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One of the most common fetishes for a body part is that of the foot fetish – 47% of people who have a fetish for a particular body part even prefer feet ! Both Elvis Presley and Andy Warhol were said to have a foot fetish, so you’re in good company if a pair of feet does it for you.
So, what is a foot fetish?
It’s simply a sexual preoccupation with feet that’s specifically known as a paraphilia [2, 3]. Someone with this type of fetish might like touching or kissing another person’s feet, or they might prefer to be on the receiving end. Viewing images of sexy feet and footwear might also be up your alley if you have a foot fetish.
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Note that some people with a foot fetish like all feet while others prefer to see feet in particular shoes or states of dress. For example, some people only like feet in shoes or boots, while others prefer them in sandals or barefoot. Some foot fetishists prefer feet of a certain shape or toes that are long or short.
Some want them small and feminine with a perfect arch. There are foot fetishists who even prefer larger feet or manly feet. For some people, a foot that’s especially dirty and stinky does the trick. You’d be surprised by how many variations there are when it comes to this — or any — fetish. There’s definitely a pair of feet for everyone with a fetish.
How Common is Foot Fetishism?
You shouldn’t feel weird about having a foot fetish or if your partner admits to having one. It may seem a little weird to you (this list has more weird fetishes), but it’s perfectly safe and legal, and you might find that sex involving a foot fetish is pretty hot! Plus, it’s fairly common as far as foot fetishes go.
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How common? One study found that 47% of people who had a fetish for a specific body part had a foot fetish, making it the most common fetish for a part and more than five times more common than the next most popular fetish . The same study found that socks and shoes, objects associated with feet, are among the most common fetishized objects. Another book lists the foot fetish among the most common body part fetishes (the others are hair and hands) [4 pp 89-110].
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The presence of feet in erotic magazines has grown exponentially over the last few decades, and there are even theories that foot fetishism increases during times of sexual epidemics ( syphilis, etc.) .
What Causes A Foot Fetish?
The next logical question to ask is what causes a foot fetish if it’s so common. The jury is still out on the definitive cause of foot fetishism if there is even just one! Researchers such as Vilayanur S. Ramachandran suggest that the feet and genitals occupy adjacent portions of the brain, so it’s easy for signals to get crossed .
One theory suggests that the areas of the brain related to sexual arousal and feet. Another theory posits that foot fetishists underwent conditioning during the critical moments of puberty. Even a single event might be impactful enough to cause a lifelong sexual obsession with feet .
You might remember that Freud thought that feet look like genitals and fetishism originated there.
Whatever the reason, we’re sure plenty of foot fetishists are glad!
How to Satisfy a Foot Fetish
Perhaps give some foot lovin’ a try in exchange for him trying something you’ve been wanting to do in the bedroom. And if you’re the one who wants to try something kinkier, our guide on sexual communication might help you bring it up with your man. Remember, kinky means something different to every person.
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We’ve got some sexy ways to experience a foot fetish, too.
1. Foot Massage
If you ask people “What is a foot fetish?”, not everyone would consider a foot massage a feet fetish. After all, many people enjoy them for non-erotic reasons. Still, it’s worth mentioning because a sensual massage of the feet might be your introduction into the world of foot fetishism! A massage is relaxing – and it’s always nice to be pampered – but it can also be sexually arousing when the part of your body being massaged has sexual connotations in your mind.
For some people, this is their feet. Alternatively, you might find giving your partner a sensual foot, and ankle massage also gets your juices flowing. The feet have a lot of pressure points, which make them an ideal location for giving or receiving a massage. Some reflexology guides list as many as 20 different areas of stimulation on the foot and their corresponding body parts. Of particular note for those with a foot fetish is the bottom of the heel, which is said to stimulate the pelvic region.
Some people also enjoy adding tickling to their foot massage or fetish. Although this isn’t for people who are overly ticklish or who aren’t ticklish at all, it’s something to give a try. Consider adding it when you’re lightly bound – read about light bondage – and unable to stop your partner from tickling your feet!
