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.