Researchers at the University of Kansas say that people can accurately judge 90 percent of astranger’s personality simply by looking at the person’s shoes.
“Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers,” the authors wrote inthe new study published in the Journal of Research in Personality. “Shoes serve a practicalpurpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to payattention to the shoes they and others wear.”
Medical Daily notes that the number of detailed personality traits detected in the study includea person’s general age, their gender, income, political affiliation, and other personality traits, including someone’s emotional stability.
Lead researcher Omri Gillath said the judgments were based on the style, cost, color andcondition of someone’s shoes. In the study, 63 University of Kansas students looked atpictures showing 208 different pairs of shoes worn by the study’s participants. Volunteers inthe study were photographed in their most commonly worn shoes, and then filled out apersonality questionnaire.
So, what do your shoes say about your personality?
Some of the results were expected: People with higher incomes most commonly wore expensiveshoes, and flashier footwear was typically worn by extroverts.
However, some of the more specific results are intriguing. For example, “practical andfunctional” shoes were generally worn by more ”agreeable” people, while ankle boots weremore closely aligned with ”aggressive” personalities.
The strangest of all may be that those who wore ”uncomfortable looking” shoes tend to have ”calm” personalities.
And if you have several pairs of new shoes or take exceptional care of them, you may sufferfrom ”attachment anxiety,” spending an inordinate amount of time worrying about what otherpeople think of your appearance.
There was even a political calculation in the mix with more liberal types wearing ”shabbier andless expensive” shoes.
The researchers noted that some people will choose shoe styles to mask their actualpersonality traits, but researchers noted that volunteers were also likely to be unaware thattheir footwear choices were revealing deep insights into their personalities.
Post time: Apr-23-2019