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post #61 of 97
I'd say that around 99% of the people here in Hawaii, remove their shoes before going into any home-it's very customary, and to some extremely rude not to do so,
post #62 of 97
about my house i travel in socks or my down slippers. yea, i have down slippers, and they are awsome. depends on weather and whatnot.

in funky weather (snow and slush) i take my shoes off as soon as i come in the door. in calmer weather, i take them off when i get to my bedroom.

my mom and sisters dont take their shoes off as quickly. crazyness.
post #63 of 97
i usually wear shoes indoors. most houses i go to have piles of shoes at the door but its almost always by preference - families usually dont seem to care.
post #64 of 97
50/50 - I find having shoes off more comfortable, but I don't think to take them off until I settle down for the evening. It makes a lot of sense to not wear shoes indoors but our carpet is old so it doesn't really matter anymore.
post #65 of 97

one parent = american, one = swede

i never wear my shoes indoor unless i am carryig firewood from the garage to the porch, but no one (that i have met yet) does in canada unless they are from america or australia! my mum's family comes up from california once per year and i am always caught grimmacing in my collar.

it just seems very odd to have shoes on inside (wondered about this very thing as I watch TV) ... also puts you at more risk for disease on your feet as they cannot air out. my cousin always has atheletes foot, but when he lived up here for 5 months, he lost it!
post #66 of 97
Never wear shoes indoors never have never will, house rule.
post #67 of 97
hohoho I can never understand why ppl wear shoes indoor. I'm okay with slippers or socks. I mean they use their shoes to walk outside, maybe step on dry piss or poo or some other dirty stuff then walk inside the house.
post #68 of 97
Eeech. The thought of wearing shoes in the house absolutely skeeves me out ! Socks are ok if they weren't the ones which were worn during the work day, but generally I go bare foot. It's just so much more comfy that way, not to mention a lot more sanitary. When I go to throw the garbage out in the refuse room, I'll put on slippers. I've got these memory foam slippers that are just great. $20 Bed Bath and Beyond.
post #69 of 97
I'll wear shoes in the house occasionally, usually if I plan to go out shortly. Most of the time, though, they come right off as soon as I get in. I'm a barefoot/sandals guy and only wear closed shoes when I have to.
post #70 of 97
i take off my shoes when i'm at home, but i don't ask guests to take off their shoes. so it's more about comfort than trying to keep the floor clean.
post #71 of 97
My feet don't stay warm enough with socks only, so the shoes usually stay on indoors. I'm used to my shoes, so I don't mind having them on nearly all the time. I also like the fact that I don't have to worry about stepping on any sharp/hard-to-see things on the floor, that's usually infuriating . Maybe I need to vacuum more
post #72 of 97
The idea of wearing shoes inside my house seems really, really weird to me. My girlfriend and I have been wondering for a while if it really is common in the US to wear shoes inside. I always wear socks and nothing else. What's the point of slippers or such anyway?
post #73 of 97
I don't really like wearing shoes in the house, but it's tough wearing socks around when other people are wearing shoes, because the floors get dirty faster than they can be cleaned. All my white socks are brown now I do make a point of going barefoot all Summer, since it doesn't matter if my soles get dirty. It's a bit cold in the Winter, though!

Most of my friends don't wear shoes in the house, so I generally make a point of taking them off at the front door unless the person is wearing theirs. It really is much nicer, because the floors stay clean. I suppose I should look into some slippers or something like that for at home.
post #74 of 97
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
i never wear my shoes indoor unless i am carryig firewood from the garage to the porch, but no one (that i have met yet) does in canada unless they are from america or australia! my mum's family comes up from california once per year and i am always caught grimmacing in my collar.

it just seems very odd to have shoes on inside (wondered about this very thing as I watch TV) ... also puts you at more risk for disease on your feet as they cannot air out. my cousin always has atheletes foot, but when he lived up here for 5 months, he lost it!
Australia ? Some wear shoes inside but not that many people I know. The majority are barefoot or socks. I personally prefer no shoes, with or without socks, depends on the weather, how many socks I have and if I can be bothered putting them on as I end up taking them off eventually and barefoot outdoors if I can get away with it.

I do prefer but generally don't do it going to the shops etc. my feet get filthy and I step on rocks/glass and so on. I still do it though and see plenty of other people with no shoes on at the shops, service station, anywhere really.
post #75 of 97
Wow...I'm from America and I never knew it was a big deal...


When I'm in my own house, I tend to take my shoes off for comfort reasons.

When I'm in someone else's house, I keep them on....the thought of taking them off never occured to me I think this is because the idea of taking my shoes off around strangers is weird (unless you are in a locker room or something).


Am I the only one unaware of this?
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