Why Not To Wear Shoes Indoor
In many cultures, it’s highly inappropriate to wear shoes indoors, and we’re not just talking about entering a temple or place of worship where it’s a mandatory requirement. You probably all have that one family member who insists that you take off our shoes the minute you step over their “not so” Welcome mat at the front door! It used to be because they’d just had brand new shag pile cream carpets fitted throughout the downstairs of their home (very proud of them they were too!) but that was over 10 years ago now, and they’re still insisting you leave your walking shoes firmly by the front door before entering!
While there is the obvious factor that by removing your outdoor shoes, you are helping to minimize and slow down the process of wear and tear on your carpets and flooring, removing your shoes indoors does also have a stack of well-documented health as well as practical benefits. You might be shocked but not really all that surprised to learn that your shoes can harbor more germs than a toilet seat!
If you had your trainers on in the local grocery store, then popped to a public convenience to spend a proverbial penny, before taking a stroll through the park walking the dog the chances are that the soles of your feet have already come into contact with a veritable smorgasbord of toxins and contaminants. Pretty yuk actually! Do you really want to be traipsing those germs all through your house?
By leaving those toxic trainers or muddy walking shoes in a dirty boot tray by the front door ready to slip into your cozy slippers, the amount of time you will have to spend on mopping up dusty, muddy trainer tracks, sweeping up dirt and debris from those walking boots and just vacuuming those carpets is going to be dramatically reduced. Shoes are absolutely a necessity for outdoors, and we’ve been wearing some rudimentary form of them now for over 40,000 years but are they essential indoors?
If you’re in charge of the domestic duties around the home then reducing your floor cleaning time is good enough reason to ban all form of shoes and designate your inner sanctum a stiletto free zone! Don’t even get us started on how much damage those pointed heels can do to wooden, cork and rubberized style flooring. Ouch! The pain of seeing a beautiful and expensive wooden floor full of tiny indentations surely comes a very close second to the suffering of physically wearing that style of killer heel!
The time is now to implement that no shoe policy indoors. Let’s Look at 6 Reasons To Not Wear Shoes Indoors.
1. The Bacteria Factor
We already touched upon this and while it’s something that makes complete sense when you see it written down in black and white, how often have you stopped to consider just where you and your shoes have been and what they’ve physically come into contact with? The soles of shoes are literally magnets for bacteria which you then spread willy nilly around your home the minute you venture indoors. One study by the University of Arizona which was commissioned by popular brand Rockport found traces of some 421,000 different strains of bacteria on the outside of shoes it tested. We’re talking everything from E.coli to meningitis, diarrhea disease to pneumonia. Do you really want to be spreading all of that around your home? Especially if you have young kids in the household?
2. Tracking In Toxins
As with bacteria, the soles of your shoes, especially those walking boots and trainers if you enjoy plenty of outside exercise, can be littered with unhealthy herbicides, not to mention dust and dirt as well as traces of feces. Toxins from herbicides can be potentially harmful causing gastrointestinal upsets as well as minor skin rashes whereas good old dirt and grime is itself just a major pain to clean up. Why spend more money and time on cleaning products when merely kicking off your outdoor shoes and slipping into a pair of comfortable slippers will alleviate the problem? The more you start to think about what your outside shoes have come into contact with today, the more inclined you will be to remove them and adopt a no shoes indoors policy for guests too.
3. Wear And Tear
The more pairs of shoe clad feet you have traipsing through your home, the more frequently you will be washing the floors, vacuuming the carpets and continuously cleaning and scrubbing those dirty surfaces. The more regularly you clean, the more advanced will be the wear and tear to those surfaces, especially if you prefer carpets and softer floor coverings. If you want your carpets to last for longer and not end up in a landfill the solution is to leave those outdoor shoes where they belong, outside!
4. Noise And Impact Reduction
Not such an issue if you live in a detached house but if you’re an urban or city dweller, residing in an apartment block, who really wants to be disturbed by their Big Foot neighbor living upstairs doing their routine clippety-clop like some kind of Clog wearing baby elephant! Removing heavy outdoor shoes and swapping for a pair of soft and snuggly slippers is not only good therapy for your feet but it also keeps everyone else on the block happy too. Some people are just heavy footed!
5. Comfort And Freedom
Your shoes might be fitted with an enhanced form of orthotic which actively alleviates pain but for the most part, kicking off your shoes at the end of a long day has to be one of life’s simple pleasures. Liberating your feet and wiggling your toes and feeling your paws come back to life after being holed up in a stuffy pair of hot and heavy steel toe capped working boots all day is nothing short of heavenly!
6. Strengthening And Protecting Your Feet
Going barefoot if actually good for your feet and encourages them to be stronger, more flexible and overall leads to fewer podiatry deformities. It’s good to let your feet just relax and freely breath, even if they do resemble Hobbit feet! By going barefoot regularly, you can help to strengthen all those little muscles in your feet which can overall help to reduce injuries and help keep your feet and arches naturally healthy and supple.