You'll never hear those words from me - unless you just walked through a field of cow pies. I mean, really, don't we all have door mats for people to wipe their feet on? I do - front and back doors.
I understand that we live in MI and during the winter if I'm going to someone's home I'll bring my shoes along with me so when I take my boots off I'll have something to put on my feet. Standing around in my socks - no thanks.
Think about the poor slob who arrives and doesn't know the "house rule." What if the socks are the "ugly" ones? Maybe the heels are worn thin or there's a hole and you can see their gross big toe. Yuck! Or if we're talking about women - how about pantyhose? Now we see their whole foot. What if they were 2 days short of a pedi? Ohhhhhhhhhh noooooooooooo. The polish is chipped! Ohhhhhhhhh noooooooooooo.
And what if they (women again) wore heels? Now they're 3 to 4 inches shorter and we all know what that does to the ensemble, right? Kills the look.
Now, I have to be honest here - I've never had anyone actually ask me to take my shoes off but the message is clear when you enter and see a pile 'o shoes to the left or right of the door. I pretend like I didn't see it.
I promise you - if I come to your home I'll make sure my shoes are clean before I sashay in for tea. hehe