Many Americans normally wear their shoes inside their home all day long. It just seems like a habit we have every day. However, did you know it is a bad habit to have? One bad habit that is actually bad for your health? Do you ever see anyone in Europe wearing their sneakers or any other type of shoes inside their house? No? Because they don’t, and for good reason too.
Normally, when you walk into your door, you will keep your shoes on unless your feet are hurting and then you take them off. But, many Americans don’t take their shoes off until right before they go to bed at night.
Although this may be the case for us Americans, people living in European countries only wear something called House Shoes, or in the german language, Hausschuhe. They actually get offended if you wear anything in their home but these. They will hand you a pair of House Shoes and put your street shoes away until you are ready to leave.
There is a good reason that they do this. Imagine what you are walking around on outside all day when walking around on the streets. Dog poop and urine, bird poop, and other nasty things on the streets. Because of this, when wearing your street shoes inside your home and leaving them on, you are surrounded by a bunch of bacteria. One major type of bacteria that you are mainly surrounded by and one that can make you deathly sick is E-Coli. This type of bacteria can cause illnesses with symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, and other flu-like symptoms. Besides e-coli, your shoes are a magnet for as much as 442,000 types of bacteria. Gross!
What do you think about this? Will you be wearing your shoes inside your home anymore after walking around outside? Sound off with your opinion and let everyone know what you think!