This would be a really interesting ATS poll.
I grew up wearing shoes in the house. Normally I just pull on some mocassins - we have large dogs, and cats who cohabitate with us. They bring in
lots of dirt. I RARELY go barefoot, because I don't like to walk on grit inside. It's amazing to me that anyone would have "white carpet" - wut?
Why on earth would you have white carpet? Our floors are wood and tile throughout.
They get swept, spot-cleaned and mopped with regularity, but no, you cannot eat off of them. Floors are FILTHY.
Feet are nasty, too.
To me, it's kind of like going naked and sitting on furniture. GROSS. Get your bare butt OFF of my furniture, and keep your stinky feet covered with
at LEAST socks.
When I'm in a lazy mood, I'll go round the house in my socks only, but then I look at the bottoms of my socks as a sort of "floor check".
It might be a regional (provincial) thing, like "townies" versus "country," or having jello and whipped cream and marshmallows with some canned fruit
in it and calling it "salad." To me, that's dessert if you must eat it.
But yes, if I'm doing heavy work outside in the yard and get muddy, I take them off and leave them just outside (or inside) the door. Currently I
have two pairs of yard/winter wear boots near the backdoor, which have dirt on them. If my shoes are obviously dirty, they stay at the door, and
sometimes I'll go outside in my socks to put them on.
This rant struck me as a very odd question. I just grew up wearing shoes, inside and out. Taking off your shoes in someone else's house IF THEY ARE
NOT OBVIOUSLY DIRTY seems to me a gesture of relaxation and comfort, NOT a cleanliness issue. Do I prefer to take my shoes off and wear slippers
inside or flip-flops? Yes, for comfort
. Do I mind when people take their shoes off in my home? Not at all - but I don't ASK them to. If
they do, and put their feet up under them or on a coffee table, I have no problem with that.
Interesting thread. Obviously if I walk into a home or business I don't want to track in mud or clumps of dirt, etc. But if my shoes are in
"pavement only" condition, I wouldn't think twice....but then again, I wouldn't wear dirt-crusted or muddy shoes into ANYONE's house. NOR would I go
barefoot in ANYONE's house. Ick.
But, I love walking outdoors barefoot, and it's good to have your skin touch bare dirt - it helps the body's ionic system and keeps us healthier.
Now, what grosses me
out is people who eat with only one hand, and use their other hand to wipe waste from themselves. In India there are more
cell-phones than toilets, and often no bath tissue at all.
GROSS!!!! Ew! Don't touch me.
edit on 5/2/2015 by BuzzyWigs because: (no reason given)