Q: We have nearly white carpeting throughout our brand new home. We have some family members who seem to have a hard time with the concept of removing one’s shoes when entering the home. Is it in ‘bad taste’ to ask people to extend the courtesy of removing their shoes?
A: Well, it is your home, and if you don’t want guests to wear shoes, it is your choice. However, it is most thoughtful to tell invited guests that this is your rule so that they bring slippers or indoor shoes with them. No one likes, at all, being told to take their shoes off if they are unprepared to do so; they may have holes in their socks, or runs in their stockings, or feel they have a foot odor problem; and you might put them in an embarrassing situation. If the visitors are dropin guests, it is thoughtful to have several pairs of disposable, paper slippers by the door so that when they remove their shoes, and may also be unprepared to do so, you have something for them to slip into.