Scarpomancy is a modern method of reading somebody's character by studying his old shoes.


Derived from the Italian scarpa ('shoe') and Greek manteia ('prophecy')


In Scarpomancy, the wear pattern, styling, scuff marks, tongue deformation, lace fraying etc. on the shoe all relate to different aspects of the subject's psyche. For example, faced with a pair of shoes displaying noticeable wear on the outside edge of the heel, the diviner may determine from the spirit world that such a person had a rolling gait and was therefore in a hurry, with places to go, relaxed, certain of their destiny, slightly arrogant, intolerant of fools or was suffering from rickets.

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