Etiquette and manners, the shoe edition

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Shoes EtiquetteWhat’s the etiquette for shoe wearing when you visit a friend? Do you take your shoes off? In California, this is sort of considered bad manners, unless you know the people pretty well. The only exception to this rule of etiquette is usually for your hippie friends or your friends who are really weird about their carpets being clean.

Last week, I went to a friend’s house for a party and just walked in, said my hellos, and visited for a bit. Then realized I made a faux pas. I didn’t take off my shoes before coming into the house.

In Minnesota, it’s pretty much expected that you take your shoes off when in someone’s home. I’m guessing this has to do with tracking snow all over the goddamn place.

In my defense, it wasn’t snowy. In fact, the weather has really been more California-like, so I tend to behave as I would in California. Also, this shoe business was pretty much all year round in Minnesota. Granted it does snow for a good 6 months of the year and the other 6 are usually plagued by thunderstorms, so I could see why this shoe thing happens.

I wonder if a Minnesotan moved to California, would they take off their shoes in a friend’s house then too? If so, be prepared for a flippant comment or two. Some people won’t mind. Those people are hippies.

Still, I’m not sure I’ll get used to removing my shoes in the summer time. What if I wear sandals or flip flops? You expect me to go barefoot in your house? Gross. I don’t even do that in my own house.

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