Friday, October 03, 2008

Do so-called "Etiquette Experts" live on a different planet?

In general, so-called "etiquette experts" look unfavourably on shoes-off policies.

They sometimes grudgingly allow that one can ask guests to remove their shoes, but with the qualification that one should provide guests with slippers.

I think this shows they are on another planet. I know there are many countries like Russia and Japan, where guests will be given slippers by the host, but whenever I have sought peoples' opinion on borrowed slippers, whether online or in person they tell me they really don't like the idea of borrowing slippers.

It seems clear to me that while people in Japan and Russia may not mind wearing somebody else's slippers, people in the UK, and probably the USA too, would prefer socks or bare feet to borrowed slippers. The fact that so-called "etiquette experts" are oblivious to this shows that they are out of touch with the modern world.


Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

I stumbled upon your blog from reading somebody else's blog. Nice job!

I'm with you! Not about Sarah Palin, but about not wearing shoes in the house! It's gross! It drives me crazy! It's my pet peeve and I've written about it a bunch of times. Go check out my blog. I just mentioned the shoes thing in one of my stories. It's a story or two down; I think the one about the Converse sneakers.

Who would ever imagine finding a blog about not wearing shoes in the house? Now I need to find one about people who require an afternoon nap.

Celestial Fundie said...

Debi, thanks so much for visiting and leaving your comment.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Absolutely agree with you. When Pacific Islander people visit our home they automatically take off their shoes/sandals at the door, and leave them in the laundry. Australians just walk in treading everywhere. It is a hygeine thing and also in the Islander situation it is often rainy and shoes are muddy. It makes for more informality as well as people often sit on the floor on a pandanus mat and you don't want people with their big boots sitting on the mats!

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting, Wendy.

Canadian said...

Here in Canada, when you go to the dentist in the winter-time, you remove your boots and put on a pair of ugly blue plastic bag-like slippers. They have them available for you where you hang up your coat. That way, you can go into the dentist's office and sit on his chair without tracking snow and ice and salt everywhere. In the summer you can keep your shoes on.

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks for the info.

I think they should do that in summer too.