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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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  • BrianD3 2012/06/14 17:23:39
    Loafers
    BrianD3
    +2
    Loafers/ deck-shoes when I have to....bare feet when I can get away with it!!

    bare feet
  • Vision of Verve 2012/06/14 17:23:36
  • BrianD3 Vision ... 2012/06/14 17:24:26
    BrianD3
    another one, cool! tehy should have had a barerfoot choice
  • Vijay Pawar 2012/06/14 17:21:51
    Lace-ups
    Vijay Pawar
    +1
    Normally I wear my footwear as time requires, when formal it is lace-up, sandals, and so on.
  • Shawna 2012/06/14 17:21:09
    Boots
    Shawna
    +2
    Sandals in summer, cooler wetter weather it is boots or some type of slip on hard shoe with a bit of a heel. I don't wear sneakers very often.
  • PsychoxAngel 2012/06/14 17:20:21
    Sneakers
    PsychoxAngel
    +2
    anything that dosn't hurt my feet
  • Sarah Alexander 2012/06/14 17:17:49
    Sandals
    Sarah Alexander
    +1
    I kind of had to go with sandals, I only wear heels and in the summer they are, for the most part (except in lab and certain events), open toed.
    Not the kind of girl who leaves the house in flats.. or owns a pair other than for the gym.
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/06/14 17:13:29
    Sandals
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    Sandals when the ground's clear, boots when there's snow.
    Seriously, I spend my summer in Birkenstocks and my winter in Doc Martens... I have some nice heels and flats for special occasions and the like, but I love my Birks and Docs. doc martens pink flower papillo green birkenstocks
  • Mrs. Kathy Arch 2012/06/14 17:13:18
    Sandals
    Mrs. Kathy Arch
    +1
    or ballet flats
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/14 17:12:08
    Sneakers
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    also Sketchers Casuals Sketchers Casuals
  • ashdragon88 2012/06/14 17:11:43
    Sneakers
    ashdragon88
    +1
    actually im about 50/50 sneakers and boots
  • Jack's Pearl 2012/06/14 17:08:23
    Sandals
    Jack's Pearl
    +2
    leather sandals.
  • Jack's ... Jack's ... 2012/06/14 17:19:21
    Jack's Pearl
    +2
    BTW...what does this mean? What kind of person do you presume I am because of that?
  • Linkums 2012/06/14 17:08:02
    Sneakers
    Linkums
    +1
    Specifically, these:
    new balance slip on shoes brown
  • A 2012/06/14 17:05:11
    Flip-flops
    A
    +1
    They're easy and keep me cool.

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