House Shoes

October 25, 2010

If there’s one thing Germans hate more than crossing the street without a walk signal, it’s walking through the house in your regular shoes. (There seems to be a lot of faux paux’s with walking). Anyway, lest you offend your incredible German host by trampling upon their pristine floors with your walking shoes, let me warn you to not be an American brute, and take your shoes off at the door. In many German homes, you will be greeted with a shoe rack or basket full of slippers to choose from in many different sizes (see photo above. You can actually buy a package of slippers for your guests). Your friends don’t want your feet to freeze, they just want the crap on your shoes to stay there and not get tracked through the house.

So take ’em off!

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2 Responses to “House Shoes”

  1. lianne Says:

    We all take our shoes of at the door and put slippers on.And we do ask guest to do the same. however we dont offer guest slippers, regular visitors have their own pair that they leave in our entrance hall, most people dont mind bringing their slippers with them. I really dont like shoes in the house so slippers is a nice compromise. Its very cold here so slippers are essential now.

  2. kensajolaw Says:

    Lianne here makes a good point. I had forgotten that many times, Germans will bring a pair of slippers with them to a friend’s house if they know they will be staying for a bit. If going on a trip, you always make sure to bring your slippers. Maybe many Americans do this as well. I don’t know. I’ve never been one to make sure I had my slippers in my bag.

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