I always ask my clients
- I clean houses for a living, my first question is always should I take off my shoes? People always look at me like I'm weird, not one client of mine prefers me to take off my shoes. In the USA people don't care.
- —Guest K
I prefer slippers
- Shoes do not work for me inhouse, especially in the winter. Only fuzzy slippers get me through the winter.
- —Guest Jo-Anne
Shoes in the house = FILTHY!!!
- I'm not sure what Americans your have talked to, but I am an American and have never worn shoes in the house. It's filthy! I moved abroad to Europe and people here think of nothing of trudging their filth into our home. I can't imagine how people think that it is ok, at the very least I wish that people would ask. I never knew anyone from my over 30 years living in the states that wore shoes in their home. Maybe it was just were I came from (the Northeast)?
- —Guest Mary
Do you know how dirty your shoes are?
- As a rule growing up and in my current household, we do not wear shoes in our home. A recent study showed that shoes track in more dirt and germs than a 5 public toilets, want one of those in your home hanging around in various rooms? Also, I have dark hardwood newer floors and heels not only scratch, but gouge holes into the wood. Although many of my friends, especially when entertaining, insist that people keep thier shoes on, I make sure that myself and my family always remove our shoes in other peoples' homes and hope that they will do the same in mine. I always keep a basket of fresh laundered slippers at my front entrance in all sizes!
- —Guest Reema
- I love to go barefoot. I have my kids go barefoot too, they just love it. We go barefoot in the yard, in the house, almost anywhere. They don't mind, like me or my husband. So I definitely say kick your shoes off and go barefoot.
- —Guest bob
- I tend to take my shoes off when I go inside, but that's really because I dislike wearing shoes in the first place... my house is free for all... wear your shoes if you want, take 'em off if you don't. Most people where I live don't really care too much, as long as your shoes are clean (just been shoveling manure, off; spent all day at school, doesn't matter). Upstate NY btw.
- —Guest Calico Jack
We don't wear shoes in the house
- I was brought up in a shoes off house, as was my husband. In our experience here the majority of people prefer that shoes be removed. We wear slippers and also when we visit friends and family we take a pair with us. The alternative is to have cold feet, as wearing shoes is not option. Growing up, shoes came off at the door, we do it as a family now, and my children automatically remove their shoes when visting as I have always done, and if required we change into our slippers.
- —Guest oli
Like mother like daughter
- I grew up in a strict shoes off house. My mother would have us change from shoes to slippers at the door. I remember rebelling against this in my teens and she said to wait until I had my own house and family. She was absolutely right with my own family. We wear slippers in the house and we ask our guests to remove their shoes. Our expensive carpets are still unmarked, and when we visit friends we always take our shoes off unless directed to do otherwise.
- —Guest lianna
Wearing Shoes In The House Is Wrong
- I don't get it. Wearing the same shoes in the house that you wear outside? Stepping on mud and poop and bringing it in? No way! There is a cool article that breaks it all down here too on wearing shoes in the house.
- —Guest John
Shoeless in Canada
- I always watch American tv shows and when I saw that they wore shoes inside, I just assumed it was because it would be pointless to constantly write "Jim takes/puts shoes off/on" in the script. Then I saw a psychology documentary and all the Americans were wearing shoes in their house! It blew my mind. Here in Canada everyone takes their shoes off when going to someone's house. I mean sometimes I get lazy and think "oh crap, I forgot something upstairs" and quickly run up with my shoes on (if they're a hassle to get off/on), but it feels so wrong hahaha. A lot of people here seem to be saying that it's rude to ask someone to take off their shoes, or that they get annoyed when others ask them to take off their shoes. I find that really weird because here you don't even have to ask anyone to take off their shoes, they just do it. I don't think this is just an "Asian" thing either, as everyone in my family is either born in Canada, or from northern Europe.
- —Guest Sara
More off than on
- Personally I like taking off my shoes as soon as I come home. As far as bare feet or socks, it depends. I go barefoot sometimes but more often than not I prefer to walk around in my socks because it's just more comfortable.
- —Guest J
I wouldn't sit in dog poop either
- I have a no shoes policy in my home. In addition to a basket of slippers, I also keep a box of shoe covers by the door for people who cannot or prefer not to remove their shoes. I do not intend to be inhospitable, but A) I frequently walk barefoot when I am home and do not want to walk on the stuff that one tracks in from the street, and B) worse than exposing my feet to germs, I often sit or even lie down on the carpeted floor. I think that wearing shoes in the house creates the equivalent of putting your bare face or feet down on the sidewalk where dogs and other animals have urinated and pooped. Yuck!
- —Guest Erica
No shoes in my house!
- We quit wearing shoes in our house 5 years ago when my son was a baby and have never looked back. Now with two kids I could never imagine it! Especially when my ten month old repeatedly licks the tile floors. I'll take my chances with the familiar germs on our family's feet, but not that spit you just stepped in while pumping gas! Eww... As our wooden boot hanging on the front door reads "Take your Shoes Off Or You Will Get the Boot." Most folks are already taking their shoes off before I even answer the door!
- —Guest Kelli in Texas
Concerned about shoe stores
- I have had really bad experiences at shoe stores after trying on shoes. I have had athlete's foot fungus problems and the carpets in those stores have horrible odors that vacuuming isn't getting rid of. I would be more concerned about those germs than dirt that I can simply clean after a visit from my friends.
- —Guest COURIOUS
Not wearing shoes in the house
- I hate when people come to my house and wear shoes on my carpet. I love a clean house. People wear shoes outside where there are numerous germs, dog feces, dirt, etc., that is attached to the bottom of their shoes. I do not want that filth in my home. My kids roll around on the carpet all the time and sometimes my hubby falls asleep on the living room floor. If I don't do it, neither can my house guests. People who know me, know what I expect. If you can't take them off and respect my home, then you don't need to be here. Thanks
- —Guest vanessa