Experiment for you: Look down at your shoes
How are you ….
What were you wearing, sandals? Shiny, well-polished shoes? High heels? Nice shoes but a little scuffed around the edges?
Well, whatever your choices, this experiment shows that you really can judge a person by their shoes … and you do not need to see anything else to do so.
Psychologists from the University of Kansas found that the style, value, color and condition of the footwear can paint a picture of the owner’s emotional, political and other vital personality traits.
It is such a giveaway that in the tests, observers who were shown a picture of a pair of shoes were able to guess a person’s characteristics at better-than-chance levels on 45 percent of the dimensions that were measured.
63 students looked at photographs showing 208 different pairs of shoes belonging to volunteers in the experiment.
Each of the volunteers filled in a personality questionnaire and each was told to provide their most commonly worn shoes for the experiment.
The observers were asked to look at each pair and guess the gender, age and social status of the owner, researchers reported to the Journal of Research in Personality.
This including whether the owner was an extrovert or introvert, liberal leaning or conservative, their emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness.