I’m told, women start at the shoes and work their way up..
Better think twice before strapping on that ratty old pair of kicks. Get this: After looking at photos of shoes, college students at the University of Kansas could accurately ballpark the owners’ age, gender, income, and even how concerned they were about their relationships, according to an upcoming study in the Journal of Research in Personality.
So the key to someone’s soul is their … sole? Could be. Tom Julian, style expert and author of the Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style breaks down what your shoe choice says about your personality.
Attitude: Solid, sturdy, and serious
Boots work for the urbanite or the weekend warrior. Just keep the work boot for when weather mandates, Julian says. And lug boots are a good fit for the guy who mixes work with a rugged weekend, he adds. For a good pair, Men’s Health Assistant Style Editor Kiera Aaron recommends the James Lug Wingtip Boot by Frye. (www.TheFryeCompany.com; $248.00) (Looking for vintage kicks that are making a comeback? Check out these 3 Classic Shoe Styles.)
Attitude: Relaxed and casual
These summer sandals are best for action at the beach or the marina, Julian says. Keep them as close to the water as possible, because these bad boys aren’t for city trekking. Pick up a pair of the cheap, ultra-functional Havainas. (www.us.havainas.com; $32.00)
This American classic can be trendy if you’re sporting the right pair, Julian says. Your move: Try Cole Haan’s LunarGrand wingtip for the LeBron-worthy Nike Air Technology paired with a dressier look. (www.ColeHaan.com; $250.00)
Attitude: Globally connected (and smart—”they allow you to slip through airport security with ease,” says Aaron.)
“Stay to a fully constructed slip-on with higher vamp and distinct detailing,” says Julian. Translation: A cool Sperry boat shoe for the beach. (www.SperryTopsider.com; $90.00.) (Plus, learn why The Unsinkable Boat Shoe has gone from nautical accessory to summer footwear staple.)
Attitude: Just for kicks with a touch of trendy meets urban
“Sneakers are no longer just for athletic endeavors,” says Julian. “They can say that you’re contemporary, trendy, and hip,” as long as you wear them right. Try a pair of Hush Puppies in a neutral color for a good transition sneak. (www.HushPuppies.com; $110.)