Do you like to take off your shoes during a flight, or do you think it's rude to other travelers? Vote in our poll!
I will on really long flights if I'm trying to sleep - but if I get even the slightest indication that my feet are stinky, the shoes go right back on. I try to be considerate to my fellow passengers!
Normally, yes....but only if they're laced or similar, because feet can swell, especially on a long flight, and I don't want to be struggling with them on landing.
If you're wearing sandals and no socks, you have to be careful in the bathrooms. They should teach men to sit down in airplanes! the slightest bump...
Never. My feet swell too much if I do. Also - bathrooms are disgusting and I can't understand why people go in without shoes!! Gross!
I do take my shoes off on long flights, but I have a solution to the problem of going to the toilets. I pack a pair of very cheap elasticised slippers (which weigh about the same as a pair of socks) with me. They are better than the slip on ones from hotels which fall off if I try to curl up to sleep, and they have a flat, flexible sole which allows me to fit them into my carry on bag. So the first thing I do when I reach my seat is pull them out of my carry on before stowing it, along with my kindle, glasses and headphones, and I am set. They also have a non absorbent sole which is the MOST important thing for visits to the toilets Slip them back into a zip lock bag before putting back into your carry on, and everything is looking good.
Only on long flights and I always make sure they are comfortable shoes. I know about the swelling because of the cabin pressurization but usually my feet don't swell because I have the chronic "constant cold hands & feet" syndrome so I sometimes throw slippers into my carry on but not always; try to wear warm socks!
And ICK, I never thought about the bathroom floors, because as I just said, I often walk the plane in my socks & I think, into the lavatory. Slippers it is from here on!!
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I definitely take my shoes off on any flights longer than a few hours. I never wear sandals to fly -- my feet get cold! -- so I always have socks on. And I'm not too squeamish about socks in the lavatory. Bare feet, no way!