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#1 Posted by ShockD (2421 posts) -

I see this in like every American movie: people walking around their homes in the shoes they just went in with or jumping in their beds with them. Are slippers too old-fashioned?

#2 Edited by falserelic (5407 posts) -

No, aleast I don't.

#3 Posted by isomeri (1414 posts) -

I'm also interested to hear how common this is. I just can't fathom why anyone would want to ruin their floors by walking around in their shoes. And don't your feet smell horrendous if you wear those shoes all day?

#4 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2030 posts) -
#5 Posted by zudthespud (3284 posts) -

American consumerism has been rampant for so many generations now that people have actually evolved branded shoes instead of feet.

#6 Edited by ShockD (2421 posts) -

@isomeri said:

I'm also interested to hear how common this is. I just can't fathom why anyone would want to ruin their floors by walking around in their shoes. And don't your feet smell horrendous if you wear those shoes all day?

I once read on a forum (maybe it was this very forum) a post by a guy who took of his shoes only when bathing. Can you imagine, he could obtain radioactive isotopes in his shoes...

#7 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3085 posts) -

I wear them in other people's homes unless prompted to leave them at the door, but the only time I wear them at my house is when I walk from the front door to my room to take them off.

#8 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -

When I was growing up we didn't have a "take the shoes off at the door" policy. But it's not like we kept them on all the time either.

But now that I have my own place I always take my shoes off at the door.

#9 Edited by supamon (1334 posts) -

In Asia that's really unheard of. Sock length has gotten shorter and shorter too.

#10 Edited by BigJeffrey (5176 posts) -
#11 Edited by LiquidPrince (16169 posts) -

Take the shoes off at the door you wierdos. Don't bring your germ infested shoes into your living space. There's probably enough germs there already without needing bring in the dog shit particles.

#12 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2403 posts) -

I take my shoes off the door and have a small shoe shelf to put them on

#13 Posted by Landon (4164 posts) -

Hell no. When I get home, the shoes come right off. And if i'm not entertaining anyone, I change my pants too.

#14 Edited by Inkerman (1455 posts) -

I generally do, but I live in a sharehouse, and the floor tends to not always be clean. At home I take em off, but we don't have a 'no shoes inside' policy.

#15 Edited by DystopiaX (5360 posts) -

No but I'm Asian so I don't know if what I do is really typical for most Americans.

#16 Edited by TruthTellah (9472 posts) -

Not often. In Texas, most people I know take off their shoes when they enter their home. Though, depending on your familiarity with someone, it's not uncommon to keep your shoes on as a guest. Less than a sanitary issue, it's often a comfort issue. So, the more comfortable you are with a place, the more likely you'll take off your shoes when entering. Thus, taking off shoes is rather common at home.

Of course, some families do request that guests take off their shoes, and that's fine. I know of a good number of homes where they have a specific spot in the entrance of the home for people to place their shoes when coming in. In those cases, I will certainly oblige and take off my shoes.

It varies for guests, depending on comfort and courtesy, but in general, Americans who live in a home will take off their shoes in their home.

#17 Posted by Morningstar (2239 posts) -

Somehow I don't think all americans do the same thing. There happens to be some diversity there, or so I would believe.

#18 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3715 posts) -

It depends on how long I'll be in the house if I know I'm going to be leaving again within the hour, I'll leave them on. Most other times they come off as soon as I sit down somewhere.

#19 Posted by TruthTellah (9472 posts) -

Somehow I don't think all americans do the same thing. There happens to be some diversity there, or so I would believe.

That's a good point to make as well. The cultural diversity of America makes this more of a state or even region within states question. Though, we can certainly look at our perceptions of the majority and speak of that as "most homes". Yet, to your point, it can even vary house to house, as many families of different backgrounds live side by side in many areas of the nation.

In my experience, taking off your shoes when coming inside is more common in suburban areas and less common in downtown areas. Though, depending on wealth and cultural background, that can vary significantly.

#20 Posted by Unilad (580 posts) -

No but we have some truly shit beer.

#21 Posted by TruthTellah (9472 posts) -

@unilad said:

No but we have some truly shit beer.

