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Keeping a Shoeless Home

Do You Have a Shoeless Home?

I'll never forget the first time a mom friend asked me to remove my shoes when I entered her home. I've always been more comfortable going barefoot in my home than not, but I'd never had a friend ask me, as an adult, to remove my shoes. Thank goodness I had recently gone for a pedicure! As time's passed, though, I've seen more and more friends and acquaintances adopt shoeless home policies — it has even become second nature to my kids to sit down and take off their kicks as soon as they enter a friend's home.

Sure, it could be about cleanliness, but according to Healthy Child Healthy World, shoes track in lead-contaminated soil, lawn and garden pesticides, wood smoke, industrial toxins, mutagens, dust mites, and allergens. By removing shoes, dust is reduced by 60 precent.

So tell us: to shoe or not to shoe? Do you require guests and family members to leave their footwear at the door? Adults and children?

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kjforce kjforce 2 years
I have always practiced this procedure in our home, due to the very reasons you mentioned.. Also, it is healthy to walk barefoot, and you can't necessarily do it outside. I have very dark wood floors that show everything, consequently having everyone remove their shoes keeps the floors looking great...besides we live in an area of sandy beaches, and that scratches and destroys a floor. My G-C automatically remove shoes when they enter any house, thus many others have copied this practice.
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