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Is it rude to ask guests to remove their shoes at the door?

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I am watching the Today show and this is a question they asked viewers. I tell my guests to remove shoes because I have small kids that make the floor their home. I don't want dirty shoes all over my house. I don't think it's rude at all and I think the guest should have to respect the household they're visiting. What do you think? Rude or not?


by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

No, it's not rude.

Your home, your rules.

by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Not rude at all, it's unheard of to wear shoes in the house here though.
by Gold Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

 I think it depends on who your guests are and why their visiting.  I wouldn't think it's rude to ask friends and family who come over regularly, but I wouldn't ask a complete stranger or a friend of friend.  Some people have issues with feet and I think it's a little rude to assume everyone has feet or socks that are presentable all the time.

by Platinum Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I don't think it's rude. I know more and more people who have started doing this. My mother has always done this for as far back as I can remember. I did it as well when I moved out on my own. I have a rack to put the shoes on and slippers at the door for the occassional people that are aquaintances, because people that are familar with us don't feel uncomfortable about walking around in socks or bare feet. 

by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Not rude. I usually go with the flow ;) If I see you have no shoes on and a place for them to go... My shoes go there and so do my kids'. If I see you walking around in your shoes, my shoes stay on. In my own home my shoes come off. MIL's home shoes stay on. At my grandmothers house your shoes go off and most the time everyone is taking their socks, coats and over shirts off too (Because it's grandma's and that's what you do). We use to get dressed up at Christmas to go to my grandmothers, get out of the car walk in, take our shoes off, take our panty hoes off, take our coats off, take a few pictures and go change clothes. Her house is just a comfy one I guess.

by Emerald Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I don't see it as rude. 

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