Apparently footwear can tell a thousand tales. You might not have realized it, but a lot can be told by the shoes you choose to wear. Here are 7 things you didn’t know your shoes were saying about you.
It sounds like one of those old wives’ tales that you always hear about whether it’s a missive about how long you’re going to live based on the lines on the palm of your hand or an estimation of how warm someone’s heart is based on the temperature and tightness of his or her handshake. However, there is another of these seemingly twee axioms that appears to be grounded in truth. Apparently our shoes can actually say a lot about our personalities, and they are not for keeping quiet.
We’ve done our research and come up with the seven most common things that your footwear choices say about you.
Apparently, you like attention – a lot of attention. Your confidence in enviable, but when it comes to dressing for an event, you sometimes have a hard time scaling back when the occasion calls for it. But hey, better to be overdressed than underdressed, right?
You’re a pragmatist. For you, comfort is as important (if not more so) as style. Productive and outspoken, you’re not one to mince your words. It would be foolish for those around you to underestimate your style game; you have a pair of these ballet flats in every conceivable color and fabric combination.
Well lucky you! For the past few fashion seasons, your preferred style has been right on trend, but then you don’t do it for the trendiness. Your style is versatile, timeless, and always looks pulled together. You have a creative streak, are fiercely independent, and don’t mind doing things by yourself in both work and fashion choices.
There isn’t a shoe in the universe that you think wouldn’t look better made into a boot…or at the very least a “shootie” (bootie + shoe). You are highly sociable, well-travelled, and know a thing or two about how to amp up the sex appeal. Your biggest fault? You’re probably very close to running out of space in your shoe/boot closet.
You’re that girl. The one who wears flip flops with everything. The one who has dressy and casual flip flops. The girl who insists that they mould to your feet and are the most comfortable shoes you have ever owned. You have flip flops with monograms, embroidery, and rhinestones, and you wear them regularly. All of them.
While we love a good pair of flip flops for around the house or for a trip to the beach, wearing them outside of these environments looks a little like you’re longing to revisit your college dormitory days.
Constantly running after the kids, ferrying people to and from various appointments, you’re constantly in motion, so why not wear running shoes? They’re comfortable, and you’re practically running all day anyway, right?
Actually, no. You are telling the world that you are too busy to care, or that you are experiencing some kind of orthopaedic issue that can’t be rectified with a pair of non-athletic shoes. If you really are a runner, good for you, but maybe save the shoes for your workout.
You like the blend of style and comfort afforded by the stability of a wedge heel – particularly if it’s a platform. You have a closet full of wedges, which suit your down-to-earth pragmatism while also satisfying your inner fashionista. Your only fear is that eventually, your friends and loved ones will find out that you’re really only 5’6’’ instead of 5’10’’.
Naturally there are a lot of other things that your shoes say about you that aren’t on this list, but the seven styles showcased here cover the most popular styles worn by modern women across the globe. Most of us are not just one of these shoe archetypes, but a combination of several if not all of them.
The next time you’re trying to make an impression (or perhaps trying not to make an impression), take a moment while you are selecting your look to think about what your shoes might be saying about you. After all, you want them to be making a complementary statement not putting words in your mouth.
Kristin is an American writer based in the Scottish Highlands. She is a saxophonist, an obsessive tennis player, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, and holds a Master's degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She is the author of the online style blog highlandfashionista.com
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