Yup, we take our shoes off (DH is korean american, I'm taiwanese american, it was just the way we were brought up). Luckily, we have a mud room. We have shoe racks in the mud room, and usually DH and I each keep one pr that we use the most on the doormat, so it's easy access (we're clog ppl, so it's a lot of slip on, slip off). We also have our guests take their shoes off, most service ppl will do it, but for those who won't (I understand why electricians wouldn't), we have some hospital shoe covers.
Also, DH and I both work in healthcare and omg the junk you drag in is just awful, and the thought of the yuckies from the public restroom floor wants to make me :Puke . Plus, with a toddler in the house, there is no way anyone is wearing shoes in our house, esp since he is one of those babies who puts everything in his mouth. Also, sometime interesting that you can tell ppl who complain about this, if you have carpeting, carpet professionals will actually tell you the best way to decrease the wear and tear of your carpet is NOT to wear shoes on it. Now, this doesn't mean going barefoot (which we admittedly do during the summer months, the oils from your skin will put some wear and tear on the carpet... although not as much as shoe grime), but wearing socks is ok.
Boy, was I ticked when I read the june issue of, 'family circle' at the ob's office and stupid miss manners said it was RUDE to ask guest to remove their shoes saying that it is a japanese custom and since japan did not win the war, then the, "norm" is to wear shoes in the house. She also said ppl who ask others to remove shoes only care about their floors, not about their guests... never mentioned anything about the germs ppl track into your home, and the potential health hazards it could pose, esp to young children. That reminds me... I need to write a letter to complain about her closed mindedness on this matter, not to mention I think it was RUDE of her to make that comment about japan not winning the war. I still don't understand how that was relavant in her decision to deem the, "no shoes" rule as being rude.