- Of course, my rule is: shoes off. In Bosnia and Herzegovina (ex Yugoslav Republic) it is normal!
- —Guest Aidda
Take your shoes off
- Are people stupid or do they just think they can come inside and walk on my carpet? Even though they are new or clean it's a traditional for the maori cultures.
- —Guest shontay morunga
Wish my parents didn't
- My husband and I adamantly don't wear shoes in the house. My parents on the other hand...They wear their shoes at home, and I can't seem to get them to take off their shoes at my house either. Drives me up the wall! (and to those who say that wearing shoes indoors in Canada is unheard of - I wish! I am in Canada!)
- —Guest Michelle
I keep mine on!
- I see no issue in me wearing my sneakers in the house. I have both carpet and wood flooring which, although I have a dog, is kept as clean as possible. I have several pairs of sneakers and boots, ones used for walking the dog, work or for wearing about outside are removed and changed for my house sneakers. My mom used to drive me nuts with her shoes off and slippers on rules but since the age of 15 I've found that unless i'm in my sneakers I feel totally naked and uncomfortable. That said however I am a polite and well mannered guest, I'd ask if you would like for me to remove my sneakers if I were to visit and I'd very happily comply with the rules of my host. Just hope your floor is as clean as you state. No pet hair or half chewed baby rusks to trail back into my shoes. :) After much reading up on the subject of shoes off I have given the idea some serious thought. It is just that 15+ years of sneakers on unless in bed is a hard habit to break.
- —Guest Stallion-R
Busy Americans have no time
- Taking off shoes, putting them on = time. Plus, if I come in the back door, the next day I can' find my shoes at the front door. Plus, I have probably 10 pairs of footwear. How would people walk around them by the entranceway?
- —Guest Busy
Remove Outdoor Footwear
- Everyone knows that Asians rule the world so I say we should follow their lead and remove our outdoor footwear. Great idea!
- —Guest Elizabeth
- I do not get why someone coming into a house with dirty, muddy, sandy, poopy shoes would ever want to walk on my freshly cleaned floors. Don't tell me that it takes too much time, or that the bacteria will build up on your feet. No. The next thing you know you have a brownish color to your carpet because of that person and your hardfloors are gravely and grimy. That's gross! It's not rude to ask them to take them off. It's rude that the person is now forcing you to waste your time and money cleaning the floors because they didn't care at all! My rule= SHOES OFF!!!!
- —Guest No shoes
Walking Barefoot in Skirts and Stockings
- As a learning challenged male, I love to walk barefoot in a skirt and pantyhose. For me, I am culturally sensitive towards my own home. I sense of bride and loyalty works both ways. When I enter another women's house I too wear skirts, the stockings but no heels or shoes. It is about repect and I love to walk barefoot any way with other women.
- —Guest guest Michael Canada
- I don't wear shoes in my house either, only when I'm drunk.
- —Guest HouseShoes
I don't wear shoes in my house
- I think Its very dirty to wear shoes in your home. You walk the street with those shoes and you never know what you step in to, and bring in to your house. In the Netherlands where I'm from it's not so normal to take off your shoes, but I don't care. This is very important to me and my boyfriend. I clean the floor every day, this is becouse we have a 16-month old child. So anyone who doesn't respect taking off their shoes, can not come into our house. I can not believe some people walk with their shoes on into their home!!! Iiieeeeeee
- —Guest Loony
Shoes off in Canada
- I can't imagine wearing shoes inside. I live in Canada and I've never met anyone who wears their shoes inside. When people visit someone else's home, they just automatically take off their shoes. For those people that do wear shoes inside, what about when it's raining, or in the winter? I feel bad enough tracking snow and mud around the entrance of my house, and that's just linoleum!
- —Guest Kait
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