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Is it rude to ask house guests to remove their shoes at the door?

It's a neat-freak's nightmare: A guest wears shoes into the house. 

But some experts are saying asking them to remove the footwear is the rude act.

"It is the height of tacky to invite guests to your home and then require that they remove anything more than outdoor attire,"  Jodi R.R. Smith of  Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting told the AP.