Your shoes tell a lot about you!

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The style, color and condition of the type of footwear you wear tells a lot about you. Well, no one should be judged entirely on his or her shoes, but an interesting American study published in the Journal of Research in Personality in 2012 showed that 90 percent of your personality may be communicated by the type of footwear you wear.

In a research conducted by the University of Kansas, about 200 volunteers filled out surveys about their personalities and had their most commonly worn footwear photographed. A group of about 60 individuals were then shown these pictures. The group was able to accurately guess most of the wearers’ gender, age, social status and different personality traits, like whether the owner was an extrovert or introvert, liberal or conservative and the degree of their emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness.

Here are some characteristics associated with shoe types, drawn from the research conducted by the University of Kansas.

Colorful Sneakers

Colorful sneakers

The researchers concluded that people who often wore colorful sneakers are emotionally stable and are less prone to attachment anxiety. People with colorful sneakers might be more extroverted, but that is not necessarily so. Fun-looking shoes do not mean a fun personality. 


The researchers also found that people who frequently wear high-top shoes were standoffish, introverted, agreeable, and conscientious.


General Pic for Shoe personality

The volunteers who had photographs of their high-fashion shoes taken were described as belonging to high-income group by the observers. The University of Kansas researchers found that some stereotypes were off the mark. People with high-fashion shoes are not necessary less agreeable, more conscientious, or more likely to be Republican.

It was also found that people with brand-new, well-kept shoes tend to be worried about relationships and may be prone to attachment anxiety. They tend to worry more about appearance and what others think of them.


People with worn-in shoes were found to be more extroverted, and emotionally stable.

The researchers found that volunteers with old but well-kept shoes were found to be conscientious.


It was concluded from the research that people who regularly wear boring-looking shoes had trouble forming relationships, and were aloof and repressive. Wearers did not care what others think of them.

Biker-Style Boots

Finally, people wearing biker-style boots were found to be tough by the researchers. Ankle boots tend to be worn by aggressive people, the study found. 

Biker Boots

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