Monday, June 30, 2014

My Shoes Stay On

There are people who are weird about wearing shoes in the house.



I understand. Shoes track in dirt from outside. They also are harder on flooring, causing scratches. There's a reason many people's foyers look like this.



But when I'm at home, I usually wear house shoes



There's a reason for that. When I was a kid, I was walking around the house when I stepped on a needle. It broke off in my foot and I had to have it surgically removed.



There's a reason to wear shoes inside, people. It's called "stepping on things."



Still...I'll take my shoes off when I visit your house. After all, wouldn't want to get dirt on your carpet.



Do you allow shoes in your house?

94 comments:

  1. Well since I have both kids and dogs I frequently step on legos and things the dogs chews on and leave somewhewe. But I live in a country where people TAKE OFF THEIR SHOES when entering a house. Leaving them on is simply not something you do, period.

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  2. I admit, we're the weird ones who don't wear shoes in the house. They do track stuff in. No kids, so no toys on the floor, and with just the two of us, we keep it pretty clean.

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  3. I take my shoes off when I enter a home (mine included), more so out of habit than anything. But I am not offended if someone else doesn't. To each his or her own :)

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  4. In case my needle story wasn't horrific enough, my manicurist stepped on a Christmas bulb and it broke and shards of glass entered her foot and made a home there...she had to have all of that surgically removed.

    I usually wear flip flops around my house. I also can't stand when one little piece of dirt gets on my foot. In a hardwood floor world, that happens a LOT. I'm weird!

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  5. I like walking bare feet on clean floors in my house in warm weather.
    I wear socks in cooler weather and slippers when the floors are cold.

    I take my shoes off when I enter my own house or someone's house unless they tell me to keep them on.

    In my house, guests are not required to remove their shoes unless they are wet or muddy. Older people are asked to keep their shoes on, out of consideration for them.

    JB

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  6. I've always not worn shoes inside because I've read it's better for your feet. Also, the whole carcinogen thing about what's on the ground outdoors! But if you have 'house shoes' you don't have to worry about that.

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  7. Leave them on, take them off, not an issue in our house, unless your shoes are muddy. The only thing we warn people about is that our kitchen has a hardwood floor, so it can be really slippery if you're just in stockinged feet.

    If I'm going to spend the day at home, I'll either wear just socks in the Summer, or slippers in winter. However, if I know I'm going out some time during the day, I'll put my shoes on when I get dressed in the morning.

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  8. In my country we always take off shoes when inside. Nobody ever enters your house in shoes.... But it is because we don't have so many hardwood floors, our apartments and houses are mostly carpeted and our streets are dirty and dusty and muddy .....

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  9. We do not remove our shoes on entering our house. I've had foot surgery and it hurts my foot to walk on hard surfaces barefoot. That being said, I would definitely be a shoe-less house if my husband would cooperate. Because of my foot problem, I'd put on shoes specifically used for inside wear. (They're called house shoes.) Less allergens, less dirt, less vacuuming, and less work.

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  10. We don't remove our shoes altho in the summer the chances are I'm not wearing any.

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  11. I don't wear shoes as often as I can get away with not wearing shoes and therefore *I* don't wear them in my house. They come off at the door. FREEEDDDOOOMMMM!! :-)

    I don't care if my guests wear shoes inside. However, when people come in they see my pile of shoes in the wicker basket by the door and think that means I don't allow anyone to wear shoes inside and they take theirs off, too. They do this even when I say it's OK not to.

    I live in a townhouse with no foyer, so it's pretty much impossible to keep shoes off at least part of the carpet, anyway, unless I make people take their shoes off outside. I'm far more concerned with being a good hostess and people being comfortable and welcome in my house than making them leave their shoes outside.

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  12. My back blows, so I have no choice, shoes have to stay on. When I come home I take my outdoor shoes off and put my indoor shoes on. Then no dirt gets tracked, easy peasy.

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  13. The Lego gif had me laughing out loud-that is sooo true! My kids (and husband, snort) are hard core Lego fanatics and they're EVERYWHERE-it's dangerous to not wear shoes in my house, lol. We always wear shoes in and I don't ask guests to take theirs off either. I vacuum and sweep every day (sometimes twice), so it's not that big of a deal :)

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  14. Ouch about the needle!

