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Do You Wear Your Shoes in the House?

Open House: Do You Have a "No Shoe" Rule at Home?

"Take your shoes off, kick back, and stay awhile." Is that the welcoming mantra at your home? I grew up wearing shoes all over my parents' house, but now that I'm on my own, I admit to placing them by the front door almost before I can get the keys out of the lock. And it seems I'm not alone. Almost every home I visit has a place for shoes. Maybe it's that my friends are multiplying and babies are now a consideration, but even some of my single friends have implemented a "no shoes" policy at their place. I kind of love the idea because less dirt makes me happy.

What's the shoe policy at your home?

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silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
also it really wore down on the carpet and now you can see tracks of where we walk the most!
silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
After about a year of living where we do we saw how gross our carpet was getting so we decided to start asking people to take their shoes off. Now most people know and our carpet is a wee it cleaner!
aprilninth aprilninth 7 years
Wow, I had no idea that some people get upset if a visitor doesn't remove shoes when entering their house! I wonder how many people I've unintentionally offended. In my own home, I remove my shoes if they're wet or dirty but otherwise may or may not. I've never thought of asking guests to remove theirs and rarely have guests that do so. In someone else's home, unless I know them quite well, I'd feel uncomfortable removing my shoes.
turtleshell turtleshell 7 years
I'm also Canadian - from Ontario - and I had no idea people actually wore shoes in their homes. I can't imagine such a thing. Like one of the previous posters, I thought it was just something in movies and TV... Especially since everyone in the media is always trying to be stylish. I remember a friend of mine complaining that the house she was renting a room in was so dirty that she had to put shoes on to walk out of her bedroom. I love how comfy it is not wearing shoes indoors, as well as how clean it is.
gruwellfam gruwellfam 7 years
I am totally a no shoe person. Now, with the other people in my house that's another story. I catch them all the time. Any thoughts on the best way to implement this rule?
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
I grew up in a VERY strict home where shoes were ALWAYS taken off at the door. Now that I'm on my own, I prefer to take a more relaxed approach. However, it's usually the first thing I do -- sometimes, without even thinking about it. :)
merchantofmenace merchantofmenace 7 years
We adhere to the shoe rule- OFF the moment you open the door, stored in a little shoe section by the door. -It's cleaner, doesn't track it mud, gum, general filth that we pick up naturally on shoes. -Creates less wear on the floor especially when it comes to heels and doesn't wear down the strand count of rugs because there is less erosion of the fabric due to rubber abrasion from sneakers.
esmerb esmerb 7 years
shoes off please!
miriah15 miriah15 7 years
I'm also Canadian and never realized that people actually wear shoes inside.
kkirkpat kkirkpat 7 years
I'm Canadian and I've never been to a home where people left their shoes on. Everyone takes them off. If you want/need to wear something inside, then you have slippers or sandals that you only wear indoors. I always thought it was weird that people kept their shoes on in the house on TV and in the movies. I figured it was a TV/movie thing (like how there are never screens on windows). I never realized that people did it in real life.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
no shoes hubby is asian and in my family i didnt wear shows inside growing up either. we tell guests its ok to leave them on but they always take off their shoes. my parents now have a shoes in the house habit, since they live in the country and are in and out all day, so i remind them.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I've always worn shoes throughout my house. Of course, I usually take them off once I get to my bedroom and then put on my slippers. I understand why people want shoes off at the door, but I must be honest and say that it bugs me if I go to someone's home and they make me do that. Of course I respect their home and abide by their rules, but it's still annoying. It's not so bad if I'm wearing flip flops in the Summer, but during the Winter, I wear Converse sneakers. Let me tell you, they are not that easy to get on and off. It's a hassle. I wear them because they look good though.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
by the way, indoor shoes and slippers, to me, are way different than wearing outdoor shoes inside the home and tracking in dirt! we also try not to walk into the yard or garage with our barefeet/socked feet either, because that tracks in just as much dirt
skigurl skigurl 7 years
it would never occur to me to wear shoes in my or someone else's home! we always had a no-shoes policy at our house (so much so that walking from the front to the backdoor in shoes or from the front door to the bathroom in the hall would make for a scream-fest) but now that i have my own house and i do the cleaning, i also would be appalled if someone walked in with their shoes. yes, shoes by the front door in mass quantities is unsightly but we have a little mat and keep flip flops or whatever there for running in and out (like 1-3 pairs max) and i think that reminds people, take off your shoes before you come in, but i don't know - i've never even suspected someone wasn't going to take their shoes off! it's not a keg party, it's my home!! maybe it's a regional thing, i don't know...any other Canadians wear outdoor shoes in the house?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I guess I usually take my shoes off and put slippers on (hardword floors as well), but it's not as if it's a rule or anything. I think I do it mostly because I typically wear pretty high heels and, while they don't bother my feet, it's not as if they're super comfortable, either. I also usually change my clothes pretty soon after getting home from work, so my shoes go right to the closet. GlowingMoon, I agree that a pile of shoes by the front door is unsightly.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
asian = no shoes in the house. the only time shoes have ever been allowed in the house has been for large house parties at my parents' place, and they completely mop down the entire house after every party guest has left.
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