inviting guests to take off shoes (for comfort, not as a rule)
Hi. I'm going to have some friends over to watch a movie at my apartment. This is the first time I've ever really had guests over. I am kind of unsure of what to do regarding shoes. I don't have a rule or anything and I don't care if they wear shoes in my apartment. I thought it might be nice to invite my guests to take off their shoes if they want, just to be more comfortable, not because they have to. I would like to take off my shoes and socks, and maybe say something to them like "you're welcome to take off your shoes if you want to" when we come up to my apartment. Should I say something like this, or just don't say anything about it at all? I just want them to know that they can feel at home.
Would it be more proper for me to just take off my shoes, even thought I normally take off my socks too when I get home? Or, would it be more proper to just keep my shoes on the whole time and not invite them to take their shoes off? Let me know when you get a chance! thanks,