Question for those of you that live/have lived in an apartment building

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I'm talking about the kind with multiple floors and apartments.

Did you/do you leave your shoes outside your door? I've lived in two such buildings. No one (myself included) did that in my first building. The one I'm in now lots of people (not me) do it.

I always feel funny when I see them. Like I'm looking at something I shouldn't. Do people do it where you're at?


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I see people doing it in this building, my roommates at least. I don't really get it. Do they expect me to do it? First time I've ever seen this in any apartment building.
I've never seen anyone in my apt. building do it. My aunt used to do it when she lived in a smaller apt building. I think it has to do with the idea of not tracking in dirt into the house
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i've NEVER seen that in an apartment building.

to put it mildly, i'd consider it to be a hazard in the event of a fire if one was trying to get out of smoke-filled hallways.
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No never. No one in my building does it. I only ever saw that at my grandparents seniors building; they'd leave slippers out the door when out and switch when they returned.
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I have never done that or seen it when I did live in an apartment.

We take off our shoes when we enter our house but I have a wicker basket in the entryway that we put our shoes it.

ETA: I don't expect guests to do that.

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My neighbours across the hall did but it was outdoor work shoes. No one does now but that might change when/if the snowy weather hits
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I grew up in the country, and we used to leave our shoes on the porch.

I've lived in apartment buildings for almost 10 years and I have seen it a couple of times, but never in the hallways (balconies, yes). This would not work where I currently live, I'm sure it's violating some sort of community rule. Where I used to live now....I could see it going on. Management did not give two shiz about what the public areas and grounds looked like.

It would mos def be a fall hazard.

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I've never seen that in apartments or dorms I lived in.
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In Japan everyone does that, it has to do with keeping your house floor as clean as possible, but not outside the house or apartment, but inside. In my country no one ever does that, but I am considering the idea in my new apartment. Not outside, but inside the apartment, like japanese do it. Also, I wouldn't expect visitors to do it if they dont want to.


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I have seen shoes outside the door of many houses, or in baskets just inside the door, when people do not want dirt tracked into the house. I have only seen that in one apartment complex though. There seemed to be shoes outside of every single door.
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I leave my shoes by the door but I don't make my guests do it.

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No, never. Do these people only have one pair of shoes or do they keep multiple pairs in the hallway? Aren't they worried that someone might take their shoes? When a pair of Frye boots is close to $400, I'm not leaving them in the hallway!
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When I lived in apartments, even my newspaper got stolen on a regular basis. I wouldn't trust that my shoes would be safe.

Besides...are all shoes supposed to be left outside? I own like a hundred pairs and, of those, I wear probably 20 on a regular basis...that would get pretty deep.
I saw it a lot in a building in New York where a friend lived, but not in Chicago.

Out here in the sticks I've thrown some pretty weird things outside and left them there for a day or more while in a huff. I also used to take off my bathing suit in the dark, hang it on the clothes line to dry, then run to the house naked.

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In my last three apartments I haven't seen it. If I didn't leave my work boots at work I would probably leave those outside.
We leave out snowy winter boots, muddy shoes and umbrellas. Our hallway is pretty wide, some people have welcome mats out and so there is plenty of room to leave those things out sometimes.

Things just don't seem to get stolen here (knock on wood). In a neighboring city they would, but not here. The postman even leaves oversized mail by the door, FedEx and UPS also leave packages. We live in a very secure building in a sleepy little town (Saint Paul, Minnesota).
It is against the fire regulations where I live, but people have mats in front of their doors and when they have visitors over, the visitors leave their shoes outside.
I see it more w/ nonAmerican born people in the US. I like the idea; it's so much cleaner not to have to track shoe muck inside. But shoe thieves ruin it for everyone.

But whenever I go to someone's house/apt, I ask if they'd prefer I remove my shoes (inside the door).

(We had a long thread about that.)
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