Houses with 'No Shoe' Rules

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  1. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Your feet belong on the floor. I clean the floor. Hence, you can keep your shoes on.

    In fact, I will barely ever leave my carpeted third floor without wearing shoes or flip flops. I hate walking around barefoot or just in socks. Not only is it uncomfortable, it can be dangerous on marble tile, slippery wood floors, etc.

    I absolutely loathe when people ask me to take my shoes off. The germ argument is so retarded. Unless you are wearing a medical mask, you are breathing in all kinds of shit walking down an NYC sidewalk anyway.
     


  2. Fred49

    Fred49 Senior member

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    I am seeing this trend quite a bit lately. The problem with slick wood floors is that many folks (guests) end up on their ass.
     


  3. Knowledge is King

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    Honest question -- What do you wear on your feet while you clean the floor? the same shoes you wear outside?
     


  4. lasbar

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    I have hardwood flooring and I don't expect people to take their shoes off...

    Guests are guests...
     


  5. Quadcammer

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    Never gave it that much thought, but probably. Then again, I'm not a germ freak in the least.
     


  6. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    No shoes, but I provide slippers. What can I say, my gf is Asian. Besides my slippers are much more comfortable than my cordovan shoes.
     


  7. NoNothingGuy

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    I would never expect someone to remove their shoes when they entered my house, but I have 120 year old hardwood floors so it isn't like they are going to hurt them. I also wouldn't automatically remove my shoes when I went to someone's house, but I wouldn't be offended - or even bothered - if they asked me to do so.

    I would kind of prefer people to keep their shoes on in my house, but maybe that makes me odd. As long as people aren't putting their feet up on furniture, I don't mind shoes on the floor. We clean our floors weekly at the very worst, and unless they have dog shit or mud on their feet, I am not too concerned.

    I cannot begin to fathom going to a cocktail party where people were asked to remove their shoes. That is absurd.
     


  8. JLibourel

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    Good God, man, where do you go walking? I walk anywhere from three to six miles a day with my dog. I do not take my shoes off when I go inside, and I enjoy salubrious health, especially for an old buzzard nearing the threshold of his eighth decade. Do you ever look where you are going? Yeah, we've probably all stepped in some dog crap now and again, but beyond that I can't recall stepping rotten food or animal carcasses. Dangerous microbes have many vehicles of entry beyond the soles of your shoes, and any dangerous insects or arachnids (spiders, scorpions) will have been squashed if they have been under the sole of my shoes, hence no longer dangerous.

    If I went to a party and were told to take off my shoes (unless I had been informed it was a "sock hop"--if they still have those things), I would turn right around, go my way and cross those people off my social list. I would make an exception in the Far East or some other region where it is customary, likewise if I had to trek through mud or icy slush to their door, but if my hosts were Americans, irrespective of ethnic background, and asked me to take off my shoes, they could go to Hell as far as I am concerned.
     


  9. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    East meets West

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    Or, for a more stylish, SF approved, look:

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    Is everybody happy now?
     


  10. kasakka

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    Here in Finland no shoes inside the house is also a norm and no slippers.

    I really don't see why anyone would want it otherwise. Let's see: dragging whatever dirt you walked into on the street (and no, it does not all come off just by wiping your shoes at the doormat) or getting comfortable and walking without shoes, either in socks or without them, when inside. I know which one I'd pick every single time. It also doesn't matter if you are wearing a tuxedo, you don't wear shoes at someone's home. Any other place you'd most likely wear them.

    Nobody is falling on their ass walking in socks. That's just bollocks, floors aren't slippery. Likewise having socks getting worn from not wearing shoes is also total rubbish. Socks probably wear more just putting them on. My apartment has all parquet floors. The only times I've been able to do damage to them is dropping something really heavy. You'd have to have your shoes attached to a sledgehammer and banging away to hurt the floor.

    Walking without shoes should be the most natural thing. I can understand it feeling uncomfortable when outside if you are not used to it but inside it should just feel nice.
     


  11. rohde88

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    Love it.

    Asian here reporting that I grew up removing shoes, but with slippers offered. If its a big party then you don't need to remove shoes. Maybe we're just 'Mericanized..
     


  12. yachtie

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    Just take your socks off too. That'll fix 'em.
     


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    Why does this post not surprise me. :rolleyes:
     


  14. imatlas

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    Wow, people actually take offense at being asked to remove their shoes? Now that's precious!
     


  15. lasbar

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    Horses for courses....

    I will never get upset if somebody ask me to remove my shoes...

    You have to respect people's house...
     


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