    I only take my shoes off in my house because my feet get too hot with shoes on. :-P But I don't care if anyone else wears shoes inside. You can vacuum up dirt. ;)

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  15. I live in a country where shoes in the house are taboo. When we are home we wear house shoes or slippers for the problem of stepping on things. Ouchy for the needle, thought.

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  16. Yes, I allow shoes in my house. I don't like to take my shoes off and walk around barefoot. Some houses are cleaner than other houses too. I'm just saying.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  17. to each his own. my place is free and easy - riddled with dog hair, mud, sand. i go barefoot except in winter when i wear slippers against that cold tile. otherwise, it is down-to-earth natural. :)

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  18. We got new carpeting last year and instituted a no shoes rule. With 2 dogs running in and out it doesn't make much of a difference. I'm usually barefoot inside. Have stepped on pins, pieces of glass, thumb tacks but nothing that had to be surgically removed.

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  19. Haha, the pictures. Especially the dog and the cat. My dog shoves his face in them and then gets up and has a slipper face, hilarious. And he still keeps doing it. I have carpet and lino so yeah, shoes off. But slipper shoes and flats are welcome. I do the same at other houses too. Or at least ask. But yikes and ouch, needle! My mum stepped on a garden fork once and it went through her foot, and my cousin put her wrist through a glass door. Me? Nothing. The worse I've done is step on glass and pins.

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  20. I always wear shoes in the house. I wear sandals in the summer, tennis shoes in the fall/winter. Your story about the needle is chilling, and I've never had anything like that happen, thankfully, but I'm weird about dirt and crumbs, etc., and I don't want those things stuck to my socks or the bottom of my bare feet. It really bothers me when I go into a house and am required to remove my shoes.

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  21. My feet say ouch for you! No one has to remove their shoes in my house. It's the country in me that keeps my shoes off in the house. When I go back to work my feet will cry all day.

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  22. I've stepped on a needle too, and had to have it surgically removed. It wasn't fun! We still don't wear shoes in the house, though. It's better for our carpets.

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  23. Yeah, I'd rather people keep their shoes on in my place--unless they're really need to take 'em off.

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  24. We do both--shoes and no shoes. However, guests never remove their shoes. I suspect that going shoeless might increase your shoe size. That could be a reason for people wearing shoes inside:)

    Thanks for commenting on my art website situation.

    Mary Montague Sikes

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  25. I'm not that difficult, I'm usually without any shoes at home but I can wear shoes, it depends on what I'm doing.

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  26. I hate wearing shoes. I would love to take my shoes off in other people's houses, but their house...I follow their lead. In my house, you are my guest and you do what you feel comfortable. If you want to take them off, by all means. If you want to leave them on, by all means.

    I do have a vacuum cleaner, ya know.

    Oh. I stepped on a needle once when I was a teenager because my little brother had gotten into my cross stitch needle case. Thankfully, it didn't break off. But I had to pull it out of my heel. OUCH! *grumble-littlebrothersinmyroom-grumble*

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  27. I think perhaps it's a carpet thing. We don't have a scrap of carpet in our house. I do miss carpet! I'm noticing most new homes are hardwood with maybe one or two carpeted rooms. When I lived in a place with carpet, I never even thought to wear shoes. Hardwood and tile...things get stuck to your feet even if you sweep every day. And that part drives me up a wall!

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  28. We allow shoes in our home. I'm uncomfortable without my shoes on unless I'm in water.

    In Japan, it's customary to remove your shoes before entering someone's home, so we sort of always remove our shoes if it is the wish of the host/hostess.

    Other than that, I cover my feet! No telling what you might step in even in a house. Pets anyone? :)

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  29. I am all for shoes. Doesn't bother me one bit. Usually when I get home mine come off. Not because of worries about the appearance but because I love to live in bare feet. :D

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  30. We are a shoes stay on type family. We have a dog which means you never know what she has decided to drag out and I would be so embarrased if you stepped on her chewed up wet toy...

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  31. Stephanie great post--nice images. My feet are bare is I write this comment, as they usually are at home. Since I scrub my hardwood floors on my hands and knees I greatly prefer it if people take their shows off when entering my home. I'm not strict about it though because it is a matter of comfort and preference of my house guests.

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  32. I actually don't mind shoes in the house but then again, I haven't stepped on anything (knock on wood!).And I wouldn't mind if a friend or relative had a "no shoes" policy in their house.

