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You know that old X-rated saying, “the bigger the shoes, the bigger the…” I think you know the rest. Anyway, there’s a new study out that proves you can actually tell a whole lot about a person from his or her shoes–personality-wise, that is.

Research conducted by The University of Kansas found that, when presented with photographs of complete strangers’ footwear, people could accurately determine up to 90% of the wearer’s self-described personality traits and economical demographics.

Volunteers participating in the study filled out personal profile questionnaires, along with their most frequently worn shoes. Categories included age and gender, as well as less concrete traits such as political preferences, emotional tendencies, being extroverted v. introverted, and agreeableness.

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