Post # 1
I just commented on another flooring thread and some of the PP’s mentioned disliking certain floors in certain places because of wear and tear from shoes.
Personally, I think wearing shoes inside is gross. They get dirt, dust, dog poop, bugs etc on them outside. Why would you track that in your house? My fiancé wants a dog someday and I’ve even told him that the dog will have to wear dog shoes outside or else have her paws washed before coming into the house.
It seems to be more common in the US than in Canada, I don’t know too many people here who wear shoes inside but I’ve seen it all the time south of the border. Maybe because you have less of a winter?
So I’m curious – why wear shoes inside? Don’t your floors gross you out? Do you wear them right up to bed at night? I just don’t get it!
Post # 3
Nope, we do not! We have hardwood floors and we have an area near the front door for shoes (even our guests take off their shoes when they come in!)
Post # 4
We have all wood floors, so there’s no wear and tear issue. I generally take my shoes off in the bedroom and put on my slippers. I don’t walk around bare-foot because that grosses me out.
Post # 5
I voted sometimes, but not because of the reason you mentioned – sometimes I’ll wear them around in the morning as I’m getting ready, and normally in the summer I’ll wear my flipflops inside just out of habit. I usually take boots or other shoes off when I’ve been out in the snow or wet/muddy conditions. But I mean, I mop and sweep my floors once a week so I don’t really see the fuss.
Post # 6
Taking your shoes off as soon as you get home is very Canadian. When I first moved here I thought WTF are we in Japan? (another place I have visited that insists on you removing your shoes, it’s the polite thing to do) I really didn’t understand it until I had lived here awhile. I think its more because in winter you get all kinds of slush, snow & salt on your shoes and it’s bad form to walk it through your house (or anyone elses for that matter)
In Australia, UK, America etc I have never been asked to take off my shoes.
I find the best thing to do is to just follow the home owners lead. If they take off their shoes then you should too.
Post # 7
Growing up, we never took our shoes off inside, but my husband’s family did (he says it’s because they are Korean, haha). Now, we have a spot near the door where we take our shoes off. However, if I’m carrying a bunch of bags when I come in, or I’m about to leave and I forgot something, I will wear my shoes for a bit. I totally understand the qualms about germs and dirt from outside particularly because I’m pregnant, and will be especially when I have a baby crawling on the floor, but before that I wasn’t particularly worried because it isn’t like I crawl around on the floor often haha.
Post # 8
We don’t, but I’ll often leave mine on and not think about it. It annoys the heck out of FI and he actually takes my shoes off forcefully, haha.
Post # 9
I was rasied not wearing shoes in the house, so it grosses me out when it’s done. I always take them off. If I wear them inside, it’s just a couple steps in to put stuff down. Guests don’t ALWAYS take off shoes…depends on who it is, but they usually do. It’s a little much for the dog (I understand why, but I don’t always think about it). It’s just too much work to constantly clean the dogs feet. I do use a towel when it’s muddy/wet outside though.
Post # 10
No. I don’t like it either due to all the gross things you step on outside. But I think you are going overboard with having to make your dog wear shoes!
Post # 11
I grew up in a house where everyone took their shoes off upon entering. It just keeps the house so much cleaner that way! Sometimes it gets awk though when you have people over, and they make a big stink about taking their shoes off. And everytime I want to tell them to just go home, but I keep my mouth shut and just clean the floors after lol
Post # 12
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I don’t think about all the germ stuff. We take our shoes of when its snowy so we don’t track mud and pools of melting snow through the house, and leave them on in the summer. I just assume my somewhat occasional floor-mopping gets rid of any gross non-visible stuff. Ignorance is bliss 🙂
Post # 13
i always take my shoes off. yes, it’s probably a canadian thing.
we also have a home in mexico and no one removes their shoes but we still do. it’s all tiled floors. we have a mat at the front door and exchange our shoes for our indoor flip flops. our local guests never remove their shoes and look a bit confused when they see our shoes lined up on the mat.
my mother always told me, “it only takes a minute to remove your shoes but it takes longer than that to wash your floor”. so true.
Post # 14
I do usually. This week is very icy/slushy/gross out so I have been taking them off when I walk in. But normally we wear shoes in the house. At night it’s slippers because I hate being barefoot.
We also have a dog and I can tell you that putting those booties on every time you go outside will get really old, really fast! The salt in the winter bothers my dogs paws and she’s prone to infections so when it gets really bad we have to put them on her. But it’s a pain and she hates them.
Post # 15
I have 60+year old parquet floors that have some wear to them from previous owners. I always take my shoes off upon entering. The only time I do not is when Im the first one home and I need to let the dog out.
Post # 16
Once we get out house I will NOT allow shoes in the house. They will need to put on slippers or something. I can see what it has done to our carpet at the apt and I am less than enthused about getting it steam cleaned.
The only person I would probably let wear their shoes in my house would be my mom because she always wipes her feet really well and she has a hard time getting her shoes on and off. But everyone else can take 5 seconds to remove their shoes.
The dog doesn’t need shoes though lol. That is a bit much. I’d leave him out in a garage or something until he dries off and then wipe his feet or something.