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.
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).