A man only has to look at a woman’s feet to tell if she is head over heels in love with him, according to a study. How to tell if a woman fancies you: look at her feet If a woman moves her feet away from her body while giggling, to adopt a more open-legged stance, then she is attracted to you While men have long assumed that a woman’s blushes or a bat of the eyelids were the telltale signs of attraction, experts now believe that foot movements reveal most about an admirer’s true feelings.
It is claimed that gestures with our feet are the most powerful form of body language because we are less conscious of what we are doing with them. If a woman moves her feet away from her body while giggling, to adopt a more open-legged stance, then she is attracted to you. But if her legs are crossed or tucked under her body, then the suitor’s advances are likely to end in disaster. Women will be disappointed to learn that the rules do not apply to men, who reveal nothing about sexual attraction through their feet, the research discovered. However, unfaithful men should remain on their toes – women can tell a liar by spotting a man who keeps his feet unnaturally still.
The findings were made by Professor Geoff Beattie, one of Britain’s leading psychologists, who examined how people move their feet in response to different situations. Prof Beattie, who is Dean of psychological sciences at the University of Manchester, said: “Whilst people might know what their facial expression or hands might be imparting, they will often have no idea whether their feet are moving or the messages their feet are sending out. “People can mask smiles, or mask what they are doing with their eyes, but feet are actually a bit easier to read because people don’t know what they are doing with them. “The secret language of feet 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, they are a fascinating channel of non-verbal communication.” He added: “If you are meeting someone for the first time, laughter is not necessarily a good thing – people can be laughing at you, or with you. “If a woman’s feet move when she laughs, it is one of the most powerful signals that she likes you. “If they are crossing the feet, or crossing the legs – not good.” If a man is nervous, he will show his feelings by increasing his foot movement. Women however, do the opposite, and keep their feet still.
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. The research compiled on behalf of shoemakers Jeffery West also found that women judge men on their shoes – how stylish, clean, how expensive they look and whether they match an outfit.
Foot movement: the telltale signs:
Attraction: a woman shows she is attracted to a man by moving her feet away from her body, to adopt a more open-legged stance, when laughing.
Repulsion: a woman crosses her legs or keeps them tucked beneath her body to signal that she does not welcome a man’s advances.
Nervousness: men move their feet more, while women keep their feet still
Dishonesty: both sexes adopt an unnatural lack of foot movement