Monday, November 26, 2018
By Robert Harrell
I Think It's Rude to Ask Guests to Take Off Their Shoes—Here's Why

Last year, I went to a Christmas party wearing a festive dress with tights. When I arrived, most guests had their shoes off, but I kept mine on. Why? Because my outfit just wasn't complete without my adorable half-boots below, that's why.

The host—a good friend—never asked me to take off my shoes, but she did give me serious side-eye, as did some envious sock-clad guests. But I stand by my decision. This was a holiday cocktail party. And everyone looked so nice ... except when my gaze traveled down to their sad socks and in some cases, cold, bare feet. So even though I take my shoes off in my own home, I would never host a party for 40 shoeless people. I'd let them keep their boots, high heels, and party shoes on.

Is it rude to ask guests to take off their shoes? Or rude for guests to leave them on? According to a poll of 1,000 Americans conducted for® on behalf of Branded Research, partygoers, by and large, are willing to kick off their shoes in someone else's house. About one-third said they always take off their shoes when visiting a home, regardless of the occasion; another third said they'd do so if the host asked (or implied this was preferred by the mountain of shoes by the front door).

By Margaret Heidenry

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