posted on May, 2 2015 @ 03:57 AM
I come at this question from another angle.
I've never known an environment where it was "normal" to take off the shoes and leave them at the door.
I live in Britain, but this may be an urban thing. Urban people don't get their shoes dirty enough to make it an issue.
Yes, I understand that women like to "kick off their shoes" when they get home, but that's because fashion insists on making them wear shoes that
are so uncomfortable.
In fact I normally walk around in my socks myself, but that's a luxury I can give myself because I live on my own. I'm sure it makes the
meter-readers look askance when I have to let them in.
If you've ever seen the British comedy "Keeping up appearances", you may notice that the fussy housewife Hyacinth Bucket insists on making people
take off their shoes when they come in the door, and THAT is the behaviour which is regarded as odd.
As far as I know, we think of "taking off the shoes at the door" as a quaint oriental custom, like squatting on the floor instead of using chairs.