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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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  • Null_Shock 2012/06/15 16:55:20
    Boots
    Null_Shock
    since i was in the army, I've just preferred boots. (black steel toe)
  • XCloudPandaX 2012/06/15 16:52:14
    Sneakers
    XCloudPandaX
  • Autty 2012/06/15 16:50:15
    Sneakers
    Autty
    +3
    Converse all the way. I have so many pairs of converse my closet is full of them I have like every color and I have super hero ones my friends think I have a problem.....I wore them to homecoming
  • taratot 2012/06/15 16:42:17
    Sandals
    taratot
    +1
    My Toms or my Chaco's :-)
  • krunchatize~me 2012/06/15 16:38:55
    Sneakers
    krunchatize~me
    +3
    I actually wear my TOMS most of the time, or my Converse TOMS Converse
  • angel face 2012/06/15 16:20:28
    Sandals
    angel face
    +1
    I wear sandals, flip flops, and heels. I only wear shoes when I'm working out
  • santa6642 2012/06/15 16:17:45
    Sneakers
    santa6642
    Only the best.
  • Xitlalilolly 2012/06/15 16:11:22
    Sneakers
    Xitlalilolly
    +1
    and sometimes flipflops but most of the time sneakers, like converser or DC's. their sooo comfortable!
  • gwen.collignon 2012/06/15 16:10:30
    Sneakers
    gwen.collignon
    Sneakers ^^
  • Mud 2012/06/15 16:10:09
    Sneakers
    Mud
    Love my brooks cascadia 6's, also like to rock those dc slippers, mine are Blue plaid :)
  • Matt Forrester 2012/06/15 16:09:43
    Sneakers
    Matt Forrester
    Once again, where is the "other" or "these" selection amidst the crappy choices that were given?!
  • Justin Smith 2012/06/15 16:09:39
  • poprocksandcoke15 2012/06/15 16:06:11
    Sneakers
    poprocksandcoke15
    +1
    Skate shoes and converse ;)
  • Erin Ward Valdez 2012/06/15 16:04:24
    Sneakers
    Erin Ward Valdez
    +1
    Converse or skate shoes
  • lovelygoddess101 2012/06/15 16:01:20
    Sneakers
    lovelygoddess101
    Converse, vans (slip ons), and the occasional flip flops ^_^ Mostly converse though. They're just too dang comfortable.
  • JessicaBennett 2012/06/15 15:56:53
    Sneakers
    JessicaBennett
    +1
    I live on Vans and Converse!
  • Night 2012/06/15 15:47:55
    Flip-flops
    Night
    +1
    Everyday.
  • Saye Saye Night 2012/06/15 16:58:20
    Saye Saye
    +1
    must live in the South.
  • Night Saye Saye 2012/06/15 17:06:17
    Night
    +1
    Southern California to be precise.
  • Aingean 2012/06/15 15:33:40
    Sandals
    Aingean
    I guess flats fall into this category more then the others.I don't like wearing tennies they are to heavy most of the time and as much as I like heels chasing a toddler in them just asks for a sprained or twisted ankle.
  • gocar 2012/06/15 15:33:24
    Sandals
    gocar
    +2
    Sneakers are often just too hot and make your feet sweat. However, comfort comes before all else. Pity poor women who are pushed by fashion into crippling styles that are also dangerous. Nothing looks more phony that a lady tottering along on stilts.
  • 001 2012/06/15 15:28:25
    Sneakers
    001
    And flip-flops and boots as well.
  • Rebecca 2012/06/15 15:18:06
    Sneakers
    Rebecca
    +3
    skater shoes, converses and toms!
  • Thomas Wasserberg 2012/06/15 15:18:01
    Lace-ups
    Thomas Wasserberg
    ... as it should be for a gentleman...
  • allison west 2012/06/15 15:16:37
    Sandals
    allison west
    +1
    In the summer , I like to wear my Jordan Sandals . I get a new pair every year . But in the course of winter and fall , I'll wear my converse . I have several pairs ! (:
  • helli.candy 2012/06/15 15:16:31
    Sneakers
    helli.candy
    +2
    converse i `ve got 24 and i love them they are the best shoes ever!!!!
    my favourite-> chucks batman
  • Batwoman helli.c... 2012/06/15 15:36:32 (edited)
    Batwoman
    Do you know where you can get these lovely, lovely shoes? 0=
  • helli.c... Batwoman 2012/06/15 15:48:02
  • Batwoman helli.c... 2012/06/19 04:18:49
    Batwoman
    Thank you.
  • Little Miss Monster 2012/06/15 15:07:04
    Sneakers
    Little Miss Monster
    Sneakers (and by sneakers, I mean Converse) or Boots are my most common footwear choices. I wouldn't change them for the world, they're my favorite.
  • JakeJ277 2012/06/15 14:56:52
    Boots
    JakeJ277
    Good for all occaisions....as long as you don't want to wear shorts :)

    occaisions wear shorts
  • rugrat1411 JakeJ277 2012/06/15 15:17:59
    rugrat1411
    +3
    You must not be from the south, the guys here even wore them on their Sr. trip to Cancun Mexico on the beach. Wish I could post the pics, lol
  • Cowgirl JakeJ277 2012/06/15 15:30:13
    Cowgirl
    +1
    Yes they are
  • kruncha... JakeJ277 2012/06/15 16:40:31
    krunchatize~me
    +1
    Uhm, in good ol' Missouri, girls wear cowboy boots and booty shorts, it's freaking gross.
  • Ally Ki... JakeJ277 2012/06/15 17:22:50
    Ally Kilgore
    +1
    I wear my boots all the time too. I'm at the beach for a month and even when I go out down here I wear boots.
  • JakeJ277 Ally Ki... 2012/06/15 17:25:07
    JakeJ277
    That's fantastic. Hey I'm all about it but most people around Indiana don't combine the two. Too bad for us.
  • SiliconSorcerer 2012/06/15 14:51:26
    Sneakers
    SiliconSorcerer
    Live in asics, new pair every 3 months or so ($ ouch) but I wear them out running, which get's passed to my walking/daily wear, which goes to my mowing the yard. They look new before turning green but the bottoms are gone! Almost $600 a year for sneakers a bit crazy but what choice is there.
  • kthulhu 2012/06/15 14:51:12
    Flip-flops
    kthulhu
    +2
    i wear my running shoes for working out and for work (machine shop, it's required), but i much prefer flip flops.
  • RicksterBear 2012/06/15 14:48:07
    Sneakers
    RicksterBear
    I'm a sneakers kinda guy. Converse (which i'm wearing right now), Vans, Adidas, Pumas.
  • Tiffany 2012/06/15 14:44:35
    Sandals
    Tiffany
    But never thong sandals. Those things kill my feet. I love the Earth Shoes brand for sandals.

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