Tuesday, December 24, 2013

19 % of Britons don't like being asked to remove shoes?

Installer: One In Four People Dreading Spending Time In A Cold Room Away From Home

Forget Brussels sprouts and doing the washing up; visiting a relative’s cold house, being forced to take shoes off and missing Christmas TV are the nation’s biggest fears about the busy festive period.

Seeing friends and family at their cold home came out as Britain’s biggest bugbear in a survey from Worcester, Bosch Group with one in four people dreading spending time in a cold room away from home.

Despite being cold, and true to the stereotype, Brits are far too polite to complain, as only 20% said they would tell their host they are chilly. The rest would grin and bear it (30.8%), make a joke out of it (16%), keep their coat on (15.7%) or just avoid visiting the cold-blooded relatives at all (4.4%).

The next biggest gripes about Christmas, from the survey of 2065 people, were missing TV specials (22%), being made to take shoes off (19%) and tolerating screaming children (19%).


So 19% of the 2065 people dislike having to take their shoes off when visiting relatives? This may be surprising given that removing shoes in homes has become very common, however, that they are complaining about this shows that it is not at all unusual for shoes-off to be expected.

I do question whether these stats can be relied upon. The survey has an agenda; it was commissioned by a company that sells heating appliances and asks several questions about being cold. Probably the people answering these questions were being made to think about uncomfortable cold houses in which removing shoes might be an inconvenience.

21 comments:

Sandro said...

A good comment of yours, Matthew.

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks

Bob said...

As I have posted before we have a shoeless home. It would be inhospitable to require shoe removal and not have the heat at a reasonable level. We keep our home between 70 and 72 degrees. My wife went to a Christmas gathering at a co-workers home where there was radiant heating in the floors. She found that to be extremely comfortable

Matthew Celestis said...

Nice to read you again, Bob.

Was the co-worker's home a shoes-off one?

Bob said...

Thank you Matthew.
Yes shoes were shed as they entered

Sandro said...

Floor heating makes shoes-on impossible IMHO.

Bob said...

Sandro,
This was my wife's first encounter with radiant flooring.
As shoes were shed in the foyer she had no way of sensing how it would have felt wearing shoes.
As I said earlier she was very comfortable being shoeless

Mark said...

We were at an informal gathering just before xmas. It was a new modern house with light carpets throughout.We immediately removed our shoes upon arriving, as did everyone else. Our hostess had a basket of guest slippers. We had taken our own slippers to wear so we changed into those.
The house was warm, but didn't have underfloor heating, but the plush carpets helped keep the house warm.

Anonymous said...

Bob - what did your wife wear?

Kelly said...

I think it is plain rude to make your guests take their shoes off (especially for a festive occasion) and not provide slippers.

Matthew Celestis said...

Kelly, a lot of guests may not wish to wear slippers that others have worn.

Bob said...

Anonymous,
I believe she was wearing a dress

Kelly said...

Matthew - in this case, it is good manners to let your guests keep their shoes on.

Matthew Celestis said...

I disagree, but thanks for offering your opinion.

Sandro said...

Kelly, shoes were invented to protect feet from outside dirt, stones etc. At the same time, stockinged/bare feet can look nice if properly looked after.

Matthew Celestis said...

Hey Sandro, I went to an Armenian restaurant in Hastings yesterday. It is apparently one of the few places in the UK where they serve Georgian wine.

Sandro said...

I hope you enjoyed it )

Matthew Celestis said...

I did not care that much for the Armenian dish that I tried

Matthew Celestis said...

But the Georgian wine was nice. I'm not a wine drinker. My family drank the wine, while I had a Ukrainian beer.

Kelly said...

Sandro - indoor social situations call for shoes on, always. Common etiquette for those of us who were not raised in a barn.

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