Thursday, July 30, 2015

NorthJersey.com: Guests removing their shoes? Hosts love it or hate it

NorthJersey.com: Guests removing their shoes? Hosts love it or hate it

You go to someone's home wearing shoes that aren't — or, at least, don't appear to be — dirty. So, do you take them off, as a growing number of young people are doing? Do you leave them on? Or do you stand in the doorway, waiting for your host's instructions? (Followed, perhaps, by a brief lecture on bacteria, toxins and good old-fashioned D-I-R-T?)

The North Jerseyans we posed the question to on social media were almost evenly split on the matter.



Every American online newspaper seems to cover this topic in a general interest article at some point. I rarely see this topic discussed in British newspapers, except in the etiquette column.

Mumsnet: AIBU to tell people 'house rules' before they come & stay?

Mumsnet: AIBU to tell people 'house rules' before they come & stay?


Contrary to what is often said, a lot of posters on this thread suggested it is better to ask for shoes-off on arrival, rather than in advance.

I love it when this issue comes up on Mumsnet.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bubblelews: Shoes on or off in the house?

Bubblelews: Shoes on or off in the house?

In America many people living here ask visitors, guests and residents to remove and to leave their shoes outside when entering a home. I ask my guests to remove their shoes and I have an area inside for them to be stowed until they depart.

My request is partially because I happen to live in an area with an abundance of farmland, and filthy sidewalks that are littered by men (and some un-lady like women) carelessly spitting, goose and duck excrement, cigarette butts just to name a few unsanitary reasons. I personally love to be barefoot and enjoy the luxury of my toes on carpet.

Friday, July 10, 2015

NaturallySavvy: YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO STOP WEARING SHOES IN YOUR HOUSE

NaturallySavvy: YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO STOP WEARING SHOES IN YOUR HOUSE

A recent study out of the University of Houston found that 39 percent of shoe soles sampled were contaminated with the bacteria C. diff (Clostridium difficile), a public health threat that is now resistant to a number of antibiotics. C. diff infections can cause severe diarrhea that may progress to colon inflammation and more serious health issues, especially if it does not respond to antibiotic treatment.

“Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes,” says study author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

MyRealityTimes: UNDERSTANDING A SELLER’S ‘NO SHOES ALLOWED’ RULE

MyRealityTimes: UNDERSTANDING A SELLER’S ‘NO SHOES ALLOWED’ RULE


'Certainly this has always been a topic of conversation in my house. In my family, we were raised to remove our shoes at the doorway and I have continued that practice in my own home. Most members of my extended family practiced the same behavior. Those that did not generally had little to no issue with being asked to remove their shoes at the door. There were a select few that took exception with this practice and those were not looked upon favorably.

For those of us that practice the removing of shoes in the home we probably give it little thought until that one person steps into our home and either reluctantly removes their shoes or begrudgingly does so with a myriad of questions or complaints. In my experience, the removing of shoes often seems to be more of an issue for the cable service person or other repair technicians than friends or family, but there are still others that unnecessarily and unreasonably take exception with the practice.'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

PopSugar: The Lazy Girl's Guide to a Clean Home

PopSugar: The Lazy Girl's Guide to a Clean Home


'Taking off your shoes before going into your home may feel strange, but it actually helps minimize cleaning time. You won't have to vacuum up and mop away all the dirt and grime that you've been stepping on all day. It goes without saying that you should also clean your pets' paws before letting them enter your home.'

Monday, June 29, 2015

Daily Mail: Keep your shoes off the sofa, always flush the toilet and NEVER leave dishes to soak overnight: The 50 most common house rules in Britain revealed

Daily Mail: Keep your shoes off the sofa, always flush the toilet and NEVER leave dishes to soak overnight: The 50 most common house rules in Britain revealed

'New research in the home lives of 2,000 people has revealed the 50 most common laws of the land, and perhaps unsurprisingly, mothers were twice as likely to have laid them down than fathers.'

'A third of people polled said they ask family and friends to take their shoes off when visiting, and in turn, three in ten have been made to feel awkward for forgetting to do the same at someone else's house.'



'Shoes off' is listed here as the third most common house rule in the UK.

A third of homes in the UK have a shoes-off policy? Not bad. In most of those thart don't shoes are more often likely to be removed anyway.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Improvised Life: Take Your Shoes Off ? (Signs, Opinions + Warhol)

Improvised Life: Take Your Shoes Off ? (Signs, Opinions + Warhol)


'We’re down with asking people to take their shoes off (except for the occasional party where people are dressed UP and fab shoes make the outfit.) It protects our soft-wood white floors and keeps out city dirt and vibes. And it’s a strange leveler: When people take their shoes off, they remove a part of the costume, and are left standing on… their own two feet.

Many cultures make it a practice, to keep the space clear and quiet.'

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Urban Beach Baby: Shoes Off Please...

Urban Beach Baby: Shoes Off Please...

'When I became a mom I wanted to share my childhood traditions and create a beachy home for my family. Once my daughter started crawling I realized the need for a shoes off house rule. The most used part of my house became the floor and I saw everything with fresh eyes. Dust, crumb bits and sand. Oh the sand was everywhere! I did the one thing that drove me bonkers and insisted family and guests keep their shoes at the door. Goodbye shoes mean hello clean floors and a smiling mama. Viola you can save time by sweeping up less dirt and scrubbing away unnecessary germs.'

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Milton Real Estate Guy: Please remove your shoes!

The Milton Real Estate Guy: Please remove your shoes!


'When you’ve listed your property for sale in the past, have you ever been annoyed by visitors walking through your home with their shoes on?


As a seller, you’re in a bit of a tough situation. You want your property to sell, so you don’t want to seem “difficult” to buyers by imposing all these rules on them. At the same time, you want to keep your home clean. I still think it’s common etiquette for people to remove their shoes when they enter your property, so I don’t think it’s a big deal to ask your listing agent to try to ensure that this happens.'

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Traffic Lighting




I am imagining a map of the world with countries coloured according to how strong the practice of removing shoes is.

Countries marked red would be those where removing shoes is the automatic norm and not removing shoes is largely unknown. Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and Singapore would be in the red zone, but possibly also Ukraine and maybe Russia.

Orange countries would be those where removing shoes is by far the most common practices, but exceptions are not unheard of. Norway and Sweden would probably be orange. In Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India might be orange.

Yellow countries would be those where removing shoes is more common than not removing shoes without it being a universal rule. Poland, which seems to be the least shoe-removing East European country would seem to be in the yellow zone. I think Canada is probably more yellow than orange.

The UK is definitely in the green zone. This would be countries where removing shoes and not removing shoes is equally common. Germany might also be green.

The blue zone would be countries where removing shoes is not the majority custom, but some people will keep shoe-free homes. Australia is probably blue. Large parts of the USA would be blue, but other parts green or yellow. Hawaii and Alaska are probably in the orange zone.

Black countries would be those where keeping shoes on is very much the norm and removing shoes contrary to custom. Spain, most of Italy and Latin American countries would be in the black zone.

My suggestions are based on what I have read on the internet and newspapers. Those who have been to these countries might have a different take.

Any other suggestions as to what countries might come under which colour code?

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Good Housekeeping: 7 Not-So Subtle Ways to Get Guests to Remove Their Shoes

Good Housekeeping: 7 Not-So Subtle Ways to Get Guests to Remove Their Shoes

'Even though going shoeless is often comfier (and certainly cleaner), it can be awkward to ask visitors to please check their footwear at the door. But if you're really irked by the sound of loafers on your new area rug, you might have to resort to some extreme measures (just prepare to be laughed at — we surely would)'