In my own house we do. I like the kids to because we have chickens and they might step in poo and/or wear put their shoes on the furniture, and I take mine off because I just prefer to be barefoot at home. I don't require it of visitors, but people often take their shoes off when they see ours at the door. I wouldn't do it at someone else's house unless it's something they do.
I take my shoes off at other friends homes if it is their custom, they have other footwear to wear in exchange. Although that sometimes feels odd I respect their wishes. At home, don't have kids but I don't feel precious about my floors even when had giant breed dogs, still have a cat. Many more things to concern myself about than a bit of dirt on the floor. Of course there are big mats at entrances to wipe feet and that is sufficient.
Yes...we take off our shoes always when going into the house.
Out side shoes are left on the veranda,unless they are real good ones....then they have a place in the bedroom.
As for other peoples homes, we judge the vibe, and are quick to take off our shoes, if we have too.
For me, I have always had light coloured carpet, and with 3 son's you have to keep it looking nice.
Plus, I don't like outside dirt in my home, and it really makes a big difference over a year on any carpet.
I have polished floorboards. I can't handle women wearing stiletto heels around my house because they can mark or indent the floor. I can't understand the same women having to be asked not to thump through the house with stiletto heels on, because I don't understand how they can bring such attention to themselves every time the move around. Other than that, as long as people do the usual wiping of their shoes on the large, obvious front door mat, I don't care. We have a lot of rugs and once a year, right on Christmas, I have them dry cleaned. I am more worried about people feeling comfortable in my home. I also worry about my shoes somewhat when in other people's homes and simply try to pick up on what they do and try to follow it.
I love those polka dot shoes - anything polka dot floats my boat!
Regards the question, I prefer being barefoot around my own home - just love the feeling of bare feet on tiled floors. Wouldn't take my shoes off in someone's home unless specifically asked to (ie bad weather, mud etc.).
You track e.coli in on your shoes. If anyone sits on the floor, it's not healthy. Better to a) be healthy b) respect cultural beliefs c) respect personal household preferences. It's normally not hard in Brisbane to remove your shoes!