Sneakers the Sign of a Leader?
Leadership apparently sneaks up on you.
Got a passion for buying sneakers? It could be a good sign, with a poll finding that people who buy three pairs of sneakers or more a year are far more likely to be a leadership type than other people.
Mindset Media, a media company that examines personality traits of different consumers, found that people who buy more than three pairs of sneakers a year are 61 percent more likely to have the qualities of a modern leader. These qualities were defined as having ideas and vision, and a style with others that is both inclusive and decisive.
The survey of 7,500 people, using market research group Nielsen’s online panel, found multi-sneaker buyers were 50 percent more likely to be very assertive and 47 percent more likely to be spontaneous.
I’m pretty sure I’ve never bought three pairs of sneakers in a year. Indeed, I’m not sure I know anyone above grammar school age who wears sneakers.
There were years when I bought three or more pairs of athletic shoes of some variety but I’ve tended to wear running shoes or cross trainers rather than sneakers. I do have a pair of tennis shoes for the incredibly infrequent occasions that I play tennis but they’ll last a lifetime at this rate. Nowadays, I’m mostly in leather-soled dress shoes which I have resoled periodically, or some sort of hybrid casual shoe like Sketchers or driving mocs.
I suspect that such people are also more likely than not to be, um, male?
My 11 yo daughter, who is very much the leader of her clique, has been known to purchase three pair of Chucks in a single *day*.
Thank goodness they’re only $30/pair.
Why do I suspect this poll was commissioned by people who manufacture sneakers?
You might find that some people call any not-traditional “athletic” shoes, that is, not made primarily of stiff leather and all, “sneakers.” By your definition, I haven’t owned sneakers since footwear manufacturers improved the design of sneakers and started calling them, you know, athletic shoes.
I wore sneakers to my interview this week. They happen to be spiffy looking black ones, but I still call them sneakers because that’s what we’ve always called safe-for-gymnasium-floor footwear.
That said, I’m lucky to buy a pair per year. OTOH I haven’t bought “shoes” for 20 years. Thus the interview conundrum and relief at having bought the black pair of New Balance, er, sneakers, a couple years ago.