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(WTOP)   It's finally starting to dawn on Americans how ridiculously uncultured and impolite they look when they stomp inside someone's house with their shoes on   (wtop.com) divider line 231
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2013-11-05 08:03:05 PM
It's just some cultural preference that doesn't have a serious impact either way.

/like tipping
 
2013-11-05 08:04:44 PM
Of course one removes his/her shoes upon entering a house!  It's what civilized people do.

/shoes have all kinds of grodie on them
//I don't want that stuff tracked into my house
 
2013-11-05 08:04:46 PM
I thought Australians were the same, but mostly out of fear that some deadly spider would crawl into any unattended shoes.
 
2013-11-05 08:05:16 PM
We asked people for over ten years to do it at our house, it was a mixed bag of reception to the idea to be sure.


/then we had kids
 
2013-11-05 08:05:41 PM
I would remove my shoes but...
Um... I have terrible foot odor.
 
2013-11-05 08:06:06 PM

George Babbitt: We asked people for over ten years to do it at our house, it was a mixed bag of reception to the idea to be sure.


/then we had kids


Our kid hates wearing shoes and kicks them off as soon as she walks in the front door.
 
2013-11-05 08:06:42 PM
Take off your damn hats too.
 
2013-11-05 08:06:54 PM
We have an old saying up here in Vermont.
SHUT THE FARKING DOOR!
 
2013-11-05 08:08:12 PM
I don't ask people to remove their shows when they visit my home. I don't want their sweat, dead skin, odour etc on my carpet thank you very much.
 
2013-11-05 08:08:34 PM
I live in the tropics so I can see validity to both sides of this. On the one hand during the wet season there's all kinds of nasty bullshiat on your shoes you don't want to track into someone's home, and on the other hand when it's dry probably 90% of urbanites will have pretty much clean shoes and you don't need to smell their feet.

In my case... I've got a collapsed arch. Taking off my shoes, and the insoles inside them, is like taking away someone's cane. Sure I can do without them for a while but it's going to be pretty painful if I'm standing for more than a few minutes.
 
2013-11-05 08:08:46 PM
My house is all tile except the bedrooms, so we sort of allow people to come in with shoes if they stay out of the bedrooms, but we leave our own shoes at the entryway.
 
2013-11-05 08:08:49 PM

super_grass: It's just some cultural preference that doesn't have a serious impact either way.

/like tipping


and not spitting tobacco juice in potted plants.
 
2013-11-05 08:09:16 PM

gadian: Take off your damn hats too.


fark you. But I do take my shoes off if its the thing to do. I wear a pair of Vans slipons in the house, but they're approaching biohazard status.
 
2013-11-05 08:09:25 PM
Damn where did I get these magical shoes with rubber on the bottom that repels dirt and water??
 
2013-11-05 08:09:45 PM
I hate it when people make me take off my shoes. They always have these big piles of disgusting looking slippers Im supposed to put on. So I end up walking around in my socks - which makes the socks dirty and wears them out. And meanwhile my feet start to hurt from the cold and lack of arch-support.

Unless there is some sort of wonderful soft clean carpet in which case I dont mind a bit.
 
2013-11-05 08:10:40 PM

Flint Ironstag: I don't ask people to remove their shows when they visit my home. I don't want their sweat, dead skin, odour etc on my carpet thank you very much.


I'd much rather deal with dead skin cells and sweat than motor oil and other automotive/street yuckiness and animal feces.
 
2013-11-05 08:11:26 PM
Floor coverings that can't handle normal foot traffic are inherently flawed. If that's your excuse for dictating someone else's shoe choices you deserve to have your rug stained. Same goes for the idea that the floor should be antiseptically clean "for the children".

Just admit you want visitors to take off their shoes because it makes you feel better. If that seems too selfish to you stop asking people to take their shoes off.

/ Never wears shoes anyway
 
2013-11-05 08:12:54 PM
Wife and I just went through this a couple weeks ago.  Homeowners asked us to remove our shoes, no problem.  They go and put on their comfy, warm slippers while our feet were freezing on their damn tile floors.  They thought it was funny, we left early
 
2013-11-05 08:13:15 PM
I usually call my friends ahead of time to remind them to clean their house before I arrive so their filth doesn't stick to my shoes.
 
2013-11-05 08:13:46 PM
I'm thinking of a no pants rule, because of tracker in dirt on my sofas.  Yeah, that's the ticket.
 
