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Readers Respond: Wearing Shoes in the House

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From the article: Wearing Shoes in the House
While some people insists that guests remove their shoes upon entering their house, others prefer that visitors leave their shoes on -- but what's really interesting to me is the reasons behind these decisions.

What are your feelings on wearing shoes in the house? If you have a house shoe rule, I'd love to hear what it is, and why you have it. Share Your Thoughts

Carpet - less important than my friends

I wore appliances throughout grade school to address my flat feet. My feet DO hurt without shoes on. I'm also diabetic, and being barefoot is not recommended due to the possibility for injury or infection. Forgetting all that, I want people to be comfortable in my home. You want to take your shoes off? Take them off. You want to leave your shoes on? Leave them on. I tend to surround myself with the type of people that have enough common sense to remove their shoes in inclement weather, but I have a friend that will start shouting as you come up the walk to remove your shoes. He also requires the use of hand cleanser before getting in his car, that you sit on a towel in his car, and... no boat shoes on his boat. If your stuff is that precious, we can meet at my home, where you are the focus of my interest, not my floor covering. I've never been visited in the hospital by a roll of carpet, but I have had visits by friends. A doormat is a useful thing. I also own a vaccuum.
—Guest Mark H.

No Shoes

When I was a kid growing up in Canada, I was taken aback by the number of foot remedy commercials on American TV, everything from foot deoderizers to athlete foot remedies. These were commercials we just did not see as much of in Canada. Besides the dirt, there is a health issue with keeping your sweaty feet in your shoes all day without giving them a chance to breathe.
—Guest CJA

No shoes

I don't wear shoes at home for a few reasons. First of all, it makes your feet smell bad. Also, shoes aren't meant to be worn all day and they get uncomfortable. Lastly, I like going barefoot. Socks also get uncomfortable. Also, all the dirt and crap you step on outside gets in your house. Why would you want that?
—Guest random dude

Usually shoes on

I feel like your shoes should be kept on inside the house unless there is obvious amounts of dirt/mud. the only times I think you should take off your shoes is if you are sleeping there or you are in a carpeted area of the house and you want to keep it clean.
—Guest greg

maybe a generational thing

I live in the UK and I'm a little surprised that some people think many of us keep our shoes on inside the house. After all we live in a notoriously wet country. Why would you want to bring in rain water, mud or worse? Elderly people tend to keep their shoes on, those under 60 tend to take them off. Maybe it is the difficulty in doing that for older people. But I wonder if it comes down to the fact that they grew up in colder houses due to coal fires instead of central heating, and maybe less carpeting. I keep a pair of flip-flops (indoor only) for the laminate floor areas.
—Guest UK guest

No shoe zone

Believer in no shoe zone in the house. Think of all your shoes walk on (spit feces, food on the ground) I have surgical booties at my front door that are disposable as guest leave. I don't use an outside broom in my home. I have an indoor broom for inside the home. If you tell people ahead of time they have the opportunity to bring a pair of socks with them. It is your home, it is your rule!!!!
—Guest Gail

The brits are a shoes off nation!

I absolutely agree. I live in the UK and just about everyone I know removes their shoes at the door
—Guest Shoeless Uk citizen

Help me understand!

I am American. I have tried & will respect others with the no shoe rule. I have no pets & no kids. I have a problem with no shoes cause a lot of people have pets. I don't think animals are as clean as some humans. So why would I want your pets hair & germs on my socks? I smoke do u really think every time I go outside to smoke or do something I want to put on my shoes? And on top of that a home is not inviting to me if there are 20 plus shoes sitting in the doorway. I don't normally sit on the floor but as long as it appears to be clean then why worry. Unless you are a complete freak about the subject. What is the big deal? Most maintenance people will not respect your wish & unless you are on guard 24/7 will it really matter?
—Guest I wear shoes

Britains do take they shoes off!

Quite frankly I am offended at the person who said British people don't take their shoes off - we do! You don't live in Britain, please don't define British people by one person. Please don't make assumptions in future.
—Guest UK Citizen

Shoes Off- Questions Answered!

1. Yes, exceptions are made for elderly/ those with special considerations. 2. Groceries or firewood you'd pile it up at the door, take off shoes and then bring it all in from the inside. 3. In summer, barefoot in your own yard into the house is okay, but you wouldn't stray into the city or down the road barefoot. 4. If you have bunions etc. you're going to be prepared and wear socks always. My question: I don't understand the reasoning behind a shoes on person thinking it's rude to take your shoes off in their home. Because they have to see your feet?
—Guest Bert

Shoes Off

If a Canadian has a "shoes on" house, it's going to be for a reason: The place is too unsanitary for a person to subject their socks/feet to. Think college dorm, or a really crappy place. Usually the smell will hit you when you come in the door. That's why if I come to an American house and am welcome to keep my shoes on, I start to panic, wondering what kind of filth is in store at this home. (And there is SOME filth- the dirt from the street, at least.)
—Guest Amy

Americans don't take shoes off generally

When my immediate family visits I have to remind them EVERY time no shoes. I hosted Christmas at my house, & day before I had steam cleamed the carpets so they would look their best, Christmas day my Aunt tracked in mud on her shoes ALL over my carpet. I just put pesticides in my yard recently and some is in my garage to stop the argentine ants, and my dad without thinking stormed into my house with his shoes on as usual before I could stop him. I have a tiny teacup dog which is even more reason I don't want pesticides tracked in. My little dog is about the only one who can occasionally come in with a 'little' dirt on his feet but otherwise it bugs me when people leave their shoes on. Even the maintenance men that check the A/C etc leave their shoes on and don't ask if they should remove them. They too have tracked in dirt stains. When my b/f bought his first house (had carpet) I took my shoes off at the door and his dad asked if was chinese.
—Guest annoyed

No shoes at home

In Turkey cities are not as clean as some westerners claims theirs are. We know it for sure. So as a general rule, we take off our shoes at the door. It's OK to remove at the entrance but no walking inside. It's general hygiene and not relevant to being offended. I'm surprised how people can be so selfish not to care about somebody's choices over living.
—Guest shoe lover turkish dude

No shoes in house

No shoes in my house, you walk every where outside with those shoes, and I don't want to feel nothing under my feet when I walk in my home, because I don't wear my flip flops at home.
—Guest Desiree


OMG me too! I hate when people don't follow my rules!!! I don't like shoes inside my house at all :) Especially now because I have 2 toddlers :) I don't get how people can wear shoes inside a house when they don't even know what they step on in the streets. GROSS!
—Guest crazy cleaning mom

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