Is It Respectful To Take Off Your Shoes, Before Entering a Home?

Home Inspector with WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com

My name is David Snell and I have lived and traveled all over the world.  Some of the places, I have lived in, are: South Korea, Indonesia, Sweden.  I have also been to Japan and traveled there many times.  It is very kind and respectful to take off your shoes upon entering the home.  These shows respect to the people you are visiting and it also is good because the home is kept cleaner by not wearing shoes, in the home or building.  Keep the building clean and it keeps it so you do not have to vaccuum or dust as much.


In America, I do not see people taking off there shoes very much but, when a family does take off there shoes, upon entering the home, I certainly follow the custom because this certainly is a sign of respect.  Some times, I take off my shoes upon entering my home and when I do, I have noticed that I do not have to vaccuum quite as much so, this makes house cleaning, a much easier task.

When I go to a Mold Inspection to a home, I always ask if the client would like me to take off my shoes or wear booties.  I will do either one.  I like to keep my clients home as clean as possible.  Think clean.  Think, take off your shoes upon entering the clients home.


What is your experience with shoes?  Do you take off your shoes upon entering your home?  Do you have otehrs, take off there shoes upon entering your home?  How do you kindly ask people to take off there shoes, without insulting or offending others?  Suggestions?  Now, lets think about all the contamination on shoes.  Think, dog dung.  Think grass.  Think chemcials.  Think dirt.  Think of disquesting things.  I will let your mind wander on this one.


David Snell







Comments (7)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's definitely a thing a lot of cultures and especially in Asia but more so kind of everywhere now. It's caught up

Jun 19, 2021 10:51 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jun 20, 2021 01:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, we enter the house through the garage and take off our shoes before going into the house. It just keeps it cleaner.

Jun 20, 2021 04:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi David... I can't remember a time when I didn't take my shoes off as soon as I entered my own homes. And it was a must when I lived in Abu Dhabi. I take off my shoes when I enter a client's home or show a home... it's just natural to me to do so.

Jun 20, 2021 04:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, I think asking, or removing your shoes upon entering someone's house is just plain courtesy.  

Jun 20, 2021 06:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello David - not only is respectful but it is not outrageous or uncommon in many homes in our area.  You are a guest so it's just common sense, right?  This is a point that cannot be repeated enough.  

Jun 21, 2021 06:31 AM
David Snell 704.545.0098
WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com - Charlotte, NC

Great comments.



Cleaner house.

Now we need to get our pets to wear shoes outside before they enter as well.



Jun 26, 2021 07:27 AM