Check Your Footwork: Study Says Your Shoe Game Says A Lot About You

June 22, 2012  |  

Okay, so this isn’t urgent news or something of incredible importance, but it sure is interesting enough to share!

A recent study done by the University of Kansas and Wellesley College found that among college students, subjects used in the study could correctly guess a person’s age, gender and income by looking at their shoes. Published in the Journal of Research in Personality, surprisingly, they found that people could also assess a person’s level of attachment anxiety based on their shoe game. They could tell if you were clingy or cool when it comes to how you deal with people and how you conduct yourself in a relationship.

According to TIME, researchers asked 63 University of Kansas students to look at around 208 photos of students wearing the shoes that they prefer to rock the most. Those who participated were asked to rate these individuals on their personality, attachment style, political views, demographic and more based on their kicks. After doing best at guessing the shoe-wearer’s age, sex and income (damn, who knew you could get all that from shoes!?), they did very well at guessing the attachment styles of these people personality-wise. It seems that those who are anxious rock well-kept shoes. Why? According to one of the authors of the study, it’s because they want to keep up a good appearance because they’re worried about how others will see them. Dang.

When you think about it…it low-key makes sense.

They also found that ankle boot wearing people (remember, the photos were of people in shoes they felt they wore most) had more aggressive personalities, uncomfortable or messy shoes belonged to calm personalities, while functional and tame shoes went hand-in-hand with agreeable folks (aka, likeable, pleasant people). But that was the gist of what these students could find. They couldn’t go too in depth about a person’s life as researchers did try to ask them if they could pick political affiliation, introvert vs. extrovert and more through shoes, but that was done to no avail. However, authors were able to come up with the following conclusions: the shoes you wear can often make people assume a thing or two about how you are, and who you are.

“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.”

Can’t say they’re lying. I have quirky friends who rock eclectic shoes, and I would say that I’m a functional shoe wearer. I leave the stilettos to the fashionistas with the showstopping attitudes (aka, the folks trying to be seen and stay extroverts at all times). But either way, there ain’t no shame in your shoe game.
What would your shoes say about your personality?

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  • Mrs.j.cole

    I would love to wear heels like beyonce and kim kardashian and he rest of them but it’s kinda hard to walk in them but I love kicks and wedges and sometimes flats what does that say about me?

  • FromUR2UB

    I clicked on this because I thought some shoes would be displayed. (womp,womp, womp,womp, wannnnnh) 🙁

  • karmaqueen21

    i like heels and would love to wear them but i cant walk in the for nothing. I also love flats, tennis shoes and low heals. So what does that say about me??

  • MLS2698

    Most women who think a shoe game is important will end up with corns and bunions later.

    • FromUR2UB

      Very true. I’ve always liked heels, but they are hard on the feet. Some shoes were made just for sittin’ pretty.

      • MLS2698

        I don’t like pain, and three areas that don’t need to hurt are: head, azz, and feet. LOL!

        • FromUR2UB

          Haha! Yeah. But, heels sure make the legs look nice. These days, the only heels I wear are wedges, and nothing that elevates my foot higher than 3 inches. They’re comfortable to walk in. I won’t even try to toddle around on those skinny heels, anymore.

    • applesauce585

      …and bad knees….lol

  • icthingsclearly

    I love ankle boots.. Now I know why they fit me so well. Lol..

    • Mrs.j.cole

      I want to buy some ankle boots any stores you suggest?

      • icthingsclearly

        I’ve got many from famous footwear & shoe carnival.. I don’t do high end stores. I can’t justify that kind of expense when I’m still paying tuition..

  • I believe because I wear functional shoes I don’t need all that flashy extraness