Pshh. You must live in a Northern state. Plenty of Southern states have quite good beer. (And, all kidding aside, most popular beers from around the world can be purchased rather easily in America due to its level of global trade. Not all countries are so fortunate in that regard.)

#22 Posted by deathstriker666 (1337 posts) -

It feels completely natural to me to take off my shoes and my socks when I come home. It's what I did growing up and what I continue to do to this day. But entering another person's home, that's where the uncertainty kicks in. When instructed to, I gladly take off my shoes at the front door, but then again I sometimes don't feel comfortable enough walking around in socks on another person's hardwood floors. Maybe if they had some slippers for guests to wear I'd feel much better. Not many Americans I know have guest slippers.

Also, what does the rest of the World do for their dinner parties? Do they invite guests and everybody wears their socks in the house? Or do they have enough slippers to feet all those guests? Around Christmas, my relatives gather around my Aunt's house and there are usually more than 50 people all crammed into her house. We all wear our shoes. I doubt anybody, European or otherwise, has enough slippers to feet everyone.

#23 Posted by Missacre (566 posts) -

I usually go up to my room and take my shoes off there, and I'll usually walk around barefoot until I need to leave the house again. It's been that way my whole life. Also,

@unilad said:

No but we have some truly shit beer.

Maybe if you drink the piss that is Bud Light or Coors. Magic Hat, Dogfish Head, Stone Brew, and Shiner are some of my favorite brands, and they're American!

#24 Posted by Quarters (1859 posts) -

I never have. It just feels weird, and I don't want to track up my apartment. Bare feet, every time.

#25 Posted by Hunter5024 (5962 posts) -

As I mentioned in the thread about people who wear socks at home, I find the very idea repellent.

#26 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5983 posts) -

I'm an american and I wear slippers at home.

#27 Edited by Morningstar (2239 posts) -

As I mentioned in the thread about people who wear socks at home, I find the very idea repellent.

Try living in Norway, it's very cold here much of the year. Socks are needed.

#28 Posted by Hunkulese (2877 posts) -

@unilad said:

No but we have some truly shit beer.

You really don't. America makes some of the best beer in the word. It's just the heavily marketed popular crap that's garbage. It's pretty much the same everywhere but I guess the popular beer in America is a notch below most other places.

#29 Posted by Hunter5024 (5962 posts) -

@hunter5024 said:

As I mentioned in the thread about people who wear socks at home, I find the very idea repellent.

Try living in Norway, it's very cold here much of the year. Socks are needed.

Is it cool if I round up all the Americans who do it and send them to Norway then? I don't want them in my country.

#30 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1649 posts) -

At social gatherings, no. But when it's just me, yeah.

#31 Edited by isomeri (1414 posts) -

@unilad said:

No but we have some truly shit beer.

There is a lot of excellent beer coming from America, especially recently with the increase in number of smaller breweries. But yes compared to most of the world the popular beer brands in America are like making love in a canoe. Fucking close to water.

#32 Posted by NoelVeiga (1115 posts) -

@morningstar said:

@hunter5024 said:

As I mentioned in the thread about people who wear socks at home, I find the very idea repellent.

Try living in Norway, it's very cold here much of the year. Socks are needed.

Is it cool if I round up all the Americans who do it and send them to Norway then? I don't want them in my country.

I find naked feet grotesque. It seems we are at an impasse.

#33 Edited by JouselDelka (966 posts) -

American consumerism has been rampant for so many generations now that people have actually evolved branded shoes instead of feet.

The only plausible answer

#34 Posted by Morningstar (2239 posts) -

@morningstar said:

@hunter5024 said:

As I mentioned in the thread about people who wear socks at home, I find the very idea repellent.

Try living in Norway, it's very cold here much of the year. Socks are needed.

Is it cool if I round up all the Americans who do it and send them to Norway then? I don't want them in my country.

Sure, we got plenty of space. All them mountains you know.

#35 Posted by mosespippy (4439 posts) -

I like the convenience of not stopping when I enter/exit a place just to take off/put on my shoes. Also, my three cats are all outdoor cats that track in a good amount of dust and dirt. I don't like walking around on it with my socks or bare feet. I also game at a standing desk, so I'm standing for long periods. It's nice to have the stability of a comfortable shoe. I'm in coastal Canada though, so it's not as swelteringly hot as most of the States. Foot sweat isn't as big a deal as a result, but I also don't sweat much in general. I have the driest skin of anyone I know.

