Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Slippers that look like Shoes

I do not as a rule always remove my shoes when visiting other people's homes. In Britain, removing shoes is not the norm and might be considered odd or even rude. However, some people would like visitors to remove their shoes, but are afraid to make the request. I should very much like to encourage those people by my behaviour.

Hence, I only remove my shoes if the host is not wearing shoes and possibly not even then if I know they wear shoes at home sometimes.

However, some people wear slippers that look like shoes. This really can cause confusion, Men may wear leather slippers or moccasins that could pass as shoes. It was fashionable a couple of years ago to wear these slip-on sneakers. Some people started wearing them indoors as slippers. At the moment, it is very fashionable for girls to wear outdoor shoes that are identical to slippers. If somebody is wearing those indoors, how am I suppposed to know if they are slippers or not? In the summer, some people may use indoor-only flip flops as slippers.

So people, if you would like people to remove their shoes in your house, but are too polite to say, please wear slippers that look like slippers and leave lots of shoes by the door to make it obvious.

Or better still, just pluck up the courage to say "We remove our shoes in this house." You may be surpised how gracious people will be.


The IBEX Scribe said...

I wore purple, fuzzy flip flops at my old apartment - some kind of foot protection was essential on that old floor if one was not fond of splinters. Now that I live in an apartment with nice carpet, I am either barefoot or just wear socks.

JB said...

I agree that slippers can cause people to be confused as to whether or not they should take off their shoes. I think socks-only is the way to go. When you're in stocking feet with a shoe rack or a pile of shoes by the door, it's obvious to guests that they must remove their shoes.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Angie, I am glad you got away from that awful old floor.

JB, I do like to wear slippers in winter.

Here in Britain, most guests would keep their shoes on, regardless of whether the host was shoeless or how many shoes were near the door. It is becoming more common for people to ask whether they need to remove their shoes, but most hosts will say it is not necessary.

People just need to be told, preferably in advance before they come. That way they can bring their own slippers if they want.

God Bless


Redeemed said...

um :( my "summer slippers" can be worn outside. I have one pair in black that I only wear outside, and the other, silver, I only wear in the house. They are sandals, really. But they are cute though, that is why I chose to wear them as slippers in the house.

My winter slippers, however, are real slippers. No chance in wearing those things outside!!!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sarah, I have some leather Moroccan slippers with curled up toes that I wear outside only.

This would not be a problem in Canada; in Canada it is generally expected that one removes one's shoes.

God Bless