In some cultures. wearing shoes indoors is considered impolite, or even disrespectful. In others, taking your shoes off in someone's home is thought of as being odd. Why would you want your socks or bare feet showing? Well, there are many reasons you would want to keep your home a shoes-free zone.


1. They Ruin Your Floors

Hard soles and heels are more abrasive than socks, slippers or bare feet. The tough bottoms or even the small stones and debris that gets stuck on the bottom of shoes can scratch floors and wear down carpet. Not to mention the damaging water and salt that gets tracked in during winter months.

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2. They Are Dirty

You don't want to track in the dirt from your garden, or the little league field, or where ever you might be during the day. But visible dirt is not the worst of it. A study by shoe company Lockport at the University of Arizona found that frequent contact with fecal material (probably thanks to public washrooms) makes shoes a hotbed for nasty bacteria, including E. coli. That's a disturbing thought.

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3. The Can Weaken Your Feet

The arch support most shoes sport is essential for daily comfort and preventing your feet from fatiguing while are work. But your feet don't need this kind of support all day. In fact, walking barefoot helps keep feet and arches strong. So son't be shy about going barefoot!

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4. They Postpone Relaxation Time

At the end of the day all you want to do is relax, right? Kicking off your shoes not only feels good, it sends a subconscious message to your brain that you're done for the day and it's time to relax. So kick back and give your dogs a little air!

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