What Do Your Shoes Say About You? 9 Personality Traits They Reveal

We’ve always known that shoes say a lot about a person, but researchers at the University of Kansas made it official in 2012. Yes, you can judge a person by their shoes.

In the study, participants were shown images of complete strangers’ shoes and were asked to guess the wearer’s age, gender, income, political views, social status, and other important personality traits. They were able to correctly guess an astounding 90% of the wearer’s characteristics and all that was based just on that person’s footwear!

We knew shoes mattered in making a good first impression but we didn’t know it mattered that much. So whether it be sexy red-bottom stilettos, hot sock boots, or classic nude pumps you love wearing, read on to find out what your favorite pair reveals to other people about you.

1. Expensive shoes equal a high-income earner.

Let’s start with the obvious: pricey shoes belong to people who earn high incomes.

As one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities, Jennifer Lawrence’s tootsies on the red carpet are wrapped not only in expensive designer shoe labels but also in the newest styles. It’s only top brands like Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, and Roger Vivier for Forbes’ highest-paid actress of 2015 and 2016.

Jennifer Lawrence, one of Hollywood's highest paid actresses, in Christian Louboutin "Girlsbestfriend" heels at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016 held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on February 28, 2016.Jennifer Lawrence, one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses, in Christian Louboutin “Girlsbestfriend” heels at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2016 held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on February 28, 2016.

2. Flashy footwear show that the wearer is an extrovert.

Another obvious clue is showy, bright-colored shoes mean that the wearer is an extrovert.

Nicki Minaj, who has gone back to her outlandish way of dressing, makes it evident that she’s an outgoing person from head to toe. Even during the time when she adapted a tamed-down style, Nicki still preferred to wear some pretty flashy shoes.

Nicki Minaj in orange-and-pink Christian Louboutin "Lolacrampon" booties at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on August 27, 2017.Nicki Minaj in orange-and-pink Christian Louboutin “Lolacrampon” booties at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on August 27, 2017.

3. Practical shoes mean the person is agreeable.

Not surprisingly, practical shoes reveal that the wearer is an agreeable person.

Say what you want about Taylor Swift’s love life, but she is constantly named as the most charitable and most generous celebrity. The 27-year-old singer’s love for her fans is well-known and so is her strong work ethic. When she’s not performing her heart out on stage or slaying it on the red carpet, Taylor switches out the killer heels for sensible flats and comfy sneakers during her down time.

Taylor Swift in sensible Gucci "Brixton" loafers while leaving her Tribeca apartment in New York City on September 28, 2016.Taylor Swift in sensible Gucci “Brixton” loafers while leaving her Tribeca apartment in New York City on September 28, 2016.

4. Old but well-kept shoes belong to a conscientious type of person.

Shoes that are not new but look well-cared-for belong to conscientious people. These people’s dedication to doing their duty well must extend to how they meticulously take care of their footwear.

Kate Middleton is the perfect example of this as she is always seen repeating the same shoes over and over again. The Duchess of Cambridge must’ve been spotted  in her favorite L.K. Bennett “Fern” pumps over a dozen times now, but the nude-colored courts look as clean and as tidy as the first few times she wore them in 2016.

Kate Middleton wearing her favorite nude L.K. Bennett "Fern" pumps during a visit to The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London, England, on August 30, 2017.Kate Middleton wearing her favorite nude L.K. Bennett “Fern” pumps during a visit to The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London, England, on August 30, 2017.

5.  Shabby shoes reveal a liberal thinker.

Shabby-looking and inexpensive shoes, such as flip-flops and scuffed-up sneakers, give away a liberal-thinking wearer.

Right around the time Miley Cyrus released her ‘Bangerz’ album was also the time she began dressing as what she herself described as a “dirty hippie.” She posted Instagram pics of herself smoking weed, grew out her armpit hair, and was often seen in scruffy sneakers and flip-flops even for a romantic date with Liam Hemsworth. Miley may be religious, but the “Party in the USA” singer is very vocal about gay marriage, LGBQT rights, and environmental issues.

Miley Cyrus wearing dirty sneakers and flip-flops.Miley Cyrus wearing scruffy Chuck Taylors with the laces untied while shopping at Chanel on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, on April 21, 2015; Wearing dirty men’s Nike trainers while out and about in Malibu, California, on April 30, 2015; Wearing Adidas “Adilette Trefoil” slides for a date with beau, Liam Hemsworth, at Soho House in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in New York City on June 15, 2016.

6. Ankle boots? These belong to an aggressive person.

Apparently, ankle boots mean that the wearer is an aggressive person. Can you imagine charismatic Gigi Hadid and sultry Bella Hadid as aggressive people? The two sisters made ankle boots their go-to shoes this season and are practically solely responsible for making ankle boots a huge trend this year.

Sisters Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid in ankle boots.Gigi Hadid wearing Stella Luna “Zipper 50” zip-up ankle boots as she returns to her apartment in New York City on July 26, 2017; Bella Hadid in Stuart Weitzman “Cling” booties while out and about during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 in Milan, Italy, on September 23, 2017.

7. Uncomfortable shoes are chosen by someone with a calm personality.

The biggest revelation from the study is that uncomfortable-looking shoes are worn by people with calm personalities. It’s kind of astonishing to think that Lady Gaga, with her love for ridiculously high heels and exaggerated platforms, is actually pretty zen.

Lady Gaga wearing Long Tran "Longnecker" boots for her appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York City on April 2, 2014.Lady Gaga wearing Long Tran “Longnecker” boots for her appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on April 2, 2014.

8. Someone who prefers to wear new shoes is said to have attachment anxiety.

People who are most worried about their relationships and are said to have “attachment anxiety” prefer to wear brand-new shoes. The researchers say that “this may be because they worry so much about their appearance and what others may think of them.”

Is this why “Sex and the City”‘s shoe-loving Carrie Bradshaw had so many relationship problems?

Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw wearing Christian Loboutin "Pigalle" gold strass pumps while filming "Sex and The City 2" in Manhattan, New York, on September 1, 2009.Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw wearing Christian Loboutin “Pigalle” gold strass pumps while filming “Sex and The City 2” in Manhattan, New York, on September 1, 2009.

9. Boring shoes reveal someone who is aloof and repressive.

Finally, boring shoes reveal that the wearer is someone who finds it hard to form relationships. This was the one trait participants in the study were not able to guess correctly out of the 90% they were able to judge.

Boring-shoe-wearers described themselves as “aloof” and “repressive”. They don’t care what other people think of them so they don’t feel the need to stand out appearance-wise.

Do you think Angelina Jolie’s boring shoes are a sign that she’s aloof and repressive?

Angelina Jolie in boring shoes.Angelina Jolie at the “Unbroken premiere” held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, England, on November 25, 2014; at the world premiere of “Kung Fu Panda 3” held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on January 16, 2016; at the “The Breadwinner” premiere in Hollywood, California, on October 20, 2017.

Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / FayesVision / Joe / John Rainford / Michael Carpenter / TNYF / WENN

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