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Is it okay to take your shoes off in public?

Most people wear shoes in public, but there is a strong divide when it comes to spaces where it is appropriate to remove them. Some argue that slipping out of those sweaty loafers at the movies and on planes is completely acceptable. Others say there is no reason whatsoever that would warrant removing your shoes in public. What do you think? 

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Imagine reclining back in one of those new, fancy movie theater seats. You're feet are propped up on the pedestal in front of you. You would never put your shoes on the furniture at home, so why would you at the theater? You remove your sneakers as a courtesy to the theater company and to the next person sitting in your seat; neither deserve a dirty chair! 

Being barefoot is natural. Bustle's Ayana Lage points out: 

A peer-reviewed study conducted by researchers at Harvard University makes this salient point: "For most of the last six million years, species in the human lineage walked and ran barefoot," the study says. If you look at the history of the universe, shoes are relatively new.
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Taking your shoes off at the movies is in fact the opposite of courteous. In doing so, you've shown the stranger sitting next to you that you think you're lounging at home. You are not. You are in a public place, which requires shoes. If you needed shoes to get into the theater, you shouldn't be able to take them off as soon as you sit down. 

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No one wants to keep their shoes on while on a plane. Planes are already uncomfortable enough. There's just no reason to force everyone to keep on their shoes under the premise of some unspoken etiquette guideline. You took your shoes off in the airport, after all. What's the difference between the security line and the plane itself?

If your flight is over three hours long, socks without shoes is completely acceptable. 

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Sure, go ahead and take your shoes off, and you will immediately be the most hated person on that plane. It doesn't matter if you have socks on or not–and on that note, it also doesn't matter if you have on fuzzy socks, slippers or anything other than shoes–you should keep your shoes snuggly on your feet for the sake of the noses of those around you. 

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Workplaces today are becoming more and more casual, and if button-downs, ties and tights are already being ditched, why not kick off your shoes too? According to Quartz, research shows that going barefoot at work actually increases productivity. Vickie Elmer looked to Daniel Howell, a professor of biology at Liberty University, for insight: 

Howell remains convinced that as today’s interns and recent college graduates move into management jobs, they’ll bring changes and more barefoot friendly policies to employers. ”We’ll see a much more relaxed attitude toward footwear. The younger ones coming up are much more open to the idea,” he said.

Being barefoot in public is the future!

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No. Just no. Your coworkers do not want to see your feet, and they definitely don't want to smell them. It doesn't matter if you get pedicures once a week; your feet just don't need to be seen in the office. As the BBC points out: 

"I think it's incredibly poor etiquette,' says Teo van den Broeke, associate editor of Esquire. For him, a barefoot boss 'sets too lax a tone' and shows disrespect for one's co-workers. "There are so many elements that could be offensive, be that cultural or simply that your feet smell."
In a US survey by recruitment firm Adecco last July, more than four in 10 people said they were offended by co-workers removing their shoes, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Don't be that person. Please. 

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