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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28-09-2014 19:14 #51
28-09-2014 19:19 #52
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.
28-09-2014 19:20 #53
28-09-2014 19:22 #54
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.
28-09-2014 19:26 #55
28-09-2014 19:29 #56
What would you do: shoes etiquette
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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28-09-2014 19:32 #57
28-09-2014 19:33 #58
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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28-09-2014 19:35 #59
I actually find the sight of other people's bare feet a bit suss tbh.
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28-09-2014 19:36 #60
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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