This started from this Question of the Day and I thought it could be it’s own post. To take off your shoes when you go in the house or not?
I do always take mine off. Almost no matter what. I’m the one who has to clean the floor so I’m sure that’s why. Shoes are also so dirty that it drives me bat shit crazy thinking of all the places those shoes have walked during that day. I mean I take my jeans off if I’ve been to any public place and the bottoms have dragged on the floor and put them in the hamper so what about the shoes??? What about people who go into every single restroom they come across in a day and then walk in their house or put their feet up on something IN THEIR SHOES????
We also were taught as children to take our shoes off at the door. We never walked through the house with them on so I’m sure that has a lot to do with it too. I do know a LOT of people though who just come walking right in with their shoes on. The thought to take them off doesn’t even seem to enter their minds and I’d never say anything but inside I’m thinking “they better not have a pebble or something in there that’s going to scratch my floor.” It’s not just germs. People can bring something in on their shoes that can wreck your floors.
Paul’s famous for saying “I’m just rushing in for a second” but his shoes are full of grass clippings or they’re wet or just sandy. He doesn’t think his “minute” will take me a lot of minutes to clean up. It doesn’t bother me anymore unless I’ve just mopped.
Do you think this is regional? I know in Canada people would never walk in the house with their shoes on. Out here now where I live, almost everyone takes off their shoes at the door. There are just a few I know who don’t. Do you think it was how you were raised? Do you take yours off? Why or why not?