Register for an account


Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.


Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

The Sciences

NCBI ROFL: Shoes as a source of first impressions.

DiscoblogBy ncbi roflJuly 10, 2012 4:00 AM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news


"Surprisingly minimal appearance cues lead perceivers to accurately judge others’ personality, status, or politics. We investigated people’s precision in judging characteristics of an unknown person, based solely on the shoes he or she wears most often. Participants provided photographs of their shoes, and during a separate session completed self-report measures. Coders rated the shoes on various dimensions, and these ratings were found to correlate with the owners’ personal characteristics. A new group of participants accurately judged the age, gender, income, and attachment anxiety of shoe owners based solely on the pictures. Shoes can indeed be used to evaluate others, at least in some domains."


Photo: flickr/A.K. Photography

Related content: Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: Sex differences in relative foot length and perceived attractiveness of female feet.

Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: Feet rolled over by cars: radiological and histological considerations from experiments.

Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: Are you having a seizure? Quick, smell my shoe!

NCBI ROFL. Real articles. Funny subjects. Read our FAQ


    3 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 50%


    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In