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From:B Elliott Walker <umwalk05@...>
Date:Monday, January 17, 2000, 5:44
This is also a widely-observed practice in Canada...... we don't much
understand those amerikan sitcoms in which they wander around their houses
with their shoes on..... it seems rather a dirty practice. one who trods on
the carpet in someone else's house is rahter looked upon as a slob.

Byron writes:
>In our own house, we ask guests to remove their shoes. It started when >we had a bunch of small children crawling the floor, and didn't want >them to wallow in the street-dirt, plus, we had a few Muslem girls >helping in the house, and their custom of not entering the house with >shoes struck us as eminently sensible. So: everyone is welcome to >visit us, but leave your shoes in the hallway! >
Well, in many Korean and Japanese houses, you take off your shoes before entering the house (for most japanese that live in houses, its to keep the tatami mats clean). If I visit my Korean friends I have to remember to do it, because in my home we do not do it. It actually keeps the carpets clean. I've also noticed this in Vietnamese houses too (it must be a common custom in east and south east asia). Filipinos also do the same, for the most part. I'm never sure whether to take my shoes off or leave them on whenever I visit my Filipino friends (at my grandmother's house, we never do it, but mostly because she has these plastic runners all over the house to keep the floor clean). The advisor for the club I am in has guests remove their shoes, and the last time I was there I forgot to take mine off. My friends on the other hand don't insist on guest taking their shoes off.