Monday, January 16, 2012
We're not all Sherlock Holmes
In discussions on this subject, it is often suggested that those who want to keep their home shoe-free should simply leave their shoes by the door and thus anybody visiting will pick up the clue and know to remove their shoes.
I very much doubt that will be enough. When being welcomed into a home, most guests are likely to have their attention on the host's greetings and are not likely to notice what is sitting by the door.
Even if the guest does notice, they may not always pick up on this. After all, I have been to plenty of homes where shoes are left by the door without the hosts either wanting a shoe-free home or always being shoeless themselves. A guest may think the shoes left by the door were discarded when it was wet or muddy or just removed after an hard day's work.
If you want people to take their shoes off, you are going to have to show a bit of confidence and ask politely.