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What Do Your Shoes Say About You?

A new psych study out of the Univeristy of Kansas suggests that your choice of footwear reveals a surprising amount about who you are. In their experiment, when subjects saw pictures of a stranger’s shoes, they were highly likely to guess the personality traits that their owner identified with. Intrigued by these findings, we decided to conduct an experiment of our own here at Birchbox HQ. Judging from these staffers’ footwear choices, can you guess how they describe themselves? In other words, are we sending signals with our shoes? Read on to see what our sleuthing turned up!

Bianca, Operations Manager

Today’s Footwear: 80%20 boat-shoe inspired wedges

"I just bought these to be my new everyday summer shoe. I love being in heels so I went with a wedge over flats, but they have to be comfortable. I think these say I’m casual and laid-back, but not afraid to take a fashion risk!"

Nidhi, Business Development 

Today’s Footwear: Pour La Victoire black cutout flats

"I think these say I’m practical, but fashion-conscious."

Emily, Operations Manager

Today’s FootwearAlexander Wang ankle strap pumps

"I’m a huge booties fan and not a big sandal person. I never get pedicures, ever! So I have to keep my toes covered. These are a good summer shoe. I think these say I’m edgy and fashion-forward."

Caroline, Brand Relationship Manager

Today’s FootwearCole Haan flats 

"I guess these would say I’m preppy but comfortable. Definitely a girly girl. I couldn’t resist the Birchbox-pink piping!"

Deena, VP of Marketing  

Today’s Footwear: White platform sandals

"These heels say I have great balance! I also never thought white would be a versatile shoe color but these go with everything."

Rachel, Merchandising and Marketing Manager

Today’s FootwearChanel cap-toe flats

"These shoes would tell someone I’m tall. They’re a little scuffed, but I generally take really good care of my nice things; it’s just that I wear these every day. The anklet says I’m adventurous and trendsetting."

Meredith, Editor and Content Strategy Manager

Shoe of ChoiceZara colorblock sandals

"I adore quirky personal style. I’m not afraid to make a statement and take risks, and I think my shoes show it!"

What do you think?  Can you guess personality from a pair of shoes?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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