Men love to look at women. But unless you have a certain kind of fetish, you aren’t usually looking at her feet, finding fairer places to land your eyes. But this may be a fault. Women of course have a strange and complex relationship with footwear, some of them seem as if they are forming a museum quality collection or starting their own boutique. But according to a 2012 study out of the University of Kansas you can tell a lot about a woman from her shoes. In this study strangers could read a person’s personality with 90% accuracy just by the condition of a pair of shoes they wear most. Women who are aggressive have a penchant for ankle boots while more agreeable ladies tend to wear “practical, functional” footwear. Since there is so much variety in shoes, they tend to be able to display a person’s personality according to this study’s authors. According to relationship expert and author April Masini this makes perfect sense as “The way a woman dresses telegraphs many messages about her. It’s wise to check out her shoes for clues about who she is, and how she’ll behave.” Check her shoes to tell if she’s grounded, assertive or even cocky. As Masini puts it, “Women in revealing, high-heeled sandals are more likely to be confident naked than women in closed-toe heels. You can tell a lot about how a woman grooms the rest of her body by how she takes care of her feet. If there’s a neat, sexy pedicure going on, expect neat and sexy grooming elsewhere. No pedicure? No grooming elsewhere.”
Psychiatrist Carole Lieberman, MD says that low, wide heels or wedges may signal insecurity. She says, “Women wearing wedges want to appear taller without the discomfort of high heels. They may be a little more middle-of-the-road. Also, the wider and shorter the heels on a woman’s shoes, the more insecure she might be.” Does she wear bright, colorful shoes? You have an extrovert on your hands, playful, adventuresome and a risk taker. For something really bright like glaring yellow pumps or hot pink flip-flops, she may be high maintenance. Says Masini, “Peacock tendencies mean she’ll be more challenging, and may even expect to be put on a pedestal. If this is your thing—and for many guys, it is—go for it.” Do you want someone more grounded? Look for a girl wearing boots or flats. According to Dr. Lieberman, “Ballerina flats mean she’s a woman who puts comfort above style. She’s literally down to earth.” Just regular flip-flops when not at the beach however may mean she’s too laid back, and more likely to be so in other aspects of her life. University of Kansas researchers found that conservatives wear nicer shoes and that liberals often wear shabbier ones. If she’s wearing conservative expensive pumps she values herself and perhaps her job is important to her, for expensive riding boots she splurges and likes luxury. But she can probably afford to treat herself. For more insider information that can get you a leg up on the dating competition, read Date Out of Your League by April Masini.