4. Foot jobs and Genital Stimulation
If your foot fetish is more intense, you might be interested in trying a foot job, which entails stimulation of the genitals with feet. Porn often depicts women stroking their partners with one or both feet, and you can easily get this started by playing a little footsie underneath the dinner table! Women aren’t left out in the cold, either, as their partners can rub the vulva with their feet.
Some women can even kneel with their ankle pressed into their vulvas for clitoral stimulation! This requires a fair bit of agility, of course. There are much easier ways to stimulate your own clitoris, including the tips in this guide.
You can end by having your partner ejaculate on your feet and toes if you’re both okay with that. Head to the shower to clean off (or have him lick you clean).
5. Oral Attention
Moving on, we have foot kissing and sucking, especially with toes. You’ll probably want clean tootsies before you allow your partner to do this, but many people enjoy how sensual this can feel. This is especially true for women, who don’t have the phallic equipment to receive a blowjob.
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Another way to live out a foot fetish is through activities such as pedicure. Getting a professional pedicure leaves you with cute toenail polish and touchable feet, which might be a great precursor to other fetishistic activities! Start with a luxurious foot bath, which you can do with your partner or alone. If you need to nick a few stray hairs first, you might want to do that in private.
After a soak, which softened your skin, you can slough off any dead or dry skin. Pat your feet dry – or have your partner do it for you! – and slowly rub a moisturizing lotion into the skin. Clean any old polish from your toes and remove dead cuticles to prepare for a new shade. Apply at least two layers of your favorite color.
Remember that nail polish can take a long time to dry, even if it seems dried. A fan can help, but we also recommend a quick-dry top coat so that you can get to the dirty business even faster!
7. Sexy Footwear
A pedicure provides you with direct foot contact for quite some time, but you don’t need to make foot contact if that’s not your specific foot fetish. In the popular show “Mistresses,” for instance, Josslyn meets a man named Scott. As they explore their relationships, she discovers his deep, dark secret – the foot fetish. At first, Josslyn is worried that he enjoys wearing expensive women’s heels, but he she discovers that he enjoys it when his partners wear them, especially during sex.
The couple enjoys shopping for shoes together, and Scott buys Josslyn expensive shoes that she couldn’t otherwise afford to fulfill his foot fetish. Although the couple eventually parts ways, they enjoy exploring this part of their personalities and sexuality together. Chances are, wearing heels makes you feel sexy, as will parading in front of your partner while wearing them. Why not give it a try?
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8. Erotic Media
It comes as no surprise that a fetish as common at foot fetishism makes an appearance in erotic media (porn, erotica, cam girls, etc.). Plenty of other fetishes make it into porn, too. One estimate states that fetishism is involved in 1/4th of all porn made in America .
Cam girls will pose for viewers with their feet in the center of the camera. Models will sell photos of their polished and naked feet in plain view. Acts of foot fetishism like those listed in this post are not an uncommon theme in written erotica, either. There’s plenty to consume if you have a foot fetish or to help your partner enjoy his own fetish — and you could even make your own erotic content that’s centered on feet.
There are those people who have a foot fetish who experiment with their fetish by masturbating with footwear. They may rub against a shoe or rub a shoe against them or simply watch it while they pleasure themselves. Minus an attraction to feet specifically, this might be more indicative of a shoe fetish, however.
10. BDSM and Foot Worship
Foot fetishists often seem primed for different BDSM activities. For instance, boot worship is common in femdom – more on that here. When the female in charge wears a pair of sexy boots, she may demand her submissive partner lick or kiss them in worship. In fact, there are men who seek out pro dommes specifically because they desire to be erotically used in such a way. Virtual dommes, who communicate with clients online, have also found that exchanging videos or photos of their sexy feet and footwear can be quite lucrative when they find a client with a foot fetish!
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This sort of foot fetish can extend beyond worship into erotic pain. A woman wearing a heeled shoe or boot might use the heel to pinch a man’s body or otherwise leave a mark. Or she may actually walk on him if she can do so without causing permanent damage. In some extreme cases, a domme may crush or otherwise hurt a submissive’s genitals with her feet as part of their play, a practice known as cock and ball torture when the submissive is a man.
