Monday, October 13, 2008



There are some who think that asking guests to remove their shoes is contrary to the principle of hospitality.

This is a culturally relative matter. Albania and Turkey are countries in which hospitality is greatly valued and yet it is expected in those countries that guests remove their shoes.

The shoes-on people argue that a hostess should primarily be concerned with her guests comfort and not with the state of her carpet or floor. However, most guests will feel more comfortable after removing their shoes. They may, admittedly, be uncomfortable because they are embarassed about their feet or they feel their shoes are part of their outfit. Those problems can be dealt with by letting guests know in advance that shoes-off is expected and so they can either bring slippers or plan their outfits with bare or stocking feet in mind. Any embarassment should be minimal if guests are not taken by surprise.

In my opinion, those who insist that guests should be allowed to keep their shoes on take hospitality for granted.

When I get my own house or apartment, I may well invite you. I will give you the best seat. I will cook for you. I will serve you the best food I can. I will give you whatever you want to drink, whether it be alcoholic or not. I will give you my undivided attention. I will entertain you with conversation. If you live nearby, I will drive you home in my car. If not, I will let you stay the night. I will wash up the dishes and cutelry you have used and clean up any mess you make. Given that I am willing to do all this for you, do you really think it is so unreasonable that I ask you to take your shoes off?
Posted by Celestial Fundie


Bob said...

There is a show on US TV.."Mad Men" which is a satire on the advertising industry in New York during the 1960's. Madison Avenue was home to many advertising agencies during that time hence the title "Mad Men"....the head of the company is a germaphobe and does not allow anyone to wear shoes in his office...perhaps TV is begining to intergrate the idea that shoes off is becoming common place in the US

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks for that info.

Celestial Fundie said...

I did try to find a relevant video clip from the series.

Bob said...

It is not something that is shown in every show....the head of the company does not figure promamently in the it is only every two or three shows that makes reference to it.

Celestial Fundie said...

Yeah, I did some research on it last night.

You see how dedicated I am!

Bob said...

You are dedicated!! is the job search coming?

Celestial Fundie said...

I have four interviews this week.

I had the third one today. It went very well, thankyou.