Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Should One Provide Slippers for Guests?

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In some Eastern European and Asian countries, guests change from their shoes into slippers provided by the host.

Some argue that if you intend to have a shoes-off policy in your home, you should keep some slippers for guests to wear. It is argued that this will make them feel more comfortable and prevent embarassments such as foot odour and holes in socks.

I am not so sure about this one. If slippers are provided, then they must either be disposable plastic slippers or else slippers that can go in the washing machine. It would be quite unreasonable to expect guests to wear slippers that have been worn by somebody else that day. I am not sure whether most slippers are machine washable. Some guests might not even trust you that they really have been cleaned and may prefer to stay in bare or stocking feet.

I think the practise of providing guest slippers might be just a bit too weird for British. Many British people will have been to a house where shoes-off was required, but not many people will have been offered guest slippers to wear, unless it was in another country. I think a lot of English guests would prefer to go barefoot, rather than wear slippers that are not their own.

I think it is a good idea to buy slippers for family and regular visitors and keep them at your house. These should be worn only by the person they are provided for. Hopefully, one's family and close friends would be delighted by this consideration.

Providing clean socks is a different matter. I would suggest keeping a supply of clean socks in different sizes by the door for guests who are not comfortable going barefoot.

I think it is very sensible to let visitors know in advance that one has a shoes-off rule in one's home. That way, they can be sure to wear socks without holes or bring their own slippers if they prefer.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dinner Party Suggestion

Yesterday I invited a couple to dinner next Sunday. I put a question to them:

Matthew: Is there anything you really don't like to eat?
Wife: Peas
Husband: Olives
Wife: Sprouts
Husband: Sprouts aren't in season, darling.
Matthew: Okay, no peas, olives or sprouts.


Guess what I said to them next?

Matthew: I do ask people to take their shoes off. You might want to think about what socks you wear.
Husband: That is fine. We never wear shoes in our house either.


Notice what I did with the question? I asked them to state a preference. I gave them a say in what took place in the dinner party by inviting them to comment on the food they did'nt like. I showed that I was concerned about their enjoying the occasion.

Having done that, I was then in a strong position to state my own preference, which was for them to remove their shoes.

I think if you invite people over to dinner, this can be a really effective tactic. It is negotiation. By showing initial concern for the guests comfort, your guest will be more willing to respect your need for shoes-off.

Hippy?

I work in a drug rehab clinic which offers alternative therapy. One of my colleagues is a vegan and another practices organic gardening and alternative medicine. I think one has to be a bit of a hippy to work there. I suppose I express my hippiness in wearing flip flops or sandals to work.

Hippies are often associated with going barefoot. While hippies are not reputed to be bothered about dirt, I am sure a lot of people who have a shoes-off policy could fall into the 'hippy' category. After all, many of them worry about pollution and chemicals. And many hippies are interested in Asian cultures. So having a shoe-less home can really fit in well with an hippy lifestyle.

While I mentioned wearing sandals and flip flops, my own hippy credentials are severely limited, being a critic of Organic food and a supporter of Genetically Modified food technology. However, when I was at sixth form (high school to you Yanks) I had a reputation for being a hippy on account of havinng long hair and being into 'peace.'

I do tend to get on well with people who could fall into the categories of hippy or punk; people who are a bit counter-cultural. I suppose because my Christian fundamentalism puts me outside mainstream attitudes.

Jeri's Organizing & Decluttering News: Leaving Your Shoes at the Door

Jeri's Organizing & Decluttering News: Leaving Your Shoes at the Door

A reader just raised the issue of storing shoes. Personally, I think a collection of shoes at the door has a certain aesthetic quality. However, those who disagree with find some helpful ideas on this page. It even links here, which was very nice of the author.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Gardener

Our gardener need to come in to use the toilet in the house. He removed his shoes without being asked.

Gardeners are usually great ones for removing their shoes without being asked.

