What is the story of your shoes?
According to an article in National Geographic, the type of shoes we wear say a lot about our behaviour. Hmm, sounds interesting. I want to know more about this…
We wear our hearts on our soles.
“Shoes are the best indicator of how people are feeling,” says June Swann, a shoe historian based in Northampton, England.
“The foot is an erotic organ and the shoe is its sexual covering,” wrote William A. Rossi, a podiatrist, in The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe. The shoe is the erotic foot’s pimp and procurer.”
Every shoe tells a story. Shoes speak of status, gender, ethnicity, religion, profession, and politics. Last, far from least, they can be drop-dead gorgeous.
We can’t read your soul but we can read your soles.
Shoes are theater. Shoes turn you into someone else. You can’t be a dominatrix in a sneaker. If you are in a high heel, you are in pain, and you are going to make someone pay for it. Then there is the drag queen who puts on a high platform heel, and he becomes she.
Women kill for the right shoe, but men do too! You put on heels, and suddenly you are six inches [15 centimeters] higher. Who doesn’t want to be six inches taller? Even men—more men than you can imagine—want to. It’s a play. It’s a power thing. You can dress as a sailor, a Victorian, a Renaissance princess. What is your epitome of a sexy shoe? They fit if you gain or lose weight. They make you feel pretty. They make you feel sexy. They’re a great antidepressant.
“I don’t have a pet or a boyfriend. I have my shoes.”
Shoes are armor—protecting us from the flinty surface of the moon, the searing sand of desert, the urban grime of city asphalt. Shoes also reveal our vulnerability—not just the weakness of vanity, but the easily wounded nature of our souls.
you can judge a man by his shoes, but the shoes will judge his behaviour
Have you ever been told that you can judge a man by his shoes? As you might know, technically speaking, it’s not that simple to judge a man…
There’s no one piece or style that makes a person look successful. Scientific research has come up whith an answer and recommends the basics when trying to project a positive image: the little black dress, the blazer, the pumps.
“With classics, history has done the work for you. It has lasted throughout time, so you already know it works,” And what is it that makes a classic a classic? “It has multiple functions, and it’s appropriate for different age ranges and body types. It became a classic because it works no matter who you are.”
On the other hand, there’s no one piece or style that makes a person look unsuccessful. Anything where it looks like you didn’t take the time or make the effort comes across badly.
The worst clothing is the kind that tries to undo, ignore or hide where or who you are, or the kind that shows you didn’t pay attention to your body/age/situation … Any clothes that prohibit you from doing your job well send the wrong message.
A study examined a concept called “enclothed cognition.” Researchers define it in their report as “the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer’s psychological processes,” meaning what your clothes are saying to you, not about you. And how they make you feel.
The researchers distributed standard white lab coats to participants, telling some that it was a doctor’s coat and some that it was a painter’s smock. All participants performed the same task, but those wearing the “doctor’s coat” were more careful and attentive. Their actions were influenced by their clothing.
Well, that sounds interesting: next time you go shopping and you see a pair of Cristofoli Shoes, remember this: they will guide you to places far beyond your comfort zone…