Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Charleston Gazette: Lose the Shoes

The Charleston Gazette: Lose the Shoes

'In Asia, most people take off their shoes at the door. Is it time Americans followed suit?'

This article is encouraging because removing shoes tends to be more common in the northern, rather than the southern states. But this and the viewing stats for this blog suggests that the south is catching up with the north.


Anonymous said...

Hi, i am from Atlantic Canada and until i came across this blog i assumed everybody took their shoes off when entering a home, and not doing so when visiting is of bad etiquette.

Newfoundland, Canada.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

A lot of Canadians say that.

I am afraid that is not the case. There are even some Canadians who wear shoes in their homes, sadly.

Anonymous said...

I am a freak about leaving my shoes at the door. I have had recent guests that balked at the request, but, ultimately gave in. How do you ask nicely without looking anal?

Tampa, FL

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jen, if your friends cannot respect your home, maybe they are not very nice people to be with friends with.

If they are serious about wanting your friendship then they will not mind if you keep reminding them to take their shoes off.

I think the politest way to ask is to say:

"Are you alright with taking your shoes off?"

That puts the burden on them to think of a reason why they would not be alright taking their shoes off.

God Bless