Friday, November 15, 2013

Socks more intimate than bare feet?

MannahattaMamma: Leave your shoes at the door

Blog post from an American living in Abu Dhabi. She makes the interesting suggestion that socked feet are more intimate than bare feet. She is possibly right. People's feet are often on display at pools or beaches, or when wearing sandals, but people in the west are generally less likely to be in their socks in public.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Probably Rachel: Looking Back: At Shoes

Probably Rachel: Looking Back: At Shoes

"We’re still a shoes-off house and will remain so, no matter how rude some people think it is. Around the holidays visiting increases, and being asked to remove your shoes when you enter someone’s home shouldn’t be a surprise. All of my Millennial generations friends whose houses and apartments I’ve been to are shoes-off. It’s common, so when you come over, feel free to bring slippers are sport some crazy socks!

And if you’re “needing” the height of a heeled shoe, think about this: I am 4′ 11″ tall and have never once felt the need to compensate with shoes when visit friends." Is it rude to ask your guests to take their shoes off? Is it rude to ask your guests to take their shoes off?

Article by Beth J. Harpaz

"NEW YORK—In Michigan, you're expected to leave snowy boots in the mudroom before going inside. In Alaska, boots are taken off in "Arctic entries." In Japan, Thailand and many other countries, you wouldn't dream of entering a home with your shoes on, regardless of the season.
But removing shoes before coming inside has not been the norm in much of the U.S.

These days, however, city dwellers and suburbanites from New York to Los Angeles often find that hosts expect footwear to be left at the door. Sometimes it's because of weather; other times, homeowners want to protect light-colored rugs and high-gloss wood floors from dirt and dings, or parents don't want street germs on floors where kids play."