Originally Posted by RoseHawke
Is this regional or something
? I've never heard of such a thing except for Japan! Yes, taking off muddy shoes before entering someone's home I can understand (especially on carpet,) and in your own home you take them off to be more comfortable, but otherwise...?
I am with you, Cindy. Growing up, our house had a mudroom off the kitchen, where we removed snowy boots, etc. in the winter, but other than that, shoes did not come off. I grew up in an old house with hardwood floors. If you were barefoot or in your socks, you risked getting splinters. Yuck! I have something on my feet always, except in the bed and in the shower. Sometimes it is slippers, but I don't wear uncomfortable shoes, even to work, so often they stay on.
If someone coming in my house wants to take shoes off, have at it, but I have never asked, nor do I expect anyone to remove footwear in my house.