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Survey: How Many People Switch Out Their Footwear at The Office

Article September 2, 2020

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Men switch footwear more often than women. Meanwhile, if there’s anyone going barefoot, it’s the women. Only three percent of Czech employees are forbidden to take off their shoes by the company dress code.

Do you switch to sandals at work? Or do you perhaps go barefoot? These were the two main questions in an exclusive online survey by #MORETHANOFFICE, answered by nearly 700 respondents. The results?

28.6%

Almost every third Czech office worker changes out of their outdoor footwear at work every day. Men do so often than women. Men change out of their shoes more or less evenly year-round, while for ladies, this activity is much more strongly connected with the winter.

24.9%

Almost a quarter of the survey’s respondents stated that they stay in their shoes even indoors year-round. Another 19.5%, meanwhile, stated that they change footwear at the door only occasionally.

3.2%

Around 3% of the respondents stated that they are forbidden by the dress code from taking off their shoes. Stances are stricter, meanwhile, towards going footwear-free in the office, which is listed as inappropriate in dress codes affecting nearly 12% of the survey’s respondents.

Sweat & Comfort

People’s main stated reasons for switching out of their shoes were their desire not to have sweaty feet (51.3% of the respondents) and the fact that it’s more comfortable (48.2% of the respondents) – with “Gym shoes outdoors, high heels indoors” as their motto.

Some respondents had other main themes here: “I switch into high heels for important meetings,” or “I don’t want to go around the office in my motorcycle boots,” or occasionally “I switch into flats for driving.”

38.8%

That’s how many people are occasionally footwear-free at work. Men slightly outnumber women in this respect. Willingness to go completely without footwear at the office is strongest in the youngest age group; it decreases with increasing age of the respondents.

Appropriate (Or Not)

For most of the people surveyed (72.3%), it’s acceptable for their colleagues to go without shoes or sandals at the office. When someone is bothered by it, meanwhile, it’s most often due to etiquette (“It’s inappropriate to go around like that”). Less than 10% of the respondents gave bad hygiene, bad smells, or dirtying of the office floor as the source for their dislike for people going without footwear.

A total of 723 respondents took part in this survey. The data was collected in January and February of 2019, with the use of the Survio.com platform.