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Shoes or no shoes in the house?

  • 30-08-2022 5:51pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3,363 ✭✭✭chewed

    So, a few weeks back I got invited to a BBQ at a friend's new house. Arrived early and about to put my foot past the threshold only to be told that there's a "no shoes" policy in the house! So, I had to walk around the house in socks, then when I went outside to the BBQ/Patio, I had to put on my boots again, and then had to take them off when I wanted to re-enter house and use the jax or grab a beer from the fridge.

    I found the whole ordeal a right pain in the arse! It's fine if it was an apartment as you wouldn't need to walk outdoors, but a house???

    What are your thoughts on this? Shoes or no shoes?



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,434 ✭✭✭The Continental Op

    So you have friends that are weirdo's. Probably best avoided as life's to short to be bothered with people that worry about dirt on their floors.

    btw this isn't the first time this has come up here and I said the same last time.

    Wake me up when it's all over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,904 ✭✭✭✭Hello 2D Person Below

    What surface were you walking on?

    Surely you wouldn't wear boots across carpet?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,872 ✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    Take them off on request. Otherwise, I’d just wipe them on the mat and carry on.

    The tide is turning…

  • Registered Users Posts: 687 ✭✭✭Subzero3

    Why would you have smelly sock's this day and age. Most people wash feet daily and change socks. If someone was sweating there are probably wearing the wrong socks, have naturally smelly feet, or are un-hygienic.

    Now if you were playing 5 aside and were visiting atleast take a shower first.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,434 ✭✭✭The Continental Op

    Anyone that knows us wouldn't even invite us if they had a no shoes in the house policy. I can remember one neighbor that had just had a new solid wood floor put down have a dance in the same room (it was more of a massive hall than a room) and he said hobnail boots welcome as he wanted to give the floor a bit of patination and character - my kind of guy.

    I do understand there are people that want to keep their house perfect and thats fine by me but I don't need to visit them or go in their house for any reason I can think of.

    Wake me up when it's all over.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 687 ✭✭✭Subzero3

    Yeah and then you don't take off your shoes, aka visit the house . So you should turn up with clean feet.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,921 ✭✭✭✭gmisk

    I personally take mine off and so do my other half but guests it is up to them.

    I have a pair of Crocs stored at front and at back if I need to pop out to do bins or something

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,984 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    I've got into wearing sliders around my house. However I wear them outside as well if I'm going to the car, etc.

    If I come home from the shops, work and I'm going out again I don't change out of my shoes.

    I don't seat, lick, eat off the floor. So, what's on it doesn't bother me. You'd generally smell crap of it was on your shoes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,906 ✭✭✭Princess Calla

    We take our shoes off when coming into the house.

    I've pretty much always done it for comfort tbh.

    However once the kids came along and crawling on the floor it became a hygiene thing as well.

    Don't ask guests to take them off though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,206 ✭✭✭Brid Hegarty

    In my house I need to keep the shoes on or else the dog hairs will stick to my socks from the wooden floor/tiles.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,026 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Its a tradition in much of Asia and Eastern Europe etc, which always made me laugh as any time I've been to China I've seen plenty of people take their shoes off entering a home, but having no problem spitting cigarette induced phlegm on the floor once there. Go figure.

    Anyway, to me its a highly ignorant request to ask people to remove their shoes when they enter your home. Its a time consuming, unnecessary and often uncomfortable thing for any guest to have to do.

    A friend of mine married a Chinese woman and she made him introduce it in their home. I was blindsided by it the first time and complied, but I told him I wouldn't be doing it again, so he bought some medical shoe covers which he keeps at the front door and now everyone looks ridiculous.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,529 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    I’ve never asked anyone to remove shoes, neither have any of my family. It’s a weird phenomenon. The only person I remember up to that craic was a mother of a lad who I was friends with at school. She was an utter freak re: cleanlinesses to the point of being neurotic…you’d call around to theirs and she would 90% of the time be in the middle of doing cleaning, dusting or polishing, ALWAYS. She’d be out like a whippet with marigolds, apron, duster and spray to oversee shoe removal…. “ welcome Strumms, nice to see you, you know the drill “…. Yes a drill to your fûcking temple ya weirdo….A lovely woman but a freak…

    here is all wooden floors aside from the bathrooms so you’d go skating if you were to be just manoeuvring around in socks.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,059 ✭✭✭pgj2015

  • Registered Users Posts: 235 ✭✭thedart

    Since wearing my partners dress and singing harry styles I go barefoot

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,286 ✭✭✭CPTM

    No shoes in the house! Unless you have visitors over in which case tell them to make themselves at home whatever makes them feel more comfortable. I don't think I could ever buy a carpet which would make me feel like telling people to take off their shoes when they come over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 77,904 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    One of those shoe wrap machines they use at million dollar house viewings at the door is probably the best answer to cover all bases...

  • Registered Users Posts: 929 ✭✭✭snowstorm445

    I never gave this much thought until I first went to Denmark, and nearly got eaten alive for walking around in my shoes inside the guests house. For Scandinavians wearing shoes inside houses is really frowned upon - they usually have a little stand at the front door for people to take them off once you arrive. Some of them have indoor shoes/slippers for that reason. Basically with an awful climate all year round they would argue that bringing all the seasonal mud, dirt and melted snow inside is pretty disgusting. But then in Ireland our weather is just as bad and yet it really isn't the norm.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,636 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Of course. But I knit little indoor slippers for my cats too...

  • I put on slippers or sliders in my own home as there's no need for me to wear shoes, but I would not expect guests to remove their shoes (unless they stepped in mud or shyte obviously) - just wipe them on the mat. I don't get the concern about bacteria on floors - we don't lick them, and we barely touch them. And sweeping, hoovering and mopping. We keep our shoes on in shops, restaurants, bars, hotels... in all buildings open to the public. Including open houses for sale, or rental viewings. And we're fine.

    I have never been asked to remove my shoes in other homes either. Here or abroad. I would understand it if there's a baby crawling, or a lot of carpeting, or if it's the home of someone who's from a culture where it's customary. But otherwise, I wouldn't understand it at all. Yeah, people's socked or bare feet gives me far more of an ick. It could be several hours since they last washed their feet.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 32,636 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,414 ✭✭✭✭Potential-Monke

    I'd like to think if I ever manage to build a house, I'd have this rule, but I'd also be providing slippers (of varying levels of ridiculousness) to swap over to. I'd rather not wear them inside, or have specific indoor shoes, but in my current living situation it would be pointless being the only one doing it! And try and tell my father to not walk around the house he built with his own 2 hands in shoes, doesn't matter if he was just in the fields!

    That show wrapping thingy though... interesting (Kinetic Butler one of them is called, €800... normal ones seem to be around €250).