I asked my coworkers about their preferred footwear in the kitchen, only to learn that many of them are steadfast barefoot cooks and balked at my insistence on owning a pair of kitchen shoes. Kitchen shoes, or house shoes generally, are special shoes that stay inside, and remain unsoiled by the outside world. I wear kitchen shoes because as much as I would like to never spill anything on the floor, I do so regularly. Beyond the issue of comfort and safety, kitchen shoes are fun because they can be absolutely hideous and it doesn’t matter. The best kitchen shoes look like something that should be locked away in the secret catacombs beneath the Bata Shoe Museum.