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Do you remove your shoes when entering your home?

Where I live (Canada) shoes are not normally worn inside the home or inside someone else's home when visiting.  When at home, some people have house shoes / slippers to wear - I just use socks.  Sometimes trades people that will be working in the house for longer periods where shoe booties over their shoes.

When I was living in Hong Kong and working in China, we removed shoes not only at home, but also when visiting businesses and factories.  At home, the shoes were often kept outside the main entrance (not inside the home).  For business visits, shoes were removed at the reception area, and visitor slippers were provided (anti-static slippers when visiting factories).


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Ron McLeod wrote:Where I live (Canada) shoes are not normally worn inside the home or inside someone else's home when visiting.  When at home, some people have house shoes / slippers to wear - I just use socks.  Sometimes trades people that will be working in the house for longer periods where shoe booties over their shoes.



Most people who visit my home (not that far from where Ron lives) offer to take off their shoes, but our main floor has only hard surfaces so we tell them it's not necessary. Sometimes they insist and that's fine. Everybody tracks in the leaves from the street trees from October to December but that includes us so we have to sweep them up anyway. But we usually wear slippers because other parts of the house are carpeted.

When I was living in Hong Kong and working in China, we removed shoes not only at home, but also when visiting businesses and factories.  At home, the shoes were often kept outside the main entrance (not inside the home).  For business visits, shoes were removed at the reception area, and visitor slippers were provided (anti-static slippers when visiting factories).



Yes, I see quite a few houses in my neighbourhood with piles of shoes on the front porch.
 
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Taking your shoes off before going into a home is a very common practice in the Philippines. Often, however, footwear (shoes, sandals, flip-flops) is taken off at the threshold and left by the main door, inside the house. It's such an ingrained habit that I did something really funny while driving down to Florida from Ohio one time.

I like to drive at night on long road trips like that because traffic is lighter and the kids just sleep and I can play whatever music I like. Several hours into the trip, somewhere in North Carolina, I was getting really drowsy and was starting to nod off at the wheel so I asked my wife to take over driving for a couple of hours. I stopped at the next rest area, got out and, half awake, walked around to the other side of the van as my wife scooted over to the driver's side to take over. Off we went and I settled into the passenger side seat to get a couple of hours rest.

When I woke up later and asked my wife to stop so I could take over driving again, I couldn't find my flip-flops anywhere. After a couple of minutes looking for them and finding nothing, I realized that in my half-awake state earlier, I had automatically taken off my flip-flops before I climbed back into the van when we stopped in North Carolina. My wife and I had a good laugh imagining the pair of flip-flops just sitting there in the rest stop parking lot where I had left them without even giving it a second thought.
 
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I live in Scandinavia and we do take of our school. Some French people do not and it's disgusting!
 
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*Sorry, we take of our shoes! Not schools! Autocorrect*
 
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In Florida, floors are generally warm enough to go barefoot inside. As a result, I have a nasty kink on one toe because I was in the garage about 6 months ago and a tape-measure fell off a shelf and onto my foot. I possibly broke something, or at least somehow damaged a tendon. Not sure if it will ever go back to normal.

So now I usually wear slippers at a minumum. I also like to slam toes into furniture.

For many years I wore lace-up shoes. Those are a real pain to remove at the door, and socks can get pretty ripe in a normal day in a sub-tropical climate. Now I wear moccasins, which at least gets rid of the lacing problem.

It's actually a bit difficult to remove shoes at the door here due to lack of a place to stow them. Outside is little weather protection. Inside, and chances are that the cat will abuse them.
 
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In my own home, I keep my shoes on if I'm going out again soon (like within a few hours). For longer than that, it's more comfortable without them.

When I have guests, I don't ask them to take off their shoes unless it is snowing outside. (because then there is chemical on the ground.)

If I'm going to friends homes I honor their wishes. Most, but not all, of my friends prefer no outside shoes in the house.
 
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Yes. Generally shoes off inside the house.
 
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I always take off my shoes when I'm at home. I just do not understand how you can not take off your shoes when you go into someone's house, but you can bring a lot of dirt with you. I even change shoes at work in my shoes.
 
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