You can not enter a nice home in Asia without taking off your shoes and donning a pair of slippers. We are very slipper oriented and do not allow our guests to go barefoot or wear their shoes inside the house (indoor slippers keep the floors and your feet clean). I fought this growing up and would defiantly go barefoot to the chagrin of my grandmother. But now that I am all grown up with a home of my own, I am the slipper nazi! No one enters my home without taking their damn shoes off! I keep a variety of slippers on hand and am obsessed with buying them– I have them separated into male/female/children categories so there is something for everyone. I’ve even trained my boy to say “No SHOES in the house” when his little friends visit (he loves shouting this to adults, too). One of the styles I picked up in Chinatown recently looks EXACTLY like the Bottega Veneta woven slippers above, except they cost $10 (very expensive in the slipper world so I only bought 4 pairs). I didn’t even find them that cute, I just bought them because they looked like something my dad or father-in-law would wear, in other words, old man-ish. Now that I know they cost $420 at Bottega, I’m going to scoop up a few more. But anyone who’d pay this much for slippers need their head examined!