Flip it around, and you might find the suggestive nudge from the toe of your man’s boot quite thrilling. If you’re into service type submission (tips about that in this post) then cleansing and shining those boots might be something you incorporated into your play.
Of course, you don’t have to incorporate pain. You can dominate your man without pain in many ways, some of which satisfy a foot fetish.
Remember that you don’t have to give in to your partner’s every whim. You can tease and deny him by taking away stimulation or the object of his desire (in this case, your foot or footwear). You can also incorporate ruined orgasms if you feel especially feisty.
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Of course, you can engage in a foot fetish without such extreme forms of play. There’s no right or wrong way to explore your fetish as long as it doesn’t permanently hurt anyone and everyone involved can give consent. If your partner expresses interest in a foot fetish, but you realize it’s not your thing, that’s okay, too. There are plenty of other things you can do to keep the spark in your sex life!
Check out the following resources for more information about foot fetishism.
- The New York Post has an article about how fetishes mean big money on Instagram.
- Head over to Filthy, which peers in-depth into the history of foot fetishism.
- If you want to get into the mindset of someone with a foot fetish, check out this post on Thought Catalog.
- Cosmopolitan has a similar article featuring people who reveal the moment they realized they had a foot fetish.
- Dr. Mark D. Griffiths gives an overview of foot fetishism on Psychology Today.
- Daniel G Wood examines the neuroscience of foot fetishism.
- This article on Shape presents possible reasons why fetishes form.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ #1 – Is a foot fetish the same as a shoe fetish?
There is often overlap between foot fetishists and shoe fetishists. A foot fetishist may prefer feet in a certain type of footwear. But a person with a foot fetish often prefers the foot to have specific characteristics while a someone with a shoe fetish might not care about the foot at all.
FAQ #2 – What causes a foot fetish?
While there’s no scientific answer for certain, there are two prevailing theories. One centers on the parts of the brain that deal with genitals and feet. They just happen to be adjacent to one another! The second theory posits that one or more events during puberty conditions an adolescent to develop a fetish about feet.
FAQ #3 – Is someone who has a foot fetish weird, a freak or perverted?
Nope! As we’ve discussed, it’s among the most common of fetishes. It’s usually out of the person’s control, and some people feel a lot of shame about their fetish. However, it can be explored healthily and safely with a willing partner.
If your partner expresses an interest in feet, try to react calmly and without judgment. It’s okay to tell him that you need a bit of time to consider it. During this time, you may want to consider if you want to be involved and, if so, how much. On the other hand, if you’ve come to realize that you have a foot fetish, you should be gentle with yourself as it’s common and doesn’t indicate anything negative about your character or sexual preferences.
FAQ #4 – What if I don’t want to be involved in my partner’s foot fetish?
While this is a common type of fetish, it’s not for everyone. Some people will be willing to help their partners explore such a fetish, but it’s okay if you’re not interested. If your partner pushes these activities, it may be time to rethink your sexual relationship. If he’s okay with your lack of interest, it might be acceptable for him to masturbate to feet in porn or with shoes but for the two of you to engage in sexual activities that you both find pleasurable.
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I’ve met a new man who’s into things I’ve always wanted to try BDSM. I’ve fantasised about them, but now that I find myself
In the situation where I can actually try them out, I find myself overwhelmed. Got any tips for overriding fears and gaining spontaneity? I’d like to stop wondering if I’m doing things right and start enjoying my good fortune. I think I’m too passive :-/.
Sean Jameson says
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In foot fetish all girl needs to do if she has pretty feet is take off her shoes and socks and go into room and lye on her stomach so that her feet are in front of guy. Believe me I am a guy with foot fetish every girl who had done this to me with a pretty feet and soles wasn’t getting out of my head for years. For those into tickling all girl should talk is how her feet are ticklish and how she can’t take it when guy tickles her. You also should say how somebody tickled you on feet with feather and how you laughed.
Im male and Into to bdsm trampling and foot licking. women and sexy foot wear but feel fear of exploring it as I struggle to come to terms if its normal ? Had some experiences before but all felt sham and guilt afterwards. What do women think of this and should I seek help ?
Sean Jameson says
As long as you’re safe, not harming anyone and not breaking the law then you shouldn’t feel ashamed.
