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Do you have a "no shoes" house?

Wow, I can't believe people think it's rude to *not* take your shoes off. Other than in weather, I think it's rude to take your shoes off, unless you at least ask first, and it's rude to ask someone to take their shoes off. Barring cultural stuff, as mentioned....
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I never ever wear shoes in the house or at my BF's, just because I've always been more comfortable barefoot or wearing slippers. I would never force people to take their shoes off in my house unless it was raining or snowing out.. I feel uncomfortable when I'm visiting someone and I need to take my shoes off, so I would not want to make guests feel uncomfortable at my home. IMHO, floors were made to be walked on.
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I would never walk into someone's carpeted home with my shoes on. And I've never had to ask anyone to take their shoes off at my house. I just assume it was standard practice.
I would never even consider walking around someones house in my shoes unless they specifically said to do so.

I would never say so, but I would prefer people not to wear there shoes in my house. Unless we're in and out of the backyard, I think it's kinda rude
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
I think I seem to be talking to much America vs Canada lately (after that survey thread!) but this is another one. I have never come across a Canadian that regularly wears shoes in their house. It's honestly just odd up hear to have people walking around in their shoes. When I was little and would watch American TV, they were always wearing their shoes in the house, and it confuse(d/s?) the hell outta me.
I definitely think the shoes in the house thing is American. In Canada, there isn't even a question about shoes. They just..come off when you walk in the door. If someone has them on they usually get a comment like "Hey, stay awhile."
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Personally, I don't wear shoes in my home and I ask people to take theirs off. I don't wear shoes at other people's house either though. Most people that know me already do this anyway and I have never heard anyone gripe. If someone is coming over and I think that they may feel or cannot take them off I let the garage door up and let them come in through the kitchen. I have "off white?" carpet throughout most of the house but the kitchen and informal dining area are hardwood. My son is 3 and even at 2 he knew that if he wanted to go to his room he has to take his shoes off and he will be the first to tell ANYONE that. Usually that helps for him to tell people and they think it's so cute and then I throw in a " He's serious".
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If someone has them on they usually get a comment like "Hey, stay awhile."
Originally Posted by HeadintheClouds
I'm American (Black American) and I say the same thing if people leave their shoes or coat on! lol
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we do because we have hardwood floors that would get marked with things like high heels...i actually tested this once in the corner of my walk-in-closet with a stiletto and it left a tiny bullet mark on the floor

i don't mind people wearing sneakers or things like that but i've never had a problem as guests tend to take their shoes off when they see our flooring
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I live in an apartment with all cream colored carpets which seem to get dirty so very quickly. DH and I take off our shoes when we come in the house.

We have a mat with our "pile" of shoes by the door. I don't really force people to take shoes off but they usually see the pile and get the idea...
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This is kinda weird cause I thought that everyone removed their shoes when they went inside. At least everyone that I know does. I think it comes from living in a place that has such yulky weather, always raining or snowing, it seems. My carpets would be an utter disaster if no one removed shoes. We have a landing where we take off our shoes when we come in. I always have my slippers waiting there & so does DH. Most people here have a porch or "mud room" where they remove their shoes. It's strange to me cause I just assumed everyone did this. It's an automatic thing to us, no one is asked to remove their shoes, they just do.
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I live in Asia so this is the norm, except in my apartment. I always wear house shoes anyway. I have two roomates and they leave their shoes in the hall by the front door but I don't. Whenever people come to the apartment they ask first if they have to take their shoes off I tell them don't bother because I never do plus we don't provide slippers anyway.

I don't like going over some peoples apartments and you have to wear some funky hard uncomfortable flipflops that you don't know how many peoples feet have been in them.

