Shoes protect our feet from rough terrain and provide traction to prevent injury outside the home. But once we retreat to the warm and cozy confines of our humble abode, are they really that necessary? Not according to research. In fact, they actually do more harm than good when worn inside. Read on and spread the word.
1. Shoes damage floors.
We never actually notice how heels or hard shoes affect our floors. The cold hard truth is that these blunt instruments leave dents, scratches, and marks on your smooth and polished hardwood floors. Carpeting is also susceptible to damage. Our shoes track in gritty particles that wear and tear carpet over time. The solution: wear socks or comfortable slippers inside.
2. Shoes carry toxins.
Chemicals in the form of asphalt sealants, pesticides, and herbicides make their way into your home via shoes. Once inside, they reside in the nooks and crannies as undetected threats. Prolonged exposure to these harsh chemicals elevates the risk of illness. Protect your family by taking your footwear off as soon as you walk into your home.
3. Shoes track dirt.
Dirt may not be a serious threat, but it does add time to your cleaning routine. To prevent extra upkeep, place two floor mats (inside and outside) your entryways to trap dirt. And don't forget to regularly vacuum your mats.
4. Shoes host bacteria.
Out of sight out of mind, right? Wrong. Studies suggest harmful bacteria like E. Coli infiltrates your home more often than you'd expect. How does it happen? Our frequent trips to the public restroom enable bacteria to hitchhike their way into your home. Check your shoes at the door to keep bacteria at bay.
5. Shoes lead to unhealthy feet.
Want stronger feet and arches? Ditch your shoes at the front door. They may protect our feet outside the home, but inside they add to unneeded strains and stresses on our feet. Slip out of your restricting footwear and enjoy stronger and healthier muscles in the process.
6. Shoes stall relaxation.
No one has ever said, "I'm going to drink some hot tea, grab my favorite book, and slip on my favorite pair of clunky shoes to relax." Let your toes breathe free. You'll feel much better, and you'll relax knowing your home is free of unhealthy substances.