What Your Shoe Choice Says About You

I recently came across this pair of metallic, snake-print, platform brogues and became obsessed with them. (The answer to your question is yes—they were as fantastically fugly as you imagine.) Moments before my fingers (and, by extension, my heart) were to click “purchase,” my brain finally kicked in to stop me. What did my affection for these clunky, totally impractical and generally unappealing shoes say about me? What would passerbys think? And so the sole-searching (pun intended) began…

The truth is our choice in footwear says a lot about us. In honor of Fashionistas/os heading back to campus and first impressions, we took five of CollegeFashionista’s favorite styles for fall and analyzed the personality profiles behind them.

Read on to see what your footwear choice this fall says about you!



Personal style philosophy: “I’m a cool dad.”

Three things in your bag: Homemade kale chips, an emergency flannel and patchouli oil

Topic you would own in trivia: The life and times of Kurt Cobain

Most used emoji: The alien head

Ideal pair: Birkenstock Python Arizonas, $140

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Personal style philosophy: “What Would Rihanna Do?”

Three things in your bag: Concert ticket stub, oversized sunglasses to be worn 24/7 and some sort of “But first, coffee” paraphernalia

Topic you would own in trivia: Famous and not-so-famous black cats

Most used app: Dubsmash

Ideal pair: BC Footwear Bootie, $80

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Personal style philosophy: “Do these shoes make me look like I know about sportz?”

Three things in your bag: Unused gym membership, empty smoothie punch card and half a bag of Skittles.

Topic you would own in trivia: Did this NBA player date a Kardashian?

Most used emoji: The running man

Ideal pair: adidas ‘Superstar,’ $80

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Personal style philosophy: “What are ‘flats?'”

Three things in your bag: Band-aids, blister block and seven different lipsticks

Topic you would own in trivia: Carrie Bradshaw’s footwear by season

Most used app: Uber

Ideal pair: BCBGeneration ‘Treasure’ Pointy Toe Pump, $63

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Personal style philosophy: “What is the least attractive thing I can wear and still have friends?”

Three things in your bag: A copy of NYLON, black lipstick and a list of culottes you are eyeing.

Topic you would own in trivia: The good, the bad and the androgynous

Most used emoji: The white orthopedic sneaker

Ideal pair: Jeffrey Campbell Pistol Wedges, $110

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Show us your footwear persona on social media using the hashtag #collegefashionista!