Do you remove your shoes on entering your home? Many of us who are not culturally predisposed to this activity avoid thinking about it because we are conflicted about starting a daily routine that you would then need to impose on others.
There are many kinds of sanctuary this routine can bring, and here are seven:
Natural Style, Easy Grace
From Dutch homes of the 15th century, where it was not permissible to set foot in a room without first removing one’s shoes, to removing shoes at the front door in most Asian homes as a mark of respect to the house and to honor its cleanliness and purity, taking off one’s shoes at the front door can be a deeply ingrained cultural habit.
For those of us who don’t share this habit, a good reason to consider initiating it is grounded in the pollutants they carry in from the outside world.
The benefits of removing shoes are many, including:
Adapted from Japanese Style, by Sunamita Lim (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2007).
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