Do you wear shoes in the house?

@Emiese (994)
Sweden
February 19, 2010 12:32pm CST
Where I live, in Sweden, we do not wear shoes inside. We take the shoes of at the door, and mostly walk around in socks or bare foot. Some people wear slippers or similar inside though. However, when you see American movies and TV shows they always wear shoes inside the house. I have always wondered if this is just on TV, I mean the studios are pretty clean, it's not like they actually walk outside with the shoes they wear indoors! So how is it really in America, do you wear your outdoor shoes indoors as well, as a general? If so, why? Don't you have to clean your house a lot then? And what about in the other countries represented here? What do you think about wearing shoes in the house?
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I've always been taught to take my shoes off whenever in the house. It doesn't matter if it's my house or someone else's house. I remember some of my friends being baffled by it whenever I took off my shoes before going into their homes. And it took them a while to learn to take off their shoes when they came to my house too. After a while we didn't really think about it at all. All I have to say is that you shouldn't really believe everything you see on TV. Here in America there are people who go around with their shoes on and then there are those that don't, they use slippers or whatever.
@Emiese (994)
• Sweden
19 Feb 10
It seems to be very different what way you are used to, whereas here in Sweden noone wears (outdoor) shoes inside. I know I should not believe everything I see on TV, and I don't. But normally a grain of it is still true. I mean in Swedish movies or shows people always take their shoes off, so I still think that when you see "every-day" activities in the movies, that is not normally directed but based on customs, what you do which noone thinks about. Thank you for your input it is very interesting to hear that it is so different everywhere!
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@alilin28 (1530)
• Uruguay
19 Feb 10
well, to behonestly, i dont live in the usa, if u reffered "america" like "latin america", i can tell you in my case, on summer, i usually walk without shoes at home, for me is more confortable, i like it. when is winter, of course, i dont do this, i would be frozzen! lol! but sometimes i put my "monkey"shoes (i dont know how to ssay pantuflas in english, sorry! -- (the shoes with use when u got up or go to bed and usually stayed under the night table, could u undertand me? i wish i could!)..ere we dont have this custom, we use shoes to stay out or inside home.. h ha ha ha.. thanks for asking, have a nice day
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@Emiese (994)
• Sweden
19 Feb 10
Thank you for your input from Latin America! I wrote "America" because I referred to American movies - meaning more of the US. But all input is interesting! I understand what you mean with your shoes. I would call them slippers, but since I am not a native English speaker either I don't know if there are more accurate terms, or different types of slippers. Thank you for your input!
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@teamrose (1499)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I am always barefoot in the house. I'm surprise you can go barefoot in Sweden, with it being so cold there. Most people in America do wear shoes in the house. I just don't like to. Also, I hate tracking dirt into the house.
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@Emiese (994)
• Sweden
19 Feb 10
This is a common mistake that people think. Because it is colder weather outside we actually have our houses very well insulated. So the floors are quite nice, and some people even have heated floors (especially in the bathrooms which is lovely to step on in the morning instead of cold tiles). For example I used to live in Australia for a while. And there, since it is normally quite warm the houses were hardly insulated at all. That meant I was a lot colder when the temperature there was about 5-10 degrees Celsius outside, because it was the same temperature inside then. In Sweden normally the indoor temperature is still about 20 degrees or what you prefer, even if it is -20 degrees outside!
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• China
20 Feb 10
In my country.we often took off our shoes outside the door and wear slipper into the house.I think outdoor shoes is dirty.and to protect our house clean we must change shoes when into the house.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
19 Feb 10
Well, I live just across the border from you, and with the weather we have, wearing the same shoes outside and inside would really make a mess. Ice, salt and gravel belong outside, so I always take of my shoes when I'm inside. And when I stopped taking the shoes I wear in the stable with me into the flat (I live them in the corridor) I didn't have to vaccum the flat all the time! The hay and saw dust I brought back stayed outside. I might go in and out wearing shoes in the summer when it's dry, but not when it's raining.
