I never go barefoot anywhere if I can help it, but I do wear rubber-soled slides or mules in the house. So that would be a compromise for people who need something on their feet, but want to reduce the wear and tear on their carpets/flooring.
Taking shoes off is ok with me and that is because I grew up in a culture where we don't use anything on our feet inside a house and it is rude to visit a house with a shoes on.
I hate having to take my shoes off when I visit and I don't insist people do it in my apartment. That being said, I don't have any carpeting at all
I grew up in a home where you wore your shoes all the time, even in the house. My husband is Canadian and grew up where you take your shoes off at the door and walk around barefoot, or in slippers. I have lived both ways and prefer to be barefoot. I moved to where there is snow so you definitely want people to take off their shoes/boots.
Working for a floor cleaning company we are taught that a no shoe policy keeps your floors cleaner and last longer.
I think this is a reasonable question and a neat topic to share.
While I was growing up my mom always seem to have a broom, dustpan and mop in her hand. I use to tell her she is worse than June Cleaver! Anyway, she had us kids take our shoes off at the door and leave them on the rug that was by the door. She didn't want us to track in mud when it rained or snow when it was the season for it. I use to have this same rule raising my kids. Now, I am not worried or care as much. I seem to clean more which can be a pain! Excuse me, where did I leave the broom?
I shall say, yes. Walking barefoot inside the house is healthy when you live in a warm country and it surely leaves your carpet clean. Otherwise, walking with socks or with house shoes are the alternatives.
I lived in Japan for several years where it is customary to remove ones shoes when entering a house. In fact, the Japanese remove their shoes in many places, such as at schools. I had the opportunity on several occasions to visit Japanese schools and on each occasion I removed my shoes and wore slippers they provided.
Removing your shoes before entering a house can be cumbersome to people who are not accustomed to it. But it does keep the house much cleaner, especially when it is wet or muddy outside.
I have noticed in many homes where families will have flip-flops or slippers just inside the door that re for wearing in the house. This makes it possible to remove ones shoes, but still wear something in the house.
Keep in mind the oil in your feet is harder to remove from a rug (a stain or traffic pattern) then dirt on your shoes.
I heard that is true. just had my rug cleaned the other days. I have one rubber mat outside my front door, a rug mat on top of the carpet just inside the door, and a third rug mat from the kitchen/to the rug.
they also say keep you kitchen floor clean because of tracking.
Really nice rugs , look good as tapestry.
To accent ,a really nice hardwood floor .
Rugs stay cleaner if you walk about in socks! Shoes bring in dirt, so as one who isn't into constantly cleaning...I take off the shoes. Of course there is the problem with pets...they have no shoes...sigh.
Wearing shoes to your house would require you a lot of cleaning of the carpets,as the shoes are dirty.And during rainy season situation becomes more ugly.I would rather say use a flip flop inside your house and keep a shoe stand near the door to keep the dirty shoes outside.
When I am in my own house, I wear whichever I feel more comfortable in. In the summer that usually means barefoot, while in other seasons I'm likely to wear shoes. Also, since I stand most of the day at work, when I come home my feet usually feel better bare. If I am in someone else's home, I always take my shoes off.
If I ever get a new house, I probably will try to have that policy. I like the idea of wearing house slippers and leaving the outside shoes at the door. Once we were asked by an Asian lady to remove our shoes and put on some thong sandals she kept at the door (she had a basket full of various sizes in her entry). My husband, who was stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War, said that it reminded him of old times. He told her he wished that Americans would adopt the policy, and yes, we were happy to remove our shoes.
I generally take my shoes off at home but mainly to relax. I am a librarian so I am always on my feet at work.
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