I was at a dedication for a spectacular structure and this is what they did to protect their carpets while people traipsed through the building–they had the patrons don white elastic-type coverings over their shoes that looked just like shower caps! And the light went on in my head…wouldn’t it be great to utilize this same trick when I need to retrieve something from the house while I’m gardening? Huh. Who’d a thunk!
So I keep a pair of inexpensive shower caps by the door and slip them on over my shoes whenever I have to run inside. It saves my floors and my carpets (not to mention TIME from doffing and donning my shoes).