This is something I never really thought about before I had children. Growing up, we always wore our shoes inside, if we even bothered wearing shoes outside. After I became a mom and had babies crawling all over, I became a little more obsessive about clean floors. The thought of someone tracking in human or animal waste, pesticides, or other ickiness bothered me so much that I insisted everyone remove their shoes at the door, stinky feet or not. My husband, on the other hand, has always been obsessive about taking his shoes off at the door and kind of gets annoyed when people don't. His family has always had a "no shoes inside" policy, though I think it was more to save my MIL's carpets from her 4 children rather than for sanitary reasons. I've read articles that say it is much healtheir not to wear shoes indoors and I've also seen it discussed as a cultural issue. Apparently more people in continental European and Asian countries remove their shoes as a rule while most Americans, Brits and Australians don't. I always remove my shoes when I come inside my own home and at other people's homes I follow their lead, though I have to admit it even bothers me to wear shoes in someone else's house. I normally insist people remove their shoes in my own home (and sort of feel like Hyacinth Bucket when I do so) but if someone comes in without removing their shoes before I can request it, I don't say anything and then sweep, mop and disinfect the minute they leave. It has become almost obsessive compulsive. I do have an indoor/outdoor dog, but since she never leaves the fenced in yard I know she isn't tracking in human waste or pesticide. I've noticed that my family rarely bothers to remove their shoes when coming indoors, while my husband's family is divided halfway on the issue. I've been spending a lot of time monitoring feet lately! Anyway, I was curious to know how my fellow BYCers feel about the issue. I know we have members from all over the world, so it should be interesting to know what you do and why you do it!