Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wall Street Journal: Delivery Service Brings Groceries to Your Fridge When You’re Away

Wall Street Journal: Delivery Service Brings Groceries to Your Fridge When You’re Away

STOCKHOLM—In Sweden, groceries and fresh food can be delivered in your absence and directly to where they belong: your kitchen and fridge.

A Scandinavian courier company, PostNord AB, and supermarket chain, ICA AB, are testing the new service with about 20 households in the Swedish capital, promising that messengers will remove their shoes and unpack online deliveries, even when customers are away.

Monday, May 30, 2016

More on Professor Stephen Heppell's Shoeless Learning Advocacy

The Guardian: The secret to calm classrooms? Lose the shoes

Stephen Heppell, professor of new media environments at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, who is running the project, has observed many shoeless schools now, and has seen the effects, including better behaviour. Going shoeless also has a particular impact on bullying. “It seems to be difficult to be a bully with your shoes off,” he says. “All the places we’ve been where kids have their shoes off, they report calmness.”

The researchers had asked children where they read at home. “Ninety-five per cent said it was with shoes off, sitting in comfort on a sofa, bed, on the floor, on a beanbag.” Making the classroom more comfortable and inviting, with clean carpets and no dirty footwear, could encourage reading, he says.

It isn’t just the children who should spend the day in their socks, says Heppell, the teachers must too. “You can’t have a room that’s shoeless unless everybody is shoeless.”

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cannes 2016

The month of May always brings the Cannes Film Festival and yachts where shoes are strictly forbidden. A few pictures I have seen of celebrities on yachts looking glamorous with their shoes off:













Saturday, May 28, 2016

Boundaries Training

I was co-delivering a training course on professional boundaries this week. I used my shoes-off policy as an example of a boundary in everyday life.

I pointed out that a lot of people who would prefer shoes-off in their homes don't feel comfortable asking visitors to remove their shoes. I used this to illustrate how boundaries often fail because people don't have the confidence to assert them.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Telegraph: Schoolchildren with no shoes on 'do better and behave better in the classroom', research shows

The Telegraph: Schoolchildren with no shoes on 'do better and behave better in the classroom', research shows


Schoolchildren who attend their lessons wearing no shoes are likely to obtain better grades and behave better than those who wear them, a decade-long academic research has revealed.

‘Shoeless’ children are more likely to arrive to school earlier, leave later and read more, according to new research by Bournemouth University.

Researchers have observed tens of thousands of children who leave their shoes outside the classroom and found that pupils are more engaged in their lessons, which in turn leads to better academic attainment.

The research is in line with policies introduced in schools in England where children who go to class shoeless – following the steps of schools in Scandinavia in an effort to improve their academic standards and behaviour.

The study is based on observing and studying tens of thousands of children in over 100 schools in around 25 countries over the last ten years.

Apart from countries in Scandinavia, researchers have visited schools in New Zealand and Australia. The longest project has taken place in West London where children’s behaviour and academic results were analysed all the way through to university.

For decades children in northern Europe have learned with their shoes off because they are left at the school door arrival due to snow, ice or slush.


Definitely an approach that British schools should adopt. Traditional British classrooms are simply not designed for effective learning.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Like this Sign?

Mumsnet: Is it common sense for estate agent to take off shoes when doing a viewing?

Mumsnet: Is it common sense for estate agent to take off shoes when doing a viewing?

More discussion on Mumsnet!

As I recently shared, when searching for a new apartment, in four out of the five properties, the estate agents had their shoes off.

AirHostsForum: Do you allow shoes in the house?

AirHostsForum: Do you allow shoes in the house?

"We've always have had a strict policy of no shoes inside the house. However, I've been visiting as a guest to other AirBnbs and it seems like everyone else is fine with having shoes inside the house. For guests that don't feel comfortable with not wearing anything, we offer free one time use slippers.

What's everyone's experience with this?"

Discussion by AirBnb hosts on this topic.

Ask An American: Do Americans WEAR SHOES INSIDE THE HOME?



In her experience, removing shoes in the USA is uncommon, unlike Germany. However, it is a little more common in some parts of the USA.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

iRV2 Forums: Shoes Off Rule? Just Wonderin'

iRV2 Forums: Shoes Off Rule? Just Wonderin'

Discussion of the shoes-off rule on a forum for owners of motorhomes. It's nice to see that plenty of American motorhome owners prefer shoes off inside.

It's interesting the UK/US difference about living in trailer parks. In the US, living in a trailer park is seen as very low class, equivalent to our council estates. Here in the UK, apart from Gypsies and Irish Travellers, living in a caravan (trailer) is associated with middle-class eccentricity. When my parents were temporarily living in a caravan park (trailer park) while relocating to the south-east, I took great delight in telling my American friends about my 'white trash' parents.

I expect most middle-class British caravan dwellers take their shoes off and ask visitors to do the same, as our caravan parks can get really muddy. I understand this is the custom among Gypsies.