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  33. I don't wear shoes in the house, but I don't have piles of shoes in my foyer. I take off my shoes and put them in the appropriate shoe slot in my bedroom closet. I wear slippers around the house to keep my feet soft and clean and protected. I do not ask my guests to remove their shoes, but when my kids were growing up, they told their friends to take off their shoes and we had a closet near the door with shoe racks for the shoes of guests.

    Love,
    Janie

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  34. I have my special inside-the-house-shoes. Comfortable and always clean ;-)

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  35. We don't wear shoes in the house and expect our guests to do as we do. To be honest it seems very weird to wear shoes in the house unless you have to.

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  36. Nope. No shoes allowed in my house. It was very weird for me when I realised that in the US lots of people wore shoes in the house, up here it's mostly expected you'll take them off at the door (there are, of course, exceptions).

    Sorry about that needle though :( Having stepped on plenty of stuff, including pins and needles, myself I am sympathetic. Luckily, I've never had to have anything removed surgically though. Ouch!

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  37. Ouch with your injury from the needle! Yep, I agree, shoes in the house! This carpet is so old, but I never cared if the kids and their friends had their shoes on. You could tell which of their friendsd had the policy at their house of no shoes because they minute they came into our house, their shoes went off. I go with the flow, if someone wants shoes off, I'll do it.

    betty

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  38. I try to get my bf to take them off at the door, but I'm not always successful. Most people automatically take them off.

    I have ran through in my sandals, in a pinch. Your injury sounds really painful!

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  39. I don't mind when people wear shoes in the house. I like to take mine off, simply because I like to get comfortable.

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  40. We don't dictate either way. Those of us that live in the house take off our shoes. But we don't force anyone who comes over to take off theirs. It's really comfort related for us, but then again, I tend to wear dress shoes.

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  41. I'm a barefoot kind of gal. I won't wear shoes unless I have to. But there is no shoes-off rule in my house.

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  42. I hate stepping on Legos inside of the house. I've done this too many times to keep count! The tinier they are, the more they seem to hurt. Your incident with the needle sounds horrific, Stephanie! Super ouch=(

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  43. If you ever visit me, feel free to leave your shoes on. :)

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  44. I almost never wear shoes in my house. But I don't ask others to take their shoes off when they come over.

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  45. yup, we have very old wood floors that still provide a generous supply of slivers. Can't afford to replace 'em yet

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  46. I usually take off my shoes, but I don't care if other people do or not. I have a friend who has a variety of slippers at the door for other guests to wear. What do you think of that?

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  47. I don't usually wear shoes in the house. I'm not a big fan. But I don't care if other people do. My roommate vacuums so often that it would be kind of hard to step on something unsavory.

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  48. I didn't know there were people who don't wear (at least house-)shoes in the house. How do they clean their socks? I bet they don't have any animals either...And what about cold floors? Anyway, until I have kids who crawl on the floor I am leaving my outside (gasp) shoes on in my house, why wouldn't I. In the morning it's flipflops.

    http://bellapummarola.blogspot.it/

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  49. Theresa--that sounds great if you can find one size fits all varieties!

    If I had carpet, I can guarantee I'd be a lot lazier about wearing shoes. I hate walking on these cold floors with bare feet! I'm barefoot sitting on the sofa now...but as soon as I get up, I slip my flip flops on to walk around. These flip flops don't really go outside, so no tracking of outside stuff.

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  50. Thankfully I don't have carpet except in the bedroom - I hate carpet! Doesn't do my allergies any favours, I can tell you! But I prefer to wear socks around the house, at least, 'cause my floor is sometimes in need of a mop and I can't be bothered, but don't want to get my feet dirty. :P

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  51. My finacee's family is very strict about it as most Asian cultures frown upon shoes in the house.

    I don't care when it comes to my house.

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  52. Here in Malaysia we basically don't allow shoes in the house. At my house, we prepare shoe rack outside so people can put their shoes in the rack before stepping in. Inside near the door, we prepare house slippers for anyone who wants to wear them. :)

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  53. It's customary to take your shoes off before entering most Indian homes, Stephanie. However, people do have 'home' slippers. Perhaps they need to keep a few for guests as well? ;)

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  54. I use flip flop like you always in house but I have reasons too I live in countryside always you can find dangerous things in yourr feets!
    Is complicated and understandyou.
    The kids are funny they have their tennis always in the door when they enter but is for they like .

