Tuesday, January 31, 2006


When I first came to the conclusion that it is more sensible to have a shoes-off policy in one's home, I suspected that when I finally got my own place, I would not have the courage to actually ask visitors to remove their shoes. Well, I have not got my own place yet, so I have not been put to test. However, I am pretty sure that I would insist on shoes-off at the door.

I have come to realise that favoring shoes-off in homes is not just an opinion or preference, but it is a mindset. Once one comes to the conclusion that shoes are a source of dirt, then the shoe becomes abject. One developes a sense of disgust at the thought of someone wearing shoes in a home. I do not like to see my mother keeping her shoes on- it does not seem right. I cannot bear the thought of someone coming in my bedroom with their shoes on. I am pretty sure that I would ask someone other than my parents (it is their house) to take off their shoes before entering my bedroom.

This is why most Chinese or Japanese people will insist on shoes-off in their homes, even when they live in the USA or the UK. They may live in every way like Americans or British, but they find it difficult to shake off the abject association of shoes with dirt.


Jim said...

I am in agreement with you. We do not wear our shoes in the house either. Of course, I must confess I have violated that law more than a few times.

BTW, do you have an email address?
Perhaps you could send it to me at the following?


Blessings to you,


Dorothy said...

You are right matt it does make you think about what you are tracking in your home, and since i am the main cleaner in the house i have to sweep all that mess up everyday. We have a mud room specifically for putting your shoes in when you come in the house but it seems like the only one who uses it is my son Justin. I do put my shoes in there when i am not wearing my boots or sneakers. I have to have something on my feet though. It is cold on hard wood floors during the winter in NH! By the way i heard on the radio that Europe is having one of it's coldest winters yet is it really cold in Britain right now?

Redeemed said...

I too totaly agree with that policy.

It's funny, over here, taking your shoes off when visiting someone else's house is a normality. Even your own home, well that is, if you care about keeping your house nice and tidy!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thankyou all so much for visiting this blog! I know it is not as interesting as my other two blogs.

Jim, I shall send you an email sometime.

You are sensible having a shoes-off policy.

Dorothy, you said you wear slippers at home. That is not the same as wearing shoes. Just make sure you change your shoes for slippers when you come in.

Redeemed, I wish it were like that in the UK. You Canadians are so much more sensible.

Every Blessing in Christ


Rose~ said...

I have to confess ...
*clears throat*
I think I am moving toward the shoes off policy.
Because of this blog?
No, ... Because of this DOG! Dog poop! Kids get it on their shoes ... and twice now, I have had to shampoo the carpets because of this nasty thing!

Shoes off at the door? Maybe my kids will not go in and out so much. The dog doesn't have any shoes, but I guess that is something we just have to live with. I don't think she steps in her own poop.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Rose~, good for you!

James 5:19-20
'If any of ye do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins'.

Only joking.

May God bless you, Rose~


Dorothy said...

I do for the most part, but sometimes i am just so busy getting the kids shoes off and involved with something I just don't get around to it, but when things slow down i take my shoes off and put my slippers off. I gotta get a pic of me in my slippers and post it for you!

Dorothy said...

Sorry i meant my slippers on!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

You are wondeful, Dorothy.

God bless


Rose~ said...

... he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, ...

LOL! You are so funny the way you take this so seriously. I really had to chuckle when I read that this issue was the main reason you started blogging at all.


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks fro dropping in, Rose~

God Bless