Tuesday, October 27, 2015


A bed and breakfast in London with a shoes off policy addresses the issue on its Frequently Asked Questions page:

12) Don't you feel it is rude to ask guests to take off their shoes when they enter the guesthouse?

No because this is a large house really: guest house. This is not a hotel. if you do not wish to keep your shoes in the porch or cloakroom you are welcome to book a hotel.


An estate agent in Southampton, Blue Door, states on its website:

… and we take our shoes off when we step through your front door. How’s that for different?

So they have a policy of asking their staff to remove their shoes when visiting sellers' homes? It's interesting that this is being used as a selling point in their advertising to set them apart from other estate agents.

Would you like one of these Doormats?

Shoes Off, Bitches – Custom Door Mat

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Houzz: 11 Reasons to Love Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Again

Houzz: 11 Reasons to Love Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Again

This is not about removing shoes, but it is relevant. Sometimes when people offer protecting carpets as a reason for requiring shoes-off, somebody will ask why they have carpets in the first place. There are good reasons for opting for carpets.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Russian Readers

Wow, I'm getting a lot of Russian visitors, or else one Russian reader whose spending a lot of time viewing this blog.

Any Russian readers care to comment? I suppose with Russians I'm preaching to the converted.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

PopSugar: Why Americans Really Should Embrace the "No Shoes in the House" Rule

PopSugar: Why Americans Really Should Embrace the "No Shoes in the House" Rule

It's been a long day at work. You're unlocking the front door with one hand and juggling a week's worth of groceries in the other. The last thing you think of doing upon entry is setting your bags down to take off your shoes, right? Here are five solid reasons why you should.

In the comments section on this, some people suggested getting rid of carpets to improve air quality. That is not necessarily the outcome you will get. If you don't have a carpet, you are more exposed to dust, unless you sweep up very frequently. Carpets also have advantages like noise reduction and less risk of falls for children and the elderly. Carpets or no carpets, however, shoes-off is always best.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

SPLASH Sun-Times: Should you remove your shoes indoors?

SPLASH Sun-Times: Should you remove your shoes indoors?

Are you a household where shoes are always removed before entering the home? Or do you prefer to wear shoes inside your house? Have you ever been taken aback when a friend insists you remove your shoes before entering their home (especially when you’ve just spent a lot of money and even more time picking out just the right pair)? In the U.S., asking your guests to remove their shoes before entering your home can cause reactions as opinionated as if you’d just asked them to outline the peace process in the Middle East. Why? In America we often applaud people for maintaining traditions of their culture, yet we’re quick to criticize another family’s habits (especially when it infringes upon our own). We are often a society of over-thinkers and over-analyzers, and sometimes rely too heavily upon the pseudo facts that fill our Facebook feeds. Although whether or not shoes should be removed before entering the home is rife with controversy (if you don’t believe me just search for “remove shoes indoors” and read the polarized opinions), I prefer a more calm approach. So let’s look at a few facts and figures so you can make your own informed decision about this topic.

New Vision: RDC refuses to remove shoes, thrown out of radio station

New Vision: RDC refuses to remove shoes, thrown out of radio station

A story from Uganda about some government official who was prevented from taking part in a public health radio program because he refused to remove his shoes in the studio. Apparently the studio did not allow shoes inside to prevent dust damaging the equipment.

Africans do not have western bourgeois manners. If an African person wants you to take your shoes off, she makes it very clear.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

I bet they do

I saw a forty-something couple walking their dogs in an affluent part of town the other day. They were both wearing crocs; the bloke was wearing black crocs and his wife was wearing yellow crocs.

A couple who value comfort and practicality over style, wearing shoes that are easy to slip off. I bet they keep a shoe-free home.