Degrees of Firmness part 2

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I think for friends I would go for the very direct no.6 (Could you take your shoes off, please?) and for people I did not know, I would use the more restrained no.4 (Are you alright with taking your shoes off?).

It may be that you are just too shy to use the more direct requests. However, you might find that the softest approach no.1 works a lot of the time. If you are barefoot and there are a lot of shoes by the door, you may get the right reaction just by saying:


You can take your shoes off here, if you like.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Degrees of Firmness

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1. You can take your shoes off here if you like.

2. We take our shoes off here.

3. We do like visitors to take their shoes off.

4. Are you alright with taking your shoes off?

5. You don't mind taking your shoes off, do you?

6. Could you take your shoes off, please?

7. Take your shoes off, please.

8. Shoes off.

9. Shoes off now!

Follow-up on Flip Flops

I raised the question in the last post about whether flip flops were going out of fashion.

I went to my university yesterday to see my supervisor. As it happened, there were still plenty of students wearing flip flops.

Flip flops may not be as fashionable as they have been in recent years, but they are evidently still very popular with students.

Of course, students tend not to worry much about shoes being worn in their lodgings, but when they are working and paying mortgages on their carpeted homes their attitudes may well change.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Flip Flops

Flip flops are definitely my favorite kind of footwear. As I am an administrator in a pretty casual office, I can wear them to work these days.

I expect a lot of people who want shoes-off in their homes like flip flops, as they are easy to put on and off and are minimal enough for people who like being shoeless. The only disadvantage is that in very wet weather, your feet can get muddy and you need to wash them after coming in.

I did wonder if flip flops had gone out of fashion. A couple of years ago, people seemed to be wearing them all year round, even in winter. However, among girls, they seem to have been overtaken by ballet pumps and Ugg boots. Nevertheless, I saw quite a few people wearing flip flops today. This probably had a lot to do with the glorious spring weather we had. We British really relish the change in season. I suspect as the weather warms, many girls will find flip flops a lot more comfortable than ballet pumps.

I have mentioned before that the popularity of flip flops and sandals today shows that most people are not embarassed any more about their feet. It seems doubtful that many people would mind being asked to remove their shoes.

A great comment

An anonymous reader from the Republic of Georgia wrote:

I do believe shoes are not to be worn indoors. Their function is to protect us from street dirt, so wearing shoes indoors is improper.
Walking at people's homes with one's stockinged feet is comfortable and cozy. It is so nice to feel a carpet under your feet! You enter into a physical and emotional contact with your host's home when you're without your shoes. This custom develops home intimacy and, therefore, is beautiful.
Those who say they lose their outfit when shoes off could be replied: why don't you then leave your coats and hats on indoors? Socks and nylons are components of our appearance as well; they can be both elegant and fitting the whole appearance.
As many people, unfortunately, still don't share this logic, it is often considered rude to offer visitors "remove your shoes please". Yet I think one should always help other people to follow ideas he/she believes in. Allowing other people's stay in their shoes only looks polite; in contrast, it only indicates the host fears seeming rude more than breaking his/her own values.

Victoria Beckham Disorder

Times: How bad is your VB?

Victoria Beckham Disorder is apparently a disorder which causes women to need to control every aspect of their lives.

According to this test, featured in the Times, asking visitors to remove their shoes is a symptom of VBD.

I do object to people making out that those of us who want shoes-off in our homes are control freaks. I think it is the people that want to keep their shoes on all the time that are the control freaks.

Does Victoria Beckham have a shoes-off policy? It would be a wonderful coup if so great a celebrity as she kept a shoeless home. I do know she likes to wear slippers at home. However, she wore high heels on her yacht, which is utterly contrary to yacht etiquette.

Her husband is supposed to be obsessive-compulsive, so maybe he might be keen on keeping their home clean.

Green Mamma: A Pesticide Free Home

Green Mamma: A Pesticide Free Home

I like this person's idea for a sign:

“Pesticide Free Home. Please leave shoes at the door.”

