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Do you wear your outside shoes...inside?

Poll Results: Do you wear your public shoes...inside?

Poll expired: Dec 16, 2008  
  • 12% (26)
  • 68% (144)
  • 19% (40)
  • 0% (0)
210 Total Votes  
post #1 of 80
Thread Starter 
My family has decided together that we will not wear our public shoes in the house. Even friends take off their shoes when they come over. We have super comfy slippers by the doors for everyone. We've been doing it for about two years now and it has substantially cut down on dust and dander and has decreased allergies for DH and DS. What do you do?
post #2 of 80
We have a spot for our shoes just inside the front door. We usually take them off as soon as we step inside before we step onto the carpet. My DH and I as well as our two close friends are pretty consistent about this, but I won't freak out if somebody does wear their shoes inside.
post #3 of 80
I usually take my shoes off when we come and so does DD. I got a really warm and comfy pair so lately I have just been keeping them on without even noticing. In our house we tend to leave from the front door and come in through the garage so we still walk through the kitchen with our shoes on. I'll also put them on to go in the basement. DH is a lost cause, he wears shoes most days from when he wakes up until when he goes to bed. He is not a slipper guy. He frequently comes home from work, changes out of his work shoes, changes his socks and puts on his sneakers or boots even though he has no plans to leave the house until the next day.
post #4 of 80
Family almost always does, but I don't ask guests to do so. And once in a while, I'll tell DD not to take off her boots and I leave mine on too if we're only going to be home for 5 minutes and I don't want to go through the re-booting dance. (Came home to change DS' dipe in the middle of errands. I just told DD not to take off her coat or boots because we were going right back out.)
post #5 of 80
I voted sometimes. No one in my family actually likes to wear shoes inside. The kids kick them off as soon as they come thru the door, DH after he's been home for a bit and ready to relax. I wear slippers or flip flops all the time and if not then at least socks because my floor is ceramic tile that gets super cold! I don't know why it doesn't bother anyone else, the kids hate socks almost as much as they dislike shoes.

I like my house to be clean, our carpeting is white berber and so obviously wearing outside shoes will increase the dirt factor (especially where I live) but I don't have a hardcore no shoes allowed rule, or anything
post #6 of 80
We take ours off. The only time I wear mine inside is if I'm carrying a sleeping kiddo in from the car and I have non-slip on shoes on. Then the shoes stay on until I get the child in bed, and I take them off.
post #7 of 80
I grew up in a culture where shoes were removed before entering the house, and I totally wear my shoes indoors. I mean, once I want to get comfy, I take them off and put on slippers. But I don't go out of my way to remove them at the door.

I have hardwoods, which are cold and, um....hard. I like some cushion and warmth on my feet.
post #8 of 80
We take them off. We do so because of dirt and mud that I DON'T want in our house. lol. I always swore that I would NEVER insist that my kids leave there shoes outside, but that was before I had 4 kids! The ammount of dirt and mud they can haul inside is just discusting. Don't even get me started on SAND.
post #9 of 80
We take ours off. It's just too wet, snowy, slushy, muddy around here to wear shoes in from outside.
post #10 of 80
In my home country (Sweden) it is considered utterly rude - it brings in the dirt, is unhygienic and causes extra work to the hostess! And most people have wooden floors (carpet was faced out in the sixties - unhygienic).

Here in NZ however, most people walk in with their shoes. And most people have carpet.

In our house we have wooden flooring and we take our shoes off, but most people who come over don't. I hate it. They see all our shoes by the door, and us wearing socks and they keep their shoes on? I don't like it, especially now, as I have a baby crawling around on the floor.

That said, several of my mama friends, who are a bit "alternative" as well (EC, homebirth, extended breastfeeding, cloth diapers, no/selective vax etc), don't wear shoes at home either.
post #11 of 80
I voted sometimes because I don't always take them off immediately when I come in from outside. Otherwise, I am usually in socks or barefoot if it's warm and so is dd, who is at the cruising/beginning to walk stage. DH usually has his shoes on. He does have slippers but they're mostly for nighttime and mornings.

Where we live (Italy) it is unusual to walk around inside barefoot or in stocking feet. The floors tend to be ceramic tile and cold and many people here think you will get sick if you walk on them with bare feet or in socks. My dh is kind of in this camp.

I would love it if people would take their shoes off when they come in, as the streets here are very dirty (few people curb their dogs and there's a lot of littering) and I don't like the idea that dd is playing on floors where that stuff could be tracked in, but I know that asking people to take their shoes off would be considered rude, and it would be unthinkable for most people. I wouldn't even be able to get dh to do it.

We have one carpet, in our living room, for dd to play on and I'm thinking of rolling it up and putting it away for her birthday party in a couple of weeks! Generally I am not a clean freak or germaphobe but the shoes in the house bug me. I'd actually been thinking about it a lot in the last few months as dd has become increasingly mobile, so when I saw this thread, I just had to post!
post #12 of 80

99% of the time we take them off at the door (all the time in the winter as they are noticably muddy and dirty then!)

However - that 1% of the time that we dont, usuaully is when I forgot something and just run back inside real quick to get it ...or something like that where I do not take my shoes off.
post #13 of 80
I grew up in Finland and we never ever wear shoes indoors. We remove our shoes at the door and walk around in our socks, always.
post #14 of 80
It's considered rude here to to wear your shoes inside. So I don't. (although I have started wearing Crocs all the time instead of trashing another pair of slippers)
post #15 of 80
We are a shoes in the house family, mostly due to DH and his upbringing. (raised by a widower grandfather so ideas on house management are a bit interesting.)

I would like to go to a no outside shoe rule but I don't know quite how to approach it.
post #16 of 80
We're Muslim, so we don't wear our shoes inside the home. Even when I go to Non-Muslim family members home I alwalys take off my shoes, just out of habit.
post #17 of 80
i don't and DD doesn't. getting DH on board has been difficult, and he is sporatic re: downstairs. upstairs, where we sleep, i am strict about no shoes at all.
post #18 of 80
I don't wear shoes inside, but just because I always take off shoes Dh sometimes wears shoes inside. Never takes them off at the door...

post #19 of 80
No. Nobody wears shoes indoors here.
post #20 of 80
We used to wear shoes inside (my parents do , as do dh's), but when we found out that our last house had exterior lead paint we stopped immediately. Our new house is lead paint free and we have carried over the habit- our dd is 3 and her toys and her body are all over the floor constantly (and I'm bad about vacuuming as often as I should!) We have a mudroom that is entered through the garage, so all of our shoes, coats, etc. live there-- it's totally by favorite thing about the house! I'm moderately freaky about other people taking off their shoes here-- I try not to spazz in my head, but if someone leaves them on inside I will often make a point of vacuuming once they leave. Our parents all know our history and will oblige us when they come to stay, even though they all make a point of acting like I'm being a little crazy.
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