Growing up, did you live in a “shoes on” or “shoes off” household?
In my house, it was generally OK for friends to come over and keep their shoes on while they were inside, but I remember visiting other friends’ houses, I had to make sure I wasn’t wearing holy socks, because all visitors had to leave their shoes at the door. There didn’t seem to be any perceivable reason for families to swing one way or the other, except for, perhaps, plush carpeting.
Now that I have my own house, I find myself in kind of a halfway state… I don’t wear shoes around the house, mainly for comfort. And while I don’t mind visitors keeping their shoes on when the come over, there’s been at least one time where someone walked on our (plush) carpeting with muddy shoes. So the unspoken rule is: if it’s messy outside, take your shoes off. Otherwise, do as you wish.
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