Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's not a cold weather thing

Occasionally some people suggest that the difference between countries where shoes are removed and where they are kept on is the climate. This is pretty misleading.

It is true that most countries with harsh winters like Canada and Finland are in the shoes-off camp, while the gentle weather of Mediterranean Europe is enjoyed by Spanish and Italians who for the most part, keep their shoes on indoors.

However, there are many countries with warm climates that practice the shoes-off rule. These include:

Morocco

Guyana

India

Hawaii (USA)

United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh

Malaysia

Thailand

Nauru

Fiji

Maldives

Sri Lanka


And in some countries which have cold winters, but warm summers, for instance Albania and Croatia, shoes are removed over the whole year, winter and summer.

The fact is that whether the weather is hot or cold, dirt is still dirt. The fact that the weather outside is warm does not mean that the streets and the soil outside is clean.

3 comments:

Sandro said...

I think on a very warm and sunny day in Finland shoes are still is removed as a matter of habit

Celestial Fundy said...

I believe so.

What is the weather like in Georgia and do you think it makes a difference?

Sandro said...

The weather is wet in winter and dry in other seasons;
it doesn't matter for my surroundings, yet may for some people here