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post #586 of 2411
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Also, to all you people afraid of dirty feet--maybe your feet wouldn't get so dirty if you didn't wear shoes in your house.
post #587 of 2411
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You're kidding, right? Not-wearing-shoes-indoors is a clearly established social custom. Some adhere to it, some do not. There is no slippery slope that leads to delousing house guests.

As for cleanliness--it makes a huge difference. It is more obvious in carpeted homes, but hardwood gets grimey and soiled, too. The owners of the condo we are renting used to wear shoes in it. Just glancing at the wood floors, you might not be able to immediately tell. But spritz some cleaner and wipe . . . it's horrifying. Our own floors never get even remotely that dirty.

Speaking of "rocket surgery," it shouldn't be hard to fathom how much filth one tracks into one's home on his shoes. Some of us clearly don't think it's much of an issue, or have other reasons to prefer otherwise, but you can't seriously think wearing shoes indoors doesn't significantly impact the cleanliness of your floors.

Anyway, like I said, if guests are dressed-up in nice clothes, they of course are encouraged to keep their shoes on if they prefer. We just scrub the apartment afterward. For casual get togethers, I think it's okay and normal to expect the shoes to come off.

I don't disagree that it's an established social norm, but that doesn't mean that it's prudent or reasonable. We've already established that there are people who live with dogs and require shoes off - does anyone have difficulty fathoming how much filth dogs bring in?

Also, this spritzing of cleaner and wiping - are you saying that you don't normally do that? Our floors are cleaned regularly, just like the rest of our house. If invited over to a house that isn't cleaned regularly, the last thing I want to do is take my shoes off and expose my feet to that - it's the number one reason I hate taking my shoes off at airports. Props to Russia for giving foot covers.

I never realized that shoes off policy was seen as an alternative to housecleaning but it is starting to make sense.
post #588 of 2411
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I feel like I've stumbed into the land of unwarranted conclusions. All that's needed now is for SkinnyGoomba to post a five-paragraph essay on the history of wood floors that conspicuously references drinking Scotch or smoking a pipe. Then I will feel truly frustrated.
post #589 of 2411
Foo, will you join my jury duty threak?
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I feel like I've stumbed into the land of unwarranted conclusions.

It's basically impossible to have any reasonable discussion of cleanliness which doesn't end with Howard Hughes urinating in bottles in his formal living room (in CA). Some people think the break point is at shoes in house, but it's as arbitrary as my insistence that dogs are the real horror for cleanliness. I'm not saying you are wrong to be grossed out by people wearing shoes in homes, that's certainly a standpoint that many people have, I'm saying that basically people can draw the line anywhere they want but it's more arbitrary than correct. If you really care about the things that people bring in with their shoes, there are probably other things you should be concerned with (possibly more concerned with) that you are ignoring.

Oh, and for the last time, welcome mats really do work. And don't get me started on people who require the use of coasters, especially on stone, synthetic or glass tables.
post #591 of 2411
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Foo, will you join my jury duty threak?

The invitation is redundant as the thread in question sucks you in regardless.

Wait, was there sucking too? I hope before rather than after. Eww.
post #592 of 2411
our pup does an excellent job of cleaning stuff up from the floor. Since we don't wear shoes in the house, i'm generally comfortable with the condition of the floors and her desire to help clean them.
post #593 of 2411
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Wait, was there sucking too? I hope before rather than after. Eww.

how else would you know your wife really loves you?
post #594 of 2411
112 posts in one day, almost entirely on shoes or no shoes. this forum never ceases to deliver!
now, toilet paper with the roll facing down, or up? foo.gif
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112 posts in one day, almost entirely on shoes or no shoes. this forum never ceases to deliver!
now, toilet paper with the roll facing down, or up? foo.gif

toilet paper??????/ what are you, a caveman? Wet wipes otherwise you are carrying around fecal matter and dropping it all over the place.
post #596 of 2411
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how else would you know your wife really loves you?

That would only tell you how much she loves herself.
post #597 of 2411
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toilet paper??????/ what are you, a caveman? Wet wipes otherwise you are carrying around fecal matter and dropping it all over the place.

I'm willing to bet that indoor-shoe-wearers are also more likely to be single-plyers.
post #598 of 2411
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I'm willing to bet that indoor-shoe-wearers are also more likely to be single-plyers.

I think it's far more likely that the shoephobes don't wash their hands because they are under the misconception that keeping shoes out will protect them.
post #599 of 2411
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I think it's far more likely that the shoephobes don't wash their hands because they are under the misconception that keeping shoes out will protect them.

Your reasoning is single-ply.
post #600 of 2411
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I'm willing to bet that indoor-shoe-wearers are also more likely to be single-plyers.

a few weeks ago, my wife came home with some eco friendly stuff from Duane Reade. It was horrendous. Double-ply in theory, but each ply was super thin, and it NEVER broke in double, rather you'd hold the end ready for the break, but only one ply would break so you'd be left with 5 squares of a single thin ply layer, and left behind would be shards and a mangled mess of the other ply. It was a miserable 4 rolls to get through.

i kindly suggested she never buys it again, and she agreed knowing full well the nature of her error. After all, she has seen the bathroom thread.
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