Shoes off rule

It is considered polite in Estonia to take your shoes off when entering somebody’s home.  This rule should be ignored only if you are clearly said to leave your shoes on. This has mostly a practical reason as the streets are either muddy, wet or covered with snow for at least half of the year. Walking around in your muddy or wet shoes would make the floor quite dirty. Taking outdoor shoes off when going inside is also more hygienic during summer. Changing your footwear inside is obligatory in many day-care centres and schools.  At the office this is rarely the case, but changing your shoes might still be more comfortable in winter, as winter boots might be too warm for a whole day inside.

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