I so agree, CaliGirl (though I would hardly call it fetish or OCD )! Not to mention that I usually walk around barefoot in my house and hate cleaning. In Sweden (I'm Swedish) ppl generally take off their shoes when at someone's house or at home - I like that ! I shared apartment with a Canadian guy for a while, and he has the same opinion re. shoes inside as I do, so that worked out well .I have developed the following fetish in the last few years: I don't like anyone wearing shoes inside my house. I ask them politely to remove their shoes at the door. I just think that shoes that have stepped in dog poop and worse have no place inside my house.
Bumpkin, your story about following the prisoners was just too funny!