I'd be pissed if someone walked into my house with shoes on. It's disrespectful.
"Hey, lets ruin your carpets and get dirt on your floor!". In summer I wouldn't really care, but in winter you bring in snow, gravel, slush... And we have a lot of winter over here.
People walk with their socks on or bare foot.
I don't understand how they do in countries where they dont take em off. Do you sit in your couch with dirty shoes? Do you wear them in bed?
What an interesting thread. I had no idea it was such a common custom to remove your outside shoes in some areas of the world -- outside of Japan.
On a completely different note, I find it really funny that they won't allow people to wear their shoes in the house because kids and germs. But they will smoke pot in the house where the children live. No issue with second hand smoke exposure, but dirt from shoes is not okay.
He said it was because they had just purchased new beige rugs but when I got home the soles of my white socks were almost jet black!
I still have trouble believing it is as wide spread as people say, it seems so bizarre. Unless you are familiar with the people, asking guests to remove their shoes would be met with a WTF look.