First impressions are often associated with a person’s physical attributes, body language or attire. However, it would be surprising to know how shoes can impress and grab a stranger’s attention. Although meant for functionality, you cannot discount the distinct ‘complete’ look one can attain with the right shoe style and fit.
How much thought do you invest in selecting the perfect pair for yourself? Are you laid-back and take inputs from the salesperson or tirelessly hunt one to suit your preferences? Do you know that this seemingly simple selection process reveals your character traits?
Your choice reflects your personality
Everything from the colour, brand and make of your footwear to its condition and upkeep give away your personality. Wearing shocking colours like blue or fluorescent shades on formal wear are a sign of healthy self-confidence. Extroverts don’t care much about appearances and can be seen sporting worn-out ones without much care. Contrarily, splurging on expensive brands and then spending consistently on their upkeep reflects anxiety and a needy state of mind.
Do you prefer heels or flats?
‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world’ by Marilyn Monroe has to be one of the best quotes ever. It signifies power, control and taken rather seriously by women who strut along stylishly in their heels. Flats are a comfortable and practical choice for your feet, but heels accentuate your sexuality and give your gait an irresistible swagger. What you choose to don, and where, will convince you that shoes can impress and how. Interestingly, did you know that historically heels were invented for men even though they simply screamed privilege and served no purpose? Pity that heels have become more gender-specific now.
The perfect pairing is real, and so is fusion!
Whether you’re into fashion or not, pairing your footwear with your attire gives you a stylish edge. You cannot wear sneakers to a boardroom or compromise your own safety in a football match by turning up in pumps. There are obviously no set standards for this, but one would agree that foolishly odd pairings are an eyesore. Fusion looks are all the rage now, but getting adventurous for merely standing out can fall flat. Shoes can impress when there’s some melodic theme in place, and you’re carrying it with aplomb. Are you game for it?
Take inspiration from traditional styles
Every area and region showcases styles that have cultural and geographical significance. Once meant for general use, these styles have now become a statement. Gladiator sandals, Kolhapuri chappals or ankle and knee-length boots find a place of pride in footwear collections. Strap on a pair and let it do the talking for you. Making a lasting impression was never easier!
It goes without saying that shoes do more than just protect our feet. People often size others up by the way they present themselves from head to toe. Stepping out in the right pair will not only make an excellent first impression but also make you perceive yourself in a positive way. What better way to venture out in style and confidence, right?