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    I generally take my shoes off just inside the front door but that is more about me preferring to have barefeet wherever I am. I certainly don't enforce it though. If I'm wearing laced up or buckled up shoes and forget something and need to run back into the house there is no way I am taking my shoes off so I don't see any point making others do it. Plus we run around on the front and back lawn in bare feet (our dog pees out the back and other dogs pee out the front). Meh.

    In other peoples homes I am happy to take their lead. I had never thought about the fact that some people are very uncomfortable having their feet exposed around others but I can see how awkward that could be going into no shoes houses.

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    If it's someone's house I've never been to before, I always ask if they would like me to take my shoes off (especially if I notice their shoes near the door).

    I generally don't wear my shoes in the house, but I really don't care if people take theirs off or leave them on when they visit. If they go to take off their shoes, I tell them they don't have to and leave it up to them.

    I think you just need to be upfront with people if it bothers you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soon2be4 View Post
    This is definitely a peeve of mine, and I do outright ask people to please take their shoes off! I think it's polite to take your shoes off and I always go to or I at least ask, "shoes off?" I just wonder what people do after their shower at night? Do they put shoes on afterwards or wander around their house where germs and gunk have been traipsed and then get into their clean bed? Meh I may be anal but just find it gross, plus I find my house stays cleaner much longer with no shoes on.

    Ohhhh and the worst one is when people wear shoes inside and then go to stand on a babies mat with them on! I nearly dieeeeeee...
    I'm going to rock your world.
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    ETA : I never actually answered the question.
    If you want people to remove their shoes, just ask them.
    They may look at you weirdly, but your house, so you get to set the rules.

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    Funny I've never heard of the WHO issuing an alert about an outbreak of disease from people wearing shoes inside houses.

    Must be a conspiracy by large shoe corporations. Hmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    Funny I've never heard of the WHO issuing an alert about an outbreak of disease from people wearing shoes inside houses.

    Must be a conspiracy by large shoe corporations. Hmmm.
    I think people are concerned about this from a germ control point of view, I feel concerned.
    Our society is becoming increasingly germ phobic.
    Germs are needed to help develop immunity.

    I can understand if it is a cultural practice.

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    Default What would you do: shoes etiquette

    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    Would what's potentially on people's bare feet be worse though? Athlete's foot, plantar warts, fungal infections, etc. Plus some people just have awful foot odour.



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    Probably why I don't really invite people over.

    But to me the things you listed are preferable to dog poo, chewing gum and whatever else is on the ground outside

    Eta: I grew up on a farm so guess I was brought up shoes off as nobody wants muddy boots inside. Just was the norm for us
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    Quote Originally Posted by moongazer View Post
    I think people are concerned about this from a germ control point of view, I feel concerned.
    Our society is becoming increasingly germ phobic.
    Germs are needed to help develop immunity.

    I can understand if it is a cultural practice.
    Completely agree.

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    Hmmm. Haven't read all the replies but when I have visitors over and they ask if they take shoes off, I tell them to do whatever they are comfortable with. Our floors can be really cold esp in winter so I don't want visitors getting icy feet. I keep a couple of pairs of slipper socks for visitors actually lol! I do prefer shoes off I guess but at home I often come inside carrying groceries, school bags, coats etc, then launch into making dinner and at 8pm suddenly I realise my shoes are still on so meh...

    But if it bothered me and someone kept doing it I would get snippy, my house my rules. .. Unless you'd like to mop my floor maybe?

    Where I grew up it's definitely not the norm so I sometimes forget. I've probably offended people many times in the past oops!

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    I actually find the sight of other people's bare feet a bit suss tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlsRock View Post
    I actually prefer that people dont take their shoes off at my house. I hate people walking around on my floor with their bare feet. Partly because I couldnt be sure the floor is clean (its always swept, but not mopped as often as it should be), but mostly because I think feet are gross.

    I also dont like taking my shoes off at other people's houses because I dont like walking on their floors in my bare feet.

    I only have one friend and one SIL who have a shoes off policy so I do take my shoes off at their house. I detest it at my SILs house though as their house is really really old and I reckon the lino and carpet has been there since the house was built in 1940! My feet stick to the floor in places.
    @VicPark - I think you would have silently fumed at your parents but not said anything as you've likely asked them the previous 50 times they visited to take their shoes off.
    This. Yuck, I would hate people walking around in bare feet at my house.

    I am so not a germ phobic, floors must be spotless person. I've got better things to worry about. The only shoes we take off are our gum boots after we've been in the chicken and duck yard. I would think it was really weird if someone came to my front door and took their shoes off. Plus, I think bare feet on carpet makes the carpet stink.

    I've only once been asked to take my shoes off at someone's house - because they had bamboo floors and they didn't want them getting scratched. I did it but I thought to myself "how ridiculous, it's a FLOOR. Why would you get a floor you were scared to walk on?!"

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