Are you quick to judge people? According to researchers, you can do that by looking at their shoes.
A study from the University of Kansas took in 208 pairs of shoes from experiment volunteers, and 63 students looked at their shoes and passed judgment.
Medical Daily reported that the 63 judges guessed the gender, age, social status and personality traits of the owner from looking at each pair of shoes. The observers were given the categories of extrovert or introvert, liberal or conservative and the emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness of the shoe owners, and guessed about 90 percent of the characteristics.
According to Yahoo! News, those with higher incomes wore the expensive shoes, and extroverted people wore more stylish shoes. The researchers found that "practical and functional" shoes were worn by people who were more "agreeable," and ankle boots were worn by those who had more "aggressive" personalities.
Also, people who wore "uncomfortable looking" shoes generally were considered "calm." Examiner.com reported that the researchers indicated that people who have several pairs of new shoes or take great care of them may have “attachment anxiety.”
The researchers say that person may spend too much time worrying about what others think about their look. But they said other people may wear a certain shoe in public to convey a personality that is different from their own.
The shoe study can be found online in the Journal of Research in Personality August edition.