My boyfriend has a foot fetish and I let him do what he wants. I’m not a big fan of feet, but I don’t she him for loving mine. Unless your fetishes compromise the comfortability of your partner, don’t be ashamed. And if your partner isn’t comfortable, find one who is. Unless you’re willing to not indulge your fetish because of how you feel about your partner
Dave Dilians. says
Do I have a foot fetish? Yes.
Do I like painted toenails? No.
The fundamental reason for toenail polish is to conceal dirt. That’s an indisputable fact. Anything else is just opinion.
That is a good point.
Harold Hanslmair says
“Indisputable fact?” Nonsense.
Where is number three?
Perhaps that one covers biting?
Yes But ever so soft
my boyfriend loves playing with my feet and loves making love to them. this is new to me but i love pleasing him and seeing how he gets. i wish i knew what more to do or say with him/them to explore more (:
Foot Dom WannaBe says
A guy that I’m talking to has revealed to me that he has a foot fetish – so much so that he’s ‘schooled’ me in the different ways of ‘torture’ of the foot (bastinado, foot pads, electrolisis, etc) and won’t have sex with me until I appeal to his sensibilities and not my own (his words). For me, I’m a ‘shower’ not a “teller” kind of person. I’d rather show him what I’d like to do than actually tell him. He’s all into the ‘role play’ and verbal language beforehand. PLUS he’s so much better at the verbal than I am!
I’m like stuck and confused on what to say to make this happen and be his “Foot Dom” as he calls me.
I’m a guy and was shy in the beginning about my foot fetish. I was also embarrassed that someone might find out.
I found that once meeting the right girl I could let her know I like experimenting in the bedroom leading to telling her I like kissing and licking feet. However something I read online let me know that it’s important to also pay attention to her needs as well. Don’t always include feet in the bedroom and spend time enjoying more traditional sex if she’s that kind of girl.
We are now happily married and I can say probably include feet about 1/3 of the time in the bedroom.
The feet are full of the most sensitive nerve endings and body energy centers. All body systems flow through the feet.
The feet are an erogenous zone and massaging the feet and sucking and licking the toes are extremely pleasurable for me and my boyfriend.Only those who know the sensuality and sexuality that awakens a beautiful clean and precious feet, toes , nails , understand our feeling. Love it.
I’ve had a foot fetish for as long as I can remember. Painted toe nails with the girl wearing strappy flat sandals is my favourite thing ever. I told my wife very early on and she let’s me indulge. Every time we have sex I play with her feet. She even teases me when we are out and about and other people are wearing sandals.
Mr. HerPleasurePleasesMe says
I’ve always had an interest/love for feet since WAAAY BACK in Pre-K & I’m 30 years old now. However back when my obsession began at first it was only the visual appeal for feet that fueled my attraction so to speak. Ofcourse eventually it grew a tad-bit bigger to me liking/desiring to touch/tickle them as a pre-teen adolescent but it wasn’t until I reached my early to mid 20s that it grew MUCH MUCH BIGGER & I developed a VERY VERY STRONG sexual attraction to them & it was so unignorable that I became sexually curious with my life-long beloved FOOTSIE FETISH!!!
I love to blind fold my completely butt-naked partner as she takes a 100% submission role in which she allows me to take full control of her to do what I want to & with her feet all the while she tells me how much she likes it during the entire process. I like to start off kissing & licking all over her soft soles & in between her cute toes (painted or unpainted). Then once I have satisfied all my oral urges I either pour baby oil or rub Vaseline’s petroleum jelly (OR USE BOTH) all over her sexy feet until they are glowing & with my permission/consent & under my command; I tell her to give me a SLOW YET TIGHT SQUEEZING FOOTJOB as I instruct her on how I want her to do it as I put her feet in many various positions of my choice. Next I like to get my dick slowly and rhythmically stroked by her feet until I can no longer hold back my orgasmic ejaculation. I especially love when I’m on the verge of busting a nutt then I tell her to stop and wait for the heightened sensation to go back down only to do it over & over & over again. Thats because each time I nearly reach a climax brings SO MUCH MORE STIMULATION which in the end makes for the strongest most euphoric CUMBLAST I can possibly have at that point & time.
