EVERYWOMAN LOVES SHOES
That's probably not a true statement. There has to be one woman somewhere who doesn't love shoes, but the general conception is that women can never have enough of them. I agree.
Does your heart race when you think about shoe shopping? Does the adrenaline pump when you find a pair of Valentinos -- in your size -- for a phenomenal sale price? What would you save first if your house was on fire?
As researchers are wont to do, they all have different statistics regarding the number of pairs of shoes the average American woman owns. I found at least three references: seven, ten, and twenty pairs. Some people (men and women) have as many as two hundred, and Imelda Marcos admitted to owing one thousand and sixty pairs (but not the three thousand she was accused of). Still, that takes a lot of closet space … and money.
After all, according to Style Forum, "Today's usual hardship isn't going without shoes, or putting cardboard inside the ones you have to make them last. It's longing for shoes you'll rarely wear or can't afford. Thanks to Internet shopping, you don't even have to leave home or live in a big city, to face the temptation." (http://www.styleforum.net/ )
WHAT HER SHOES SAY ABOUT A WOMAN
Sometimes it seems that our personalities have been studied and categorized by every conceivable notion that psychologists can come up with. Apparently, we can all be shoved into little square boxes or round holes.
In this case, researchers have used a variety of characteristics to classify the type of woman who wears a particular type of shoe, the variables depending on which psychologist or fashionista writes the article.
A 2012 study conducted at the University of Kansas found that people can assess accurately 90 percent of a "stranger's personality, including their emotional stability, simply by looking at their most-worn pair of shoes." -- Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
April Masini, a relationship expert who authored Date Out of Your League, writes “It’s wise to check out her […a woman's] shoes for clues about who she is, and how she’ll behave.” She also says that "Women in revealing, high-heeled sandals are more likely to be confident naked than women in closed-toe heels."
Another interesting aspect of our personal relationships with shoes is that some women rarely wear the shoes they most love. It’s as though a designer made the pair just for them; a coveted work of art to be looked at, perhaps occasionally touched. It is an experience that, for them, is special and private.
Researchers claim a women's shoes show her degree of confidence, personality type, and personal branding.
It's true that our confidence is boosted by feeling good about ourselves. Since one's shoe size doesn't fluctuate much with either weight or age, our self-esteem is safer in a great pair of shoes that doesn't fit quite right than it would be in a dress, jeans, or a bathing suit that's too tight. High heels lengthen a woman's shape, change her posture, and put a smile on her face that comes from inner confidence.
The statement I found most interesting was that psychologists noted that rarely will people purposely choose shoes just to convey a certain public image that is different from their real personality. I would have guessed that many women wear shoes, purses, and clothing to impress others, at least on occasion. To me that is trying to project an image that is different from their real personalities. But then, I'm not a psychologist. My bad!
Expensive shoes are not necessarily an indication of financial status. While expensive shoes usually denotes someone who is a high earner, not all women who wear expensive shoes have excess money to spend. These are the characteristics of a woman who wears:
▪ Expensive shoes that are not leather - likely to be Vegan.
▪ Expensive shoes every day, but not a name designer brand people recognize, - either from old money amd doesn't like to flaunt her wealth, or is a modest person who enjoys quality shoes.
▪ Expensive-looking shoes that are not authentic - wants to appear wealthy to others.
▪ Expensive shoes - Values her personal style and is willing to invest in herself.
According to celebrity stylist Christina Scherck, “If she’s wearing an expensive pair of work shoes—closed-toe, conservative pumps—she probably values her work a lot. If she’s got on a pair of expensive riding boots, she’s the kind of person who likes to splurge on luxuries.”
