- Taking my shoes off once I come into the house is part of my culture ^_*
- —Guest A
Never wear shoes in house
- For anyone saying they would feel offended being asked to take off their shoes, you should be embarassed for not having the courtesy to take them off. Think of everything you step on during the day and the public restrooms you enter. It is absolutely astounding that people people wouldn't take a second and remove their shoes. It's one thing if you want to live in filth but you shouldn't assume other people are ok with it.
- —Guest Jack
Shoes off here. Absolutely
- We are in the UK and I grew up in a strict shoes off house. It is second nature for me to change from shoes to slippers at the door. The same goes for my partner. When we visit we take our slippers with us. At home we do ask our guests to remove their shoes. Most of them bring slippers to wear.
- —Guest mark
Shoes off here!
- I never wear my shoes in the house, always take them off at the door, unless I'm not staying in very long. I think it's uncomfortable to wear outdoor shoes indoors (much prefer slippers!) and I would be scared to put my feet on my sofa or bed for fear of getting them dirty and Mum yelling at me! However, we don't have a strict rule for guests - they can choose to keep them on or off, and most keep them on. If I go over to someone else's house... it depends. If I go over to my Auntie's or my Granddad's, then I take slippers with me to wear, as they are strict shoe-off people (especially my Auntie who's extremely house-proud!) However, if I'm going over to a friend's or stranger's house, I usually keep them on unless I am going up to their bedroom or something, then I'd take them off so I didn't get their bedroom/bed dirty. I think there are good reasons for both ways. PS: I live in the UK
- —Guest SReah
Shoes worn here
- My floors are tile, hard wood and my rugs are easy to wash or clean. All my floors are capable of having a good scrubbing and look lovely. I have three dogs, three cats, I garden and I'm in and out all day long. It would be ridiculous for me to remove my shoes every time I came back in the house. And how about the pets? They can't remove their paws. I would be deeply offended if I was told to remove my shoes to go into someone's home. I have arthritis in my feet, a bad back and an ankle replacement. I would not enter their house. My home is welcoming, comfortable and clean. How on earth could someone ask an 85-year-old woman, such as my mother-in-law who has had a stroke and uses a walking frame, to remove her shoes?! Germs are not bad, we evolved with them. I'm a Brit living in the US.
Why I think Canadians take shoes off
- I was born and raised in Italy where we don't take our shoes off, now 23 years living in Canada it's not only normal for me to take my shoes of but preferable. However, I've always wondered why in Canada we take shoes off but Americans, Italians, and many other countries don't. And the only thought I could come up with that makes sense to me... is simply the weather. In Canada we get much more snow than the US (and Italy as well) so I believe we take our shoes off because of all the salt that we'd be dragging into our/others' houses... after so long it just became a natural and respectful custom that we practice... but that's just my opinion :)
- —Guest Melz
- Well I'm so happy I'm not alone in my way of thinking. I don't ever use shoes in my house at all -- ewww! I mean basically your shoes are always full of all types of germs. :( I'm a clean freak, especially since I have two running toddlers :)
- —Guest lila
Quite a change...
- We started removing our shoes after our little ones were able to be on the floor. The idea of coming in from outside and tramping all sorts of germs into the carpet for our lovely daughters to crawl in grossed me out! It was quite a change for our family and friends. They were use to coming over and leaving their shoes on. I leave a cute little sign outside the door reminding friends and family to remove their shoes. It seems that removing your shoes is "catching on" here in the States. A lot if my friends are doing it. On cold days I always have a pair of socks with me on play dates, to meet their request and keep my toes warm
- —Guest Angela
Put your slippers on!
- Growing up I was always told to put my slippers on when getting home. I would ask mum why? She would say"wait until you get your own house and family." She was right. We all wear slippers and guests are asked to bring theirs as well. When visiting, we all change from shoes to slippers when we arrive. Thankfully this is the norm here.
- —Guest Gaz
- We don't have a specific shoes rule. If you're going in and out of the house, you just leave them on. If they are dirty, you take them off. Wherever you feel comfortable. I guess my family is very casual about shoes. Just whatever is conveinent. This way we dont have a giant mess of shoes as you walk through the door.
- —Guest sally
- When visiting in the UK it is the custom of our family there (and most traditional Brits) to wear street shoes in the house AT ALL TIMES. If you visit and take off your shoes or wear slippers they feel weirded out, insulted, offended, even shocked if you enter the house and remove your shoes!! They consider this "very bad form" and cannot fathom the reasons why anyone would take off their shoes for all the reasons discussed in this forum. Suffice it to say, I was completely, equally weirded out by their expectations of me wearing my street shoes indoors... I got around the issue by wearing new, clean shoes indoors. I kept these "indoor only" shoes under my bed to change into when they weren't looking! I never feel clean or relaxed wearing my gritty, damp street shoes inside as it is ingrained in me to wear slippers or go in stocking/bare feet. "When in Rome do as the Romans do"... is a practical way to approach this cultural dilemma.
I live alone and require shoes off...
- I live alone and require shoes off. I often have my g/f's over for dinner or bridge and they are all happy to shed their heels and spend the evening in stocking feet. When I visit anyone I always remove my shoes as well.
- —Guest Emily
Bring Your Own Slippers
- I ask people to bring a pair of slippers. I have hardwood floors and found scratch marks on them initially from the sand. The guest should always respect the hostess because it is her home not theirs.
- —Guest Elizabeth
In my house
- I always take my own shoes off and usually I'll wear slippers. I don't ask my guests to take their shoes off unless they're obviously messy. I just don't want to disturb people, be comfortable however comfortable is to you! When I go to someone's house I always take my shoes off, no matter how dirty my friend's house is. I can bathe and throw my socks in the wash when I get home.
- —Guest Laura
No shoes in the house
- It's baffling to me why anyone would want to bring the outside dirt in. Without a question, we take them off when entering a home. Where I live (Hungary), you either wear slippers or walk around in socks (or barefoot.) Also, there are a variety of slippers that can be worn: harder, plush, plastic and so on. But never your regular outdoor shoes. The only people who might wear shoes indoors are handymen, but we usually clean up after they come and move the carpets so they don't step on it. Guests take their shoes off most of the time. My grandmother wouldn't have her guests take their shoes off, but younger people do it automatically. As a consequence of this, if something falls on the kitchen floor, I can still eat it with good conscience. In a similar fashion, we also change clothes when we come home.
- —Guest Tom