Shoe Etiquette - What To Do?
This page on shoe etiquette deals with the issue of what to do when
you go to someone's home and they ask you to remove your shoes. How do
you tactfully deal with the issue? These ideas will help you handle the situation with style.
Just to give you a little bit of background about my thoughts on this issue, you have to understand where I am coming from.
Personally, I think feet are gross and disgusting. I know there are people that think feet are really sexy and attractive...I am not one of those people.
whole family is involved in Karate. As we are at class, we are barefoot
on the mats and our feet quickly become black and disgusting from the
dirt on the mats. Feet just get dirty regardless of the environment
they are in. So, how do you handle this with proper shoe etiquette
if asked to remove your shoes? Let's break this down into two groups of
people: those that are asking people to remove their shoes and those
that have been asked to remove their shoes.
First, for those that ask people to remove their shoes:
If you are the one removing your shoes, here are some ideas for you as well
- Do your best to notify them in advance!!!!
Most people that complain on the topic of shoe etiquette is that they
didn't know in advance and wore socks with holes or no socks at all.
This can be a socially embarrassing moment and proper notification
would solve this.
- Keep your floors clean.
Guests do not want to step on your crumbs and food in their bare feet.
It really is gross and an uncomfortable feeling. Even a bread crumb on
your foot feels like a rock when you are bare-footed.
- Provide an alternative.
I have some neighbors that insist people remove their shoes to keep
their light carpet clean. However, they offer an alternative for those
that do not want to remove their shoes. They have booties (not sure
what they are officially called) available for people that do not want
to remove their shoes. These are shoes covers like what you see people
in the hospital wear. I think this is a great alternative for everyone;
the carpets stay clean and the person does not have to remove their
shoes if they do not want to.
- Make sure your outfit does not rely on your shoes.
This is mostly for the women out there, but I have heard of stories
where a lady was asked to remove her shoes and the outfit looked
terrible without them. It may be hard to plan ahead on this one, but do
- Remove all those old socks from your dresser.
If you do not have disgusting socks, there is not as much to worry
about. Consider this a good reason/excuse to update your sock
- Keep your feet well-groomed and stink free.
I know, I shouldn't have to say that, but you would be surprised. Some
people just do not place a lot of importance on personal hygiene. This
is a plea from the rest of us to do it.
I know that
there are some cultures that require shoe removal, but that is not
usually the norm here in the US. If this is part of your culture, it is
much easier to be prepared as it is your way of life.
these ideas on shoe etiquette, or shoe removal etiquette, will prepare
your feet to have a pleasant time without offending others.