Wearing Flip-Flops? You Must Be a Liberal

Study finds most people can guess your personality traits by your shoes

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

So maybe you can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can tell a lot about people by the looks of their shoes.

MedicalDaily.com reports a study out of the University of Kansas finds that participants were able to correctly guess a shoe owner’s personality traits (think income, age, political stance, agreeability) 90 percent of the time based on the color, cost, style and condition of that person’s shoe.

“Expensive shoes belonged to high earners, flashy and colorful footwear belonged to extroverts, and shoes that were not new but appeared to be spotless belonged to conscientious types,” according to the website, which adds that ankle boots point toward aggressiveness, flip-flops are preferred by liberals, practical shoes are usually worn by agreeable folks, and uncomfortable-looking shoes are chosen by calm personalities.

OK, next time we’re feeling surly, we’re summoning our inner calm by slipping on those five-inch stilettos we haven’t been brave enough to wear out. We knew they’d come in handy at some point.

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First Published Tue, 2012-06-12 23:22

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