Note to commentors

I treasure all your comments and it would be lovely to receive more feedback, but I must not be greedy.

This blog welcomes anonymous comments. It is your privilege to share or to not share as much information as you please. However, I would really appreciate it if you could tell me which part of the world you are from.

This is not because I am nosey, but just because it would be of great interest to me to know about how widespread shoes-off in homes is in different countries.

Choice

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Some people are of the opinion that it is very important that guests have the choice of whether to keep their shoes on or not.

However, it is not as simple as that. Some choices may impose on the choices of others.

Some visitors may want to take their shoes off, but may fear that doing so will be considered rude. Being informed that shoes-off is encouraged will be a great welcome for these people.

The shoes-on folks might then argue, "Yes, but you can still let people keep their shoes on without imposing on the people who prefer to go shoeless."

However, this is not the case. Firstly, those people who want to take their shoes off may fear, if there are lots of other guests, particularly at a party, that their feet may get squashed by other peoples' shoes. In a crowded party, it can be hard to avoid having people tread on your toes.

Secondly, people who take their shoes off will prefer to walk on a floor that is cleaner. In fact, there is another issue here, as Angie pointed out in a previous post. Some guests will enjoy sitting on the floor. And sitting on the floor is a much more pleasent experience when it is clean. So allowing guests the choice of wearing shoes imposes on those who like to sit on the floor.

The simple truth is that no host can please everybody. However, there are far more good reasons to insist on shoes coming off at the door than for allowing shoes to stay on. Let guests chose between slippers, socks ot barefeet. That is choice enough.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Village.com: Should you have to take your shoes off in another person's home?

Village.com: Should you have to take your shoes off in another person's home?

A video with some people's opinions.

Notice the Swedish guy looks really baffled by the question. It probably had'nt occurred to him that some people don't take their shoes off.

I am proud to be a Sheep

I read a blog that said those who are happy to remove their shoes at airport security are 'Sheep People.' I guess I am a sheep. A dumb social conformist who is silly enough to think that maybe sometimes governments have our best interests at heart.

I thought readers might be interested in reading some stuff on the TSA Blog about removing shoes at airport security.

The TSA are the people who manage airport security in the USA. Over there, removing shoes is mandatory, while over here you might have to take your shoes off or you might not. As somebody who believes in being prepared for terrorism, I think the American way is better.

There was an interesting statement about Athlete's Foot on the TSA blog:

Evolution of Security:Shoes

Great first question on the ability to pick up foot fungus at the checkpoint and a very common one at that.

Believe it or not, TSA actually commissioned a study in 2003 with the Department of Health and Human Services to look at just that issue. I'm paraphrasing here and will have the actual letter posted tomorrow but they found that if the floor isn't moist then the possibility is, "extremely small to remote" to contract athlete's foot. If there are checkpoint floors that are moist, we generally have bigger issues on our hands than foot fungus.


This foot fungus thing comes up a lot when removing shoes is discussed.

The fact is that you can only get Athlete's Foot in damp conditions. That goes for people's homes as well as airport. I don't want to hear any more people claiming that you can get Athelete's Foot from taking your shoes off at somebody's house.

Readers, do not be afraid to ask your guests and visitors to remove their shoes. Neither you or your guests are going to catch foot fungus from your carpet, laminate flooring or hardwood floor.

Drink Driving

It looks like the government is seriously condidering reducing the amount of alcohol one can drink before driving. If they do this, I predict a lot more people are going to find themselves in their stocking feet- in the police cells.

Personally, I do not think they should reduct the limit. Rural pubs will lose practically all their customers. I think that would be very sad indeed.

It is not Selfish to ask Visitors to Remove their Shoes

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Some people claim it is selfish to ask visitors to remove their shoes. They think that it shows excessive concern for one's carpet or flooring.

On the contrary it is not selfish at all.

Firstly, there is an health issue involved. Peoples' shoes pick up dust and animal excrement which is not good for one's health and especially bad for the health of one's children. If one has babies or small children that play on the floor it is extremely sensible to keep one's home shoe-free.

There are many worries today about the health risks posed by pollution, toxins and chemicals. Personally, I think many of these health scares are exagerrated. Many of the supposed health risks have not been scientifically verified. However, it is best to keep as much nasty stuff out of the house as possible.

Secondly, the notion of selfishness here is relative. In a country where shoe-removing is the norm, like Finland or Russia, it would hardly be selfish to insist on shoes-off.

In Britain or the USA, where keeping shoes on is the norm, there are many people who would like to insitute a shoes-off policy, but who are afraid of causing offence or being deemed 'selfish.' If a person is brave enough to insist on shoes-off, she makes it easier for those other people who feel that they would like to make their homes shoe-free. In time, the norms of the UK and the USA may change and shoe-removing may become as normal as it is in Thailand or Sweden.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Enerch'i Sisters: Shoes off!

Enerch'i Sisters: Shoes off!

Being a Fundamentalist Christian, Feng Shui is not something I would endorse or encourage. However, I can agree with many of the practitioners of it that removing shoes in homes is a really great thing to do.

We shoes-off people are a diverse lot, Feng Shui people, Muslims, Hindus, environmentalists, conservatives, Roman Catholics, punks; even ferret breeders!

This post could be linking to your blog

You may have noticed that I post lots of links to blogs and websites that mention the subject of removing shoes in homes.

If you write a blog post that is pro- or neutral on shoes-off, there is a good chance I will post a link to it. Please feel free to advertise your posts in the comments. I might even post links to stuff that is anti-shoes-off if it is interesting or funny.

Some readers may be disappointed to know that I will not post links to stuff that is more about kinkiness than cleanliness. You know the sort of thing I mean!

I want to get peoples views on the subject. As usual, I welcome all comments.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Penny Lane Blog: My kind of clean

The Penny Lane Blog: My kind of clean

Another blogger who prefers shoes-off in her home.

Stewardship

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I believe there is an issue of stewardship here.

All that we have is a gift from God. We may enjoy our posessions, but we do need to give account to the Lord of how we have used them.

Carpet cleaning services are necessary to keep homes really clean, but they are very expensive. Replacing carpets costs even more. Having a shoes-off policy considerably reduces the need for maintaining carpets and other kinds of flooring. Therefore, as stewards of God's gifts, I would suggest that Christians ought to strongly consider the benefits of having a shoes-off policy in their homes.

Clean homes can also be more effectively used in the service of the Kingdom. Homes can be put to so many uses; entertaining visiting speakers, providing shelter for those who need it, hosting fellowship meetings (I think a good case can be made for holding all church meetings in homes) and Church lunches. Keeping homes shoe-free means that larger numbers of people can be accomdated at the home with minimal impact. It also makes the floor a safer place for small children and babies.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Terminal 5

Those of you from Britain will have watched with dismay the endless stories about the chaos at Heathrow's new terminal 5.

Some good news (though some of you may disagree). I just read in a discussion forum that people were being asked to remove their shoes at security checkpoints at the new terminal. While I know this policy is not popular, I do think it is a good idea. Flying makes people vulnerable and we need precautions against terrorism. Besides, it gets people used to taking their shoes off!

The End of Formality?

In a number of ways, Britain has developed quite an informal culture. I understand in America it is usual to address one's boss as Mr- or Mrs-. Here in Britain, however, I have addressed every boss I have worked for by their first names. I would find it really weird to have to address a boss as Mr- or Mrs-.

I used to lament for informality of modern Britain. I used to wear a suit to church every Sunday. Then on a warm sunny Lord's Day, I decided this was just silly and wore cropped trousers and sandals.

When I started my first office job, I wore a tie to work every day. These days, I wear baggy combat trousers and flip flops.

