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

Quoting Utrecht

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

I can imagine the smell, Utrecht but what I can't imagine is bringing the slush from a winter's day walk or wet, dripping mud back into the house.

Anyway, some people may remember this UK comedy 'Keeping Up Appearances' where Mrs. Bucket (she likes you to pronounce it as 'Bouquet') insists that visitors remove their shoes before entering her house. And I do recall that her neighbours were peeping from behind their curtains and giggling away. So can I assume that it's common practice for the British to leave their shoes on while in the house?

12. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Interesting topic! I grew up in Sweden, and we always took off our shoes as soon we entered our apartment. Especially during the winter, the floors would get REAL messy if we kept our shoes on, so taking them off (year round) was just plain common sense. I have since lived in a few different states here in the USA. On the U.S. mainland most people don't seem to take off their shoes when entering a home. We always did, and would make it clear to guests that this was "the procedure". Some seemed to resent it. Too bad!
We now live in Hawaii, and it's just an unwritten rule here that you ALWAYS take off your shoes when you enter a home. I never understood why anone would want to walk around in their home in shoes that have stepped in who knows what out in the street...?

13. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

In Eastern European countries - it is considered rude if you don't take your shoes off as soon as you walk into someone elses place.

14. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

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

haha, gross

we have hardwood floors here, so shoes and boots just add character.

15. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

I take my shoes off in my flat, but I'm not offended if other people choose not to.

16. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

My shoes AND SOCKS are off the second I get into my apartment...I don't really like wearing shoes and I take my socks off because I used to have ferrets (Not a non sequitur...All ferrets for some reason view wiggling toes in socks like something they have to fight with...)

But I really don't care if someone came into my home with their shoes on.

I am Canadian, and was raised in a house where the shoes came off. But the aunts and uncles in small towns never did this. WAIT!! Except for one aunt who actually knitted booties that everyone could put on at the door so as not to dirty their socks.

Interesting topic really...A cultural puzzle.


17. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 7y

I'm a firm believer in shoes OFF in the house. I actually find it a bit nasty when people leave outside shoes on inside. You just don't know what people have been stepping on. I don't want people bringing in muck into the house. What if yoou want to sit on the floor?

And the longer you keep your shoes on, the smellier your feet will get.

Personally I can't relax with my shoes on. I like to wriggle my toes around and let the air get to them. i take my shoes off on long journeys or even in the cinema.

When people have small children I am extra aware of taking my shoes off, since they play on the floor, you don't want filthy floors, or big clumpy shoes potentially treading on tiny fingers.

The stinky feet thing is a small issue...if you've been for a long hike your feet might you wash them as Hien pointed out.

18. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post#16#.... Bet your floor smells!!

19. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 7y

Ok, so a follow up question. To those who believe firmly in taking shoes off inside - does this also go for your workplace? Assuming you work indoors of course.

20. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Well, I'm fortunate to work out of my home and have done so for many years, so that's an easy one - definitely no shoes in this workplace!:)

But, before that, working in a sort of open office setting for a couple of different airlines in Scandinavia, including the operational center of SAS in Copenhagen, it actually depended on the time of the day. During the day, when the 9-5 people were there, everybody typically had their shoes on. It just seemed more appropriate. At the nightshift, it wasn't uncommon to remove one's shoes and be more comfortable (assuming you wore socks!).