Shoes-on or shoes-off house?

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The holiday season is almost upon us and that means holiday parties and visitors.

But is it okay to ask your guests to take off their shoes at the door? How do you feel about being asked to take off your shoes when you go to someone’s house?

A blog post on about the issue is going viral online. She offers 10 reasons why their household is a “shoes-off” one. The reasons vary from preserving their carpet to keeping “grass, leaves, mud, dirt, bugs, gum, oil, tar and yes, and animal poo” out of their house.

Click here to read the original blog post.


  • penny

    Shoes off. Yes it is most definitely ok to ask your guests to please remove their shoes. I feel it is rude not to remove your shoes when you enter a home, Unless you are old other wise from the home owner.

  • Tim

    When you visit someone’s home, you should expect to abide by their customs. Offer to remove your shoes and the homeowners will let you know if it is unnecessary. This is common sense and common courtesy. I don’t understand why there even needs to be a debate about this.

  • MJ Brewer

    I’ve been a “shoes off” gal for a long time. It’s dirty tracking dirt, mud, and anything else you’ve been walking around in outside into the house where others have their shoes off. It doesn’t take that long to remove them and it’s courteous.

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