Shoes in the spotlight!


What might your shoes say about YOU?

Though generally seen as more of a feminine pre-occupation, thinking about shoes and how we choose them – which ones appeal to us, which ones don’t;  even the state of our favourite shoes – has plenty to say about our personality and core drivers.

As as ever with these thoughts, we need to play with the ideas rather than taking any one too literally….


Shoes for the Heart

2s – Trainers
The trainer: no nonsense, nothing self indulgent; they are built for purpose and that purpose, for the 2, is all about YOU.

3s – Jimmy Choos
Insanely expensive and overtly so – 3s would delight in Jimmy Choos shoes: a statement of affluence and style accessible only to those who are ‘doing well’ in this world.

4s – Something very different
Nothing ‘off the peg’ would ever really do for a 4, or at least, nothing that anyone else is wearing; it certainly won’t be the footwear of the masses!


Shoes for the Head

5s – Wellies
Nothing can get to you in a pair of wellies and that suits the 5 down to the ground: prepared for disaster, life for a 5 is one long field trip.

6s – Plain sneakers
Plain and simple, a safe bet, sneakers are supremely socially unobtrusive and super stealthy – perfect for a ‘keep on your toes’ 6!

7s – LED light roller boots
Loud and lively, these are boredom-busting boots with built in entertainment – perfect for the fun seeking 7.


Shoes for the Gut

8s – Dr. Martens
‘Don’t mess with me!’ seems to be written all over a pair of Dr. Martens; definitely the footwear of the dominant, with every stride they claim the very earth as ‘mine’.

9s – Leather sandals
Comfort first, connection with the earth and all its creatures; the footwear for sunshine and holidays, they suggest ease and simplicity – relax, chill, take a break; sandals, like 9s, invite us to tread softly on Mother Earth.

1s – Clarkes
Clarkes shoes are, first and foremost, good for your feet: looks come second and this sound principle is definitely going to appeal to the sensible, serious, have-to-make-the-right-choice 1.


Cars for the Gut

The gut types, driven by a need for control, bring certain cars to mind as possible metaphors for their different approaches to life. There are no absolutes; play with these ideas and see which type of car speaks to you!

o 8s – Hummer


Built like a tank, visibly dominant on the road, the Hummer epitomises the power and impressive presence of the 8.


o 9s – Camper Van


Associated with music festivals, leisure and being off the clock – all of this is reminiscent of dreamy 9s who just want to ‘Teach the world to sing…’

o 1s – E-type Jaguar


Stylish, sophisticated, sleek, everything about the design of the E-type Jaguar is reminiscent of the standards and quality of the 1.




Cars for the Head

Which of these reflections resonates most strongly with you?

o 5s – Land Rover

Practical and pragmatic, 5s would be represented by a vehicle built to explore and investigate, making all things accessible and understood.

o 6s – Volvo

A ‘Safety first’ Volvo would be the car for the 6-always conscious of the dangers of the road.

o 7s – Mini


The Mini epitomises the youth, fun and exuberance of the 7 with the hint of an occasional bank robbery adventure thrown in for good measure!



Cars for the Heart


2s – The ambulance
The ambulance, of course, is the perfect vehicle to represent the 2: needing to be needed, it epitomises the rescuer 2s, speeding off to where the need is greatest, offering invaluable care and life-saving skills just when they are needed the most.




3s – Ferrari
Eye-catching, head turning, a symbol of status and success the Ferrari, like the 3, makes no apologies for being outrageously expensive and exclusive to the rich and famous.



4s – A hearse
Grief and lamentation, irresistible to 4s, their car would have to be the hearse – symbolic of the deepest extremes of human experience and emotion.

Animals for the Gut

Gut types, Driven by anger and a need to control, are well represented by animals of power, animals  one would avoid provoking – see what you think of these to represent the 8,9 and 1.

8s – The Silverback Gorilla


Hugely powerful, the massive dominance of the male silverback gorilla mirrors the indomitable presence of the 8.


9s – The Brown Bear


Associated with gentleness, bear hugs and a warm playfulness, the 9-like brown bear is beautiful, appealing, soft in its general features-and utterly deadly when enraged.


1s – The Honey Bee


Industrious, productive, busy about their work, the very fate of life on this planet depends upon the survival of the honeybee, like 1s, they have a job to do and will become irate with any who jeopardise their cause.