I think it is significant that in Europe removing shoes is very strong as a custom in the Nordic countries, where culture is in a number of ways even more informal than in Britain (not necessarily in every way of course). When I visited Helsinki, Finland, I visited Stockmanns, the Finnish equivalent of Harrods department store. I noticed the staff wore a uniform of yellow t-shirts and a number of them were wearing flip flops.

In Japan there is no tension between formality and removing shoes. While I was in Japan, I attended a formal party in a public building. Most of those who attended dressed rather smartly. Yet we all had to sit on the floor in our stocking feet.

Here in the West, however, the demand for formality is one of the key enemies of the practice of shoes-off in homes. Going shoeless at a party is seen by many as inappropriate. Some of the main opponents of shoes-off are the self-appointed guardians of manners and etiquette. Recognising this has lead me to question the need for excessive formality.

It is good to be comfortable. It is good to chill out and be natural. People should be able to go shoeless in homes whether there own or those of others (wearing shoes in a house with a soft carpet is just silly and unnecessary).

Likewise, people should be able to ask their guests to remove their shoes without feeling that they are breaking some silly made-up rule.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hooked in Amsterdam: Date Week. Adventures in Water.

Hooked in Amsterdam: Date Week. Adventures in Water.

Another American moans about the Swedish custom of removing shoes. Strangely, Americans in Asian countries seem to accept the custom of removing shoes and don't tend to complain about it. Yet many Americans seem uneasy about it in Scandinavian countries. Maybe because they do not expect to meet the custom prior to going there.

She mentions the practice of removing shoes in swimming pool locker rooms. I think that is a really good idea. They ought to do it in swimming pools here, but I don't think it would occur to the English mind so easily. I mentioned before that I was so surpised years ago when I was required to remove my shoes before entering a shower room at a caravan site in France. I was really uncomfortable about it at the time.

Twinstuff Forums: Do people take their shoes off when they come inside?

Twinstuff Forums: Do people take their shoes off when they come inside?

A reason for removing shoes that would never have occurred to me

Hope's House Ferret Rescue and Adoption: Ferret Care Tips

Apparently ferrets are easily injured by people treading on them with shoes and so going shoeless near the creatures is recommended.

I have heard about people who keep puppies and kittens not allowing shoes in their homes to protect their pets, but ferrets would never have crossed my mind.

I am not at all an animal lover myself, though I quite like cats.

Still Life with Wyliekat: Tue-shoe-tree.

Still Life with Wyliekat: Tue-shoe-tree.

A Canadian expresses bewilderment at the American preference for keeping shoes on.

Illinois House Hunter: Rainy Day Real Estate

Illinois House Hunter: Rainy Day Real Estate

This post affirms that it is fine to ask people viewing one's home to remove their shoes.

Interestingly, it says that shoe covers are ineffective in wet weather, because mud and water can soak through or drip off the exposed part of the shoe.

9 Tips Before You Travel to Israel

9 Tips Before You Travel to Israel

The writer of this says that in some homes in Israel, shoes are removed.

I have not read anything about shoes being removed in Israeli homes before. I suppose the writer could be just referring to Muslim homes; however, the Jewish population of Israel is very diverse. I am sure some of the Israeli Jews from Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East prefer shoes-off.

I believe you need to remove your shoes in Sephardic (middle eastern) synagogues and Karaite synagogues, but not Ashkenazi (European) synagogues. I am afraid I did not do the module of Judaism when I took my Theology degree.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Pursuing a theme? Can Skinheads have a shoes-off policy?

I recently asked the question of whether punks can have a shoes-off policy in their homes. But what about skinheads?

The obvious practical difficulty for skinheads is their liking for Doc Martens and combat boots. It is time consuming to unlace big bovver boots.

As it happens, I do own a pair of 14 hole Doc Marten boots (which I wear with my bomber jacket). However, I would never wear them if I expected to visit somebody's house. I would not want to be standing in somebody's hallway wrestling with my boots.

