What do your shoes say about your personality?
A new study says you can accurately judge a person by on the shoes they wear
Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to pick a stranger's age, gender, income and other personality traits just by looking at their footwear.
The researchers say that by examining the style, cost, color and condition of a shoe, participants were able to guess about 90 per cent of the person's characteristics.
Some clues were obvious - expensive shoes belonged to high earners, bold, colorful footwear was worn by extroverts.
However, other findings were more surprising:
People who wore “practical shoes” tended to be more agreeable.
Ankle boots were worn by more aggressive individuals
Uncomfortable-looking shoes were worn by people with calm personalities.
Although this study is interesting, here’s something to consider. Regardless of what type of shoes you wear, how attractive and durable is your character? Is your attitude, speech and behavior a “good fit” with the teachings of Jesus?
A great passage of scripture to “measure yourself” is Galatians 5:22-23. There we read about the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In God’s economy, these are a lot more valuable that a pair of cool shoes.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.