Do you let your visitors take off their shoes when they arrive in your house?

@iskayz (5424)
Philippines
October 15, 2008 6:12am CST
Hi everyone! Just this Sunday we went to my brother in law's cousin. The cousin invited us for a dinner with my sister's family cause her son, my nephew was the cousin's godchild. It was my first time to come to the house. The house was so beautiful and clean starting from the entrance and you'll be impressed. But I was surprised that when we came in, the cousin ordered us to take off our shoes?! I wasn't able to move at first but I saw my sister taking off her shoes so I did too. I know the floor is clean and that they wouldn't want dirt to get in but hey, we are visitors and I think its not hospitable to let their visitors walk barefooted while they, the owner of the house has slippers on. At least they should have given us extra slippers to wear. Anyway we are just 3 visitors and they invited us and for me it's not a good habit to let visitors take off their shoes. What about in your house? Do you wear slippers inside the house? How would you react if the owner of the house wants to take off your shoes? Would you take them off?
3 responses
• India
15 Oct 08
Hmmmm.. Usually in our country during early days when we enter inside someone's house we remove our footwear,wash our legs and only then get in. But now we just remove our footwear and get in!! So,I usually do it when I go inside someone else's house. But you should know how to treat our guests. If the guests don't remove it's not manners for them to ask them to do it straight on face. That's bad!! Cheers
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@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Yeah I think that is bad manners. And I was like "what?" when the cousin told me to take off my shoes. At least they should have offered extra slippers. You know the disposable ones just like in Japan I think.
@loxion (1551)
• India
15 Oct 08
I rather stay outside than to take my shoe off, firstly you are the visitor as you already said and they can always clean the dirts after you left but if is something to do with their believe(maybe cultural believe) rather than keeping the house clean then i do better stay outside to show respect for their believe
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@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Yeah I guess it's because of their belief. My brother in law says they are really like that. I'm not being rude or mocking but I think their belief is embarrassing on their part and not to the visitors. Well, its how they are. But come to think of it, what if they have a party and many visitors came. Imagine how many would take off their shoes hehe Keep posting!
• United States
15 Oct 08
first of all when you go to someones house you have to abide by their rules. i personally think it's rude to wear my shoes in someones house because i don't want to be responsible for any dirt that might get dragged in. i always take my shoes off outside before i walk in. its become a habit for me. i wouldn't expect anyone else to do it because it might be an uncomfortable thing for them. but if someone asks you to take off your shoes you should do it. they might slippers that are designated for inside the house. those slippers are probably clean because they never walk outside with them. if you don't want to take off your shoes then you should let the person know that you are uncomfortable.
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@iskayz (5424)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Yes I feel uncomfortable barefooted. I also don't wear shoes inside our house. We have slippers that's only for the house because its clean. But we don't let our visitors take off their shoes because they are visitors. We have to make them comfortable no matter what. Besides we can always sweep the floor after they leave. I understand they have rules and its ok for me to follow it but I was shocked cause it's the first time it happened to me. Thanks for sharing!