Manolo says, once again, science proves that which we already knew to be true, that shoes tell us much about the person who is wearing them.
Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge a stranger’s age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotional and other important personality traits just by looking at the person’s shoes.
Lead researcher Omri Gillath found that by examining the style, cost, color of condition of the shoe, participants were able to guess about 90 percent of the of the owner’s personal characteristics.
And, we are supposed to be surprised by this? Seven years ago, our friend, the Miss Meghan published the very amusing book, The Perfect Fit; What Your Shoes Say About You that said exactly the same thing.
But, we must let the scientistic peoples have their say.
The 63 observers were then asked to look at each pair and guess the gender, age, social status and different personality traits of the owner, like whether the owner was an extrovert or introvert, liberal or conservative and the degree of their emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness.
Researchers found that observers did well in guessing characteristics of the volunteers in almost all categories, and concluded that people do wear shoes that reveal their personality, whether they intend to or not.
Expensive shoes belonged to high earners, flashy and colorful footwear belonged to extroverts and shoes that were not new but appeared to be spotless belonged to conscientious types.
While some of the clues like the ones already described were obvious, other clues were more surprising.
Practical and functional shoes generally belong to agreeable people, ankle boots fit with more aggressive personalities and uncomfortable looking shoes were worn by calm personalities.
Participants were able to most accurately judge a person’s age, gender and income followed by their emotional stability and agreeableness.
In psychology, emotional stability is an umbrella term that includes a person’s fear of abandonment, rejection issues and the ability to handle different kinds of relationships.
People with “attachment anxiety” or people that were most worried about their relationships generally had brand new and well-kept shoes. Researchers suggest that this may be because they worry so much about their appearance and what others may think of them.
Not surprisingly, liberal thinkers, who many think of as flip-flop wearing hippies, wear shabbier and less expensive shoes.
And now the drum roll, please, for the grande finale conclusion….
“Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers,” the authors wrote. “Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear.”
Ta-Da!! “People pay attention to the shoes they and others wear!”
Scientia omnia vincit!
And, now, the Manolo challenges you, using your newly discovered scientific super powers, tell the Manolo what sort of person would wear each of these three shoes…
The E20274 Platform Sandal from Giuseppe Zanotti, retail price $1,150!
The Birki’s Super Birki White Flower Clogs, with the retail price of $79.95
The Ronnie Men’s Boot from Jeffery-West, selling for the $545.
Tomorrow, the Manolo will tell you correct answers to the question, what do these shoes say about their wearers.
Manolo says, for some reason the Manolo has the cork platform sandals on the brain this afternoon. Perhaps it is the onset of the summery weather, that causes his thoughts to turn to such things, for the cork platform sandals bespeak of the summery good times, of the sun dresses, and the iced tea, and the picnics, and the hilarious watermelon-seed-spitting contests.
And so, here are three such sandals that the Manolo finds worth the wearing…
From the preppy stalwart Jack Rogers comes the Clare Wedge, the sort of limey greenish shoe that would look good at the relaxed garden party.
There is something about the shape of the flowers on the 45.744 Wedge from Gabor that makes the Manolo happy.
And if you are having the retro-summery feelings, you will need to have Ava from Kork-Ease, for nothing says cork platform like Kork-Ease.
Manolo says, it is Tuesday, and you are thinking furiously about the strange variety of odd topics, the shoes and ships and sealing-wax, as it were, and the cabbages and the kings, but mostly, especially, about the shoes.
How could it be otherwise?
Science (Science!) has just proven that the average woman thinks about the fashion almost five times more often than the average man thinks about the more elemental matters.
According to an online study, women have fashion on the brain 91 times in a given day — that’s more than four times the amount that men think about sex.
Online retailer Very.co.uk surveyed British women to see just how many times from sunrise to sunset their minds wandered from the task at hand to fashion, taking into account things like window shopping, perusing online retail sites, noticing a stylish item and even simply daydreaming about that dress you should have bought during Kim Kardashian’s eBay sale.
