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  1. Nana

    I personally find it insulting to ask guests to take off their shoes unless an unusual circumstance ie: they are grossly muddy or dripping dirty slush. I feel sort of like I am being asked to use the servant’s entrance instead of the main entry. I am not a fanatic housekeeper but I consider my home to be clean. If a house is so fine the guests and family can’t use it I think that is sad. My son’s wife expects shoe removal and it instantly makes me feel less than welcome. In the winter their floors are cold and in a brief time so are my feet. Just my opinion and I say nothing to cause friction but I can think it!

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    1. Kevin

      I hear you, Nana…thanks for your sharing your thoughts!

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  2. Judy Goodwin

    i HA! The last thing I do when I leave the house is put on my shoes and the first thing I do when I get back is kick them off. I would never dream of asking guests to remove their shoes but I wouldn’t mind if they did. It is a family thing for us. We did that at my parents and now at my and at my sisters house. The first thing I do when I enter her home is go to the spot where she leaves her shoes and leave mine there, too. I think a lot of it has to do with people who have trouble getting shoes that are comfortable. But , also, it’s sort of a family tradition. We just do it. No known reason.

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  3. Linda from KY

    The only time I required guests to remove their shoes was after we moved into this house, which we had built new. The builders hadn’t yet graded the lot, so it was really muddy. I didn’t want people tracking mud over my new carpet. Usually, I don’t care whether people wear their shoes in my house or not. I frequently go barefoot myself. In fact, I’m sans shoes right now.

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  4. grapenutquilter

    I have several places I go that removing shoes is a requirement. Personally I do not like it as I wear corrective shoes and they are not easily slipped off but when in Rome….. To solve the issue I take clean never worn outside slippers that I can put my shoe inserts for flat feet in and everyone is happy.

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  5. Diana Glover

    We have new very light-colored carpets so my husband & I “invite” guests to either remove their shoes or put on little plastic covers over their shoes (which we keep near the door). Neither of us ever wear shoes around the house & when I go visiting, I always make the effort to remove my shoes first. Most of our friends don’t bother about shoes, but they have told me they appreciate my offer to remove my shoes. To me, it’s just a show of respect for someone else’s property & home…not a sign of whether I feel welcome or not. Feeling welcome or not comes from the person – not the act of asking someone (or not asking someone) to remove their shoes.

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    1. Kevin

      Diana – Thanks for sharing that. Interesting. The plastic covers would be a good compromise, I would think. As long as I am wearing decent socks, I personally don’t mind removing my shoes…but there’s nothing worse than being asked to remove them and suddenly I am left with exposed holey socks or, worse, barefoot! – Kevin

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