Many families demand people putting off their shoes when they come in the apartment/house. According to Feng Shui, the ways with which the shoes are put are important for the marriage of the host couple. It is a Feng Shui taboo that the shoes are put disorderly on the floor. All the shoes should be put on a shoe rack. The shoe rack should not be higher than the shoulders of an adult with average height, otherwise it is easy for the members in the family to be repressive and upset. The shoes on the shoe rack must also be put in order. A messy shoe rack can cause many quarrels between the couple and hurt the marriage.
The shoes on the shoe rack should be clean. The old and useless shoes should be moved as soon as possible. Shoe racks are often put beside the entrance. The environment of the entrance is not only important to the family atmosphere and harmony, but also important for the lucks, such as wealth luck and health luck, of the family.
In addition, many Feng Shui professional think that the way to put the shoes on the shoe rack is normally a sign of the leading role in the family. If most of the shoe heads are down, the wife has the dominated role in the family. If most of the shoe heads are up, the husband has the dominated role in the family. The more balanced the two ways are, the more democratic the family is.