Sunday, December 01, 2013

Expatsincebirth.com: “Take off your shoes, please”…?

Expatsincebirth.com: “Take off your shoes, please”…?

In many countries like Germany, Switzerland, in Skandinavian countries etc. it is common use to take off the shoes when entering someone’s home(*). The custom of removing shoes is widespread also in Eastern countries like Japan, Korea and Turkey.

In these countries it is considered a major faux pas to walk through a house with shoes on. In some schools in Sweden, children are even required to remove their shoes.


The writer seems a little reserved about making shoes off a rule for guests, but otherwise has some good thoughts on the subject.

15 comments:

Barry said...

I know other people have commented on things like this, but I have recently moved to a new office, with the same employer.

Anyway, the secretary takes her shoes off as soon as she arrives and leaves them off all day.

Chatting to her I discovered that she bought her shoes in a supermarket as they were cheap, but hates them as they are uncomfortable to wear. Also, she said she finds they are tight and rub her toes.

Anonymous said...

Barry - does she walk around in her socks or does she change into slippers in the office?

Rachel said...

I love this blog but why is such a big deal made about going shoeless or wearing slippers in workplaces.

I work for a form of solicitors and in the winter months always remove my boots or shoes and no one makes an issue of it or complains.

Come on guys it's the UK in 2013!!

Anonymous said...

Rachel, I see - sounds like a very comfy workspace, do you usually bring slippers with you or do you just work in your stockinged feet?

Matthew Celestis said...

Rachel, in my experience it is pretty common.

Guys, this is a blog about removing shoes in homes.

I'm not sure we need extended discussions about people who remove their shoes in offices.

I think it's relevant to the subject matter of the blog that many people do this, but we don't need to know lots of details about the habits of particular individuals.

Anonymous said...

Matt - I disagree, as there us definitely a trend of removing shoes at offices, and a lot if visitors of this blog want to discuss this. I would allow everyone who does not deal with the customer an option to work in slippers or even in their stockinged feet.

Matthew Celestis said...

I'm all for discussion that is actually interesting.

But comments like-

'Was she wearing a nice outfit when she removed her shoes?'

and

'what colour stockings was she wearing?'

these belong on specialist discussion forums for people who want to took about stockings. They do not meaningfully contribute to discussion here.

Elain Smith said...

I have a blog called "another shoes off blog" that covers that very issue if anyone is interested

Anonymous said...

What's the link for the "another shoes off blog."

Elain Smith said...

elainsmith5@blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

you should blog about funny beliefs that shoes on-people believe in. i've heard that they think taking shoes off is stupid because of a)ugly foot that haven't been taken care of, b)getting fungus, c)smelly, sweaty feet, d)socks are filled with holes or are disgusting, e)feet get cold. f)it's difficult to take shoes off. only few examples, but what makes then funny (as a person who lives in a country thas has shoes-off-policy) is that a)shoes or not, we keep care of our feet, theres no reason to hide them. if someone has long yellow toenails he/she has bigger problems than taking shoes off. b)no one and i say no one in our country has never heard of anybody getting fungus from someone's home, the thought of it doesn't even cross our minds. c)we dont have smelly sweaty feets because we don't wear shoes 247,only on the outside. d)we do not use socks that have holes, or if we do we are not embarrased :-D e)we dont understand having cold feet inside as it's normal to have inside temperature of about 23-26 celsius also in the wintertime. and we use socks!! f) everybody has porch or a hallway or sone kind of entrance in apartments thas is designed for taking shoes off and storing them. as i have wondered about this shoes-on-policy, i see only that people wanna keep their shoes because they wanna avoid problems that are born by wearing shoes.how stupid! (f.e. the list above) if they would stop wearing shoes they would notice that the problems they think that practice includes, would be non-existent. :)

Matthew Celestis said...

You are absolutely right. What country are you from, if you don't mind my asking?

Mat said...

Whatever the reason, there really is no need for anyone to wear shoes indoors. Shoes are made specifically to protect your feet when outside. Cavemen realised that they needed to cover their feet outside. Why would you do this inside? You wouldn't wear a raincoat in the house?

Matthew Celestis said...

Very true, Mat

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