Do people notice your shoes and form perceptions accordingly? Based on my experience, I can say they certainly do and there's scientific evidence as well to support this. In a study conducted at the University of Kansas, researchers found that people can make accurate predictions about an individual's personality traits based solely on the type of shoes they wear. In the study, the accuracy of such predictions was as high as 90 percent. This clearly demonstrates that shoes say a lot about a person. It also underscores the importance of wearing the right shoes. I think this is especially true in an office environment, where you are constantly being assessed and judged.
The study also revealed some common personality traits associated with specific types of shoes. For example, bright colored shoes are often associated with extroverts whereas plain shoes are most likely to be worn by introverts. Shoes that are just right are usually preferred by agreeable people who have good relations with other guys in the team. Aggressive folks are likely to sport glitzier stuff such as Boots. Similarly, there are other things that can be deciphered about an individual based on the type of shoes they wear.
In an office environment, I would recommend that you choose practical and functional shoes that will help you make the right style statement. Here are some of my top suggestions.
Classic Oxfords: These are extraordinarily versatile and can be worn with a wide variety of formal clothing. Classic Oxfords have a simple, yet elegant design that can be paired with various shades of fabric. Wear it with any standard shirt and trousers or make a bigger impact with the complete package of suit and tie. Classic Oxfords have a timeless design and they never go out of style.
Boots: These can be used to give a tough, rugged look to your personality. Use boots when you need to make a style statement or at times when you want to express your dominance in a leadership role. Boots are also most suitable for semi-formal occasions. They go well with both trousers and a pair of jeans.
Sneakers: These are fun and perfect for Friday night parties. Sneakers fit snugly, are superiorly comfortable and easy to get in and kick off. Just when things start to get boring, bring out your sneakers to reveal your playful side.
Formal Brogues: These are recommended for giving the perfect start to the week. Formal Brogues combine the elegance of Oxford and superior style with brogue detailing. These haven't gone out of style in decades, and are likely to retain their supremacy in the future as well.
Double Monk Strap: These are also laceless and work as a good alternative to loafers. Double monk strap shoes will elevate your style when you pair them with a suit and tie. You sport these on days when you really need to stand apart from the crowd.
It's quite easy to express yourself with shoes. Just keep the occasion in mind and choose the right shoes that complement your personality and your outfit. Then, if people notice your shoes, you can be sure that you are making the right impressions.