The most expensive available brands are Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, Brian Atwood, Miu Miu, Stuart Weitzman, and Yves Saint Laurent. (http://www.therichest.com/luxury/most-expensive/the-most-expensive-womens-shoes-on-the-market/?view=all)
As far as I'm concerned, these "characteristics" are self-evident in a well-Duh sort of way. Not rocket science. Erin Ross of The-finder.com, is a researcher who throws age into the mix. According to her, these are the characteristics of a woman who wears:
▪ Probably under thirty
▪ Looking for a man
▪ Single and/or sneaky
▪ Not serene or laid back
She also says, "These girls do not realize that men are making fun of them behind their backs and imitate their wobbly-baby deer walk. These men typically see these girls as one night stand material." (https://www.quora.com/Do-you-believe-that-a-womans-shoes-can-tell-you-a-bit-about-her)
▪ Probably over thirty
▪ Probably professional and/or walks in them most of the work week
▪ Pays her own bills
▪ Works hard for her money
▪ Usually not in a serene mood.
Women wearing very high heeled sandals are likely to be more confident than women wearing closed-toe high heels.
▪ Typically over 40
▪ Overall fashion chic (just in lower heels)
▪ Used to wearing higher heels but now can't
▪ May lack confidence
● Wedges or very low wide heels
▪ Want to appear taller without the discomfort of high heels
▪ Middle of the road type personality
Flats are worn by all ages. While flat sandals weren't mentioned in the studies, I assume that they fall into the "flate" category in warm weather. Flat shoes appeal to a woman who wants to look put-together and dressy but also walks a lot or wants comfort. These are the characteristics of a woman who wears flats.
▪ More laid back
▪ Active, does a lot of walking
▪ Tends to be a practical, down-to-earth person
▪ Puts comfort above style
Women who wear functional and practical shoes (which doesn't mean they are inexpensive or unstylish) are found to be agreeable.
Women differ widely when it comes to athletic shoes, in terms of the look, cost, color, and use. They come in a wide variety and are far more "socially acceptable" than they used to be. Most studies didn't have much to say about who wears them, because we all do. Remember, a woman in sneakers may not be as laid back as some might think; she's on the go and ready.
▪ Sloppy ankle boots
The woman who wears sloppy ankle boots is probably very blasé about everything—at least pretends to be.
Color always plays a big role in fashion as well as personality. These are the characteristics of a woman who wears:
▪ High maintenance (if wearing hot pink or neon colors)
▪ May have a challenging personality and expect to be put on a
▪ Bigger risk takers
● Boring shoes, dull colors
▪ Aloof and repressive in their emotions
▪ Don't care what other people think of them
▪ Don't stand out in general appearance
▪ Have a hard time forming relationships
▪ Not necessarily good communicators
In studies, the people who wore boring shoes were the hardest to judge. The last two traits in the list above are "self-descriptions" about themselves by people who wear boring shoes and dull colors. Doesn't Kate Middleton wear dull color?
Mono-chromatic people are considered "self-serious". The shoe industry refers to them as "the black and camels".
● One study [Cherise Dyal, M.D.] reveals that "working women who wear high-top sneakers and orthopedic loafers are smarter."
● People whose shoes are not new but are spotless, are conscientious.
● People with "attachment anxiety" or people that were most worried about their relationships generally had brand new and well-kept shoes. Researchers suggest that this may be because they worry so much about their appearance and what others may think of them.
● Liberal thinkers tend to wear shabby and more inexpensive shoes.
Enough! I've heard enough! CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING
By this point I'd become very skeptical. Who are these people that think they can say with authority that liberal thinkers wear shabby shoes?
My experience is that people are far more complex than such studies would imply. Humans defy pulling out a few traits from a study of a thousand people and drawing broad general conclusions about everyone.
Personally, I know I wear different kinds of shoes depending on the circumstances and, yes, there may be times I want people to think I have more money than I do, or that I'm younger than I am. At other times, I wear boots (even ankle boots) just want to keep my feet warm.
The message shoes send is the context within which they are worn. What you wear with what and where, and how well you keep your shoes often sends messages that we wouldn't like. Context is everything. That's my conclusion, and I'm sticking with it.
HOW DO YOU RATE?
Do your personality traits and shoe choice match? Leave a comment about whether or not you believe this is true.