According to a new study, your running shoes probably mean that you’re “agreeable,” at least in the eyes of the people around you. And apparently wearing ankle boots reveals that you’re “aggressive.” But what’s interesting is that researchers found that it’s possible to size up someone’s personality, demographics, and even attachment anxiety with up to 90% accurately, solely based on their, well…soles.
Researchers at the University of Kansas in Lawrence asked 208 college students aged 18 to 55 to bring in a photo of the shoes they wear most often, then fill out a questionnaire to evaluate their personalities. They then asked 63 people to look at the photos and evaluate the user’s personality, age, economic background, and even attachment anxiety. People were best at sizing up a person’s age, sex and income based on their shoes—not surprising. But it did come as a shocker that they were also good at evaluating someone’s attachment anxiety (though researchers aren’t sure exactly how they’re able to measure someone’s fear of abandonment based on their footwear).
A lot of the evaluations are obvious—expensive shoes indicate a high socioeconomic status; certain styles are clearly associated with men and women—but some of the details are interesting. If your shoes are practical or functional (hello, running shoes!), you’re probably “agreeable.” Ankle boots, mentioned earlier, indicate that you’re “aggressive,” and uncomfortable-looking shoes prove that you’re “calm.”
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