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post #21 of 47
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I would LOVE to have a shoe-free house, but DH won't agree to it. However, I don't think I would ever require my guests to remove their shoes. And while most of the time I don't think I'd have a problem respecting someone else's shoe-free home, I really feel it's a comfort thing. If I'm not comfortable for whatever reason, I don't want to feel like I'm breaking a rule, and I certainly wouldn't want my guests to feel uncomfortable in my home.

This pretty much. I don't like to wear shoes in my own space including outside. Going into someone else's house and being forced to take my shoes off makes me exceedingly uncomfortable.

 

In our home we have a shoe shelf right by the front door. The kids aren't consistent in wearing or not wearing shoes inside. Dh would prefer that they did. I don't really care too much as long as they aren't tracking mud through it.

post #22 of 47

we are a barefoot family. 

 

we dont wear shoes inside/or slippers or booties out of preference. on hot days, tile floors and hardwood floors feel so much nicer on bare feet. on carpet i prefer house slippers. dd always preferred barefoot still.

 

outdoors - wear shoes only when we have to. most of our lives we both prefer flip flops. and wear mostly flip flops even in rain and low temperatures. our feel sweat in shoes and still remain cold so what's the point of shoes. 

 

i wear shoes in the snow. when we go winter camping dd STILL wears flip flops to go outside teh tent, but wears hiking boots when we go further. 

 

my biggest concern when dd started school was how was she going to keep her shoes on. she did fine. but the first 5 years of her life she ONLY wore shoes when she absolutely had to. otherwise she was barefoot walking everywhere. 

 

ALSO we are a flip flop family. coz we have wide feet with narrow heels. and when you dont have a bunch of money and cant afford good shoes (those rare shoes that actually fits) flip flops will have to do. 

 

wonder if we are so wide with splayed toes because we both went so much barefoot when children. 

 

if we have slip ons we take them off whenever we are sitting down. 

post #23 of 47

No shoes inside, but usually slippers.

We have a shoe case and a shoe shelf at the entrance to our flat.

 

Rules about shoes? No putting shoes on an eating surface.

 

Going outside barefoot - going to the apartment's swimming pool - OK - but elsewhere, they have to wear shoes. We live in a big city and it's not very safe or hygienic to go around barefoot.

post #24 of 47
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Originally Posted by swd12422 View Post

I would LOVE to have a shoe-free house, but DH won't agree to it. However, I don't think I would ever require my guests to remove their shoes. And while most of the time I don't think I'd have a problem respecting someone else's shoe-free home, I really feel it's a comfort thing. If I'm not comfortable for whatever reason, I don't want to feel like I'm breaking a rule, and I certainly wouldn't want my guests to feel uncomfortable in my home.

I kinda think of it as respecting house culture. If there is no smoking in the house then guests have to step outside to do it. If there are no shoes worn in the house then I would expect that too. I have never felt uncomfortable taking my shoes off. Also, if someone comes over and they did not know we have a no shoe policy, I have a basket of cool fuzzy socks and such and it makes it kinda fun anyway.

How are you by the way? How is your son doing with the potty training? I hope I am not hijacking this thread I just wanted to say hi.

post #25 of 47
Being shoe free inside is a lead exposure reduction strategy . . .
post #26 of 47

We have no consistent policy. I often slip in and out of shoes several times throughout the day. I don't really like being barefoot on wood/tile, but enjoy it on carpet, and we have a mixture in the house. I do take them off at the door if I'm coming in from the rain or something like that. DH is most often barefoot or in socks, but I don't think that's out of any real policy. He also strips off his pants the majority of time when he comes in and hangs out in boxers, so I think he's just a less-is-more comfort kinda guy.

 

I don't think I've actually ever been asked to remove my shoes in someone else's home, but the thought of it bothers me. My sister's house is generally shoe-free, but they never asked other people to take off theirs. I feel like you should be somewhat aware of the general house policy and try to follow it if you're comfortable with it, but if I've kept my shoes on, it's probably for a good reason (stinky feet, ingrown toenail, etc). I'd feel a little weird about borrowing socks, even if they were freely offered.

post #27 of 47
What about hotel rooms? Shoes off or on? I tend to think that hotels aren't particularly clean, so I prefer to leave them on at hotels even though we don't wear shoes inside our house. I was recently admonished by a relative in Japan who pulled me back out of my own hotel room and insisted that I remove my shoes first. I know its a cultural thing in Japan, but I didn't realize it extended to hotels...
post #28 of 47
In Canada (maybe because of winter) I think shoe free inside is just normal for everyone.
post #29 of 47

DH is Japanese. I'm Vietnamese. (Both of us were born and raised in CA.) We have a strict no-shoes policy in the house because we're both allergic to many things and cannot bring any of that into the house. On top of that, it's a housekeeping rule for us: less to clean up. The policy is only reminded to guests or DH's family (they're American-born Japanese) as they tend to wear shoes in their homes. We are not shy about telling our guests. Also, we're on the extreme side of practicing and even wipe our dog's feet after she comes back from going to the bathroom outside.

 

On the flip-side, we ask any homes we visit if they would like to have our shoes removed. We practice what the host(s) prefer. smile.gif

post #30 of 47
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Originally Posted by Springshowers View Post

In Canada (maybe because of winter) I think shoe free inside is just normal for everyone.

I'm in a rather snowy climate as well and most homes here are shoes off.

post #31 of 47

ALWAYS!

I'm a devoted "Fly baby" and the Fly Lady finally opened my eyes to how important it is.  

