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1. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 7y

So I have been watching TV dramas and noticed that people wear shoes in the house. May not sound like anything much but I was wondering is this really common practice in some parts of the world or is it merely for the sake of concealing bare feet on TV?

I've even seen dramas where characters plop themselves on a bed (nicely done with quilt et al) with shoes on. Whenever that happens, I think to myself, "that's where I smear my face at night."

It would be interesting to hear from both sides of the camp: those for and against wearing shoes in the house.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

I always keep my shoes on, even in bed

But on a more serious note; I wonder what the norm is. In Europe, atleast in western-Europe, I am sure the norm for most people is that they don't take there shoes of when they enter their homes.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 7y

I don't take my shoes off when I enter the house. At least not always - sometimes when they're really filthy or uncomfortable I do of course, but not as a habit.

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Back in Malaysia, I take my shoes off before entering my house. And we go barefoot when inside the house. This is a norm in virtually every household in South East Asia. In my family, we usually sweep the floor daily, and mop it weekly.

Here in the UK, I step into my flat with my shoes on, but only until the entrance area. Then I take my shoes off and put them on a rack at the side. While in the house, it's barefoot again, and I do keep the wooden floor clean enough for me to walk around. My flatmate, an American, usually wears socks while in the house, but have started going barefoot (sometimes after I complained about the smell from his socks).

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Most people I know keep their shoes on while in the house. We don't. I hate shoes/boots so I take them off as soon as possible even when visiting friends. Toes were not meant to be cooped up in the dark. I like the feel of different surfaces and you don't get that with shoes on your feet. Heather is one who wears shoes all of the time. While visiting us, she was forced into barefootedness. Okay, not forced forced but she did take off her shoes and found it liberating. I would bet that once she got back home, the shoes went back on full time.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

It depends. When I got my new place, I was so obsessed with my floors I never put a shoe on them. After a while that wore off, but it lasted a good year.

I think because we have such a long, snowy winter here, we get into the habit of taking off our footwear before entering someone's house. Mostly I just follow whatever the host does.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

I usually keep them on...I mean, come on, imagine the smell otherwise

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

I usually keep them on...I mean, come on, imagine the smell otherwise

Wash them! Step into the bathroom, point the showerhead to your feet, then using some balancing skills, use one foot to simply scrub the other, and repeat on the other foot. It feels so much better and cleaner after a long day at work or outside walking in those shoes! :)

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Quoting Hien

Quoting Utrecht

I usually keep them on...I mean, come on, imagine the smell otherwise

Wash them! Step into the bathroom, point the showerhead to your feet, then using some balancing skills, use one foot to simply scrub the other, and repeat on the other foot. It feels so much better and cleaner after a long day at work or outside walking in those shoes! :)

Aha, an expert

10. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Quoting spongehead

I've even seen dramas where characters plop themselves on a bed (nicely done with quilt et al) with shoes on.

Back in the old days an actor would always have to keep his (shoed) foot on the floor, lest any conjugal impropriety with the actress be hinted at ;)

Anyway to answer the question, I take my shoes off when I get in and wear slippers so that the carpets get less wear and less dirt. At the moment, sat in front of the PC, I am barefoot.