Jimmy Choos, Adidas or Havanaias – our sole mates let us stand out as individuals, while fitting into similarly shod social groups. Much more than a frivolous fashion obsession, it is a fact that people do judge us by our appearances and our footwear serve as important non-verbal cues of our personality, as shown by a recent study.
Research conducted by The University of Kansas found that strangers could accurately determine up to 90% of the wearer’s self-described personality traits and economical demographics just by checking out their footwear.
Expensive shoes equal rich, well-heeled owners (shocker, right? *roll eyes*). Bright, attention-grabbing kicks are donned by extroverts; while practical, functional ones generally belong to agreeable folks.
More interestingly, the study found that aggressive girls are most likely to wear ankle booties. Those with “anxious attachment styles” were more likely to wear new-looking or meticulously-maintained shoes, perhaps because they are particularly worried about about what other people think of them.
The most uncomfortable-looking footwear is most often rocked by society’s calmest citizens. Whereas, people with “boring shoes” are apparently the most “aloof and repressive” with poor communication skills and frequently have trouble with relationships (*gasp* what does that make Kate Middleton in her signature nude pumps?)
Do you feel accurately represented to the world by your favourite footwear? Check these out for a fabulous F/W 2012.
Christian Siriano for Payless Glitter Heels
Get set to outshine and dazzle this holiday season with a pair of gorgeous kicks that’ll have the rest of the party-goers talking as you leave.
Rachel Roy Stacked Peep-Toe Bootie
Stride out with confidence and stylish sophistication (sans intimidating aggression).
Kate Spade Karolina Bow
Pretty twists adds chic to classic peds, but remains versatile and highly wearable. No one can accuse you being emotionally distant now.
Stuat Weitzman Hairspliced Wedge
These hand-sculpted platform wedges elevates the calm and wise to funky zen status, while still staying “down to earth” as compared to Lady Gaga’s out-of-this-world platform numbers.