#36 Edited by NoobSauceG7 (1253 posts) -

Take the shoes off at the door you wierdos. Don't bring your germ infested shoes into your living space. There's probably enough germs there already without needing bring in the dog shit particles.

100% this. Plus, it is more comfortable letting your feet breath.

#37 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

Being an American, and owning multipule shoes through out my life i feel I am qualified to awnser this question:

Sometimes?

I usually get home, and about 20 min later, i will take off my shoes while sitting at my desk. But I will put my shoes on if my feet are cold.

#38 Posted by Zelyre (1275 posts) -

No. However, I grew up in a first generation Asian household. One of my childhood observations is that my Asian friends' parents would request that shoes come off. In my white friends' homes, shoes were kept on. It baffled me, and I always felt really crappy when the mom was vacuuming, told me I could keep my shoes on, and then promptly would vacuum up the trail of leaves, dirt, and dust we'd track in.

Now that I own my own home and have been Americanized, I don't care. I take my shoes off. My friends (Many of whom grew up with Asian friends.) take their shoes off, but I never ask them to.

Who knows, maybe they're just following my lead. When I walk in the door, the shoes come off. It's just more comfortable. If I'm not expecting guests, the pants come off too.

#39 Posted by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

No, absolutely not.

#40 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

@zudthespud said:

American consumerism has been rampant for so many generations now that people have actually evolved branded shoes instead of feet.

The only plausible answer

#41 Posted by stonepawfox (236 posts) -

i wish i never had to wear shoes unless it was like, a physical necessity. hate these things. and the only time i like socks is autumn and winter when it actually enhances coziness instead of trapping my feet in a demon cotton prison. so yeah prettymuch when i get home i ditch shoes and socks and possibly pants (takin it eaaaasy)

#42 Posted by Kaiserreich (740 posts) -

yep all 313 million of us.

#43 Edited by Random45 (1279 posts) -

I always take my shoes off whenever I enter my home, I can't stand wearing the damn things inside. My brother on the other hand... I swear his shoes ARE his feet. I never see him with them off.

#44 Posted by Hosstile17 (768 posts) -

If I walk into the house knowing that I am gonna be kicking it there for a while, I will kick my shoes off. If I know I am only there for a little while, I will keep them on.

#45 Posted by ShockD (2421 posts) -

@random45 said:

I always take my shoes off whenever I enter my home, I can't stand wearing the damn things inside. My brother on the other hand... I swear his shoes ARE his feet. I never see him with them off.

Aren't you disturbed walking barefoot or with socks on there where he just passed by with his shoes on? Doesn't he bring in dirt? Or he buys special shoes for home use only?

#46 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

It's just American movie stars who keep their shoes on in bed. It's part of their secret pact.

#47 Posted by Veektarius (5013 posts) -
#48 Posted by John1912 (1966 posts) -

@shockd said:

I see this in like every American movie: people walking around their homes in the shoes they just went in with or jumping in their beds with them. Are slippers too old-fashioned?

Either its so common that I dont notice anymore, or I have no fucking idea what your watching. I may have worm my show around the house when I was a kid, but no, people dont wear their shows around the house.

#49 Posted by oldenglishC (1008 posts) -

@unilad said:

No but we have some truly shit beer.

Pshh. You must live in a Northern state. Plenty of Southern states have quite good beer. (And, all kidding aside, most popular beers from around the world can be purchased rather easily in America due to its level of global trade. Not all countries are so fortunate in that regard.)

More like lietellah. (I kid)

Here in Michigan, which I consider fairly north-ish, we have something like the fourth or fifth most craft breweries in the country. I'll put some of our beer up against any beer in the world and have nothing but confidence in the fact that they'll emerge from the battle as the most delicious.

Shoe thing so not to derail the topic: Some people wear shoes in the house, some don't. It's a big country. Going from personal experience, most people don't like shoes indoors.

#50 Posted by ajamafalous (12147 posts) -

Threads like this are always baffling. Do you guys know how big America is?

Also no.