list left and right. You are less likely to sit down on the couch and put your feet up. Putting on shoes during the day could help you power through work deadlines quicker, give you the motivation to finish chores, run errands, complete the project you've been meaning to finish for months. The opportunities are endless.

Another benefit of wearing shoes inside the house besides productivity is foot health. There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning with a pain in your foot and trying to figure out how to treat it. Wearing shoes inside is a straightforward solution to help treat foot pain. When you walk around barefoot or in slippers for long periods on hard surfaces, the pressure across your feet can be distributed wrong, causing pain and issues such as bunions, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and so much more. Why actual shoes and not slippers? Slippers are not supporting your feet; they actually can cause more stress on your foot. If you have been experiencing arch and ankle pain along with your foot pain, throwing on compression socks with your house shoes could make a huge difference.

With better productivity and overall foot health, it sounds like house shoes should be everyone's new purchase. Sometimes you just need to make small changes in your day-to-day life to spark creativity, productivity, and overall feel better.

Written by
Dr. Jeffrey S. Hurless
DPM, FACFAS Board Certified Foot & Ankle Surgeon/Podiatrist
Medical Director,