New research says shoes totally have the power to express our innermost selves. Seriously! A new US study shows 90 per cent of your character and style may actually be communicated by your choice of footwear. So HA to all the boyfriends out there having a go at us for how many pairs of shoes we own. Do you WANT a boring girlfriend? To make sure we get off on the right foot, we asked luxury shoe designer and all-round footwear expert Francia Tolson, creator of Francia UYS, to tell us what your shoe of choice says about you.

Stilettos

Confident much? Being a lover of extremely high heels makes you one brave gal and probably a bit of a risk-taker. You’re a fashion-savvy go-getter and a powerful person who likes to communicate to the world that you’re successful, fearless and ready for new experiences. You like to make an impact when you enter a room and you’re immune to any embarrassment caused by a couple of awkward stumbles. Strangely enough, stilettos can also mean that you’re super calm. It makes sense when you think about it; only someone with a high pain threshold and endless patience could handle walking in stilettos every day.

Wedges

You love the height of a heel and the comfort of flats so a chunky platform is the perfect compromise that lets you escape from the aching pressure of the stiletto. You’re extroverted, chic, smart and upbeat but also cautious. Enjoying the benefit of heels and comfort of flats at the same time, you like to play it safe and tread the middle ground. You may be the peacekeeper in many situations but that doesn’t mean you let people walk all over you. A wedge is a symbol of strength and solid commitment. You stand your ground and stick up for what you believe in.

Pumps

If you’re a fan of this ultimate wardrobe staple, chances are you’re easy-going, enjoy comfortable style and like to invest in yourself. You’re a strong person with a quiet confidence about you. These shoes come with a flattering heel that curves and tapers smoothly around the ankle, creating a classic shape that perfectly reflects your sophistication and poise. The low-cut front elongated by the heels also helps to show off your natural femininity. As a lover of pumps, you’re a bright, no-fuss girl who likes to dress with poise for all occasions.

Colourful sneakers

Any four-inch heels are tucked away at the back of your wardrobe to make way for something fun, bright and functional. You’re independent, creative, quirky and playful, and you tackle anything life throws at you one day at a time. You love exploring and can be bored quickly by regular routine. Who cares about your footwear choice not being at the height of fashion? You’re all about living a healthy, balanced life. You’re emotionally stable and, unlike other personality types, less prone to separation anxiety or depending too much on your relationships. Why? Because all those endorphins from exercising are improving your mood and mental health, of course!

Mules

The backless design of these shoes is a symbol of your love for freedom. The heel, on the other hand, shows just how much you love dressing up without pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone. You know just how to juggle your busy schedule and mules are the perfect companion to take your outfit from day to night. You love looking good but there’s way too much going on in your life to worry about dealing with sore feet. Sticking to comfort might imply that you have difficulty trying new things but when you put your mind to it you can have all the confidence of the high heel-wearers with the fun of the sneaker girls.

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