While it’s not entirely good to use ones shoes to  describe a person, our shoes Say a lot about our Personality.
Of course, no one should be judged solely on his or her shoes, but a study published in the Journal of Research in Personality in 2012 showed that 90 percent of your personality may be communicated by your choice of footwear.

Here’s a fun look at what your shoes might say about you.

About 200 volunteers filled out surveys about their personalities and had their most commonly worn footwear photographed. A group of about 60 people were shown the pictures and were able to accurately guess many of the wearers’ personality traits.

Here are some characteristics associated with shoe types, drawn from the University of Kansas and Wellesley College research and some fashion publications.

Men and Women:

First, we’ll look at types of footwear that apply to both men and women, then we’ll look more closely at men’s and women’s footwear.


Colourful Sneakers
-Emotionally stable, less prone to attachment anxiety (fear of separation from loved ones, dependency).

-You might expect people with colourful sneakers to be more extroverted, but that’s not necessarily so, the researchers found. Fun-looking shoes do not mean a fun personality.


-Standoffish, introverted, agreeable, conscientious, according to the study.

-Huffington Post Style says they signal “A kid at heart who doesn’t take himself too seriously.”


-Some stereotypes were off the mark, the University of Kansas researchers found. People with high-fashion shoes are not necessary less agreeable, more conscientious, or more likely to be Republican.

-People with brand-new, well-kept shoes tend to be worried about relationships and may be prone to attachment anxiety. Wearers tend to worry more about appearance and what others think of them.



-Extroverted, emotionally stable.
-Not new but well-kept can mean the wearer is conscientious.


-Trouble forming relationships, aloof, repressive. Wearers do not care what others think of them.


Biker-Style Boots
-According to Million Looks fashion website: reserved, egocentric, lack of trust in people and a preference to do things oneself, smart, sensitive.


-Ankle boots tend to be worn by aggressive people, the study found.

What Women’s Shoes Mean, According to Men: Glamour

Glamour magazine surveyed men to see what they thought of different styles of women’s shoes.

‘Fashion-Forward’ Wedges


-According to Million Looks: straightforward, confident, yet hesitant to make decisions.



Sky-High Pumps

-Painful to look at.
-Million Looks says stilettos show a vivid personality, a desire for attention, high self-confidence in terms of appearance, and capriciousness.

‘Barely There’ Sandals
-Graceful beach beauty.


-You’re probably social media savvy, with frequent updates on Facebook, Instagram, and other “platforms.”

What Men’s Shoes Say About Them

Here are a few styles of men’s shoes and what they communicate about their wearers, according to Huffington Post Style.


“This low-maintenance guy is easy going, possibly to the point where ‘chill’ becomes ‘absentminded.’ We wouldn’t be surprised if he’s always arriving to things late.”

Desert Boots

“These suede ankle boots are trendy yet understated, masculine but not aggressive. This guy is detail-oriented and not at all flashy.”


Desert boots

This guy knows style… but he might be a little high-maintenance. Those baby-smooth leather and suede shoes do require much upkeep and care, after all.

So when next you are buying your shoes, bear in mind that they tell a lot about your personality.


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