He Ain’t Got These: Do You Judge A Guy By His Shoes?
Let’s admit it, some people are vain. Some people are materialistic while others could care less what a person has to offer on the outside. When it comes to fashion, most aren’t afraid to put their best foot forward- no matter the price. However, a new study has been released highlighting that you can learn a few things about someone depending on the type of shoes they’re wearing.
According to the study, 63 students looked at photographs of 208 pairs of shoes. Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge a stranger’s age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotional and other important personality traits just by looking at the person’s shoes. Researchers had asked each of the volunteers to fill out a personality questionnaire and to provide their most frequently worn shoes for the experiment.
The study found:
Although shoes are usually the single most expensive item in people’s outfit, they have received relatively little attention in research. 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
Shoes have great variety of styles, brands, looks, and functions. Because of this variety, shoes can carry individual difference information, but do they? … we suggest that the answer is yes. For example, people who are extraverted may think black-and-white is dull, and tend to wear more colorful shoes as an expression of their personality. People with higher income may be more likely to wear shoes with high-end brands as a mean to exhibit their social status.
“Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers,” the authors wrote. “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.”