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

Living 2012/06/14 17:00:00
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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
    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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  • rockyjr5 2012/06/15 00:45:10
    That study is wrong, all that it does is shows people what type of shoes you like to wear. Only personally makes us who we are, not clothes, and differently not shoes, that's the mistake a lot of people makes. Most people goes out their away to be someone that they're not just to get someone's attention, it's studies like this that makes people criticize people for being different.
  • GLaDOS 2012/06/15 00:43:11
    Or boots, when I have them.

    As far as attachment anxiety, I have a bit of that, but my shoes aren't necessarily high-maintenance. I just have a fear of abandonment from... well... actually being abandoned by those close to me... repeatedly.
  • Mini Twuby 2012/06/15 00:25:43
    Mini Twuby
    Like those but I also wear these a lot orange converse
  • BackWoodsMike 2012/06/14 23:57:00
    These ones to be exact...


    Do they say “allot” about me? ;')
  • mklprc 2012/06/14 23:49:27
    Boots all winter (and occasionally regular shoes), and sandals when the weather is nice. I don't like sneakers much. American Eagle, Chaco, Predictions, Montego Bay and other Chinese cheapies from Payless Shoes.
  • Raphy 2012/06/14 23:47:29
    Really mainly boat shoes. I work in them. An do about everything else in them.
  • Clarissa 2012/06/14 23:42:18
    Why are heels not an option?
  • MorganRae Clarissa 2012/06/15 15:49:02
    The shoe choices here are slim and confusing!
  • Surgeon ~The Egalitarianist~ 2012/06/14 23:38:40
    Surgeon ~The Egalitarianist~
    These to be exact, and I love them! They're so comfortable and I got them for so cheap even though they normally cost so much! But they're so functional, despite being more of a"fashion" type shoe.

    exact love comfortable cheap cost functional afashion type shoe

    exact love comfortable cheap cost functional afashion type shoe

    Other than those I wear my Converse in the summer time usually. The boots I tend to wear the rest of the time, but sometimes I wear those in the summer too. Depends on if I'm willing to put on knee-high socks or not.
  • Mellow 2012/06/14 23:33:59
    Or china flats.
  • Always 2012/06/14 23:26:59
    I wear running shoes everywhere. running shoes
  • tywon.smith 2012/06/14 23:21:07
    I work all the time so its workboots.
  • jc 2012/06/14 23:20:13
    Combat boots. Altima boots
  • Lady Gothika 2012/06/14 23:18:11
    Lady Gothika
    furry gothic boots //_^
  • annadaniarndt 2012/06/14 23:08:39
    Practically year-round. Heck yeah. (:
  • Diamond Girl 2012/06/14 22:58:34
  • Rude I3... Diamond... 2012/06/15 03:08:21
    Rude I3itch
    I want the ones wiht the shells on them!!!!!
  • Diamond... Rude I3... 2012/06/15 10:11:24
  • Rude I3... Diamond... 2012/06/15 17:07:57
    Rude I3itch
    theyre just gorgeous I love the ocean so those would go great with whatever I wear. Be careful there are crazy feminist on here that will think you're shallow and stupid for enjoying sexy heels lol
  • Diamond... Rude I3... 2012/06/15 22:21:11
  • Rude I3... Diamond... 2012/06/15 23:02:51
    Rude I3itch
    I know haha i guess some women rather than take care of themselves would rather lower ones that do just so they feel good about themselves
  • Diamond... Rude I3... 2012/06/15 23:05:41
  • Rude I3... Diamond... 2012/06/15 23:09:09
    Rude I3itch
    i know i get called the dumb blonde stereotype... why am i a dumb blonde oh because i enjoy sexy shoes... she said i belittle womens rights by being shallow. That right there is the problem men have with feminism its the problem pretty women have with it too. equal rights for all is wonderful but male bashing is getting them nowhere and niether is telling anyone else how to live or look i told that chick off and when she couldnt think of anything to prove im wrong for feeling how i feel she deleted the whole conversation lol
  • Diamond... Rude I3... 2012/06/16 18:07:33
  • Rude I3... Diamond... 2012/06/16 18:40:48
    Rude I3itch
    fashion is one thing thats supposed to bring all women together i mean there was a time whn men pickes out what we wear you think theyd be applauding our independance and free will
  • Cellar Door 2012/06/14 22:48:40
    Cellar Door
    why boots of course
    what else would i wear on our little judgement day

     dylan klebold gif
  • Cellar ... Cellar ... 2012/06/14 22:50:08 (edited)
    Cellar Door
    But in all seriousness during the summer I wear mostly thick flip flops, or else I just wear really worn out, torn up, light blue Converse or combat boots. I really hate getting new shoes okay
  • Skywalker 2012/06/14 22:46:03
    I swing the Old Converse way ;) old converse
  • twocrows 2012/06/14 22:45:56
    I REALLY needed a 'none of the above' category here - - since I make my own:
    winnebago cuff up
    salish boots
    summer shoes
  • Don Leuty 2012/06/14 22:45:36
    Don Leuty
    Crocs, actually.
  • Jessica 2012/06/14 22:37:34 (edited)
    Sneakers/converse outside of the house, flats inside the house.
  • Noodle :3 2012/06/14 22:35:18
    Noodle :3
    Converse, Vans all the way
  • ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪ 2012/06/14 22:33:24
    ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪
    this is weird but....I really do live in my worn out converse! I have a pair in almost every color lol
  • CTF 2012/06/14 22:28:54
    Truthfully, my choice of shoe depends on the occasion. But I disagree with the assertion that shoe type has anything to do with income, other than those who wear torn up shoes until their feet touch the pavement because they can't afford new shoes.

    I wear loafers when I need to dress for the occasion, I wear boots when I'm meeting on a jobsite, I wear flip flops at the beach (which is rare for me), but in my free time, I prefer sneakers for comfort.
  • rightside 2012/06/14 22:25:29
    Athletic shoes for the most part, but in the summer, I usually wear my flip flops.
  • Aperson 2012/06/14 22:21:35
    I prefer sandals or Mary Janes.
  • NinjaRebecca 2012/06/14 22:13:39
    Sandals or flats
  • xavier 2012/06/14 22:13:07
    Boots or sneakers
  • hawk Semper Fi 2012/06/14 22:11:32
    hawk Semper Fi
    90% of the time
     westen boots

    Semper Fi
  • TheXIVthNobody 2012/06/14 21:55:53

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