Would you mind taking your shoes off?
January 4, 2011 4:47 PM Subscribe
If I asked you to take your shoes off when you came into our (North American) home, would you be put off? What kind of foot covering can I offer you to make it less annoying?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Home & Garden (222 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
We just had our floors refinished and I'm going to attempt to keep them nice for a little while. I also would like, in general, to keep my floors clean and it seems like taking shoes off inside would be help both goals. I don't want to be crazy obsessive about it and I don't want people to get annoyed if I ask them nicely to take their shoes off.
1. Is it rude of me to ask? Would it be less rude or more rude to have a tiny sign asking people to comply but not insisting? If someone really doesn't want to take off their shoes, I'll be okay with that.
2. I'd like to offer guests something to put on their feet (if they're so inclined) to keep them warm - slippers? socks? What would you want to be offered? Ideally it would be something washable, re-usable, and under $10 a pair so that I can get different sizes. Would that make taking off shoes less of an annoyance?
3. My family will also be attempting to comply with this new rule and I'm unsure how well we'll do but want to make it easy to do. What are some tips and tricks to remind ourselves to take our shoes off and make it attractive to do so?