I knew some families that did. They were all Chinese or Korean.
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Where I grew up the only people that had those were the "rich" people. They would have two living rooms, one "formal" and one for every day life. The formal one had plastic covers. My uncle and aunt that lived a few miles away were an example of these rich people. He was a foreman at Chrysler's and drove a Cordoba.
The really old California bungalows have no family rooms but they start be common in the nicer houses of the 1920s, quite common by the 30s and obligatory from the 40s onward.
The living room I have now is about the size of the family room + LR in the house I grew up in.
Once (in another country) I had to take my shoes off for a dinner party. There we were sitting around and the host had his legs crossed and he had very hairy toes. His barefoot was within a few inches of the table holding some of the finger foods/wines etc. Everytime you grabbed something, you had to stare at his hairy toes. I'd rather take my chances with him wearing a shoe and being susceptible to whatever germs the shoes may have. I also notice that people seem to have a tendecy to touch their feet when they are not wearing shoes.
I have a phobia (for lack of a better word) of mens bare feet, I think that 90% of men's feet look hideous (the gheys keep their toes nicely manicured and polished, which I appreciate) and nothing curls my blood more than being in a restaurant and seeing a bunch of barefoot, sandal wearing dudes with their deformed, ugly feet. Which means I can't eat out in Manhattan in the summer.
My ukrainian dirt-farmer grandparents had two kitchens - one on the main floor that was never used (the fridge held food, but I can't say I ever saw the stove turned on) and the other in the concrete basement where the food was cooked and meals were served. Even holidays would find 15 people crammed around a table in the basement with exposed pipes and a tiny window while the upstairs table was left alone. In retrospect it was odd, but perfectly normal at the time.
If you did real work for a living, you took off your shoes and probably changed when you came home. You sure as hell didn't change into igent velvet slippers. Simple clothes and socks. If you lived in an area with shitty weather you took off your shoes when you came home. No way in the world would kids ever be allowed to enter a house with shoes. You respected how hard mothers worked at keeping the house clean.
I expect to make the transition from cardigan to house coat shortly. Some wear a robe when at home, but I feel odd doing that unless I'm in pjs....then the velvet slippers are traded for cashmere ones.
Barefoot is gross, I hate looking at men's feet for the same reasons that Ed posted. Princeton is cleaner than ny, but the footwear is equally terrible in the summer. All of the bourgeois bohemian's come out in their Jesus sandals.