Taking off your shoes

I prefer to keep my shoes on at a guests house, because it's uncomfortable for me to go barefoot at other people's houses. If a host asks me to take them off though, I certainly would, but I try to keep them off unless there is mud or snow.
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I take my cue from the host/hostess. At home, I'm barefoot and my guest can take his / her shoes off or leave them on - most, including all the kids, take their shoes off unless they come in with SO.
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I take them off at close friends, in-laws, and if the host or other people mostly have them off.
I prefer to keep my shoes on at a guests house, because it's uncomfortable for me to go barefoot at other people's houses.
Originally Posted by Lil'curls
That's good, cause it kinda skeeves me out when people come over and walk around barefoot
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We never wear shoes in the house. 99% of our guests take their shoes off as well. We don't have to ask. I've even had a repairman come to my home and take his shoes off without anyone asking him to. It sure does keep everything cleaner. My nephew is a frequent visitor and he's 2 years old so he spends a lot of time crawling around and playing on the floor. I feel good knowing that he's not crawling around in too many germs. And if he drops a cookie on the floor and picks it up and eats it, I don't panic because I know the floor is clean.

I always remove my shoes in the homes of friends and family. If it's someone I don't know that well, I check out their feet and do what they do.
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I prefer to keep my shoes on at a guests house, because it's uncomfortable for me to go barefoot at other people's houses. If a host asks me to take them off though, I certainly would, but I try to keep them off unless there is mud or snow.
Originally Posted by Lil'curls
I always keep a clean pair of socks in my bag just incase.
I always take my shoes off when I enter somebody's home. And I don't wear shoes in my own home.

For me it's about comfort and cleanliness. I live in the midwest so we worry about tracking in mud, snow, muck, etc.

But if we're all dressed up, having a party I'd probably keep them on.
I prefer to keep my shoes on at a guests house, because it's uncomfortable for me to go barefoot at other people's houses.
Originally Posted by Lil'curls
That's good, cause it kinda skeeves me out when people come over and walk around barefoot
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
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I always take my shoes off when I enter somebody's home. And I don't wear shoes in my own home.

For me it's about comfort and cleanliness. I live in the midwest so we worry about tracking in mud, snow, muck, etc.

But if we're all dressed up, having a party I'd probably keep them on.
Originally Posted by Krazyblondegurl
Same here (midwest). Definitely agree about cleanliness...think of where those feet have been!
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In Alaska pretty much everyone takes off their shoes. The service men from the cable and phone companies put those booties over their shoes when they come in. I would feel super weird wearing shoes inside.
I love the feeling of being barefoot, so I can't imagine walking around in shoes all day at home. At a friend's house, I would never, ever leave my shoes on past the front mat. Nor have I ever had people (besides renovators) leave their shoes on in my house.

Is this the same for all the Canadians here? It seems to be pretty much understood where I live that shoes are not to be worn in the house.

Is this the same for all the Canadians here? It seems to be pretty much understood where I live that shoes are not to be worn in the house.
Originally Posted by chickadee
Same here (TO) unless its summer and you're cutting through to the back yard or something, no shoes in the house!

When I was little, I was so confused watching TV and no one took their shoes off in the house!
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Is this the same for all the Canadians here? It seems to be pretty much understood where I live that shoes are not to be worn in the house.
Originally Posted by chickadee
Same here (TO) unless its summer and you're cutting through to the back yard or something, no shoes in the house!

When I was little, I was so confused watching TV and no one took their shoes off in the house!
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
I grew up in Ontario and now live in BC - no shoes on in the house. I've never asked anyone to take off their shoes, they all just do it. Even the tradespeople take their shoes off.



Last edited by mad scientist; 04-07-2009 at 09:51 PM.
my guests dont take off their shoes when they come inside our home, unless they feel like getting comfortable. the cable guy who came the other day took off his shoes as soon as he walked in the door, which i thought was odd.
ive lived in the midwest (snowy mess) and i live in the south (red mud) and in each case it all depends on the homeowner. as an adult i never get really wet or muddy so i dont see why i should take off my shoes, unless the homeowner asks. i think no matter where you live, its more common to ask children to take their shoes off because theyre dirty little people.
It depends for me. If there's carpet, shoes are coming off. If there's wooden/laminate flooring, I'll leave them on. Also, it helps to bring slippers just in case.

Also, if it's a friends house then I take off my shoes. But if it's someone I do not know, then I don't bother.
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We've had a thread or two on this topic in the past. It was interesting that it seemed to stir up some strong opinions. In the US it seems to be a regional thing as well as cultural -- in snowy areas and in areas with that mud that stains everything red, people tend to remove their shoes in the house. In other areas they keep their shoes on.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide

hehe only on NC can there be a heated argument over shoes
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We've had a thread or two on this topic in the past. It was interesting that it seemed to stir up some strong opinions. In the US it seems to be a regional thing as well as cultural -- in snowy areas and in areas with that mud that stains everything red, people tend to remove their shoes in the house. In other areas they keep their shoes on.
Originally Posted by SuZenGuide

hehe only on NC can there be a heated argument over shoes
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Well, it does bring up a whole 'nother issue - toenails - to paint, to not paint, cut, file, round, square - natural? buffed? and so on. Thanks. Now I have extra work to do incase I may have to take my shoes off at a friend's house!
I take my cue from the hostess. I feel more comfortable leaving my shoes on in other people's home, personally. It feels way too informal to walk around someone else's home with no shoes on...it's like walking around their house without a bra or in my p.j.s! However, if someone asked me to, I absolutely would...their house, their rules.

At my house, I don't mind people wearing their shoes, unless it's a little kid with really dirty ones (not so much because of the carpet, but because of the furniture. Carpet is way easier to clean than upholstery, and little ones are short enough that their feet don't dangle off the edge of couches and chairs).
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I prefer to keep my shoes on at a guests house, because it's uncomfortable for me to go barefoot at other people's houses. If a host asks me to take them off though, I certainly would, but I try to keep them off unless there is mud or snow.
Originally Posted by Lil'curls
I always keep a clean pair of socks in my bag just incase.
Originally Posted by Speckla
Smart move. Going just in socks bothers me too, but it's much better than just going bare foot. I'll have to start keeping a pair with me, too.
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