I know this sounds really random. But in Canada, when you go to someone's house, you take your shoes off as soon as you get inside. And my dad told me that he went to Salt Lake City with a few of his friends when he was in his 20s, and they went to some guy's house that they met there. Anyways, when they got inside him and his friends all started taking off their shoes, and the guy was basically like WTF.
I don't mean taking off your shoes outside of the house either by the way. I mean you walk in, and take your shoes off right beside the door. I find it weird that so many of you are saying you don't, seeing as the cultures in Canada and the US are usually the same.
There is an increasing trend to take shoes off when entering each others' homes, mostly out of respect for the hostess, who presumably took pains to maintain a clean home. Quite a few people insist on it, not for cultural reasons, but for hygienic reasons. The exception, as far as I have seen, was a person who had special orthodics and a person with a prosthetic limb. (In both of those cases, the shoes had to stay on, but the guests tried to show respect for the hostess by remaining in the part of the living room closest to the main entrance so as not to track dirt, etc. all over the immaculate and shiny floor.
At my place, I have a little bin by the entrance -- right below the "Don't drink and drive" fishbowl for the car keys...
Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. It really depends. If I see that there are a bunch of shoes by the door and others have taken off their shoes I will usually do so. If there aren't any shoes by the door and others are still wearing shoes, then I don't generally worry about it. I wear shoes around my own house a lot, though, especially once I've already got them on.
I always take my shoes off and put them beside the door. It's just the usual routine for me. I like it to be clean in my house so I don't wear whatever dirt and grime is on the shoes into my friend's houses. I find that ill mannered. But I suppose there are places where they do wear shoes into their houses...
I noticed that when I was in Canada! I was so shocked lol. Most houses here don't make you at least not here in AZ because we don't get snow or rain much to cause dirty shoes. I take my shoes off at my house because it's more comfortable but not at others unless they do or ask.
Only if the shoes I'm wearing get all grungy and I don't want to get the carpet messy or stained. I also have shoes that are strictly for outdoor use (like for doing yardwork or gardening). Those come off at the back door, before I re-enter the house.
If I visit somebody else's house, I'll take my shoes off if that is what they would like me to do. Or if I notice a bunch of shoes by the door I'll take mine off also.
No, I walk in with my shoes. It would seem weird to take them off at the door. Normally I end up taking my shoes off when I sit down somewhere. Not unless I'm soaking wet from rain or muddy or something.
i think it varies among cultures, in my family and relatives cribs we always have shoes off but I'm sure there other Americans out there who keep shoes on but then again if you live in that house you might as well get comfy and take it off anyways since you'll be there all day and night long...
i have heard Asians do this, and so do lot of african Americans not all but a good amount probably half and half. I don't though, just wipe your feet on the doormats
It depends. If I'm just there for a very short time (like, not enough to bother sitting down), then I'll leave them on. If I'm actually planning to be there for any amount of time, then I'll take them off at the door.