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If you want to get to know someone, stop talking to them and trying to get to know them. Just stare at their shoes! Apparently, shoes reveal much about our personalities. (That kind of scares me. Am I alone?)
Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge 90% of a stranger’s personal characteristics — their age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotions and more — just by looking at the style, cost, color, and condition of their shoes.
The study asked 63 students to look at photos of 208 different pairs of shoes that belonged to volunteers, who had filled out personality questionnaires. They predicted personality traits based upon the shoes they saw, and did well in guessing. Some of their findings were fairly obvious, but some were surprising.
Expensive shoes belonged to high earners.
Flashy and colorful shoes belonged to extroverts.
Shoes that were not new but appeared to be spotless belonged to conscientious types.
Practical and functional shoes belonged to agreeable people.
Ankle boots belonged to people with more aggressive personalities.
Uncomfortable-looking shoes belonged to people with calm personalities.
Brand new and well-kept shoes belonged to people with “attachment anxiety” or people who were most worried about their relationships.
Flip-flops and shabbier, less expensive shoes belonged to liberal thinkers.
Boring shoes belonged to people who didn’t care about what others think of them and say they do not stand out in their general appearance.
And boring shoes also belonged to people who found it hard to form relationships. (BUT! The students were unable to predict this, generally.)
Do you judge your dates by their shoes? Would you want someone guessing your personality based on your shoes? Tell us in the comments.