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@Emiese (994)
• Sweden
19 Feb 10
It is exactly the same here. I guess it may have to do with the weather. Currently all the snow and gravel makes me want to take the shoes of as cloes to the door as possible, not to ruin the whole apartment with dirt everywhere! I hope spring comes soon!
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@towongfoo27 (2989)
• United States
19 Feb 10
I tend to wear my beat-up pair of house slippers inside my apartment, because it seems no matter how many times I vacuum the burr carpet, it remains alittle dirty. I also don't want to spend the money to get the carpets cleaned. I also like the feeling of my feet being warm here in the colder months. I also wear socks inside to prevent the skin on the bottom of my feet from getting dry, even though I lotion my feet everyday. I heard that if a person doesn't wear socks enough, their feet can get even drier always exposed to the air. Yet it has been awhile since I have the spring grass between my toes.. I could be wrong, but I think most Americans wear some kind of foot covering like socks, slippers, or even shoes inside, due to the hard winters experienced when first coming to America. It is to protect the feet, and our ancestors had to spend a lot of time outside cultivating and working on their crops. It would be neat to have more of a natural covering on the feet, like the hair of the hobbits on the Lord of the Rings though. Then we wouldn't have to worry about accidentily stepping on litter like glass, dirty cigeratte butts, or paper. If we had plenty of grassland and less habitation in cities and less pollution, and didn't have to worry about sharp pointy things in the grass, then maybe we'd be more inclined to walk around outside barefoot. I think the main reason Maericans wear shoes and stuff is because of the litter and for portection from it. I do take my shoes off once inside the house though, to prevent dirt form the outside tracking all over the place and carpet.
@Emiese (994)
• Sweden
19 Feb 10
Your theory about the history of American sounds very interesting, it might be true. Since many Americans come from Europe I guess it could come from here originally. I also agree, it is hard to walk barefoot outdoors, but I have to say that I love to go out on the new grass in spring/summer and walk barefoot. When I am at my summerhouse I always walk barefoot outside! The souls of the feet get thicker/harder when walking barefoot. The problem is walking in shoes all winter makes them soft again!
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@MrKennedy (1994)
19 Feb 10
Nope. All my life, I have been encouraged to take my shoes off indoors. Outside is full of all manner of grime and filth that I would rather not walk throughout the house, so I take off any footwear at my door Also, I find it much more comfortable just wearing socks around the house
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@Emiese (994)
• Sweden
19 Feb 10
That sounds very much like me. And when you have to start cleaning your house, it is easy to realize that you "prefer" that shoes aren't worn inside. Thanks for your input!
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@vathsala30 (3723)
• India
20 Feb 10
Hi emiese We too do not wear shoes inside the house. We leave our foot wear outside the house and walk bare foot inside the house or by wearing socks.
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@tanchyka (213)
• Slovenia
20 Feb 10
In Slovenia, we don't wear shoes inside the house. We take them off when we come inside and then put on slippers. I think wearing shoes all the time isn't good because then you have more cleaning up to do and you can bring germs inside and if you have a pet it can get infected with something. It's also not ok to wear the same shoes all day because your feet sweat and start to smell. If a guest comes to my house, he can wear his shoes inside because he's a guest, but they usually don't because it's more comfortable wearing slippers.
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@assadi (91)
• India
20 Feb 10
In our home we do not wear shoes or slippers inside.we always leaves them outside. But in case of shoes we remove shoes outside and bring them in carrying in hand and keep them in safe place.because the dogs will take them if we keep them outside.
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
20 Feb 10
Most Americains take their shoes off in the house. The reason they ware shoes on tvs is because sometimes they aren't always walking in ideal conditions. Just because a studio looks clean, doesn't mean it is. And most sets are on platforms. It prevents slipping and dangerous risks. But, most people will take their shoes off inside unless something happens or they are going right back out again. It does help keep the floor clean. Unlike some countries we don't have a place for our shoes bulit-in. And, taking off shoes in the home is a choice. Not a requirement. In my apartment there is a place by the door I keep my shoes. hey come off when I get home, and go on when I leave. If I break something like glass I'll put my shoes on to protect my feet. And, if I go over to someone's house I take them off, only if asked.
