mross_pitt wrote:but in my neck of the woods, to ask guests to remove shoes would be a huge breach of ettiquette.
You probably don't often have people and pets sometimes walking through a foot of snow, road salt, and cinders, before entering your house. Floors, like cars, last longer in Texas.
You're right, but when we have a lot of rain or when working in the garden, I wear boots outside and change to regular shoes before going back in the house. Guests with common sense and courtesy would remove muddy or wet boots or shoes, but under normal circumstances, folks don't remove shoes to visit. Under the weather conditions you mentioned, wouldn't you perhaps have overboots or a porch or mudroom to change shoes? I realize that from past posts on this topic, that viewpoints on wearing shoes in the house varies by region, but the custom of not wearing shoes in the house is still something I am not accustomed to.
My interpretation of what the original poster said is that they do not wear shoes in the house. I took that to mean all the time, regardless of conditions. I still have the opinion that whatever the type of floor or finish is selected for floors, it should be durable enough to be used under ordinary circumstances and walked on with shoes on a regular basis. I wouldn't use silk for dishtowels because it is too delicate and water marks the fabric. By the same analogy, I wouldn't use a delicate or easily scratched or spotted finish on the floor. I also wouldn't expect any floor to remain totally pristine and shiny under normal usage. Floors will eventually have some wear, and I think sometimes there is too much emphasis on maintaining perfection when it just isn't practical. But that's just my opinion and what's important to others isn't necessarily something that bothers me.