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Want to get to know somebody? Look at their shoes

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Forrest Gump always said one can tell a lot about people by their shoes, and according to a new study, he was right.

University of Kansas researchers claim people can tell someone's personality from what they put on their feet.

The researchers asked one group of participants to submit photos of the shoes they wear most often. A separate group of participants studied photos and answered questions about the owners' personalities.

The researchers found that by examining the style, cost, color and condition of the shoe, they were able to guess roughly 90 percent of the owner's characteristics.

"Shoes can be used to detect characteristics and personality dimensions of people to an extent," psychologist Omri Gillath said.

A few of the things the study found include extroverts favor colorful flashy shoes, and conscientious people wear shoes that are older but spotless. Liberal thinkers wear shabbier and less expensive shoes.

The study also found that aggressive personalities prefer ankle boots, while calm personalities appear to prefer shoes that look uncomfortable.

The study will be published in the August edition of Research in Personality.

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