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.