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A quick experiment for you: Look down at your shoes right now. 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, colour 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 guessed around 90 per cent of the wearer's personal characteristics.
The team reported: 'Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers. 'Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear. 'Shoes have great variety of styles, brands, looks, and functions. Because of this variety, shoes can carry individual difference information, but do they? 'We suggest that the answer is yes.'