Shoes on or off inside your house?

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    Nov 13, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    I used to think that only Asian households took off their shoes before entering their homes. But the topic has come up in various other forums I frequent, and I was surprised to find that many non-Asians also remove their shoes.

    So I'm curious about everyone here.. Shoes on or off? Why or why not?

    Also, if you're not the type to take your shoes off at home, would you feel uncomfortable about taking your shoes off when visiting friends that have a no-shoes rule at their home?


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  • 1232121d

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    Nov 14, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    shoes off, I am asian, my parents insist me to do that icon_sad.gif
  • masculumpedes

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    Nov 14, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    Off of course...icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    Shoes off.

    Followed by the rest of his clothing if he's hot. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    I thought most households would have removed footwear.
    Outdoor shoes will just get your carpets dirtier more quickly.
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Shoes off.

    Much more comfortable.
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI used to think that only Asian households took off their shoes before entering their homes. But the topic has come up in various other forums I frequent, and I was surprised to find that many non-Asians also remove their shoes.



    I remember that thread where some people thought in the U.S. it was customary to leave shoes on. I was one of those who thought differently. I think it might be a geography/climate thing within the U.S. Here in Michigan it rains or snows so often that we usually removes shoes when entering the house.
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    Nov 14, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    I planned my habitat to have tile in the shoes-allowed areas and hardwood everywhere else. So there's a definite demarcation.

    When working around the farm, there seems to be a frequent need to go into the house to the kitchen, the washroom, or the office without necessarily having time to pull boots on and off. I put those rooms close to the main entrance, all on one side of the hallway that leads out to the garage and workshop.
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    Nov 14, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
    My friend and his gf do this at their house they say it's cause they don't want the floors to get dirty. And we live in a city where there's wind storms and dust gets into the house. So either way it's like you gotta sweep the floors, that's why the broom. the mop, the vacuum, and the swifter were invented.

    Anyways at my house with or without shoes I don't care. I follow other people's rules though.
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    Nov 14, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    When I lived in North Dakota & Minnesota, removing shoes inside the front door was standard because of the harsh, snowy climate, many people wearing heavy boots outdoors. And the family often entered by a side door that opened into a "mud room."

    And even here in Florida, with tile floors and accent rugs in every room, I quickly switch to indoor flip-flops or moccasins. I would never wear street shoes inside my house.
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    Nov 14, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    Shoes off, but I put house sandals on sometimes.
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    Nov 14, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    Shoes off, I love to walk barefoot at home
  • commoncoll

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    Nov 14, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    Shoes off. I also have no problem telling others to take off their shoes.
  • rnch

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    Nov 14, 2011 11:19 AM GMT
    i'm most protective of the 1880's heart of pine floors in my haus; floors that i sanded and varnished with my own efforts.

    as soon as i step in from the side hallway or driveway side porch; shoes come off and soft soled slippers goe on.

    anyone else is strongly encoouraged to do this also.....i have soft soled house slippers available in several diferent sizes.
  • Tomz

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    Nov 14, 2011 11:44 AM GMT
    I'm from Hawaii and there taking your shoes is religiously practiced by all local people there as far as going in the house. In-fact it's insulting to a home owner and family of the house in Hawaii to go in there house with your shoes on. It's doesn't matter your creed it's practiced by my guess 97% of locals give or take.
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    Nov 14, 2011 12:18 PM GMT
    Off when we lived in Hawaii. Now, I'm usually shoeless at home, but we have no rule about it - with multiple entrances there would not be a good central location for shoes. Also it's colder!!!

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    Nov 14, 2011 5:57 PM GMT
    Raised in boating family we were mostly barefoot, especiallly onboard which allows for soft soled shoes but scratch or scuff up my decks and I'm going to scream bloody murder. No shoes on deck. So it naturally followed that we were mostly barefoot in the house but did not insist guests be when home was not the boat.

    In my current home I've just restored the terrazzo floors which came out stunning. The reflective shine is the natural stone all buffed up with diamond grit and fine steel wool so the higher traffic areas should remain shiny on their own for a decade. The problem now is that the floor is so smooth and wonderful feeling on the feet that every grain of sand can be felt so I'm considering making this a barefoot home.

    If people actually wiped their shoes off on both outside and inside mats, this would be less of an issue. But mostly people just walk over them without wiping. I guess they think they are some new technology of automatic vacuum mats which suck the sand out of your soles just by crossing their path, not realizing they are manual and require actual, personal effort.

    I totally love the OP's pic of the mat gently warning to not take better shoes on your way out. I might do something similar. It's going to say: WIPE YOUR FUCKING FEET, YOU IDIOT.
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    Nov 14, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    I walk around barefoot at home and always have. Sometimes I wear socks during the winter if it's especially brisk in the house. My father does the same. Mother is the odd one out who always wears shoes inside the house because doesn't want to take a chance at accidentally stepping on a bug while barefoot.
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    Nov 14, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    Shoes off.
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    Nov 14, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    Used to be shoes off, white furniture and silk coverlets. Since I got dogs it's shoes on and any bedding and upholstery is strictly wash-and-wear. They're worth the breach in hygiene!
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    Nov 15, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    Shoes off .....
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    Nov 15, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    I have unfinished hardwood floors, so I always take them off before I get inside during bad weather or something. I have Crocs that I wear inside. If it's good weather out, I'm not fussy about it. I'm uncomfortable asking other people to take their shoes off.
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    Nov 15, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    Huh? Its CLOTHES off in my house!
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    Nov 15, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor said my shoes live in my closet and not beside the garage door...O_O...!


    For about two or three months (about how long I could stand it) back in my 20s I lived with a guy who kept all his shoes at the front door. By all, I mean probably about 10 pair. By at the front door, I don't mean lined up along a wall; I mean, my dog kept his toys neater.

    You couldn't walk into the house without stepping on them. The only thing I could figure is that this guy just wanted everyone to walk a mile in his shoes.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 15, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
    Shoes off. I got boot trays from Chritmas Tree Shops for 2.99 they hold 3 pairs. I gave them to all my family members and so mnay friends.