What Do Your Shoes Say About You? Study Reveals Link Between Personality and Shoes
Shoes are no longer just a fashion statement; a new study produced by the University of Kansas and Wellesley College has found that shoes can actually be a window to your soul. Meaning your passion for patent leather pumps or your preference for combat boots can help others clue into what type of person you are, including your age, gender and income.
Now some of these may seem like common sense. Someone wearing heels is most likely female; an older person is more likley to rock cushy, arch-supporting sneakers; and considering the price of some designer brands, someone sporting Manolo Blahniks probably has a pretty large disposable income. But shoes can also be an indicator of other qualities like anxiousness, aggressiveness, emotional stability and openness.
The study asked 63 students to evaluate photos of other people's shoes (photos were submitted by other students who were asked to take various personality tests). The owners were rated on personality, attachment style, whether they were extroverted or introverted, politically liberal or conservative, and demographic measures like age, gender, and family income. The results from both groups were compared.
Though not all estimations were spot on, age, gender and income were accurate most of the time. Some of the findings suggest:
- People with brand new and "well kept" shoes were found to have anxiety attachment issues (researchers suggest that may be due to self-consciousness over appearance).
- Brightly colored shoes denoted an extrovert personality.
- Tight ankel boots were worn by people with more aggressive personalities.
- Uncomfortable looking shoes were worn by those with "calm" demeanors.
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