Most Germans don’t wear shoes in their homes. We take our shoes off when we get home and put on slippers called “house shoes” – shoes that are only worn inside the house. A lot of people have a rack or place next to the door where you put your shoes.
To be polite, guests take their shoes off too. Sometimes, they are given house shoes to wear.
I’m not sure how or why the house-shoe tradition developed. Maybe some clever German housewife didn’t want to clean her floors quite so often. And I hear from an outsider’s point of view, Germans are “obsessed” with keeping their feet (and necks, apparently) warm, so running around barefoot or in socks is out of the question.
Does any of you own house shoes?