Anyways speaking less personally & more generally for all of the males that have my kind of a foot fetish meaning considerably very strong; So for all of the footlover men out there like me as well as all of the people who don’t really understand why footfetishes are so commonly popular & may think its weird I made a small list (in no specific order) of some things that turn me on THE MOST when it comes to being a footlover:
1. THE WRINKLES ON SOLES
I don’t know what it is but whatever it is about foot wrinkles just rings my bells. The deeper the wrinkles the more unbelievably attracted I become to feet & the more uncontrollable my fetish urges get.
2. ARCHED FEET/TOE CURLING
My partner arching her feet is another HUMUNGOUS TURN ON for me. That may be because of my weakness for wrinkled sole in which toe curling and/or arched feet bring the sole wrinkles out the most giving them the best definition possible making them irresistibly attractive to me. Even when I have my partner in the missionary position all she has to do is arch/curl her toes and it can make me pop almost instantly cutting our session extremely short and I am known to be a very long-winded man in the bedroom in terms of stamina.
3. VERY SOFT SOLES
My partner or ANY WOMAN for that matter that has soft pillow-like soles owns a copy of the Key to my sexual arousal. The 1st time that I received a foot job from a woman with super soft soles it drove me nearly insane the because feeling is unexplainably pleasurful but if I DID had to describe it I would say it feels as if you are climaxing the entire time you are receiving a footjob.
This list can go on & on… TRUST ME lol!!! Lastly the bottom line and overall point off me commenting was to highlight that it took me a long time to become somewhat comfortable or should I say unashamed of my fetish for feet as well as me bringing it in the bedroom to the numerous sexual partners in the past. In fact I’ve always been uncomfortably embarrassed by my foot fetish that I am still not 100% comfortable with it to this day. I would say I am at the point where I am transitioning right in between being ashamed of it & feeling weird about my foot fetish to being able to fully embrace it and confident enough to express/bring it in my love life and bedroom with my partner. I’ve always been afraid that if I was to bring it up and ask a new partner to try it I would be looked at in a weird way, judged, made fun of, or basically any type of negative outcome that would result in my total embarrassment!!!
Has anyone (Preferably males) experienced the same thing about their foot fetish and if so how did it make you feel? What did you do about it?? How did it turn out??? Lastly have you ever encountered a situation where you let your woman/sex partner know about your kinky foot fetish and she may have flipped out on you or judged you to the point she made you feel embarrassed about it or brought you to a shameful feeling????
Don’t be afraid to reply to my comment because I am looking forward to seeing some of you all’s responses, feedback, & EXPERIENCES!!!!!!
Sean Jameson says
Thanks for sharing!
My husband has had a foot fetish our entire marriage, he tried to hide it but I knew my feet got him off. I don’t understand why guys like feet! But I do love seeing Todd excited and happy, so I decided to play along……. From Friday to Sunday, just for Todd, I don’t wash my feet and I wear the same pair of socks. Then I remove my socks, put my bare feet in Todds lap on the sofa and ask for a foot rub! He goes absolutely nuts! My feet are little but after 2 days they are nearly cheesy smelling. As Todd rubs them and buries his face in my toes I add verbal attacks. “You don’t have to smell my stinky feet honey”. “Don’t do that Todd, my feet smell soooo bad”. Sometimes I let him “make love” to my feet and I love seeing him lick them clean when he finishes
What blows my mind is why there’s so much mystery to why feet are sexy? The relationship with the brain wiring is all connected. Ladies, should know why…. and guys could tell how they are doing by looking at them and seeing curled toes, which means “O”‘s, triggering the syncing process to release his a “GO!”
Sexy feet in sexy shoes will only trigger me when seeing her toes moving and curling. Turns me on and how well is by the way she satisfied my quirks. Both natural behaviors seem so innate when it happens at the right time. Assuming High heels and sexy shoes are best when animated. Especially in waiting room are definitely a great gesture all women in heels just do. Idle feet in sexy shoes sitting with people everywhere. 1in 7 guys want a show.