[QUOTE=Lois Lane;2094986]lambikins, I was really surprised to hear that you grew up taking your shoes off. I did, too, as well as some of my close childhood friends. (Our moms kept really tidy homes.) As an adult, the only homes I find where the shoes traditionally come off are those of my Asian-American friends. I generally go with the flow. If I'm a guest in someone's home and they have their shoes on, I leave my shoes on. If the hosts have their shoes off, I take mine off. (I had a friend growing up whose mom considered it insulting if you took your shoes off in their home.) But, I always wear clean socks. Just in case!
Lois Lane: I come from Scandihoovian stock and there was not a house I ever entered that you were allowed to wear your shoes inside. We also have that policy at our apartment, unless we're having a party; we realize that 20 people are not happy walking around in their bare feet or stockings. But when I see TV shows, where the character is sitting on the sofa or WORSE yet, laying on their beds with their shoes on....I want to jump inside the screen and rip those Pradas right off their feet!
If you think the bottom of purses are dirty, the stuff we walk in....pee yuh!