After having one dog and one human slip down the stairs I decided to completely ruin the aesthetic by adding these and I'm quite happy I did. They actually don't look too bad. They use static to stick to the stairs and are machine washable. Our dogs are so much more confident going up and down the stairs now. If you have steep hardwood stairs and like to wear socks, these are a must have. I should also report that no dogs or humans were injured prior to or after adding these.