Anyone with a shoe fetish will tell you that you can judge a person by the type of shoes they're wearing. And a new study has just confirmed this, sort of. Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge a stranger's
age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotional and other
important personality traits just by looking at the person's shoes.
The study, published online in the August 2012 edition of the Journal of Research in Personality, gave 63 students the task of looking at photographs showing 208 different pairs of shoes that belonged to other volunteers in the experiment. The students were asked to fill out a personality questionnaire as well as provide their most frequently worn shoes for the experiment.
Overall, participants were able to guess 90% of the time of the shoe wearer's personal characteristics. Here's what else they found:
Expensive shoes belonged to high earners, flashy and colorful footwear belonged to extroverts and shoes that were not new but appeared to be spotless belonged to conscientious types.
While some of the clues like the ones already described were obvious, other clues were more surprising.
Practical and functional shoes generally belong to agreeable people, ankle boots fit with more aggressive personalities and uncomfortable looking shoes were worn by calm personalities.
Participants were able to most accurately judge a person's age, gender and income followed by their emotional stability and agreeableness.
Quick, look at the person next to you and see what shoes they're wearing! But if they're wearing slippers, does that mean we have to judge their feet?