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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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  • Cinna 2012/06/15 03:03:56
    Sneakers
    Cinna
    Converse mostly every day.
  • I AM A TROUBLEMAKER 2012/06/15 02:57:49
    Sneakers
    I AM A TROUBLEMAKER
    always best option
  • S and S 2012/06/15 02:50:23
  • The Inc... S and S 2012/06/15 05:41:03
    The Incurable Pessimist
    That last part was unnecessary and sorely unfunny, old geezer.
  • dae The Inc... 2012/06/15 17:08:55
    dae
    Can't disagree with that one
  • PhantomDream 2012/06/15 02:42:37
    Boots
    PhantomDream
    Anything with a high heel.
  • rawrimamoocow 2012/06/15 02:35:36
    Sneakers
    rawrimamoocow
    Cobverse and combat boots
  • Shelle Rodriguez 2012/06/15 02:34:07
    Sneakers
    Shelle Rodriguez
    Comfort is best.
  • GaolBlaze 2012/06/15 02:33:44
    Sneakers
    GaolBlaze
    My runners are in BITS :L My mam's forever getting at me to do something to them, but I love them like that :D Suppose that makes me... Nope, not even bothered, I just like comfy shoes :L
  • PsychoG 2012/06/15 02:18:13
    Sneakers
    PsychoG
    Converse and Vans.
  • lorenab. 2012/06/15 02:18:05
    Flip-flops
    lorenab.
    well, really i more wear wedges the most or heels... but when i not wearing those... im in some flip flops!!:D they are so comfy!:D
  • skyebrand 2012/06/15 02:17:40
    Boots
    skyebrand
    Boots in winter, sandals or things in summer...
  • skyebrand skyebrand 2012/06/15 02:18:36
    skyebrand
    Thongs...not things...I think you guys call them flip flops...
  • Crime Time 2012/06/15 02:14:02
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/06/15 02:11:20
    Sneakers
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    Ugly black ones for work, running shoes and flip flops the rest of the time.
  • BloodlessVeins 2012/06/15 02:11:19
    Boots
    BloodlessVeins
    Out of those choices. My shoes look like this: https://www.starletsandharlet...
    Aren't they awesome! They are so awesome!
  • ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂ 2012/06/15 02:09:16 (edited)
    Boots
    ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂
    what does this explain ?
    explain
  • lorenab. ☂cinder... 2012/06/15 02:26:02
    lorenab.
    +3
    you have no fashion sense!!:D haha kidding.... but a lot of guys find Uggs a turn-off!! just sayin!:)
  • ☂cinder... lorenab. 2012/06/15 02:41:45
    ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂
    +1
    i know justin bieber doesnt but thats not the kind of guy im scoreing for
  • papalii... ☂cinder... 2012/06/15 03:14:46
    papaliineparoteriaallymariacherishrynesauavila
    all about the warmth of your poor toes lol
  • ☂cinder... papalii... 2012/06/15 03:22:45
    ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂
    +1
    yes yes it is
  • The Inc... papalii... 2012/06/15 06:00:54
    The Incurable Pessimist
    +1
    Your name sounds like the beginnings of a butterfly.
  • OhaiDevi =) 2012/06/15 02:08:35
    Sneakers
    OhaiDevi =)
    +1
    I wear these more than anything. :3 adidas soccer cleats
  • being me 2012/06/15 02:04:07
    Sandals
    being me
    Sandals, wedges, high heels. whatever I feel like wearing at the time.
  • Angelic Kitty 2012/06/15 02:01:48
    Sandals
    Angelic Kitty
    +5
    had to pick something but these are what I really wear.

    fairy kei shoes
    angelic pretty shoes
    angelic pretty shoes
  • ☂cinder... Angelic... 2012/06/15 02:15:26
    ☂cinderella.dress.in.yellow☂
    your colorful
    and out the box
  • the Sup... Angelic... 2012/06/15 03:06:58
    the Supreme
    those pink boots are 2 cute!
  • spencerc143 2012/06/15 02:01:42
    Flip-flops
    spencerc143
    Too bad toms isnt up there
  • StarryNights17 2012/06/15 01:49:06
    Sneakers
    StarryNights17
    Converse and combat boots.
  • nenenae 2012/06/15 01:42:58
    Sneakers
    nenenae
    Nike
  • whispering hands 2012/06/15 01:23:53
    Boots
    whispering hands
    +3
    Dr. Martens. I want some white ones, but they are quite expensive.
    dr martens
  • ♣♦poƃ ƃuıןıɯs ǝɥʇe♥♠ 2012/06/15 01:20:02 (edited)
    Sneakers
    ♣♦poƃ ƃuıןıɯs ǝɥʇe♥♠
  • MayaAngelou0524 2012/06/15 01:18:50
    Loafers
    MayaAngelou0524
    +1
    Like flats. I LOVE my flats!!! Every now and then if I have to I'll wear wedges or tennis shoes, but that's only on certain occasions. FLATS FLATS FLATS!!!
  • TikkiPurdy 2012/06/15 01:10:29
    Sneakers
    TikkiPurdy
    +1
    Mainly Converse and Nike converse
    nike sneakers
  • Tara 2012/06/15 01:09:48
    Sneakers
    Tara
    Casual, comfortable, versatile, all-season...how can I not prefer sneakers? I have other shoes for other occasions (trail runners and hiking boots, which I use exclusively on rugged terrain; and of course dress shoes, sandals and kitchen shoes for work), but on an average day I prefer my default sneakers. I had a pair of Converse One Stars that I almost wore a hole in before I replaced them with as similar a shoe as I could afford.
  • JohnT 2012/06/15 01:08:10
    Sneakers
    JohnT
    It is required when your retired.
  • Ron 2012/06/15 00:58:35
    Flip-flops
    Ron
    +1
    My footwear is not on the list.. I usually wear moccasins .. I have severe chronic pain and moc's are about the only thing I can wear or that will fit since they will stretch and some are made extra wide anyway.. Other than that I wear flip flops if I can find any that will fit (when you wear an EEEEE it's not that easy) or sneakers (again if I can get any that will fit.

    moccasins
  • phil white 2012/06/15 00:58:12
    Loafers
    phil white
    At home I wear a left and a right. If I'm out they usually match.
  • Alexis82 2012/06/15 00:53:40
    Sneakers
    Alexis82
    K-swiss
  • SlaveWaterNymph 2012/06/15 00:46:08
    Flip-flops
    SlaveWaterNymph
    +1
    but i love wearing my flats/ballet(i call them that) a lot more than flip flops.

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