A new study by the University of Kansas and Wellesley College maintains you can tell a lot about a person based on their shoes. Researchers Omri Gillath, Fiona Ge, and Christian S. Crandall asked a group of 63 students to look at 208 pictures submitted by volunteers who had previously filled out personality questionnaires. The students were able to determine a person’s age, gender, income, political leanings, and personality traits with 90% accuracy–just by taking a quick look at their footwork.
While expensive and colorful shoes are typically worn by either high earners or extroverts…
The study says, “Practical and functional shoes belong to agreeable people, ankle boots are worn by aggressive personalities, and calm personalities wear uncomfortable looking shoes…Those with “attachment anxiety” where they worry about their relationships, [tend] to have brand new and well kept shoes. This may be because they worry so much about their appearance and what others may think of them. Liberal thinkers, who many think of as sandal wearing hippies, did not surprise. They really do wear scruffier and less expensive shoes.”
Do you think shoes can speak volumes about your personality? And if so, what do your shoes say about you?