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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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  • 1wickedwitch 2012/06/15 21:03:53
    Boots
    1wickedwitch
    Dr martens & chucks
  • Kriztina Espinosa 2012/06/15 20:27:38
    Sneakers
    Kriztina Espinosa
    A dirty, bit worn out converse are ideal
  • MrsJWitzigreuter 2012/06/15 20:24:28
    Sneakers
    MrsJWitzigreuter
    I love my Vans and Converse.
  • AskZilla 2012/06/15 20:16:17
    Loafers
    AskZilla
    Wow, I must be really messed up, cause I wear all of those with the exception of lace-ups. I only wear loafers a lot cause I work a lot. But I have boots for hiking, sandals for beach, flip flops for beach and gym, lace ups? What are lace ups? And sneakers? Gotta have those, they're so comfortable. Love my Vans. I don't see a running how category. I wear those at the gym and to hike or take walks.
  • daisym0m 2012/06/15 20:16:10
    Sneakers
    daisym0m
    Blue high-top converse
  • Whatsername 2012/06/15 19:55:05
    Sneakers
    Whatsername
  • MorbidCynic 2012/06/15 19:51:02 (edited)
    Loafers
    MorbidCynic
    What does picking this choice that say about me?
  • caius madison 2012/06/15 19:50:32
    Sneakers
    caius madison
    I really love my leather Chuck Taylor's, but I also enjoy Rockport anything.
  • JayRevolution 2012/06/15 19:38:22
    Sneakers
    JayRevolution
    +1
    A pair of black chucks. If it were possible, I'd marry them.
    black chucks
  • collie 2012/06/15 19:34:57
    Sneakers
    collie
    I don't skate, at all, yet I simply LIVE in my DC's and Odessa's!!!!
  • rhirhi 2012/06/15 19:32:28
    Sandals
    rhirhi
    I wear heels, flats, sandals, convers.
  • jamiecooper187 2012/06/15 19:29:15
    Sneakers
    jamiecooper187
    I wear em all including vans, vision street wear, converse john varvatos all stars, various boots, flip flops, lace up and/or slip on, and even zip up
  • blumunofky 2012/06/15 19:23:57
    Sneakers
    blumunofky
    B'ar-footed! (Y'all don't have to be from Kentucy, but it helps.)
  • Melicious Kiss of PHAET 2012/06/15 19:16:10
    Sandals
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    I wear sandals or flip flops in the summer, boots in the winter, sneakers when working out, heels when dressing up.

    heeled sandals
    sexy boots
    nike shoes
    heels
  • Cole Vega Melicio... 2012/06/15 23:56:34
    Cole Vega
    +1
    LOVE THESE TAN LACE-UP HEELS!!!!!!! I need a pair, know where I can find one?
  • Melicio... Cole Vega 2012/06/16 00:40:51
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    Kenneth Cole I think.
  • anna.stinson.39 2012/06/15 19:15:26
    Sneakers
    anna.stinson.39
    I love my tennis shoes!
  • May 2012/06/15 19:14:59
    Flip-flops
    May
    To me, sandals and flip flops are the same thing. Some are fancier than the others but they both are too similar to be a separate item. Some of my so called flip flops are very fancy with rhinestones on them. I love wearing them and hold out till it is just too cold to wear them and I start when it is probably still to cold to start wearing them. My toes love to be free and my daughter does an awesome job of painting my toe nails!
  • Gahnzo 2012/06/15 19:05:07
    Sneakers
    Gahnzo
    any chance I get, hate having to wear "shoes".... I prefer comfy over style.
  • Nabael 2012/06/15 18:57:46
    Boots
    Nabael
    +2
    I love steel toed boots, makes removing idiots from your path quite a bit easier:
    Kicking a person
  • Kitsune Touhou 2012/06/15 18:50:15
    Sneakers
    Kitsune Touhou
    Mostly high top Converse, but I do wear combat boots too.

    red converse
    combat boots
  • Apache 2012/06/15 18:41:55 (edited)
  • bettyboop 2012/06/15 18:33:48
    Flip-flops
    bettyboop
    Flip-flops in summer, crocs in winter.....now if I am going to town or fixing to walk the dog I will put on sneakers
    flip flops
    crocs
    http://www.starstyleinc.com/s...
  • MaiaHunter 2012/06/15 18:31:20
    Sneakers
    MaiaHunter
    +1
    I usually am wearing all-black Converse hightops. One shoe has green laces, the other has black. It's one of my little things about me, I guess.
  • rcardon 2012/06/15 18:26:08
    Boots
    rcardon
    I just prefer the look and feel of boots, not to mention the ease of putting them on and taking them off.
  • FatherLiberty 2012/06/15 18:11:35
    Lace-ups
    FatherLiberty
    I work full time, so I usually wear something like this...


    dress shoes
  • elisa 2012/06/15 18:09:37
    Sneakers
    elisa
    i love the shoes
  • Naked 2012/06/15 18:08:52
    Sneakers
    Naked
  • MaiaHunter Naked 2012/06/15 18:29:06
    MaiaHunter
    I'm wearing te second shoe right now! xD
  • Katie Ayers 2012/06/15 18:00:36
    Flip-flops
    Katie Ayers
    All the time
  • ButterbeerMe 2012/06/15 17:51:59
    Flip-flops
    ButterbeerMe
    Flip-flops, work boots, sneakers, cleats, heels, loafers.
  • Wretha S 2012/06/15 17:49:32
    Boots
    Wretha S
    I wear linesman's boots that have been cut short to be more like hiking boots. They are the only footwear that has held up for me, I live on a mountain side and have to hike up and down to get to my car and back, you wouldn't believe how many shoes and boots I wore out before getting these. :)

    boots

    Wretha
  • Lady Katze 2012/06/15 17:46:46
    Sneakers
    Lady Katze
    Chucks. Combat boots. Sandals. Flip flops.
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/06/15 17:44:52
    Boots
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    +1
    I wear boots, but since I have pins in the right ankle they rub and it hurts. Merrell hiking shoes most of the time. They are a better fit than sneakers, and last longer than Nikes. http://www.rei.com/skuimage/7... Merrell hicking shoes Merrell hicking shoes
  • Apache BIG BAD... 2012/06/15 18:46:34
  • Melissa! 2012/06/15 17:39:41
    Flip-flops
    Melissa!
    And my Toms
  • Willie 2012/06/15 17:24:15
    Sandals
    Willie
    +2
    I think my footwear choice reflects that I live in Arizona.
  • SamTheSlayer [Codename: Duc... 2012/06/15 17:05:33
    Sneakers
    SamTheSlayer [Codename: Duchess]
    +1
    I usually wear my white converse which I've decorated with Avengers drawings.
    I'm not a big shoe girl, but I love boots and comfy sneakers.
  • Hope 2012/06/15 16:58:10
    Sneakers
    Hope
    +2
    I always wear vans vans
  • Saye Saye 2012/06/15 16:57:26
    Sandals
    Saye Saye
    Hey dude & dudettes...it's summer in "Jawga" Who wears anyting else from March until November?

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