A study by researchers at the University of Kansas has found strangers can correctly judge a person's age, gender, income, political afflictions and 'attachment issues' just by looking at their shoes.


According to a report by Medical Daily, a pair of shoes can be a window to the 'sole, providing a clear snapshot of an individual's personality.

Over 60 students studied 208 photos of shoes for the study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality and were asked to gauge the wearer's gender, age, social status and personality traits.

Choices includes judging whether the owner was an extrovert or introvert, liberal or conservative and the degree of their emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness, reports Medical Daily.

According to the study's authors, shoes convey a "thin but useful" slice of information about their wearers.

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  • Sole Secrets

    New research suggest your shoes give away more than you might think about your personality.

  • High-Heeled Shoes

    Uncomfortable looking shoes are worn by calm personalities.

  • Colourful Shoes

    No surprises - you're an extrovert.

  • Practical shoes

    Functional footwear generally belongs to agreeable people.

  • Ankle Boots

    This style tend to fit with more aggressive personalities.

  • Expensive Shoes

    A high-earner tends to wear their wealth on their feet.

  • New Shoes

    Brand new and well cared for shoes can signal a person has 'attachment anxiety' or could be worried about their relationships generally.

  • Shabby Shoes

    Just like the hippy stereotype - you're a liberal thinker!