None of the apatments have carpeting, it's way too hunid here and usually people don't clean their apartments (I'm not exaggerating) I've seen some downright filthy places. So in that case if they provide slippers I'd rather wear them than to feel grit on my feet or my white socks turning black.
I live in a "no-shoes" house because I hate wearing shoes... but anyone who comes over wants to wear shoes in my house, I'm ok with that.
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Ditto. I come in the door and immediately take off my shoes, but that is for comfort reasons. I never take my shoes off in someones house unless asked, and maybe it is just my group of friends, but I am rarely (if ever) asked. I live with a cat and a dog, so the last thing I am worried about is my feet mucking up the place.
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We take our shoes off at the door in our house. I have "house shoes" that I wear--very comfy Earth Shoes actually. Most kids take their shoes off before entering even though I don't ask. I don't ask people to take their shoes off. If they want to, great....if not, that's ok too.

I HATE going to someone's house who asks you to take your shoes off, but my socks end up BLACK from the dirty floors and FILLED with dog hair....grrrrrrr. What was the freakin' point??
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I take my shoes off when I come home for the sake of comfort and because I have hardwood floors and I don't want the neighbors below me to hear me clomping around.

If guests come over, if they wish to take off their shoes that's fine; if not, that's fine too. Again, with the noise issue it's probably best if they take them off.

Germs and crud are going to get in the house anyway (most likely from your hands), so I don't see that taking off shoes for that reason is really effective.
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I take them off when I get home, and while I would prefer my guests did, I don't ask them to and let them decide for themselves. I'm having a party next weekend and I can't imagine asking everyone to remove their shoes when they arrived? I don't want any stolen Manolo's on my head.
I put on house slippers the second I walk through the door, but I really don't care if my friends leave their shoes on or off. My mom's from Japan and her house is strictly no-shoes.
I would never even consider walking around someones house in my shoes unless they specifically said to do so.

I would never say so, but I would prefer people not to wear there shoes in my house. Unless we're in and out of the backyard, I think it's kinda rude
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
I think I seem to be talking to much America vs Canada lately (after that survey thread!) but this is another one. I have never come across a Canadian that regularly wears shoes in their house. It's honestly just odd up hear to have people walking around in their shoes. When I was little and would watch American TV, they were always wearing their shoes in the house, and it confuse(d/s?) the hell outta me.
I definitely think the shoes in the house thing is American. In Canada, there isn't even a question about shoes. They just..come off when you walk in the door. If someone has them on they usually get a comment like "Hey, stay awhile."
Originally Posted by HeadintheClouds
I was just thinking that after I read Mad Scientists post. Maybe because 90% of the time we have some sort of "weather" on our shoes, that it's just second nature to leave them at the door?

I still couldn't imagine walking into someones home and keeping my shoes on, but then again most of my friends and family are pretty clean
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My mother is Korean and we were NOT allowed to wear our shoes in the house. Seriously, it never occured to me until I was older about the germs, etc. I was just accustomed to doing it from my mom. But yes, even at my house we enforce the 'no shoes in the house' policy. And our carpet looks very good because of it

I will add that we don't always ask everyone to do it. But, if we have company and their shoes look really bad, I will ask them to remove 'em. We don't ask DH's grandparents to remove their shoes. And I agree that when most people come over, and they see that pile of shoes by the door, they automatically remove theirs.
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I live in an apartment with all cream colored carpets which seem to get dirty so very quickly. DH and I take off our shoes when we come in the house.

We have a mat with our "pile" of shoes by the door. I don't really force people to take shoes off but they usually see the pile and get the idea...
Originally Posted by deedleguide
Exactly. I don't normally "ask" people to take off their shoes. They just see my carpet/other people's shoes and take them off. However, if I do have someone over with nasty shoes, I will ask them to take them off. It is worth any embarrassment/unease to avoid me on my hands and knees scrubbing the carpet and cursing their name when they leave.

I grew up in a house where we didn't wear shoes inside, and after DH and I bought our house, I made sure to implement the no-shoes rule. If I enter a house, and I see the pile of shoes by the door, then I will take mine off as well, and it's really no big deal.
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