Sunday, November 30, 2014

Another Sign

I was out delivering leaflets again for the Conservative Party again and came across another house with a 'Please remove your shoes' sign. That makes a total of five of such signs that I have seen in Stevenage. Of course, most houses I see have a few pairs of shoes sitting by the door.

This one was a yellow plastic plaque nailed to their front door.

Interesting that this one was outside the house. Only one of the other signs that I have seen in Stevenage was outside the front door, as opposed to in the hallway or porch.

If you were going to put up such a sign, would you put it inside or outside your house?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SKCheung: Should Guests Lose Their Shoes at My House Party?

SKCheung: Should Guests Lose Their Shoes at My House Party?

'It is your home and whether you want the guests to keep their shoes or not, it’s your choice. You don’t want high heels or spiked heels marring your recently finished hardwood flooring, of course. The key here is to make sure you let guests know of what you expect so that everyone can still have a good time shoeless or not at your house. You’re the host but you still owe it to the guests for coming, so make them feel warm and welcome!'

EcoNovice: Is Your Home Shoeless? 3 Critical Reasons to Leave Shoes at the Door

EcoNovice: Is Your Home Shoeless? 3 Critical Reasons to Leave Shoes at the Door

'As we enter the winter months and the holidays, keeping shoes out of your home can become a little more challenging. But the benefits are worth it! Removing your shoes (and encouraging your guests to do likewise) reduces the amount of toxic pollutants in your home, decreases the time and money you spend on cleaning, and promotes the development of healthier stronger feet.'

Monday, November 17, 2014

20s/ 30s Conference

This weekend I attended a charismatic evangelical conference for people in their twenties and thirties. I noticed that about a third of the delegates at the conference had their shoes off during the worship sessions. That sort of seems normal for people that age. Maybe in a generation or two it will be the norm to take one's shoes off in church.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Today's Parent: Shoes on or off?: A surprisingly contentious issue

Today's Parent: Shoes on or off?: A surprisingly contentious issue

Article by Emma Waverman

'When you enter another person’s home, is it shoes on or shoes off? It’s a surprisingly contentious issue and, as we near the holiday season, one that merits discussion.

I grew up in a household where shoe removal was not mandatory—and it still isn’t with my family. If your shoes are dry and complement your outfit, then they can stay on, so long as they’re not on the furniture.'

However, I didn’t realize how strongly divided people were about footwear. For example, a woman living in Great Britain runs a blog called Shoes Off at the Door, Please which lists 37 reasons why people should remove their shoes when entering a house. She lists cleanliness and safeguarding the floors, but also that it simply creates a “more relaxing atmosphere.”'



I appreciate the mention. Of course, she is not the first person to wrongly assume I'm a lady.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Congratulations to Bruce Rauner

Congratulations to Bruce Rauner, the new Republican governor of Illinois. I had mentioned a little while ago that Mr. Rauner and his wife have a shoes-off policy in their house. That's a domestic policy that shows good sense.

I hope they keep up the no-shoes rule in the governor's mansion.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Syrian Rebel



The front cover of the Independent featured a photograph of a rebel fighter in Syria. I love the fact that this rebel has removed his shoes before crouching on a mattress to fire a gun. Such perfect etiquette.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Daily Mail: Millions of Britons could be at risk from pneumonia, E. Coli and salmonella from filthy rugs

Daily Mail: Millions of Britons could be at risk from pneumonia, E. Coli and salmonella from filthy rugs

Millions of Britons could be at risk of life-threatening diseases from an unlikely source - their filthy carpets.
Unclean rugs can contain a shocking level of disease-inducing bacteria, according to research released today.
After swabbing the shoes of people of various ages across the UK, scientists found high levels of bacteria from the pneumonia and E.Coli families.



Yahoo Answers: Is it rude to ask female visitors to take their stiletto heels off at the door to protect the wood floors?

Yahoo Answers: Is it rude to ask female visitors to take their stiletto heels off at the door to protect the wood floors?

And Her Little Dog: No Shoes – Baby on the Loose

And Her Little Dog: No Shoes – Baby on the Loose


'So yesterday we did something a little different.

Our house became a shoe-free zone.

Ok, ok. Not entirely shoe-free. I still have my entire closet full of my favorite footwear. But we decided that we were no longer going to allow shoes to be worn in our home. From now on, you have to take your shoes off at the front door!'