You’re not allowed to wear shoes inside the Taj Mahal buildings area. You’re given a choice. You could leave your shoes at the front and hope they are there when you return (that is what the locals often do), or you pay the small fee for booties. Our booties were included in the cost of our tour, but even if they weren’t, we would have went for the bootie option. Our tour guide assured us that the shoe thieves, depicted in Slumdog Millionaire, are very, very real, and we wouldn’t relish spending the time barefoot. Plus the floors were hot like fire. My feet would have been well done by the end of our exploration.