OK - you’ve hit a raw nerve with me!
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My family never took their shoes off unless you just came in out of snow or mud or something more stinky.
My wife’s family (all 9 siblings) require everyone to take off their shoes at their homes. So every weekend, there’s maybe 50 people at someone’s home, and the entryway is a veritable obstacle course of shoes, both inside the door and outside the door. You need to tiptoe your way to actually get to the front door, and watch your step closely while hugging the hostess. Then tiptoe past the minefield of ankle busting impediments in the foyer.
You take off your shoes, walk in and say hi to everyone. Then you put your shoes back on to bring stuff from the car, and take off your shoes again so you can take the stuff to the kitchen. Ditto for more trips to the car, or when the host wants to show you how beautiful the flowers are in the front yard. It would be nice to have a chair at the front door so old folks like me can actually sit down to tie our shoes.
Be sure to wear slip ons, and not sneakers or hard to tie regular shoes.
And so what do you do when when you need to go out on the back patio to get your burger off the grill, or search for the beer barrel? Well, there’s about 50 sets of sandals of various sizes that are provided for the guests. None of them are large enough for me. Or you can tiptoe your way back to the front door, get your shoes - if you can find them, carry them through the house to the patio so you can wear them in the backyard or on the patio.
If you are the first ones to leave, good luck with the obstacle course. You’re lucky if you don’t trip and break some bones.
For my house, I REQUIRE that people keep their shoes on, unless they are actually filthy - which I’ve never actually seen. Perhaps if you live on a farm, it’s a different story. We have mats at the doors, so minor dirt can be scraped off.
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