Being a skinhead is all about celebrating working class culture. Removing shoes is not necessarilly a part of that culture (though I am sure plenty of working class mothers and wives will not stand for shoes soiling their homes).

Nevertheless, the skinhead movement has historically been open to other cultures. Back in the Sixties and Seventies, skinheads embraced sould and ska music, which are of Black origin. So I suppose skinheads could embrace the practice of shoe-removal. It should also be remebered that the skinhead culture has spread to Europe, including shoe-removing Scandinavian countries.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Recipricocity

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You may not have a baby at crawling age
But if you ask visitors to your home to remove their shoes, you send a message that it is acceptable to keep your home shoe-free. That makes life easier for those who do have crawling babies.

You may not have a new carpet
You may have an old carpet that needs replacing or a wooden
floor that is covered in scratch marks. But if you have a shoes-off policy, it will make it easier for those who do have a new carpet to do the same.

You may not live in an area where there is pesticide on the ground
But if you have a no-shoes rule in your house, it will make those who do need to require shoes-off feel more comfortable about it.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Some Serious Theology- Are you a Tramplian or an Offalist?

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If you are an Evangelical Christian, you may be sick of the Calvinist/ Arminian debate, so let me introduce you to some new theological terms; Tramplian and Offalist.

Tramplians like to trample the carpets or flooring of their homes with their shoes on. They find it rather objectionable to be asked to remove their shoes when visiting somebody else's home.

The central principle in Tramplian theology is the freedom of the will. They believe that they should be the ones to decide whether they take their shoes off at a dinner party. Their attitude is "I decided what outfit to wear. I decided what shoes to wear. I should be able to keep them on if I like". They do not believe that a hostess should impose shoelessness on them.

Tramplians have a strong belief in the goodness of hosts. They consider that a hostess should be above all concerned for her guests wishes and convenience above keeping her home clean. They believe that if a hostess likes them enougth to invite them into her home, she will accept them with their shoes on.

Tramplians believe in the power of their own ability to keep their shoes clean. They consider themselves to be grown-up and to be careful about what they tread on. They do acknowledge that their shoes can be tainted by the corruption of dirty streets, however they hold that this can easily be dealt with by wiping their feet on their hostess' doormat. Their shoes can be restored to cleanliness by the exercise of their will.

Offalists in contrast, always remove their shoes at the door. Offalists believe in the Total Depravity of the soles of their shoes. The corruption of city streets has completely ruined the condition of their shoes, they argue, and the only hope is a change of nature for their feet, namely into slippers or clean socks. The Offalist pays heed to warnings about the health risks of pesticide, lead paint and animal excrement.

The Offalist upholds the sovereignty of the host. The hostess has been very generous in inviting her guests, however, she is sovereign over her own home and has the authority to set the rules. She will not allow anything corrupt to defile her home. Those who would enter her home must not come in their own shoes, but must meet her condition of a change into slippers or stocking feet.

The Offalist holds that the root problem of the Tramplian's theology is human pride. The Tramplian is proud of her ability to make decisions about her outfit. She is proud of her Manolos, her Prada heels or her Jimmy Choo boots. She is too proud to combine her outfit with stocking feet. She resents the idea that her hostess would not accept her in her own shoes.

The Offalist argues that if the Tramplian would only forsake her pride, she would actually find that she was far more comfortable in slippers, socks or bare feet. Her determination to remain in her stilettos will in the end hurt her feet and drag her to destruction. She may well remain outside the dinner party in the outer darkness.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

You Tube: Remove Your Shoes

You Tube: Remove Your Shoes

A brief video with excellent advice.

Don't worry- I won't be doing this to you

Metro.co.uk: Woman pulls gun in shoe spat

It is nice to see that the practice of removing shoes has spread to Texas.

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

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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 shoes 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?