Friday Question of the Day – Do You/Your Guests Take Off Your Shoes When You Enter Your Home? (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth March 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm 76 Comments

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A reader sends in this question after reading a discussion on Houzz:

In places like Japan, Austria and Sweden, entering a house with shoes on is a rarity. But those living outside of these countries know that not all guests are familiar with or honor the shoes-off policy.

It’s a tough house rule to implement because on one hand, as the host, it should really be your house, your rules. But on the other hand, guests should be made to feel as comfortable as possible — and we all know that not everyone is comfortable going shoeless.

I think this is an awesome question because I live in a split house – my wife always takes off her shoes and I never do. But for those who do take off their shoes before entering their home – do you have your guests take off their shoes as well?


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