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  55. it's not uncommon. if you lived in the islands (any one of them) it's definitely more traditional :D

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  56. Hi Theresa.We have friends who leave a basket of guest slippers by the door. We actually take our own slippers to wear when visiting and many reciprocate when coming to us

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  57. Off on the door, but wear house shoes which goes off on the door going out :)

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  58. We've always had polished wood floors, so growing up we NEVER wore shoes in the house. It's just habit now. Plus I rarely wear shoes...barefeet ftw. x) But ohhhh, I remember skidding around on floors on my knees when I was little and I got a huge splintered stuck right up my knee. Omg, painful memories. xD lol! I'm thinking it would be similar to the needle breaking off in your foot. OUCH.

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  59. I love walking bare feet at home!!!!
    Great post!!!
    Happy july!!
    http://expressyourselfbypaolaaluretano.blogspot.it

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  60. Yes, I'm with you! My house is usually so dirty, my husband jokes that bugs PUT shoes on when they come in our house :)
    Plus, I have bad feet so if I go barefoot all day, my feet hurt very badly and I'm always looking for a SIT. If I wear the right shoes? I'm more apt to run after the kids and join in their dance parties and whatnot. Our carpet is filthy, but we have fun!

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  61. We're a relaxed no shoes house where we like people to take off their shoes, but we're not super strict. I also had to have a needle surgically removed as a kid, but it was in my lower leg near my knee where I knelt on a needle while sewing doll clothes with a friend. It didn't hurt that bad, but they told me I had a broken leg in the ER. It wasn't until I went for a follow up that the Dr. was like "looks like something's in there." Yikes.

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  62. Ouch that had to hurt ...... even more than the time I stood on a staple.

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  63. I'm fine with shoes in the house--personally I like wearing my shoes when I'm in someone's house just because I'm paranoid about stepping on something, as it's happened before lol. But if asked I'll take them off, no problem.

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  64. I'm with you. I ALWAYS wear shoes in the house. Had a stepping on a light bulb one christmas incident and, well, I have a herd and they sometimes leave "presents" around and I'd much rather have shoes on then bare feet with that. lol

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  65. I do make my kids take off their shoes but honestly, that is mostly because there almost always is something gross on the bottom of their shoes LOL. But I don't make visitors or other family members do it and I usually have slippers on, especially in the winter because my feet are always cold. My husband never takes his shoes off anymore. When my kids were really little and crawling on the floors I did make everyone take theirs off but that was mostly for the germ factor. Now that they are grown I don't worry about it as much.

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  66. I hate, hate, hate having to removing my shoes in someone's house. I'm very self-conscious about my feet, so I'd rather leave my shoes on. And what if I have a whole in my sock? I don't want anyone seeing that? lol

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  67. It is shoes off in my home. As a single woman I thought that white carpeting would look great...it does but you can't wear shoes!
    I always remove my shoes when I visit since you'll have to when/if you visit me

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  68. i take my shoes all around my house hihihi
    www.mrsnoone.it
    kiss

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  69. Considering that my home often looks like chaos and I see furry things flying around, I don't mind if people wear their shoes in my home. I figure with the cats upchucking cat grass or their food on the carpet, Mia aka, The Fat cat, placing her ass on the carpet and dragging it leaving a skid mark(cue the visual), I figure it is better to leave the shoes on. Now if it was spick and span or if I am visiting someone else, I always take my shoes off unless they tell me to keep them on.

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  70. I always wear something on my feet because I'm accident prone. I stub my toes when I'm barefoot. I do have shoes I only wear indoors though. Still I don't make guests remove their shoes unless they're muddy or something.

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  71. I don't wear shoes in the house much. It is now just the hubs and I, so no more stepping on little toys left lying around. Did you ever step on Barbie shoes? Those hurt as bad as legos!

    I always try to take my shoes off when I enter someone else's home.

    That needle story is horrible! I hurt just thinking about how you must have felt.

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  72. I allow shoes in my house... I have hardwood floors and I would prefer people leave shoes on... I don't mind mopping up after someone leaves... I don't want anyone to hurt their feet while visiting me ♥

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  73. Let me put it this way...our closets are FILLED with more shoes than anyone would think [close to Ms. Marcos]---and I don't mind anyone wearing shoes here or going without. It's up to them. Now, me....I LOVE shoes, but at home, I'd prefer going barefooted.

    Ouch on the needle! Whoa.

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  74. I admit to preferring no shoes in the house. I feel like it cuts down on dirt/germs.