2013-11-05 08:14:29 PM
It appears that a lot people have never heard of interior and exterior door mats/rugs.
 
2013-11-05 08:14:48 PM

MFAWG: gadian: Take off your damn hats too.

fark you. But I do take my shoes off if its the thing to do. I wear a pair of Vans slipons in the house, but they're approaching biohazard status.


Hats are outerwear. They stay in the foyer with coats and shoes. Don't bring that shiat inside.
 
2013-11-05 08:15:43 PM
Another must for shoes-off parties:

Hipster-like typing detected
 
2013-11-05 08:15:59 PM
I don't require it, but the shoes off thing pretty much follows as a natural consequence of my "no pants in the house" policy.
 
2013-11-05 08:16:27 PM

profplump: Floor coverings that can't handle normal foot traffic are inherently flawed. If that's your excuse for dictating someone else's shoe choices you deserve to have your rug stained. Same goes for the idea that the floor should be antiseptically clean "for the children".

Just admit you want visitors to take off their shoes because it makes you feel better. If that seems too selfish to you stop asking people to take their shoes off.

/ Never wears shoes anyway


Amen. I have a boot brush by the front door, if your shoes are that dirty, knock the dirt off outside. Sometime in the past couple decades people started putting in light colored carpeting and it stains ridiculously easy.
 
2013-11-05 08:17:49 PM

super_grass: It's just some cultural preference that doesn't have a serious impact either way.

/like tipping


When there's three feet of muddy slush and snow outside, it's pretty important.
 
2013-11-05 08:18:03 PM
www.dianapeterfreund.com
 
2013-11-05 08:18:49 PM
What if the house has a yard or patio where people might congregate during a party. Am I supposed to take my shoes off and then put them back on every time I go outside?
 
2013-11-05 08:18:50 PM
If you want visitors to remove their shoes in your home, let me know ahead of time. So I can avoid visiting you.
 
2013-11-05 08:19:03 PM

FizixJunkee: Of course one removes his/her shoes upon entering a house!  It's what civilized people do.


If there is a shoe rack, then yes.

If there is not a shoe rack (or holding mat if they're poor), you still do it if asked, but the owner of the house is being uncivil to request it without the proper setup in place.  Sort of like serving tea without having sugar/milk available.
 
2013-11-05 08:20:45 PM
Long as they stick to the guest toothbrush rather then my own, I'm okay.
 
2013-11-05 08:21:29 PM

fusillade762: What if the house has a yard or patio where people might congregate during a party. Am I supposed to take my shoes off and then put them back on every time I go outside?


I'm Canadian.  The answer to your question is yes, unless you've secured permission first.
 
2013-11-05 08:23:26 PM

FizixJunkee: George Babbitt: We asked people for over ten years to do it at our house, it was a mixed bag of reception to the idea to be sure.


/then we had kids

Our kid hates wearing shoes and kicks them off as soon as she walks in the front door.


Ours too, but they go in and out of the house too often to take them off every time. Thankfully we don't have the wall to wall carpets that we had during the no shoe/no kids years, but rather more resilient surfaces such as tile and wood, now.
 
2013-11-05 08:24:01 PM
If you put one crackling synapse into a visitor's shoes on the floors of your home, your visitors are either simultaneously deluded, or skillfully stuffing their contempt for your limited view of all that is good.
 
2013-11-05 08:24:41 PM
I haven't had this issue amongst my family and friends... I thought all civilized people removed their shoes upon entering a private residence.
 
2013-11-05 08:24:45 PM
That's one reason to love the internet: Exposition to other cultures.

I thought removing shoes in a house was universal.
 
2013-11-05 08:25:39 PM

gadian: Take off your damn hats too.


Hell, I don't even wear one in the  car.

Funny story - back when we were in middle school hats in class were okay.  Well, unless you happened to be my friend.  Mostly because his father was on the school committee, and if he ever saw my friend wearing a hat in class, he'd walk into the classroom, take it off, and make sure he didn't put it back on for the rest of the day.

\don't wear shoes at home if i can get away with it
\\don't wear them in my friends' apartment either
 
2013-11-05 08:25:51 PM
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2013-11-05 08:26:21 PM

Jim_Callahan: FizixJunkee: Of course one removes his/her shoes upon entering a house!  It's what civilized people do.

If there is a shoe rack, then yes.