CarpetRight: April showers & the battle against muddy boots

CarpetRight: April showers & the battle against muddy boots

Don’t feel embarrassed to ask everyone to take their shoes off when they come into yourhouse. You can help people with this by having a clear area for them to leave their shoes such as a basket or a rack near each entrance.


A shoes-off policy is vital with the unpredictable spring weather in the UK.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Lil'Luna: Please Remove Your Shoes Print

Lil'Luna: Please Remove Your Shoes Print

Growing up, we never really got in the habit of taking our shoes off when we came in from outside. Moving to Texas, we realized EVERYONE takes their shoes off to come inside. After all the rain and mud I saw here in Houston, I understood the reasoning for this better. In fact, I have one night we had been invited to a friends house. As we were driving over there I was painting my toe nails and my husband asked what I was doing. I told him I wanted to make sure my toes looked cute since I knew we’d have to take off our shoes. He had forgotten this (since we were still pretty new to Texas) and went on to tell me that he happened to be wearing the pair of socks that had the most amount of holes! We laughed, and I reminded him we were no longer in AZ. LOL!

Another person who says removing shoes in homes is common in Texas, contrary to the common view that nobody in Texas takes their shoes off. Most of the shoe-removing Texans seem to be in Houston, which is of course, a very modern and diverse city.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

OLwomen: 9 Reasons Why Your Home Should Be Shoe Free Zone

OLwomen: 9 Reasons Why Your Home Should Be Shoe Free Zone

7. Your Neighbor’s Might Not Like

Your neighbor’s might not like

Sometimes your shoes get noisy much and your neighbors just do not want that tick tock of your shoes. This particularly happens when you are residing in an apartment.

-If you have wooden floors then you have to be very careful with your shoes.
-You shouldn’t be walking with them on.
-The sound of those shoes will get to irritate them.

Momtastic: The Germiest Places Kids Hang Out (and How to Beat the Yuck)

Momtastic: The Germiest Places Kids Hang Out (and How to Beat the Yuck)

One quick and easy way to reduce the amount of germs in your home is to have everyone take off their shoes as soon as they come into the house (and then, yes, wash their hands afterwards). “As a pediatrician and a mom I always make sure that shoes come off before entering the house,” says Dr. Blanchard. “Yours and your child’s shoes are full of bacteria but also things like pesticides, heavy metals, gasoline, and allergens. By taking off your shoes not only are you getting the benefit of not tracking bacteria around the house but you are limiting your kid’s contact with other dangerous chemicals.”



Sunday, April 24, 2016

Thank Your Body: Reduce home toxins by 60% (and you’ll never guess how easy it is!)

Thank Your Body: Reduce home toxins by 60% (and you’ll never guess how easy it is!)

"Ready to reduce home toxins by 60%? Yeah, I thought so. And you’ll love how simple the solution is. Ready for it? I’m going to tell you right here in the first paragraph: Take your shoes off.

That’s it! Reduce home toxins that easily. Seems to good to be true, right? But it is. The truth is that research has shown that 85% of the soil and contaminants inside your home can be found within 10 to 12 feet of the exterior doors. Think about all the places your feet go throughout a day. The grocery store. The gas station. The park. Now think about how many other feet are also trekking around those places. Feet that have been who-knows-where."

Yahoo Answers: How do you get friends to take off their shoes at the door?

Yahoo Answers: How do you get friends to take off their shoes at the door?

'I'm thinking about implementing the "no shoes in the house rule" as I try to keep house healthier and cleaner. Do any of you do this? How do you ask others to remove their shoes if they visit your home?'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lozier's Peaceful Valley| Culture shock: What’s all the fuss about shoes?

Lozier's Peaceful Valley| Culture shock: What’s all the fuss about shoes?

"In Afghanistan, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering a home. Typically you will find a jumbled pile of the inhabitants’ shoes immediately inside and outside the entrance of houses, apartments, some shops, offices and hotels. Sometimes there are a collection of communal slippers inside the door, but since I was coming from an individualistic culture, I had brought my own indoor sandals and learned to hide them so that they did not become communal.

I was prepared to remove my shoes upon entering Afghan homes. But I didn’t know that Afghans wear different shoes in different rooms. There are bathroom shoes, kitchen shoes, roof shoes and maybe more. If you want to use the bathroom, there are sandals inside the bathroom door. There are also special shoes to wear in the kitchen. The bathroom I used in my first Afghan home was inside the kitchen, so if I followed the protocol, I would remove my house sandals outside the kitchen door and put on kitchen shoes, then remove my kitchen shoes outside the bathroom door to put on bathroom shoes and reverse the process to exit the bathroom and kitchen. Sometimes it was easier to just stay in my room."

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Going to a shop in carpet slippers

I went into the nearby corner shop today to buy a few groceries. While I was in there, a woman entered the shop who was wearing fluffy bedroom slippers.

I can never understand why people go outside in their indoor slippers. Not only does it defeat the object by getting them dirty, but also carpet slippers are not very strong and they wear out really quickly when you wear them outside.

Does it really take that much effort to switch from slippers to a pair of flip flops before going outside?