I recently enjoyed this GoodHousekeeping.com article by a kindred spirit who also embraces the practice of removing footwear at the front door. As I read it, I was reminded of several good reasons for joining her in declaring shoes “public enemy number one”—indoors, anyway.
Shoes can track in gunk.
Shoes can be downright gross.
With the overabundance of contaminants that can find their way indoors, we want to do everything we can to ensure our family’s health and safety. Instituting a no-shoes policy is a good way to help, but it can be awkward to ask guests to remove their footwear. In fact, I usually don’t ask people to remove their shoes unless I know they do likewise in their own homes.
Instead, I rely on my little sign to get the point across.
So far, it’s worked pretty well. And when someone asks me why I have a no-shoes policy, I tell them I’m helping to create a safer haven for my family and guests.