This explains why you spend so much time thinking about such things as what you should wear to the annual Father’s Day Steak and Beer Brunch Blowout at the Elks Club (the tradition which your father has passed on to your husband).
Such fashion questions are never easily answered, indeed, they are difficult and demand your full concentration.
For the example, the average age of the crowd down at the Elk’s Club is nearly 113 years old. (The way they gnaw at those T-bones is the testament to the heroic achievements of the modern restorative dentistry.) Thus, because it is the older crowd, after church, you would wish to dress up the little bit, but then how much is too much? How much is too little? And because the kids are going, you also must think about finding your big-feeted daughter the perfect pair of wide shoes from Wide Fitting Shoes online.
Yes, such thoughts may fall under the category of fashion trends, but they are also very practical. How one dresses oneself and one’s family are important social concerns, hence it is only natural that one must devote sufficient time to their consideration.
Look! Cutey cute sandals, perfect for the late-Springy Spring Sunday!
The Dailana from Rockport, so you know it must be comfortable in addition to being cute.
Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
Now that the warmer weather is here, I’d love to start wearing sandals again–unfortunately, what’s stopping me is my very unattractive bunion. I need a cute, boho-style sandal that will hide this eyesore!
Manolo says, ayyyyy, it is the attack of the bunion, the reprehensible growth that can disfigure even the most aesthetically pleasing of feets.
Indeed, one day your feets are looking so svelte and ladylike and the next, it is as if some medieval peasant has shucked off her muddy hobnailed boots and revealed to the world her monstrous deformity, the writhing, throbbing, veiny growth that promises the swallow up entire villages, leave husbands widowered, and children orphaned.
Well, perhaps the Manolo has exaggerated for the effect.
But, still, to those unfortunates who have developed the bunions it certainly feels as your briefly youthful summer as the sandal-wearing, hotty-momma has reached its end, and henceforth it will be nothing for you but the sort of sensible orthopeadic shoes favored by aging nuns and stout, middle-school PE teachers who are forced to dress up for graduation.
Again, the Manolo has exaggerated.
Actually, bunions, although painful, are not the end of the world. Many very stylish, famous young women, such as Victoria Beckham, Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, and the super model Iman, are be-bunnioned, without seeming to affect their ability to show their feet in public.
Here is Halen from Vince Camuto, the hotty-mamma, espadrillish, platform sandal that will cover up your shame.
Manolo says, it is Monday, and you are back at your desk, where you have realized that your life is too complicated and hectic. It is always with the running, to the store, to the dry cleaners, to the PTO meetings, to the church, to the entertainment venues, to the this and to the that. Running, running, running, complicated, complex, running.
Oh, to have live the simple life of relaxation and quietude.
But, such is the fate of those who choose to live in the modern world.
Look! Simple, stunning shoes!
Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
My husband and I are ditching our DC Jobs, packing up our lives, and taking a year off to travel through Southeast Asia. It will be hot, probably messy, and we’ll be on our feet all day. And I will die if I am forced to wear Keens, Chacos, or other clunky sport utility sandal out of a lack of options that don’t sacrifice form for features. Are there cute, supportive, dare-I-dream even gladiator-y sandals for the REI-phobe packing heels in her backpack?
Manolo says, frankly, the Manolo does not fully understand the allure of the backpack travel.
“But, Manolo,” say the friends of the Manolo, “it is romantic and liberating. You can go where you want, when you want.”
To which the Manolo replies, “Yes, when you backpack you are free to travel like the wind, weighed down by nothing more than the ninety pounds of dirty laundry you are carrying on your back.”
Oh, how the Manolo wishes for the return of the civilized travel, when the people of gentle breeding were able to pack up several dozen changes of clothing, top hats, kid gloves, patent leather shoes, and spats into the steamer trunk.
Later, when we reached our destination, we would “rough it” by changing into our safari clothes while the native bearers carried the trunks to our first campsite, where the gin and tonics would be awaiting our arrival.
Now, instead of travelling like civilized peoples in barbarian lands, we travel like barbarians in civilized places.
Here is the Cole Haan Air Marcella Flat Sandal in black, the gladiator sandal with the comfort in mind.