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March 31, 2000

What Do Your Shoes Say About You?

You may not know it, but your shoes are big blabber-mouths, broadcasting your deepest secrets.

woman standing by her collection of heels

Photo Credit: Perry Hagopian

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We asked four women to share their collection of boots, heels, and sneaks, then asked a panel of experts for some behind-the-soles personality analyses.

Larina Kase, psychologist and success coach
THE SHOE GURU: Meghan Cleary, author of The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You
THE GUYS: Andrew, 30, business consultant; Andy, 24, film editor; Daniel, 25, law student; Steven, 25, equity analyst


THE SHRINK SAYS: "This is a girl who likes to have fun! The bright colors, wild patterns (leopard), and interesting details (straps, tassels) on Donata's shoes show that she craves stimulation and dislikes the mundane. She's a sexy, extroverted woman who enjoys being the center of attention. Donata likely has a job that requires lots of interaction with others. But her shoes convey uniqueness and change rather than stability, so they could send the wrong message if a situation calls for a serious professional image."

THE SHOE GURU SAYS: "Donata loves and lives in stilettos, which give her uber-feminine confidence. She is willing to explore new textures and color and isn't afraid to embrace a very fashion-forward heel silhouette, which means she's a modern thinker. I'd love to see her experiment with a funky ballet flat--just to see how it feels."

THE AVERAGE GUY SAYS: "Donata has an outgoing personality. The colors in her shoe collection cover the rainbow, so she must enjoy new experiences. Because each of her shoes gives off such a different personality, I bet she likes to change it up in bed." --Steven

DONATA RESPONDS: "The experts were entirely on target with most of their assertions--I am extroverted, my career involves a lot of interaction with people, and femininity and confidence are inherent in everything about me. But I don't agree with Dr. Kase about my shoes not conveying a professional image. An image comes from a whole package, and my attire is often conservative--at least for the fashion industry! And sorry, Meghan, but ballet flats will never happen. I've tried to wear flats, but the way a woman walks in them is too slouchy and casual for my style. I only wear flats to play sports and to the beach--and not always even then!"

GO TO THE NEXT PAGE FOR..."Cori makes herself look attractive, but not in an ostentatious way. I bet she'd be fun to date."

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