What your shoes say to guys


We love our sky-high pumps and cool-girl boots, but what do guys think of them? Expect some obvious reactions and some major curveballs as you flip through our recent dude survey.

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Brightly colored shoes get you noticed.

"She's the first person on the dance floor."

—Oliver, 23

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Super-trendy shoes can translate as costumey.

"Ninety percent certain this woman was thrust into the city via a time portal, suddenly teleported while training for the very first Greek Olympics."

—Ben, 31

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Makeup-color heels are always pretty.

"I dig the way her shoes match her lipstick. Her beauty sneaks up on you."

—Adam, 40

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Your "commute shoes" can look out of place.

"Great job matching her cab, not so much her outfit."

—Ralph, 27

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Barely there sandals say "beach goddess."

"She wishes she was on a Hawaiian vacation, but the park will have to do for now."

—William, 26

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Socks + sexy pumps = identity crisis.

"The black heels are 'downtown' sophisticated, and the socks are schoolgirl cutesy. I'm confused."

—Mike, 31

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Fashion-forward wedges spell fierce.

"She's either from the funkiest village in Holland or owns her own paint-by-numbers shoe shop. Either way, this girl knows how to have a good time and isn't afraid to tell you to your face."

—Matt, 36

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To some cowboys, authenticity counts.

"She pretends to get excited about the Willie Nelson tickets you scored but secretly wishes you were taking her to see Kenny Chesney."

—Phil, 32

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Tall buckled boots are tough...even with a sundress.

"She's wearing a skirt, but figuratively, she's wearing pants. She knows what she wants."

—David, 26

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Ultra-girly shoes are sweet in (almost) all the right ways.

"I hate her rom-coms and obsession with flourless chocolate cake, but I love everything else about her."

—Brian, 23

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It pains him to look at your sky-high pumps.

"Could that be her hand in the shoe? Maybe it is her hand in the shoe. Ankles just don't bend that way."

—Michael, 31

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Your platforms aren't your only platform.

"She updates her Tumblr page 20 times a day while listening to She & Him on repeat."

—Kelly, 29

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Too many animal prints make it look like you crave attention.

"She pretends to listen to music with an iPod turned off with hopes to overhear a conversation about her looks."

—Justin, 30

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Low heels reveal your true shoe preference.

"She's put-together at work, but on the weekends, she loves to change into jeans and a T-shirt. She looks hot either way."

—Andrew, 33

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Black boots and bare legs look hot. But not in the way you're thinking.

"Undeterred by the weather, this girl is going to rock a winter no matter what—even if she ends the day in a pool of her own sweat."

—Greg, 21

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