This "no shoes in the house" policy your friends have is starting to become a nuisance. The ranking of how easily a tied shoe can be slipped on is starting to climb your list of things to look for in a new pair of shoes.
Wouldn't it be nice if ease-of-use didn't have to be such a high priority when shoe shopping? Often looks are the trade off...enter elastic laces. Where have you been all my life?!
Now any shoe can be the perfect pair of shoes for you. Constantly lacing them is now a thing of the past.