Is it rude to ask?
Here in Michigan, you're expected to leave snowy boots in the mudroom. In Japan, Thailand and many other countries, you wouldn't dream of entering a home with your shoes on, regardless of the season.
These days, however, city dwellers and suburbanites from New York to LA often find that hosts expect all footwear to be left at the door. Sometimes it's because of weather; other times, homeowners want to protect light-colored rugs and high-gloss wood floors from dirt and dings. Some parents don't want street germs on the floors their kids play on.
Some guests don’t like it. Especially at holiday parties when they're dressed up. Shiela Broaster says her first thought when asked to remove shoes is: "I just pray I have a fresh pedicure!" And she’s only five feet tall. She misses the boost her heels give her.
Rachel Kerstetter has a no shoes rules. She doesn’t want "grass, leaves, mud, dirt, bugs, gum, oil, tar and dog crap. "
Not everyone buys it. Jodi says "It is one thing to ask me to leave my L.L. Bean boots at the door for a Super Bowl party, It is another to ask me to remove my heels at a cocktail party where everyone is dressed in suits and dresses."
Jessie Gottlieb says she is "disgusted when people want me to take my shoes off in their home. She says if you're my American friend who just wants a clean floor, forget about it. It's a power play and no, you don't get to undress me.
"My shoes are there," she added, "to keep me comfortable, cute and free of your foot fungus."
So.. what do you think?