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Study Says Your Shoes Reveal a Lot About You: What Kind of Shoes Do You Usually Wear?

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Do you live in your worn-out Converse? This may reveal your age, income, sex and what kind of girlfriend or boyfriend you are, according to a new study. After reviewing photos of boots, flip-flops, lace-ups, loafers, sandals and sneakers -- the most common type of shoe submitted in the study -- people were best at figuring out a person's age, sex and income, the "Today" show reports.



"Age, gender, and income are usually pretty 'visible" characteristics [from shoes], so it's not surprising that observers picked up on them," study researcher Dr. Angela Bahns, an assistant professor of psychology at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., told "Today."

But researchers were surprised that study participants could also guess whether a person had "attachment anxiety" based on his or her footwear, meaning, how worried a person is that his or her close relationships will abandon them. How can you tell if someone is a clingy girlfriend based on what kind of sneakers she is wearing? Shoe upkeep (or lack thereof) may reveal if you are laid back or more of the nervous type. Something to keep in mind next time you polish your shoes!
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  • Daryl 2012/06/14 19:07:04
    Boots
    Daryl
    +12
    Jack boots for stomping on hippies.

    jack boots

    Just kidding...I don't stomp hippies...don't want to scuff my boots.

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  • DaughterofDarkness~a.k.a Al... 2012/06/17 14:52:52
    Sneakers
    DaughterofDarkness~a.k.a Alice~in Nyx I trust
    currently these(w/o laces): TOMS cordones black
  • Michaelene 2012/06/17 14:09:50
    Lace-ups
    Michaelene
    Before I became disabled, I was a shoe freak. Nothing more satisfying than buying and wearing a pair of hot pumps.
    I love sexy shoes!
    I always believed you can tell a lot about a person by their choice of footwear.
    sexy shoes
  • Hobo Michaelene 2012/06/17 20:42:22
    Hobo
    +1
    I Luv a Woman that carry's herself in hells, short or tall stem
  • Michaelene Hobo 2012/06/18 14:35:54
    Michaelene
    Thanks, I can remember practicing as a child in my Mom's shoes. My daughter got all of my shoes and boots, lucky girl.
    I stil go gaga over shoes I can't wear anymore :)
    sexy shoes
  • Sar-Mac... Hobo 2012/06/18 22:21:20
    Sar-Mack (Yes, i'm doing this.)
    *heels
  • runningintriangles 2012/06/17 06:12:54
    Boots
    runningintriangles
    Or heels of some sort. Sneakers rarely happen with me, unless I'm going for a run or something. And flip-flops/ANY kind of sandals don't happen unless I'm on a beach... which isn't often.

    Generally, though, it's a good pair of heels, boots (with heels) or a nice pair of flats (although, that's kind of rare... I'm not very tall).
  • Call me Mark willya? 2012/06/17 02:38:47
    Sneakers
    Call me Mark willya?
    I buy plain black leather sneakers (like referee shoes) they can be shined and look nice and even a little dressy sometimes, I do however have some Corfams that are always shiny if I really need to dress up.
  • Silent Bob 2012/06/17 01:39:37
    Sneakers
    Silent Bob
  • JessieP 2012/06/17 00:19:55
    Sneakers
    JessieP
    +2
    I always wear skateboard shoes, but sneakers are close enough. Not a skater.
  • patrona 2012/06/16 23:48:41
    Sandals
    patrona
    I love Shoes in every Color.. most are sling Backs
    Wedgies..or Saddles
  • SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin 2012/06/16 23:31:56
    Sneakers
    SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin
    +2
    mostly skateboarding shoes and chucks but nowadays everyoen wears chucks so im assuming it doesnt mean everyone is poor (Chucks used to be worn by people who didnt have alot of money, for people who didnt know)
  • Snow White's Poison 2012/06/16 22:19:18 (edited)
    Boots
    Snow White's Poison
    +2
    cowboy boots old jockey boots

