Friday, April 25, 2014

To Discover Russia: A Russian Custom to Take off Your Shoes at Home

To Discover Russia: A Russian Custom to Take off Your Shoes at Home

If you are invited to visit someone’s home in Russia, it is a very encouraging sign for your relationship. But you must be prepared to take off your shoes when you enter a house.

Of course, this is required not in every home and every family, but it happens a lot.

8 comments:

Kelly said...

What about those who are able to hire someone to clean their floors?

Matthew Celestis said...

Bob is not Russian, but I expect he can afford to hire a cleaner.

Shall we ask him that question?

Bob said...

You are correct Matthew I am not Russian. We do have a housekeeper who comes once a week with two other woman. And yes they take their shoes off in the garage and clean the house in their sock feet. They do not do this just at our home but every home that they clean.

Matthew Celestis said...

Kelly, would seem to suggest that if you can hire a cleaner, you don't need to have a shoes-off rule. How would you respond to that?

Kelly said...

I think you don't need a shoes-off rule even if you don't use hired help to clean your house, but with a hired cleaning lady, a shoes-off policy is absolutely uncalled for. Moreover, it is very inhospitable as it imposes rules on your guests and might make them uncomfortable.

Bob said...

Matthew, in my opinion the two issues are mutually exclusive.
We have a no shoes rule because we find that it keeps the floors and carpets cleaner and hardwood floors scratch free. Shoes or no shoes houses get dusty, kitchens and bathrooms need to be cleaned, beds need to be changed and laundry done.

Alexey said...

Hey guys! Such an interesting discussion here ;)

'if you can hire a cleaner, you don't need to have a shoes-off rule'

Due to weather conditions there is often a total mess outside (at least in Russia). Even if smo will come to clean your house, just imagine that you have a party and there are spots of dirt everywhere on your floor. A bit disappointing i guess...

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for dropping in Alexey.

The Russian custom of removing shoes is one of the least things we can learn from that great country.