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  75. I hate walking around the house w shoes because it gets the carpets dirtier quicker, however, you're right! Sometimes a lightbulb breaks, a needle is loose and things just stick ya! I, too, invested into a nice pair of house shoes!


    xo, N
    www.natashasolae.com

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  76. You can wear shoes at my house, Steph. I do scatter lots of rugs around:)

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  77. We're a no shoes house. Two years in Japan is what did it for me. Wearing outdoor shoes inside just feels weird.

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  78. We do not wear outside shoes in the house, but have house slipper with hard bottoms

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  79. We do. Of course, most people will take theirs off if they are muddy, etc. I'm with you. I prefer shoes in the house for a number of reasons. Including the errant Lego. I also feel more "dressed" when I have shoes on.

    Have a great weekend and Happy 4th!:)

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  80. We are ok with either. As a family with lots of tracking going on, we take off our shoes and when regular visitors are over they usually do as well. We have plenty of people who don't and that is ok as well.

    If I had your experience, I would be singing a different tune as well though.

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  81. I prefer slippers or moccasins (actual ones, not the things I see that have the name for no logical reason). To my understanding, shoes bring in not only dirt, but also germs from the outside. Not being someone who has much skin contact with carpet, this doesn't concern me a great deal. I do object to shoes on the furniture- especially the coffee table or the bed. (Sure, just put the bottom of your shoe next to the chips and dip. I like eating mud...) But there IS another scenario to consider- homes with people who do hang out on the carpet, and will lick those fibers and eat tiny pebbles that might fall out of a shoe's groove. Who would do such a thing?
    Babies.
    Those first few years are madness. Some parents cope by not letting the little ones crawl on the floor, or by designating a certain safe area. And others are in favor of germ-training, letting the kid lick a shoe, eat a rock, play in the cat litter...
    People are funny like that. Germaphobes on one end, dirt eaters on the other.
    Fun for writing characters! LOL

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  82. Yep, shoes allowed in our house. There was a time (while in Japan) shoes were not allowed but it didn't stick when we came back. :)

    P.S. you won over on my blog. :)

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  83. I wear flip flops or slippers indoors. I'll only wear sneakers when I'm cleaning or working out, because it feels better for moving around. I allow shoes in my house.

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  84. Needles can do so much damage, Stephanie! :( I don't wear shoes in my house...well, I wear either socks or slippers, but not my outdoor shoes.

    So glad you got a kick out of the Meanwhile in Canada image I posted today. LOL! Yes, we have had some pretty strange days here in Montreal whereas it seems as if we have four seasons in one day. :) The weather can get pretty cockeyed sometimes.

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  85. Well, I wear shoes in my house and I allow my guests to wear shoes in my home too :)

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  86. I hate wearing shoes in the house. They feel uncomfortable to me. But I don't make people take their shoes off. Even though I hate germs, there are just too many people going in and out to keep track.

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  87. I'll add another angle to this discussion. Frequently, I have families over with children; I know they are out and about playing in the fields and creek.

    Their mother will tell them to remove their shoes, while I protest and advise, "NO, that is not necessary! Don't worry about it. It's not problem, really."

    The reality of my plea is that these kids have the stinkiest feet or shoes on the planet. They may be storing Limburger cheese in those shoes when they are not in use.

    Under NORMAL circumstances, I'm still a "shoes stay on" fan. Carpet can be scrubbed.

    Thanks for another great post!
    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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  88. I didn't wear shoes in home, I want my flat clean. And I prefer my guests take off their shoes! For that I have many indoor footwear.

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  89. Immediately after you said that you had stepped on something I thought about the many times I have stepped on legos! And then you had a little meme pic to go along with what I was thinking :) Those legos are a killer I tell ya! I let people keep their shoes on...unless it's been down pouring and my kids have muddy shoes...that's just filthy. Plus, with all my feet and ankle problems, I kind of have to wear some type of support all of the time...so I never take my shoes off now when I go to other people's houses. I just hope they understand!

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  90. When I was little I stepped on part of a bowl that had smashed. My parents thought they had got it all, but clearly not. It had to be taken out with tweezers by my dad and left a huge, painful hole in my foot. I wore shoes indoors for months after that. I now always wear fluffy PJ socks - NEVER BARE FEET! I don't mind shoes in the house, doesn't bother me in the slightest because I don't like taking mine off.

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  91. This made me chuckle. I discourage show wearing in the house, but it happens--mostly the kids.

    And I do it too every once in a while because I'm running in quick for something.

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