Expert Advice


29 Floor-Friendly Reasons for a Shoes-Off Policy

1. Carpets are not easy to clean.
baby crawling on carpet flooring2. Carpets absorb dust and become breeding grounds for dust mites, causing the development of asthma and allergies.
3. On hard surface floors, dust that’s not absorbed by carpet becomes dust in the air that you breathe.
4. Shoes can leave marks on hard surface floors.
5. Shoes can scratch wood flooring, especially high heels.
6. Boots and high-heeled shoes can cause rips or snags in carpet.
7. That goes for rugs, as well.
8. Shoes pick up small particles of grit that cause wear and tear to carpet.
9. Shoes pick up traces of petrol fumes and industrial pollution.
10. Shoes can pick up pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals.
baby crawling on wood floor11. Shoes pick up traces of animal excrement.
12. Ever noticed how much chewing gum there is stuck to the streets?
13. In a square mile, there are more insects than people on the planet. How many do you think you have squashed on your shoes?
14. If you have a crawling baby, do you want him or her to be exposed to the dirt from people’s shoes?
15. Rain or snow footprints turn into mud footprints.
16. If you live near a beach, you don’t want to bring the beach back into the house with you.
17. It creates a less formal atmosphere.
18. It creates a greater sense of relaxation.
19. Your guests will become more like you by removing their shoes and will feel part of the crawling on wood stairs20. An Asian, Scandinavian or East European visitor will feel more at home.
21. It teaches children the importance of respecting and looking after things.
22. Psychologically, removing your shoes helps you to enter a frame of mind where you keep your everyday troubles outside your home.
23. It is more comfortable.
24. It is healthier for your feet.
25. Small children with growing feet should wear shoes only to the minimum.
26. If you wear high-heeled shoes, your feet badly need a break.
27. You can put your feet up on the coffee table without taking your shoes off first.
28. If you ever visit Japan, you’ll be used to it.
29. Your feet don’t stink as much if you do not wear shoes all day. Hmmm. Maybe we should have put this as number one?