Can The Shoes You Wear Affect Your Personality?

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If you are jogging or going to the gym then your obvious choice of footwear would be some kind of trainer or gym shoe but what about your shoe choices for work and leisure? As we spend most of our time working, be it in the corporate world or as a stay-at-home mom looking after the kids, what we wear on our feet can say a lot about our personalities, often sending a message to the world that we may not even have consciously planned to send. What does your choice of shoes say about you?


Flats can be pumps, sandals, flip-flops, or brogues but they each give a completely different impression. Like brogues, pumps indicate a go-anywhere, practical nature but where brogues give a masculine edge, pumps are chosen footwear of the ingénue and give a girlish look to an outfit. If the pumps are ballet style then the feminine factor is even more evident. Flat sandals in any style convey a sense of casualness and leisure and show the toes, and are not usually worn to the office for this reason. Flip flops are strictly poolside or beach wear or between the salon and home when we’ve had a manicure.


The heel of this shoe is aptly named after the equally sharp and pointy knife: the stiletto. This particular shoe has the ability to convey multiple messages, depending on the context in which it is worn. In the boardroom, this spindle-heeled shoe says, “Don’t mess with me, I mean business”, but its message after hours is completely the opposite. A pair of stilettos worn out at night are very much “come hither” shoes in the bombshell tradition of Marilyn Monroe. The height of the shoe throws a woman’s weight forward, causing her to arch her back to compensate, and together with the small mincing steps that are required, gives a provocative impression.

Cowboy boots, Converse sneakers or Doc Martens

Shoes like these are worn by women with a specific image to convey, in other words, they are not worn by accident but are chosen for effect. When worn in a work situation it is usually in a creative or artsy field as this type of footwear would not be acceptable in a traditional workplace. Sneakers, although fairly commonplace in casual business settings today, still make a statement about the unconventional and ‘cool’ quotient of their wearer.

write by Wilfred

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