With our tragic combo of white carpets and athletic kids, we had a firm “shoes off at the door” rule in my house growing up. Cleats, track spikes, heels, you name it; whatever we had on usually came off to prevent scuffing the floor and tracking dirt all over the house. We had a shoe bin where we’d toss them in the interim, and they’d only emerge if we were going back out, or if the dog missed us. (He made a habit of sleeping on our shoes when we were away at summer camp — that’s love!) It wasn’t militarily enforced, but it became a routine that surely spared the oatmeal carpet in the den. Ours was a cleanliness thing, but others remove their shoes for courtesy or cultural reasons. How about you? What’s your shoe strategy? — Sarah C.