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revachem

As an Asian, we never wear shoes inside our house. It is always shoeless home anywhere you see in India. We do wear lace up shoes and would remove anytime we go to another house. We do sit down on the floor a lot. The house is tiled everywhere and is cleaned every day. We do wash our hands before and after we eat. Having shoes in the closet was heard for the the first time in USA. No offense.. But shoeless was always part of the cultural habits.. I still adopt here in USA and anytime my friends visit they remove their shoes automatically.

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Cyn
Definitely a shoe off policy in my home. I just tell folks, that don’t know, as soon as we open the door, please remove your shoe. Never had a problem with our guests being uncomfortable, they keep coming back lol! As far as repairmen, etc., we keep paper shoe covers at the door for their use.
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Paulina V.

It's been years since I originally commented on this, and I'm still firmly in the "shoes off" camp, and this being a farm, rightly so. The murdoom floor is usually crusted in god knows what horrible surprises especially my free range hens leave on the ground.

Oddly, I still get along with friends, who completely forget every time they visit, that we're a shoes off house. They're usually very apologetic if they forget, but last time, they actually remembered to bring their own house slippers, which to me, is a victory!

I am dead set on building a genkan (Japanese style depressed entryway that delineates the "inside" and "outside" spaces with an elevation change) in every entryway/mudroom, if I ever have a chance to remodel my house or build my own new one, to further separate the shoes on exterior from the shoes off interior.

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