Shoes can say a lot about a person, from the condition, to style, all the way to the ways you wear them. In fact, suddenly, brand names and even colors seem less significant, as those who truly have experience, knowledge, or a capacity to judge shoe styles and purposes focus more on structural build—and expressed comfort.
May it be women or men, men in particular that wear relaxed or “chill” shoes such as vans or converse typically come off as those personality traits, perhaps lazy, socially unaware, or even ignorant to those around him or her—dependent upon the circumstances of environment.
Women, but especially men that wear low-cut boots, such as desert boots, come off as trendy, not overbearing, and not “stereotypical” such as those whom wear high-boots such as cowboy boots (at inappropriate places or times). Those whom wear Timberland boots are often looked at as “phony” or lacking originality, since so many men wear these industrial or work boots, yet do not use them for any of these purposes, nor hiking, and just simply do it for the ‘style’.
We at Posig want to help men make better sense of the shoes they wear and what they say about them—as well as likewise doing the same for women, with regards to men.
Correlating Shoe Choice with Environment
Being mindful about the shoes you consider and wear to various events, outings, or work and study environments will make all the difference in your appearance and presentation to others, as well as how well you match their expectations or criteria so that you get the most out of your social or professional experiences, interactions, and opportunities with others.
For example, wearing sandals (of any kind), and that includes Crocs, to professional outings, environments, and even dates is rather ‘tasteless’ and does not give a committed or dedicated impression to most. And no, wearing socks with your sandals do not make them any more ‘acceptable’, or professional by any means. Rather, consider wearing neutral, black dress shoes, low-cut boots, or other leather (and pleather) shoes or klogs.
Even those “finger fit” shoes that are designed for walking, running, or going to the gym should be worn at discretion. Try to use your common sense, and consider the impact or impression it will give to others, then decide if it’s truly the most practical or meaningful style and selection.
While driving mocs or other boating shoes are quite stylish or ‘fancy, it’s worth considering that the wearing of such can give off a ‘high maintenance’ impression, or otherwise be inappropriate for professional and work environments.
What about Women?
There are a few variables and concepts worth considering when it comes to women and footwear. For example, women that wear Stilettos are often professional and serious, but playful and adventurous—as well as confident—when it times to get down to social activities or make adventurous memories with others and do things out of the ordinary.
Women that have any tendency to wear flats are not necessarily less fashionable, but perhaps more practical, self-aware of their daily physical and activity needs, and in turn decide to wear fashionable, yet simpler footwear to make it easier to walk around, for work or studies, and yet still be just as easily transferred to a social environment or demands.
Women that wear boots and other high heels show personality, fearlessness, or otherwise confidence and can be rather intimidating to some men. On the other hand, women that wear brighter colors or deep red or black say a lot about ones personality and presentation, while more neutral and trending colors show coordination and a willingness to conform to trending styles of footwear and outfits.
Women that wear active-shoes, sneakers, and the likes typically have very busy, physically demanding work lives or academic demands. These women are also however equally confident, or perhaps less invested in their physical appearance and the opinion of others—including men. Perhaps she’s married, too busy to be bothered with a relationship, or simply is proud of and endures who she is and refuses to change or conform for the pleasure of others—especially at the cost of COMFORT!
In conclusion, a pair of shoes (or boots) can really say a lot about a person, personality, tendencies, and how someone feels about themselves or others. It is worth noting however that how you maintain your shoes or footwear, specifically with regards to polish, cleaning and other maintenance, as well as shoelaces and scuff marks can really make all the difference as far as impressions go.
You don’t have to be “rich’ (per say) to have a nice pair of shoes, nor to take care of them. Effort, confidence, and consideration go all the extra mile when it comes to footwear care and presentation.
We as Posig hope you’ve found this article not only insightful, but that you’ve also picked up some new ideas or understandings of footwear and personality along the way!
Care for your feet, care for your shoes, and care for your appearance.