Researchers at the University of Kansas say that people can accurately judge 90 percent of a strangers personality simply by looking at the persons shoes.
"Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers," the authors wrote in the new study published in the Journal of Research in Personality. "Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear."
Medical Daily notes that the number of detailed personality traits detected in the study include a persons general age, their gender, income, political affiliation, and other personality traits, including someones emotional stability.
Lead researcher Omri Gillath said the judgments were based on the style, cost, color and condition of someones shoes. In the study, 63 University of Kansas students looked at pictures showing 208 different pairs of shoes worn by the studys participants. Volunteers in the study were photographed in their most commonly worn shoes, and then filled out a personality questionnaire.
So, what do your shoes say about your personality?
Some of the results were expected: People with higher incomes most commonly wore expensive shoes, and flashier footwear was typically worn by extroverts.
However, some of the more specific results are intriguing. For example, "practical and functional" shoes were generally worn by more "agreeable" people, while ankle boots were more closely aligned with "aggressive" personalities.
The strangest of all may be that those who wore "