Take Those Dirty Shoes Off!

I’m one of “those” people.  You know the the type.  When you enter my home I expect you to take your shoes off.

I do wonder what people REALLY think about this.  I know what some of them think (some think I’m totally annoying, some who do the same at their homes don’t even think twice about it), but I really wish I could take some sort of anonymous poll.  It certainly wouldn’t change the way I do things, but for some reason I’d be curious to see the results.

Sometimes I wish I were another nationality so I could just say, “Oh, it’s part of my Korean culture.” or something like that.  It sure would be easier than having to make the verbal request to the people who don’t catch the hints when they walk in the door.  Seems pretty obvious to me that if no one else in the home is wearing shoes & there’s a special shoe mat with shoes on it right by the door, a person would figure out those nonverbal cues.  But some people don’t.  Or they’re just hoping to get past it without me having the guts to call them out.  But me being me… well… I’m no wallflower.  I’ve had stare-downs with a couple of tradesmen coming in to do work (cable guys, etc.) and I don’t feel one bit bad about it.  Even my kids will remind a forgetful guest to take their shoes off.  It’s so natural for them.

I mean, really, is anyone going to argue FOR keeping shoes on in the house?  Eeew!  You just walked through goose poop, gasoline, and God-only-knows-what-else in the parking lots and streets.  Why would I want that in my house?  (I know there are studies that say similar things about purses, etc.  I’ll have to post about my strategies for that another day.  My husband’s work bag is a big target for me.)

Since I’m going to be a big, fat meanie and make people take their shoes off all the time, I do have something to try to make them a bit more comfortable.

 This is our coat closet by our front door.  See those obnoxiously colored objects on the floor?

Slippers!  Guest slippers!

We got these a while back to offer our guests who have cold feet, wore a pair of socks with holes in them that day, are self conscious, are in need of a pedicure, …

They aren’t the most beautiful little things, but we didn’t want to spend a lot on each pair since they’ll be so rarely used, so this is what we ended up with.  I do hope this makes our guests feel more comfortable!

So let’s take a little unscientific poll…  What do you think?  Are you a shoes on or shoes off kind of household?  And if you are of the shoes on variety – what do you think about taking your shoes off at others’ houses?  I’m curious.

25 thoughts on “Take Those Dirty Shoes Off!

  1. I am a shoes on person. I’m not sure why but I put on shoes in the morning before I walk out of my bedroom….whether it’s slippers, or flip flops or tennis shoes, etc. and I wear shoes until I lay down for bed at night. I think this is a “me” problem. I also hate having my toes in the sand…. anyways, I have several friends with a “no shoe” policy house and I don’t mind leaving my shoes at the door. Do I hate
    being there and walking around w/out shoes? Yes, but I also respect their rules and don’t hesitate to follow them. One’s household is there’s and if you are entering it then u do what is expected. I do, however, love that u have slippers for guests. That goes above and beyond for people like me who don’t like walking around shoeless. Slippers count as shoes in my mind.

  2. Since I live in the land of the bare feet (I NEVER wear socks and ALWAYS wear sandals), I think it’s unpleasant to walk around in bare feet on the tile floor all the time. Also, the tile floors get dusty where I live even though they are mopped once a day. So I don’t like walking around in bare feet and getting dusty feet. (And once I broke my toe because nothing was protecting my feet and I clumsily bumped my foot on a corner.) We generally take off our shoes when are going to go on a carpeted area but I would never require my guests to do that. (And my carpets look like crap and that is probably why…) I think the rule to have no shoes in the house is okay but only if you do provide slippers. I would be horribly uncomfortable walking around in someone else’s house without shoes or slippers on. And, I think exceptions should be made for adult parties in my home where shoes could make someone’s outfit!

  3. I grew up in a “no shoes” home. I have continued the rule in my home, and I always remove my shoes when enetering other’s. For me and my home its very much about not walking through the house with the germs, dirt, spit, etc. you may have gotten on your shoes through out the day. Those can stay at the door…please and thank you. We get those looks and sighs too, but hey…my house my rules.

    • I agree and have a no shoes rule in the house too. I have a fun door stop at my front door that says ‘take off your shoes or scrub the floor’ but since have replaced it with something a little more friendly…’kick off your shoes and stay awhile’. We have a new home that came with light carpet (5000 sf of it!) and am trying to keep it clean. It’s pretty obvious when people step inside….yikes, who is brave enough to even look at it let alone dare to walk on it with shoes. The slippers are the best idea along with the nice sign on the basket at the front door. Everyone we have over automatically takes their shoes off without even asking, with the exception of my in-laws….anyone have a suggestion for that one?! (I do have a sense of humor so all comments are accepted!)

  4. I’m with you on shoes off. Most people ask, which I appreciate. I tell them whatever makes them most comfortable but by then they’ve seen the piles of shoes and succumb to the pressure. My parents now bring their own “inside” shoes and kindly keep their comments to themselves.
    Looking forward to hearing the bag idea. Constantly moving my husbands work bag back to the mudroom – eeew!

  5. I grew up in a shoes off household, and for the first 15 years and three other homes, we were “shoes off in the house” also. But in this house,it is shoes on or off – your choice. I never ask guests to take their shoes off, but most do (unless the shoes make the outfit!) I guess I don’t care because we have only tile and hardwood that can’t be ruined. Also, we don’t have a ton of traffic like when the kids were young and all at home. I am kind of grossed out thinking about shoe “germs” now that you pointed that out. I am not sure why I never thought about it before! Last, I am totally ok taking my shoes off at other people’s homes. But, if I don’t see shoes sitting by the door, I am inclined to leave them on……This is a great topic for the teachers lunch room!

  6. I most always take off my shoes when entering my house. I have a large carpet at the entry along with a shoe tray where I put my slippers when I leave the house. Unfortunately, I live with someone who doesn’t share my belief in removing dirty shoes before walking around the house. Makes me crazy! What’s worse, this certain someone wears his house/bedroom slippers outside, often in the garage, and then leaves them on in the house. That really makes me crazy.

    I have no problem, therefore, taking off my shoes in someone else’s house and usually take a pair of slippers along with me. No problem.

  7. We are a no-shoes house, but I HATE being barefoot. Even in summer I have to keep socks on in my own house. I also hate barefoot in slippers. All summer long, I keep socks in my purse in case it’s a no-shoes event. Basically, I say, if you are just having a small thing, shoes off, but I think you should let it slide if you are having a big party or something (unless it’s snowing).

  8. Excuse me! can you tell me where did you buy those beautiful Colorful slippers? I am trying to keep my house clean as well, but it has been hard since I don’t have slippers by the door, yours are simple and beautiful. I tried to use shoes cover, but they get off the shoes moments after the person starts walking. Thanks in advance.

    • We bought those slippers at Ikea. They were a little bright for what I had in mind, but at Ikea’s prices we couldn’t pass them up! 😉 Good luck!

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