Sunday, December 17, 2017

What Your Shoes Really Say

Way back in the 90's when I was a kid at home there was a knock on the door.
It was a guy in a suite, he was a corporate guy from Java Dave's.
He gave me a bag of coffee in return for some questions about how
the neighborhood, town, income related questions.
I guess the grand opening of Java Dave's tanked so he went to find out.
These kind of things is norm. They did things like this in Rome to know
the state of a town like what the U.S. Census does.

I seen people at malls, Walmarts with a notepad, stopwatch etc. 
Funny being I knew what they where doing. There where looking at the
labor force how fast do they move, how they dress, what kind of shoes they wear.
It's the same as going in for a job interview. I wondered why many times I went in for
a interview they looked at my shoes. It bugged me so I asked once and I found out.
It had to do with seeing how you are. The shoes talk!

~~~~~What Your Shoes Really Say About Your Personality, According to Science
2. Condition
I work with a colleague who consistently blows me away with his attention to detail at work. He's also notorious for keeping his leather sneakers in impeccable condition. The boys at the SFO airport shoe shine service know him well. I would have thought these two predilections -- attention for detail at work and in attire -- would be closely related. It turns out this is not the case. According to the study, while we tend to assume that shoes in good repair indicate a more conscientious owner, there is no such relationship. 

This is not to say, however, that we can't glean anything about people from the condition of their shoes. The study found that people who wear well-kept shoes exhibit high levels of attachment anxiety. That is, they are more dependent on others and more apt to seek reassurance from coworkers about the quality of their work. Perhaps these individuals wear immaculate shoes in an attempt to make a good impression and avoid rejection? 

Admittedly, we all own a pair of ratty old gym shoes. While most of us wouldn't be caught dead wearing them to work, some mavericks don't give the matter a second thought. In addition to being more extroverted, the study found that those who wear worn shoes tend to be emotionally stable. They don't get bogged down by what others think about them. 

So, the next time you spot coworkers in worn shoes (think frayed laces, worn-out heel linings, and separated heals), don't be so quick to judge. They are likely emotionally stable and less likely to be the "clingy" type.

~~~~~How to tell a good sole: You really can judge a person by their shoes
Some of the clues are obvious. Expensive shoes suggest high earners, flash and colourful pairs belong to extroverts.

Shoes that may not be new but are immaculate belong to conscientious types.

Other clues are less obvious. Practical and functional shoes belong to agreeable people.

The most accurate ratings were for age, gender and income followed by their emotional stability and agreeableness.

For psychologists, emotional stability is vital as it includes a fear of abandonment, rejection issues and the ability to cope with different kinds of relationships.

Those with 'attachment anxiety' where they worried about their relationships, tended to have brand new and well kept shoes.

This may be because they worry so much about their appearance and what others may think of them.

Liberal thinkers, who many think of as sandal wearing hippies, did not surprise. They really do wear scruffier and less expensive shoes, said the research.