Do You Wear Your Shoes Inside? And Ask Guests to do the Same?

Creative entryway with shoes on hooks These home owners hang their shoes from a wall in the entryway — it keeps the place clean and makes for a creative hallway. Image: Erin Quinn

Is it just me, or are people getting more prickly about wearing street shoes inside?

Of course, taking off shoes before you enter the house will keep homes cleaner. But I still can’t get used to going shoeless in my own home, no less slipping around in my socks when I visit friends.

Although more and more home owners ask guests to switch street shoes for socks and slippers when they walk inside, most of my friends don’t ask, and I don’t offer. To me, it seems more disrespectful to dress down at a luncheon or dinner party than to wipe my shoes on a doormat and enter like I care, not like I just stepped out of the shower.

Of course, I’ve always insisted that my son and his friends leave their cruddy shoes in our mudroom because I don’t want mud tracked all over my good carpets.

And once, a friend insisted that we don powder blue shoe covers — the ones workmen wear in your house — so we wouldn’t scratch her newly refinished floors.

I felt ridiculous padding around with shower caps on my feet and regretted wasting time putting together a pretty outfit that looked ridiculous with my clown feet.

But I get the feeling I’m becoming a minority.

A recent blog post likens wearing shoes inside to rubbing dog feces and antifreeze over your good floors. The writer suggests posting a “no shoes inside” sign on your entry door.

Shoes off sign

Credit: Joy from JustOrganizeYourself

A lively HouseLogic debate revealed a colleague at odds with a boyfriend who tracks New York City street dirt throughout her clean apartment, and an editor’s in-laws who sport “indoors-only” running shoes and wipe their dog’s paws after every walk.

Where do you stand indoors? In your street shoes? Or in your stocking feet or slippers?