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. ——— HOLIDAYS-PARTIES-NO SHOES In Michigan, you're expected to leave snowy boots in the mudroom before going inside. In Alaska, boots are taken off in "Arctic entries." In Japan, Thailand and many other countries, you wouldn't dream of entering a home with your shoes on, regardless of the season. But removing shoes hasn't been the norm in many parts of the U.S. Now city-dwellers and suburbanites from New York to Los Angeles often find that hosts expect footwear to be left at the door. Some guests find that irksome — especially at holiday parties, when they're dressed up with matching shoes. By Beth J. Harpaz. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1 p.m., photos. HOLIDAYS-PAJAMA GUIDE Cynthia...