Do you take your shoes off when you enter homes? In Western Alaska, it is common place to take your shoes off when entering a home. It is too snowy during most of the winter and too muddy or dusty during most of the summer to wear your shoes around the house. And from a convenience point of view, it just doesn't take very long to take off one's shoes. For those of you that don't take your shoes off, why don't you? Do you see wearing shoes as a necessary part of being presentable, like wearing shirts and pants? Is going barefoot akin to walking around shirtless, or walking around with your fly unzipped? Just curious.