Going totally shoe-free at home is often the best bet. "Being barefoot is great for overall foot health and helps to increase foot muscle strength, tissue tolerance, and joint mobility," says Dan Michaels, DPM. Try taking a gradual approach if walking around barefoot is uncomfortable because you're not used to it. "Go for 15 to 30 minutes a day and work up from there," he says.
If you have foot pain, flat feet, or ankle arthritis, consider having a pair of supportive slippers or shoes that stay in the house. Shoes should have flat, flexible soles, a wide toe box, and low or minimal cushioning, Dr. Michaels says. "If you require a slipper, I would recommend a stiffer sole, possibly a forefoot rocker or toe spring, and some cushioning," he adds.