June 14, 2012

What Do Your Shoes Say About You?

According to a recent study from Psychologists at the University of Kansas, the style, value, color and condition of you shoes can paint a picture of your emotional, political and other vital personality traits.

For the experiment, volunteers were asked to fill in a personality questionnaire and to provide their most commonly worn shoes.

People were then presented with photographs of complete strangers’ footwear. They were asked to guess the gender, age and social status of the owner. This including whether the owner was an extrovert or introvert, liberal leaning or conservative, their emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness.
They could accurately determine up to 90% of the wearer’s self-described personality traits and economical demographics. 
The most accurate ratings were for age, gender and income followed by their emotional stability and agreeableness. 

    According to the research team: 'Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers.
    'Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear.

    These are the conclusions of the study... (some obvious, other surprising)
    • Expensive shoes suggest high earners 
    • Flash and colorful pairs belong to extroverts
    • Shoes that may not be new but are immaculate belong to conscientious types
    • Practical and functional shoes belong to agreeable people
    • Ankle boots are worn by aggressive personalities
    • Calm personalities wear uncomfortable looking shoes
    • brand new and well kept shoes were worn by those with  'attachment anxiety' where they worried about their relationships.  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, said the research.

    What people did not guess was that the most boring shoes belonged to those who found it hard to form relationships. This is mainly due to the fact that these people are 'aloof and repressive' in their emotions and do not care what others think of them and they do not stand out in their general appearance.

    So do you agree? Do you think Kate Moss is aggressive? Kristen Stewart is agreeable? Lady Gaga is calm? Sarah Jessica Parker is extrovert? Kate Middleton is aloof? 


    1. I was recently reading another article about, can you judge a women by their shoes? which it was really great also!

    2. I do agree that the personality of a person can be reflected on the type of shoes he or she is wearing.Extroverts can't help but wear flashy and colorful ones!Great post!

    3. I loved this! I have a serious shoe-addiction and find myself shopping for shoes as much as I can. While I agree with the colorful shoes and expensive shoes conclusions, I don't believe calm personalities wear uncomfortable shoes. Honestly, I don't really see how they came up with that! Thanks for sharing.