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Old 04-16-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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I know Canada is one, and I think Scandinavian countries fit the bill as well. At the other extreme, where it's a faux pas to take off your shoes, would be the U.S, U.K and France. What about other countries?
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Actually, when i lived in Minneapolis it was expected for me to take my shoes off everytime i got inside a house, so i guess USA is one??

Never been in any other country that requiered this
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:00 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Depends on the homeowner and weather.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:03 PM
 
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Depends on the homeowner and weather.
I agree as in most Western countries one doesn't need to take off their shoes usually. I think if the weather is bad or if there are small children in the home (particularly babies who crawl on the floor/s or carpets) then people will ask a guest to remove their outdoor footware when coming inside their home/s.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Sweden.
But who likes vacuuming so much they leave their shoes on?
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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New Zealand

I just ask when I'm at the door and people usually do the same when they come here.

If they don't ask, I get them in a choke hold until they pass out. (just kidding)
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:19 AM
 
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People leave their shoes on inside?

Keeping shoes on is disgusting, what if its raining and ....

Not to mention hardwood floors get ruined, etc !
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Australia
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It's not the norm in Australia for a home owner to ask visitors to take their shoes off - unless they have very recently installed new, pale coloured carpet or had their hardwood floors refinished. Most home owners are not bothered about it.

Some visitors will automatically take off their shoes if the weather is bad. Others ask if they need to remove their shoes. Some use visible signs as a cue (a stack of shoes just outside or inside the door). Others just march right in. Tradesmen almost always routinely remove their work boots before entering their client's home.

I don't get why keeping shoes on is disgusting. Don't people have door mats? I've had hardwood floors for donkey's years and they're not even close to ruined!
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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As far as I know Sweden and Canada. It probably has something to do with the weather as well. Nobody really wants to walk into someone's home after having walked in the snow. Even at work in Sweden people usually keep a pair of indoor shoes to walk around in.

When I am in the US and Australia the hosts usually insist that I can keep my shoes on (I am thinking to be polite).
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:21 AM
 
Location: EU
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Depends on the homeowner and weather.
Same here. Most don't care though.
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