Several years ago, Big Brother psychologist, Professor Geoffrey Beattie was challenged by British shoe-makers, Jeffery-West to de-code the tell-tale signs men and women use with their feet to convey messages. Beattie believes feet convey a fascinating channel of non-verbal communication and can reveal a great deal about our personality, what we think of the person we’re talking to and even our emotional and psychological state.
Feet convey subconscious messages because they sit below eye-level and we are less aware of our lower extremities than our hands and face. For example, when a woman is sexually attracted to her partner, she is less likely to sit cross legged The more open her posture, the more attracted she is. Men are less likely to use their feet to signal sexual attraction instead, they use their eyes and tilt their head and lean forward.
Contrary to what was previously thought (foot and leg movements increased when people are lying), they lie unnaturally still. The brain unconsciously attempts to control parts of the body which may reflect nervousness. Beattie suggests if you want to tell if someone is lying, establish a baseline by talking to them normally and watch what they do with their feet. Then ask the tricky question you want to know the truth about and watch their feet. Look for a decrease in movement, if you see it, the likelihood is that they are fibbing.
When men are genuinely anxious they show their nerves by increasing their foot movements. As they become more comfortable and more relaxed, their foot movements lessen. Women, however, somehow manage to inhibit the movement of their feet when nervous and only when they become more comfortable in a situation do they allow their feet to release nervous energy and move freely.
Alpha males and females have a low level of leg and foot movement because they like to dominate and control the conversation and the same goes for their body. Extroverts do likewise but for different reasons, while shy people have frequent movements. Arrogant people also keep their bodies more in check and use less foot movement.
Women , it appears do judge men on the shoes. Social judgement on the basis of footwear is made fast and unconsciously, based upon: how clean the shoes are, the style of the shoe, whether they are demonstratively cheap or expensive and whether they match the rest of what the man is wearing.