At first, there is a question I wanted to ask the Americans for years
so I would be grateful for answer, thank you
I know it is completely silly to judge anything through movies, but...
Ok, the question of life and death:Do you Americans REALLY enter your houses and flats with your shoes on?
I mean - in every movie or TV serie, people always get into their homes and walk through all the rooms with their shoes on. And there are so many scenes with teenagers jumping to their beds (!!!!!) right after getting back from school, still wearing shoes!
it seems so silly to me - shoes are always the most dirty part of clothes, so I need to ask
For example in the Czech republic, it would be culturally unacceptable to enter the main rooms with shoes still on
The first place you see after you get into average Czech flat or house, is a small space where you take your shoes (and usually also coats, jumpers or jackets) off. And yes, Czech movies and series do have scenes with people taking their shoes off
Sometime you are supposed to remove them even before you enter the house or flat at all!
And visitors usually have a strong tendency to take the shoes off before they enter, it is ALMOST a question of good manners to start removing your shoes in front of the door, while the host says ,,oh, come in and remove them inside"
Even if you are ready to leave the flat and you forgot some thing you need in another room, you are supposed to take your shoes off and then go for that forgotten stuff
my parents are always angry when I enter our living room (which is right next to the "vestibule" where the shoes are) for some thing I need
when I forget something in a bedroom or in a bathroom, I even remove only one shoe and them jump on one leg to get forgotten thing
So I always gaze in disbelief at all those American scenes with people laying in bed with shoes
Thanks for answer!