    or barefoot
  • N-RagedOwner 2012/06/16 22:09:08
    Loafers
    N-RagedOwner
    Where's the option for 'other'? Anyways, I'm going to claim the wear the kind of shoes that get hot chicks to visit me and let me have my way with them. So girls, whatever kind of shoe would get you to do that, pretend that's the kind I normally wear! :D
  • Rob Williams 2012/06/16 21:06:30
    Lace-ups
    Rob Williams
    Lace up DMs for work and trainers at home!
  • Kitty Kat 'CARROT' 2012/06/16 19:35:17 (edited)
    Lace-ups
    Kitty Kat 'CARROT'
    +2
    Sneakers sneakers
  • cin 2012/06/16 19:02:23
    Sandals
    cin
    I work in converse but I love wearing pretty sandals all the time
  • Quiet-is-feared 2012/06/16 18:27:09 (edited)
    Sneakers
    Quiet-is-feared
    +1
    Skate shoes or high tops DC skate shoes
  • John Minatree Jr 2012/06/16 16:58:15
    Sneakers
    John Minatree Jr
    Addidas and Vans, all the way!
  • ♥əmma~*In Padfoot I trust*~♥ 2012/06/16 16:45:26
    Sandals
    ♥əmma~*In Padfoot I trust*~♥
    None of the above...I wear my oxfords almost every day!

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/i...
  • LaiLaiHart 2012/06/16 15:41:22
    Sneakers
    LaiLaiHart
    my sneakers reveal that i am always on the go and i dont want to be walking like i got shot in the leg because of uncomfortable shoes.
  • l 2012/06/16 14:47:02
    Flip-flops
    l
    I love flip -flop's in the summer!
  • Blonde Rebellion 2012/06/16 14:06:48
    Sneakers
    Blonde Rebellion
    It really depends..now it's too hot for sneakers so I wear flip-flops,but actually I wear all types of shoes..but I guess my favourite are my converse,since I have 4 pairs!
  • R0ckN4J35u5 2012/06/16 13:59:17
    Sneakers
    R0ckN4J35u5
    I used to wear heels everyday of my life til i was 22 and got fibromyalgia. I traded all my heels (over 50 pair) for converse!!! I dont regret it. They are hottest shoes ever!!!!
  • niki 2012/06/16 12:48:37 (edited)
    Sandals
    niki
    I practically live in them during the warm months, easy to kick off and then go "au nauturel" in the house.

    practically live warm kick au nauturwel house
  • Reach130 2012/06/16 12:44:26
    Sneakers
    Reach130
    My worn out rainbow coloured converse that I love so much... they are the coolest shoes I've ever owned (although that isn't a lot)
  • Tentimesinfinity 2012/06/16 12:26:08
    Boots
    Tentimesinfinity
    I don't wear boots, I wear what ever my mom buys for me. But I like boots.
  • beach bum 2012/06/16 12:19:12
    Sandals
    beach bum
    sandals
  • Dave 007 2012/06/16 11:50:16
    Sneakers
    Dave 007
    +1
    Sorry, I don't dress to please others. I am very comfortable in my sneakers, like it or not.
  • GoatHorns 2012/06/16 11:17:40
    Boots
    GoatHorns
    +1
    jungle boots

  • ticlo7 2012/06/16 09:33:26
    Sneakers
    ticlo7
    I only have 2 pairs of shoes that I wear; trainers and my school shoes. That's it. There are no other shoes in my cupboard. Why do people need so many, anyway?
  • dzzshadz 2012/06/16 07:47:31 (edited)
    Sneakers
    dzzshadz
    Reebok High tops till I die. Well I do like sandals to.
  • Brynn 2012/06/16 06:06:02
    Sneakers
    Brynn
    and ballerina slippers when i feel kinda dressy.

    ballerina slippers fashion
  • Jackie 2012/06/16 05:08:46
    Sandals
    Jackie
    I hate to lace up shoes. The closest I get to sneakers are the slip-on athletic shoes.
  • samantha363610 2012/06/16 04:54:32
    Sneakers
    samantha363610
    +1
    Love my converse! Wear em everywhere(even homecoming)
  • R0ckN4J... samanth... 2012/06/16 13:53:48
    R0ckN4J35u5
    I rock mine with my dresses at church! And i even get compliments from older people on how cute the outfits turn out!
  • Noobcake 2012/06/16 04:35:18
    Lace-ups
    Noobcake
    These options are woefully inadequate... Ballet flats? Heels? Platforms? Wedges?

    For the record, I wear ballet flats (or similar) mostly.
  • TorchwoodTrinity 2012/06/16 03:44:54
    Boots
    TorchwoodTrinity
    ...........
  • DizziNY 2012/06/16 03:41:39
    Sneakers
    DizziNY
    Flip/flops/sandals are second.
  • Autumn 2012/06/16 02:56:28
    Boots
    Autumn
    +1
    Where's the ballet flats option...?
  • Steven Carr 2012/06/16 02:44:56
    Sneakers
    Steven Carr
    +1
    love my sneakers.

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