If there is not a shoe rack (or holding mat if they're poor), you still do it if asked, but the owner of the house is being uncivil to request it without the proper setup in place.  Sort of like serving tea without having sugar/milk available.


And a damn chair to sit in when I'm putting them back on again whilst drunk and leaving.  I came to your house to eat and get drunk, don't expect me to put my shoes on standing up.
 
2013-11-05 08:26:31 PM

Peekoo: fusillade762: What if the house has a yard or patio where people might congregate during a party. Am I supposed to take my shoes off and then put them back on every time I go outside?

I'm Canadian.  The answer to your question is yes, unless you've secured permission first.


I'm a southerner. We're known for our hospitality. Your job as host is to make your guests comfortable. If that means you're cleaning dogshiat out of rugs after a visit, so be it.

/I honestly can't think of a single person I know who has guests remove their shoes
 
2013-11-05 08:27:20 PM
I have two kindergartners and two big dogs that all play outside. Wear your shoes, hell, puke on the floor.
The carpet is not long for this world.

/Carpet was "Meh" when we bought the house, and i love not having to worry about it.

//also have our own steam cleaner. Best $500 spent in a looooong time.
 
2013-11-05 08:27:43 PM
I remember taking them off when I was a kid because everyone had carpet.  Now, everyone I know has hardwoods including me and it seems like no one ever takes them off.  If the party is any good, the last thing you want to do is walk around without foot protection.

Carpet is nasty.  It's like a disease mat.
 
2013-11-05 08:27:53 PM

the801: super_grass: It's just some cultural preference that doesn't have a serious impact either way.

/like tipping

and not spitting tobacco juice in potted plants.


"Toreador ay, don't spit on the floor ay!
Use the cuspidor ay, what do you think it's for ay?"
 
2013-11-05 08:28:59 PM
I tend to kick off my shoes as soon as I can in my own home, but I don't remove them in other people's homes and don't ask people to remove theirs in my home. I have never had someone ask me to take off my shoes. Frankly, walking around in someone else's home without shoes on seems rude to me. Then, no one of my acquaintance comes over in filthy shoes. Garage to car to driveway and sidewalk and through my front door shouldn't muck up anyone's shoes.
 
2013-11-05 08:29:01 PM

talkertopc: That's one reason to love the internet: Exposition to other cultures.

I thought removing shoes in a house was universal.


Well, it's to preserve carpeting, and the most popular styles of carpet have been tight-weave for a while, and more recently sealed concrete and hardwood have become standard for apartments and increasingly popular in homes.  In either of those cases it's no longer a concern.
 
2013-11-05 08:29:22 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: super_grass: It's just some cultural preference that doesn't have a serious impact either way.

/like tipping

When there's three feet of muddy slush and snow outside, it's pretty important.


Snowy muddy days are a different story. If you teak weather into someone's house, you're an ass.
 
2013-11-05 08:29:45 PM
I've got radiant heat (hydronic) in the concrete slabs on the first floor, with tile flooring, you probably want to take your shoes off at my house, cool in the summer, warm in the winter. You can leave 'em on if you want though. But you ain't gettin' no damn rack and/or 'booties'* while you visit.

Upstairs is carpeted, take your damn shoes off.

* Unless yo need them,I use the 'booties' I get from working in a clean room the other way at home, put hem on over my dirty shoes when I need to go inside for something.
 
2013-11-05 08:29:56 PM
you want me to take off my shoes? Fine.

Then I'll assume you have no problem with me emptying my PedEgg out on your kitchen table.

BECAUSE IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!!!
 
2013-11-05 08:33:43 PM

offacue: Jim_Callahan: FizixJunkee: Of course one removes his/her shoes upon entering a house!  It's what civilized people do.

If there is a shoe rack, then yes.

If there is not a shoe rack (or holding mat if they're poor), you still do it if asked, but the owner of the house is being uncivil to request it without the proper setup in place.  Sort of like serving tea without having sugar/milk available.

And a damn chair to sit in when I'm putting them back on again whilst drunk and leaving.  I came to your house to eat and get drunk, don't expect me to put my shoes on standing up.


You can sit on the floor.  It's immaculate apparently.
 
2013-11-05 08:33:59 PM

calbert: you want me to take off my shoes? Fine.

Then I'll assume you have no problem with me emptying my PedEgg out on your kitchen table.

BECAUSE IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!!!


Do you have the alt with the handle Walking Hyperbole?
 
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