Wednesday, April 25, 2007

37 Reasons for Having a Shoes-Off Policy in Your Home

re-post

37 Reasons for having a shoes-off policy in your home:

1. Carpets are not easy to clean.
2. Carpets absorb dust and become breeding grounds for dust mites, causing the development of asthma and allergies.
3. If you do not have a carpet, the dust will not be absorbed and you are likely to breathe it in.
4. Shoes can leave marks on wood, PVC and marble floors.
5. Shoes can scratch wood flooring, especially if they have high heels.
6. Boots and high heeled shoes can cause wear and tear to carpets.
7. That goes for rugs as well.
8. Shoes pick up small particles of grit that cause wear and tear to carpets.
9. Shoes pick up traces of petrol fumes and industrial pollution.
10. Shoes can pick up pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals.
11. Shoes pick up traces of animal excrement.
12. Ever noticed how much chewing gum there is stuck to the streets?
13. In a square mile, there are more insects than people on the planet. How many do you think you have squashed on your shoes?
14. If you have a crawling baby, do you want him or her to be exposed to the dirt from people's shoes?
15. In rain or snow, you are less likely to get the floor wet.
16. If you live near a beach, you will bring less sand into the house.
17. If you have a crawling baby, you will do less damage if you accidently step on him or her.
18. If you get mad and kick the cat or dog, you will do less damage (apologies to animal lovers).
19. If your children play rough, they will do less damage.
20. It creates a less formal atmosphere.
21. It creates a greater sense of relaxation.
22. Your guests will become more like you by removing their shoes and will feel part of the family.
23. An oriental, Scandinavian or East European visitor will feel more at home.
24. It teaches children the importance of respecting and looking after things.
25. Psychologically, removing your shoes helps you to enter a frame of mind where you keep your everyday troubles outside your home.
26. It is more comfortable.
27. It is healthier for you feet to take your shoes off during the day.
28. Small children with growing feet should wear shoes only to the minimum.
29. If you wear high-heeled shoes, your feet badly need a break.
30. You can put your feet up on the sofa without taking your shoes off first (Dont tell me you put your feet on the sofa with shoes on?).
31. You can put your feet up on the coffee table without taking your shoes off first.
32. If you ever visit Japan, it will seem less weird.
33. If you are ever arrested and they confiscate your shoes, along with your belt and jewellery, it will seem less weird.
34. Your feet smell less if you do not wear them all day.
35. When you lovingly chastise your children, you will have a slipper to hand.
36. It was a Biblical custom (come on, did they wash their feet with shoes on?)
37. Do you really think the Saints in Glory are going to trample the sparkling, clean New Jerusalem with shoes on?

4 comments:

richyrich said...

May I just point out that home isn't the only place where it is sometimes desirable for people to take their shoes off. The other night I was doing my groceries shopping my my local supermarket and there were some of the girls who worked there putting some food on refrigerated high shelves. As the shelves were rather high they were standing on one of the lower shelves where there was some other food displayed. And guess what, they were wearing their shoes despite the fact that their feet were only a few inches away from food that people were going to buy and eat! Even if their shoes did not directly touch the food, it would have been easy enough for it to have then been moved and come into contact with all the bacteria that would have come off the girls' shoes and left on the shelf. Indeed at the time, I was so appalled that I did think whether or not I should say something to them or even ask to see the manager and raised the issue with him but I didn't in the end. Still it is an issue of concern. Interestingly though, I have noticed that shop workers do often take their shoes off when they do work in window display areas, presumably to prevent the floor areas there from being damaged by their heels and soles. Surely the health and safety of food bought by consumers is at least as important as protecting window display areas from some damage!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

"May I just point out that home isn't the only place where it is sometimes desirable for people to take their shoes off."

Indeed. Shoes should come off in schools, nurseries, clinics and hospitals. And there is no reason not to have a no-shoes rule in offices, libraries, colleges and Christian churches.

I think it is sensible to check peoples' shoes at airports. Most police stations in the UK wisely confiscate the shoes of suspects in custody.

Also, it is best to remove sandals before driving for better control of the accelerator.

With regards to the supermarket, health and safety regulations might prevent shoe removal in those circumstances. When I worked at a supermarket, there were rules about what shoes you wore, so maybe removing shoes to perform a task might be unacceptable.

On the other hand, I don't see that health and safety is a valid excuse for shop window dressers. They often wear shoes that would never be acceptable in a supermarket, like high heels and sandals.

God Bless

Matthew

richyrich said...

With regards to the supermarket, health and safety regulations might prevent shoe removal in those circumstances

If that is the case, could the workers not change into slippers or other shoes or even put on some shoe covers? At least that would prevent germs from outside from contaminating the food areas.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Perhaps you should tell the manager.

I think they are supposed to use a stool or stepladder and not stand on the shelf itself. We certainly had stools to stand on when I worked at Sainsbury's.

God Bless

Matthew