We judge people by the shoes

Image: © Maxim Malevich / Fotolia

Image: © Maxim Malevich / Fotolia

Scientists from the University of Kansas have determined that shoes can reveal unsuspected information about their owner. Upon seeing the style, model, color and condition of the shoes and assessing their value, we can understand key things about the person who wears them. What is his emotional state, what his political views and financial status etc.

During the experiment, the 63 participants were shown 208 pairs of shoes. 90 percent of the participants recognized traits of the characters of the owners of the shoes.

The first task was to guess the gender, age and social status of the owners of the shoes. In the second part of the experiment, the volunteers had to assume whether the owner is introverted or extroverted, liberal or conservative, what is his emotional stability if he is peaceful and open.

Of course, some characteristics were easier to guess. Like what gender is the owner for example. Expensive shoes do tend to be a sign of high social status. The colored and shoes with unusual forms probably belong to extroverts.

Other less obvious signs are that comfortable shoes are chosen by friendly people. Ankle boots buy the more aggressive ones and the calm people wear less comfortable shoes. The most accurate results were about the signs – gender, age, income and emotional stability.

An interesting fact is that people, who worry about their relationship, often buy new shoes or keep them in perfect condition. This is explained by the fact that they want to have perfect appearance because they worry a lot about what others think of them. Normally, people type “hippies” wear worn or very cheap shoes.



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