Before we build relationships, we have to make a first impression. So often the look of the person and the clothes they wear are the driving force behind this meeting moment, but what about the shoes?
There are many theories on what different shoes for men represent, but a University of Kansas study reveals some startling results. Whether it’s Chelsea boots or penny loafers, what you wear on your feet may well dictate how other people perceive you.
Oxfords: solid guy
The classic, solid Oxford shoe
A man with immaculately presentable shoes, may seem like a catch, but he might not reciprocate an emotional attachment. According to the study, those who have fantastically shiny shoes, may be more attached to their footwear than friends, family or a possible partner.
So if a man is dressed in a wonderfully shiny pair of Oxfords, does that mean he is exuding messages of short-termism?
Though the gentleman in question may have attachment anxiety, it may be that he’ll apply his conscientious approach to footwear, to the rest of his life. The same shiny shoes that are the mark of a social shyness, might also be a sign of dependability. In short – shiny shoes – solid guy.
Good time Gibsons
Is it a Derby or is it a Gibson?
A man in unkempt trainers, or unshined Gibsons, may seem like a lazy so and so, but research suggests the wearer is socially energetic.
Wearing well worn, slightly shabby looking shoes, is a sign that the gent in question doesn’t have time to buff his boots or go shopping for replacements. Wining, dining and having a good time top his list of priorities, and he is very good at them too.
Chelsea boots: colourful characters
Which boot would you wear?
It seems obvious, but the bolder and more colourful the shoe, the more extrovert the character wearing them.
But it goes a bit deeper. While someone who picks big, bright boots may be confident, it also appears those more partial to colourful shoes are more open to conversation and are good at public interaction.
Chelsea boots are the footwear choice of ‘entertainers’, but at the same time, a colourful shoe wearer makes a better friend.
These shoes have a point
Their shoes may be the envy of many, with style oozing from the seams, but according to the study, those wearing the most stylish shoes, were also the meanest. And those who had the most visible brand name, were the worst of the lot.
Pointy shoes look great but they can be pretty uncomfortable. According to the study, sharp toe caps give the first impression that the man wearing them is more concerned with personal aesthetics, than inner happiness.
To say that all stylish men are mean hearted, is a wide sweeping statement. Take time to chat. Check that the man in question is comfy in his shoes, before making up your mind. A sartorially elegant man can be likeable too.
Fashion doesn’t always come cheap, but researchers did show that the more expensive the shoes, the more stylish people considered them to be.
But be warned that flashing the cash, doesn’t necessarily make a man more likeable. The more money, spent, the more stylish shoes become. But in terms of first impressions – the more you spend, the more shallow people think you are.
It’s certainly possible to look stylish and be a nice fellow, but perhaps what this proves is that money can’t buy you happiness.