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Question of the Day #23: Do you wear shoes at home?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by genuinemommy, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Do you wear the shoes you wear outdoors in your home?
    Why/ why not?
  2. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    I will often walk to my office or bedroom (assuming my shoes aren't dirty) before taking them off.

    But beyond that, I am almost always barefoot when inside. Sometimes when it is cold enough I'll wear some warm slippers I got as a gift last spring. On even rarer occasions I'll leave my socks on, but they almost always come off with my shoes, and don't go back on until I am ready to put my shoes on and leave.
  3. grumpyolddude

    grumpyolddude Very Tilted Donor

    Depending on the weather, I'll either take my shoes off just inside the door, or wear them into my bedroom, where I change to either bare feet or slippers.
  4. ZombieSquirrel

    ZombieSquirrel Brrrrrrrains Donor


    DaddySquirrel is Japanese. It's a cultural thing.

    Also, shoes are gross.
  5. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    Mostly I take them off after the entrance hallway.

    But I'm not too worried about it.
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  6. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    Nope. I don't want to vacuum that much.
  7. Japchae

    Japchae Very Tilted Donor

    No. I don't like shoes. I'm from Florida. It was hard enough to transition between flip flops to real sandals. And then in the winter to have to go to closed-toed is torture. I'm sure it'll change when we move north. I don't like the dirt or germs. And, I don't like shoes.
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  8. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    Hey man, I live here. There are two seasons: Chacos and boots (hiking, fashion, cowboy, whatevs).
  9. Japchae

    Japchae Very Tilted Donor

    Pffft, chacos. They're the running joke in our house.... That's how you know you've assimilated; you wear Chacos. Never.
    My feet get cold really easily. It's 75* outside, the air conditioner is set at 74* in here and I've already had one shower to warm up. My feet are like ice. So, it's shoes outside, socks inside. Or blankets. Shoes are a pain. :)
  10. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    So then you'll look like a non-native and have to bear the scorn that may come with. Teva flip-flops are also acceptable, but if you're hiking in summer, it's either boots or Chacos. River: Chacos. Beach: Chacos. Otherwise, you're not really an Oregonian.

    These statements, by virtue of me being originally a Washingtonian, but outweighed by 20 years of living in Oregon, yet still having to visit family in Washington (namely parents), also apply there.

    You also need to learn to wear fleece. We live in fleece.

    Edited to add: it could be Keens, or less likely, regular Tevas.
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  11. Charlatan

    Charlatan sous les pav├ęs, la plage Donor

    In Canada, our shoes/boots stay in the entry (or get put away in a closet). If you want foot ware in the house, you wear slippers.

    In Singapore, we leave our shoes on a rack outside (mostly because we can). It's warm enough that I don't need to wear slippers in the house.
  12. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    I hleped a friend clean her house he other day. Her comment was, "I would love to have a house that's clean enough to not wear shoes someday." And I just nodded. But it really struck me as odd that she didn't see it the other way around - remove the shoes and the home does not pick up the dust of the world. Removing shoes is the first step, not vice versa.

    My mother in law's home leaves my feet black, but I still go barefoot there. When I lived there I tried to keep her home cleaner, but my efforts were completely negated by the men of the house with their creative ability to track grease from one end of the house to another in short order. So I understand now why she embraced wearing shoes at home.

    Nothing says "I'm comfortable" more than bare feet / cozy socks. I keep my house pretty clean by most standards.
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  13. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    I know when I need to mop by the bottoms of my feet.
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  14. spindles

    spindles Very Tilted

    Sydney, Australia
    Having floorboards throughout helps with respect to shoes. I tend to keep them on, but will also quite often (season dependent) be in bare feet or ugg boots (at home). The cleanliness of the floor is not helped by the furry and non-furry children - neither seem capable of wiping their feet.
  15. CinnamonGirl

    CinnamonGirl The Cheat is GROUNDED! Donor

    Not usually...but it's more of a comfort thing than a cleanliness thing. I either take them off in the living room, or walk down the hallway and take them off in the extra bedroom (where my computer is.) I have slippers, but those are mostly for standing on the back steps in the winter while the dogs are out. I usually walk around in socks in the house.
  16. omega

    omega Very Tilted Donor

    I wear shoes in the house. I think people who have pets and are adamant about cleanliness and no shoes have a giant blind spot in their vision. I mean, cats are gross. The way to get a cat box cleaner is to throw dry dusty grit in it. Which your cat pissed and shits in before climbing up on your furniture. Never mind hairballs and vomit. (My gf has a cat, so I have seen first hand the grossness). And I love my late dog of 14 years, but they are in and out of the backyard multiple times a day. What do they do in the yard? Piss and shit. Which they inevitably step in. And rain spreads fecal matter around. So if you have a pet, it's probably better to wear shoes. And not lounge on the carpet.
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  17. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member

    I go with the flow. When I get out of bed I will stay barefoot until it's time to leave the house. then I put on socks and shoes. If I don't leave home, I may end up barefoot all day.

    When I return to the house I leave my shoes on until I have reason to remove them, like going to bed.

    I do remove my shoes if they are dirty or wet when I come in the house. The mud room between garage and kitchen even has a sink where I keep bristle brushes for washing mud off of shoes. The only downside is that in the winter that floor is really cold.

    I'll sometimes wear sandals, are those considered shoes? I've never cared for either slippers or flip-flops, and socks w/o shoes can be slippery on hardwood or tile floors.

    I am somewhat annoyed by folk who expect their guests to remove shoes. I guess it's their house, but they should at least provide a chair or bench near the entry.
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  18. IanBrianna

    IanBrianna New Member

    In Norway it's the custom to take shoes off inside. They are left in the vestibule.
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  19. Stan

    Stan Resident Dumbass Donor

    Shoes. socks, slipper, or barefoot, I just do what I feel like. And yes, I own a pair of Chacos, too.

    It's not like Molly or Jackson wipe their feet.

    Our home is all hardwood or tile, it's easy to see and clean dirty floors.
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