After my whole life of not wearing GOOD shoes, my feet are miserable unless I'm wearing my Merrell shoes!  With my shoes on, I am ready for anything at anytime.  Too, I can go all day long with a good pair of shoes.  Once the shoes are off, I'm shot for the day.  Shoes = miraculous energy. All.Day.Long.

post #32 of 47

Before I met my husband I used to wear shoes indoor sometimes.   But he grew up in the former USSR and is really grossed out by the idea of shoes inside.  Now that we live together no one wears shoes inside.  I have to say I love it, because the floors don't get dirty as quickly.  Also because I always know where my shoes are!  When I lived alone I'd kick them off in all kinds of random places in my apartment. Now we have a shoe rack near the door.  I never ask guests to take off their shoes, though.  Some do and some don't.

 

My son plays outside barefoot sometimes and it amazes me that it doesn't bother him.  Our grass is thick and not at all soft.

post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by KSLaura View Post

What about hotel rooms? Shoes off or on? I tend to think that hotels aren't particularly clean, so I prefer to leave them on at hotels even though we don't wear shoes inside our house. I was recently admonished by a relative in Japan who pulled me back out of my own hotel room and insisted that I remove my shoes first. I know its a cultural thing in Japan, but I didn't realize it extended to hotels...


Ewwwwww! Definitely shoes in hotel rooms! Flip flops in the shower too! You don't know what is on those floors. We also throw th comforter back and don't sit, lay on or cover up with that. Lol.

I definitely look around when entering the home of someone else and make a shoe decision based on that. Are they wearing shoes? Is there a place for shoes? If I'm not sure I ask and do whatever is appropriate.
Im curious about other hotel views! My reaction when i read that actually made me laugh! Good spin!
post #34 of 47

We wear house shoes (sandals or slippers) or go barefoot indoors.  Living in FL I have a hard time keeping my kids in shoes when we're outdoors :)  My only rule is shoes in stores, restaurants and other places where it's considered necessary.  We keep the a set of shoes for the kids in the car since they so rarely wear them. 

post #35 of 47
What's a fly baby?
post #36 of 47
It is someone who follows www.flylady.net
post #37 of 47

I hate being without something on my feet, so I usually am in flipflops or slippers inside and whatever suits the weather outside. I try to get the children to wear shoes outside but it's a bit of an uphill battle.

 

I don't ask guests to remove shoes, since I like to have mine on. When I was a child my socks were always gross (no laundry in house + hoarder family = yuck) so I was always super terrified that I might get asked to take off my shoes. If I did, I would whip off the socks too and stuff them deep inside the shoes and kinda hide the whole setup in the corner.

 

Nowadays I judge whether or not to remove my shoes at someone's home by looking at my host. If they are wearing shoes, mine stay on. If they aren't, off mine come. (they smell much better now, lol)

post #38 of 47

We take off shoes at the door and leave on a rack/on a mat.  As others have said, we sometimes run inside with shoes on if we need to grab something quickly, although in wet seasons or on wet days, we take them off even for a quick run-in.  I have a basket of slippers at the front door for guests.  Our friends have shoes-off houses, mostly, so they take theirs off at the door (and we always take my shoes off at the door at other people's homes). Family is a different story...our parents usually leave their shoes on, which really bugs me, especially in (our looooong) wintertime, when they are dripping snowmelt and road salt/sand all over the place. Though our floors are not spotless (1 dog, 2 cats, preschooler, etc), I just think that dust and crumbs are different than a mucky/chemical-y mess.  


We have a dog and I insist on shoes out in the yard unless it's just playing in the wading pool (and I've picked up the poo).  Also, our home is 120 years old, so our yard is always purging up something weird/sharp (broken glass, bits of metal, a screw, whatever).  We also got chickens this year, so we each have a pair of old beater shoes that are worn into the chicken yard. If anyone visiting wants to go in the chicken yard, I ask them to remove their shoes when they go back inside; that's not really negotiable for me (although, logically, the dog could just as easily walk in her own poo and track those yucks inside). 

post #39 of 47

I have no opinion on shoes in the house exactly - I just hate shoes in general. I take them off at any opportunity - while driving, at a meeting for work (hopefully, no one is looking under the table!), most anytime. My kids take off shoes in the house, but not right at the door. I would never ask a guest to remove their shoes - this is not a cleanliness thing at all for me. 

 

As for outdoors - same thing: whenever I can, I am barefoot. I wear Birkenstock sandals year 'round (easy to slip off), and knit my own socks for winter wear. DD, 18, considers this a fashion felony. 

 

On a dare in 1969, I went for an entire year barefoot. I went to the opera, hiking in Death Valley, and rode on several airplanes, not to mention restaurants. 

 

Living in tropical countries, I went barefoot year 'round, even when the locals advised against it. Bad plan. I picked up a fungus that took 15 years to go away. Lesson learned: listen to local wisdom.

post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by KSLaura View Post

What about hotel rooms? Shoes off or on? I tend to think that hotels aren't particularly clean, so I prefer to leave them on at hotels even though we don't wear shoes inside our house. I was recently admonished by a relative in Japan who pulled me back out of my own hotel room and insisted that I remove my shoes first. I know its a cultural thing in Japan, but I didn't realize it extended to hotels...

 

 

Depends a little on the hotel/motel. I usually take them off, but most of the hotels are fairly well maintained and I see housekeeping vacuuming so I don't think the floors are too nasty. I have stayed in some dodgy places when on long road trips though and you're right, I've tended to keep my shoes on. 

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