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• Indonesia
20 Feb 10
Me too. In Indonesia, we do not wear shoes inside the house. We take the shoes in the outside. Yeah, me too. Walk around the house without any thing, just foots! About the American way, I don't really know.
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@Mike4me (567)
• Philippines
20 Feb 10
yup but not the kind of shoes you wear outdoors, since my house is all tiles, its cold for the feet when its cold outside, so i wear warm and fluffy slippers to keep my feet warm. :0 i think it depends on what type of floor you walk unto.
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@xenobane (205)
• Canada
20 Feb 10
I live in Canada, and I also don't wear shoes indoors. I think that shoes is meant to protect your feet from outside elements like cold and rains. Once indoors there is no need to wear shoes anymore, shoes no matter how fit they are, always will press onto your feet, and will make you feel uncomfortable for prolonged period of time. Your feet need to breath too, and without shoes they are in a much better place. I wear slippers indoors, as barefoot will attract too much dust, no matter how often I clean the floor. I use wooden floor and I can see how easily dust can accumlate, what you don't see doesn't mean is not there. Shoes should remain at the door, not anywhere indoors, that's what I like.
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@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
20 Feb 10
In my household, we do tend to wear our shoes in the house. THe main reason for us is that we are in and out of the house a lot during the day and we just don't bother taking our shoes off before walking in all of the time. I think that the only time shoes are actually not worn in the house is right after I clean and polish the floors or scrub the carpet. It never lasts long though, within a day or so, one of us goes right back into the habit of wearing them throughout the house. Most people I know wear their shoes in their homes. I think that the only exceptions that I can think of are if they have just cleaned the floors or if they have very light colored carpeting. As far as having to clean more often, I don't think so. We are all very conscious about wiping our shoes well before entering the house. We don;t track in mud and we try to get as much dirt off of our shoes as we can.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
20 Feb 10
Supposedly in our house, we are not supposed to bring our shoes inside. We have to leave them by the door and use our house slippers. However, there is someone in the house who breaks this rule. When she comes in from the gym class, she brings in her rubber shoes and before going there, she puts them on inside the house and walks around in them. She's terrible.
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• Philippines
20 Feb 10
Some people don't wear slippers inside the house, those are the people who always clean their floors. Hahaha. But for us who doesn't and whose windows are always open so dust always gets inside the house, we usually wear slippers inside the house. It's really not advisable not to. Once my brother decided that he don't need to wear slippers, and lo and behold, he stepped on a thumb tack. And it went through his toe. Ugh. That was really disgusting. Hehehe. Anyway, he learned his lesson, and I told him, never ever not wear your slippers unless you're going to clean our floor every single day.
@jeannames (305)
• Turkey
19 Feb 10
There are so I can use my house shoes
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
22 Feb 10
Hello Emiese, The rule at my house is the shoes come off when entering the house. The only time that shoes are permitted is run in and grab something that was forgotten when leaving and then only if you have on shoes that tied as it takes to long to take them off and retie. Since starting the ritual a number of years ago carpets don't seem to have to be cleaned every few months, ow it's more like once a year. The rule works great for family but company sometimes tend to complain about it. Guess they should have to clean the carpet to to understand. Who wants to sit on a floor thats dirty? Logic says take off yor shoes.
@betlynfrnds (1539)
• United States
21 Feb 10
Hello Emiese, I live in America and for the most part, I wear HOUSE shoes or slippers in my home. If I'm in a hurry to go somewhere and I already have my OUTDOOR shoes on and have to go back inside for something, sometimes I keep my outdoor shoes on and do what I have to do. I prefer to keep my outside shoes for the outside only. It does keep the house cleaner for me and my cats.