I normally just lurk in this area but saw this and had to comment
I am from Canada originally and it was always considered extremely rude to wear your shoes into a house. My DH is from Jamaica and they wear their shoes everywhere. When we first hooked up and he walked into my kitchen tracking mud and snow and leaving wet dirty puddles all over I FREAKED OUT lol. I thought he was so darn rude but just didn’t understand that he didn’t know. Now we live in the US and I am realizing that if you don’t ask people to take their shoes off, they will keep them on. In my mind, it’s rude but I also realize I am in the minority. I just think it’s nasty. I mean people walk around in the mall, parking lots, public washrooms, etc then walk on a carpet that a baby is playing on?
On the other hand, I also find it very awkward to ask people including in laws, friends, etc to remove their shoes now that I realize how rare it is. So I simply put a sign on the door that I hope people find humorous that says “I hang out on the floor so please leave your shoes at the door, Love “(DS)”. We have a huge shoe rack and I think it’s a nice way of asking without embarrassing people.
On a side note, I just wanted to mention that I lived with my in laws for 6 months and they never take off their shoes. I never wore shoes in the house because I just never got used to it and my feet were BLACK all.the.time. I hated it and just wanted to clean the floors every hour lol.
So, every one has their own opinion but I would rather have my son rolling around (and crawling soon) on a clean floor and I think since it’s my house, I can ask people to remove their shoes