“Researchers 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.”
This study is good news. It provides yet another justification for buying more kick-ass shoes.
According to Medical Daily,
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.
For the study, 63 students looked at photographs of 208 pairs of shoes, and then guessed about personality traits of the shoes’ owners.
Here is what the researchers found:
I’m no shoe scientist but the study seems a bit flawed. Disclaimer: I haven’t read the study because it costs more than $30 to access it. That is $30 I can put into my shoe budget.
Plus it is really difficult to understand this study without seeing photos of the shoes used. What exactly is an ankle boot? The ankle boots at this link certainly suggest aggressiveness. But the ankle boots at this link, not so much (WARNING –link contains brown).
My biggest gripe with the study is that it seems a little skewed:
People will choose shoes that they think will reflect personality traits they want to exude. So at most what this study establishes is that people associate certain traits with certain types of shoes. But it is pretty unclear to me how it shows that the people who wear those shoes actually possess those character traits.
The study can be found at this link.