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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Offer me a few pairs of killer heels or an afternoon with Johnny Depp, and I'm going to have to go with the shoes. Footwear to a fashionista is like a drug: expensive and addicting.

And whether a girl or guy shares my obsession or not, shoes can offer a lot of insight into the wearer's personality.

As a self-proclaimed fashion enthusiast and avid people-watcher, I've seen and judged it all on campus.

Personality really shines through in the details. In general, if a wearer's fabulous footwear is full of color and embellishments, it's a sure sign he or she likes to have fun. Similarly, if shoes are neutral or plain, it's likely the wearer leads a conservative lifestyle.

A look at your soles could very well be a look into your soul, so when putting together an outfit, consider it all from your head to your toes.

Sneakers

Those into physical activity tend to wear athletic shoes regularly. Let's put it this way: If a girl is wearing a 4-inch wedge to class, chances are she's not into rock climbing.

All in all, the functionality of a sneaker says the shoe owner is on the go and active in his or her day-to-day life.

TOMS

Anyone who wears TOMS is a good Samaritan. With every pair bought, a pair is donated to a child in need. Besides that humbling fact, a person who wears TOMS values comfort - and fashion. TOMS are trendy, even if they are benefiting a good cause.

Flip-flops

Flip-flop wearers are generally laid-back and nonchalant - really, most couldn't care less what people think. Flip-flop campus-goers: It's obvious you didn't just come from the beach, but not to worry. Your secret behind wearing the comfy footwear is safe with me. These sandals are simple to slip on in the morning when heading out the door. An easy wear for an easygoing person. How appropriate.

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Dress shoes

Kudos to any girl who wears dress shoes to class. More than any other form of footwear, they exude confidence. These people are the trendsetters, the attention-grabbers - looking their best at all times. In the same way, any guy who wears dress shoes on campus undoubtedly looks much snazzier than his male classmates.

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