Everything You Need To Know About Foot Fetishes

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Foot Fetish Facts

You’ve probably heard about people who have a foot fetish. 


Hell, you may even have one yourself!

But if you don’t know much about it, having a sexual interest in feet might seem a little off-putting.

However, foot worship, podophilia, or whatever you want to call it, isn’t an anomaly. 

Partiality, the sexual attraction to a specific body part, has been around for literally centuries.

Actually, feet are one of the most common fetishes, especially in the Western hemisphere.

(So don’t feel embarrassed if you have it!)

If feet aren’t your thing (or if they are), keep reading to learn more about this fascinating kink.

The Rundown


As you already know, foot fetishists are turned on by feet. 

Generally, it doesn’t involve sex toys–it’s all about including feet and toes into sex!

But you might not know that it suggests the psychological component of domination and humiliation.

But what could be so humiliating about feet?

Well, for one, a lot of people feel that feet are nasty because they’re on the ground all day.

Plus, they’re also on the bottom of the body. 

The humiliation comes in when a fetishist wants their partner’s feet on their face. 

But indulging a foot fetish doesn’t always come to that. 

Like anything else, there’s a lot of ways to satisfy this kink. 

Are you still intrigued? Let’s continue.

Foot Fetishes, Kinks, & Worship

For clarification purposes, we should probably explain the differences between foot fetish, kink, and foot worship.

Foot fetishism, or podophilia, is a clear form of partialism focusing on feet.

Depending on the person, it could be a full-blown fetish or a fun little kink. 

Sex educator Dirty Lola explains the difference between the two:

“Fetish is heavily tied to having a psychological need for those specific objects or acts in order to experience pleasure and/or orgasm, whereas kinks can add to a sexual experience but aren’t necessarily needed to achieve sexual release.” [from wordblog.mysteryvibe.com]

The worship aspect of this, however, requires a degree of submissiveness (the dominance/humiliation part).


By submitting to your partner’s feet–the bottom-most body part–you are actually celebrating them through worship.

Foot Fetish Facts

Perhaps unsurprisingly, more men than women have a sexual interest in feet. 

Any part of the foot could be a turn-on: the toes, arches, soles, heels, ankles, you name it. 


Also, fetishists can find shoes and socks just as alluring as a naked foot.

The variety of foot fetishes is just as wide as the ways to get off on it. 

You might thoroughly enjoy a ripe scent.

Maybe a high arch gets you going.

Perhaps a dainty pair of toes is enough to drive you wild.

Or perhaps you can’t get enough of wide, robust feet.

But the most common foot fetishes are:

  • High arches
  • Pedicured toes (with or without polish)
  • Soft skin
  • Nail shape
  • Average foot size

These can go either way for men or women–including nail polish. 😉

Foot Fetish History

We mentioned earlier that people have gotten turned on by feet for centuries. Let’s take a look so you can see for yourself.


There have been so many societies who have gotten off on feet that professionals study it…for science.

Medieval Europeans demonized feet because they thought they looked too phallic.

(You know your society is sexually repressed when you think feet look like dicks.)

But there are examples of foot fetishism even before those sad, deluded chumps.

According to historian Daniel B. Levine, the concept of eros (or love) interconnected with feet since ancient times. 

(You know those horny ass Greeks were all about it.)

And, you’re probably familiar with the now (thankfully) old Chinese tradition of foot binding, right?

That started in 10th century China–in the 900s! 

During the Song dynasty, small feet were so highly prized that young, upper-class girls were subjected to foot binding.

It was an agonizing, debilitating process that left women handicapped for life. 

Yet, people found these tiny little feet utterly erotic. 

Fast forward to 19th century Victorian England, and heels were on par with corsets as objects of eroticism. 

Sigmund Freud, with all his wisdom, had a theory about the development of shoe fetishes.

He believed that shoes were what young boys noticed when they tried to catch a peek up their mother’s dress.

So the next step, logically, was someone forming a shoe fetish. 

Foot Fetishes & The 21st Century

Over time, foot fetishes worked their way into pop and mainstream culture. 

It’s rumored that Elvis was into feet, even going so far to examine the feet of women before he dated them.

And it’s no secret that Quentin Tarantino has a major foot fetish. Next time you watch his movies, pay attention to how often he pans onto women’s feet.


It’s not just an aesthetic thing, promise.

In 1982, a New York shoe store dubbed itself Foot Fetish.

Kinky Boots, a British comedy, debuted in 2005. The premise involves a struggling shoe store trying to keep its doors open by catering to foot fetishists.

Now, there are thousands of foot fetish-centric videos, GIFs, and photos on numerous platforms. 

A lot of folks have figured out they have a foot fetish because of these sites. 

Are you one of them? 😉

But Why Are Foot Fetishes So Common?

There are a few reasons why so many people have a foot fetish. 

Although, no one could say for sure.

Maybe it’s because it gives more creativity in the bedroom.

Perhaps it’s because our feet are just so damn sensitive!


Some of the main theories regarding the prevalence of foot fetishes include:

  • Reflexology
  • A cross-wiring in the brain
  • Early encounters
  • Submissive desires
  • The eroticism of social taboos

Curious? Then keep reading!

Reflexology & Foot Sensitivity

Get this: the soles of our feet have about 200,000 nerve endings. 

That’s 200,000 each.

What does that mean? Well, it means our feet are really sensitive (think about being tickled).


At some point in our evolution, these nerve endings were critical for survival.

But now, these nerves are often used for enjoying a good a massage or sensual kisses.

Going back to the Ancient Chinese, they developed reflexology, a form of therapy, in 2330 B.C. 

They created a map of the entire body on the feet and toes. 

Not only that, but this same reflexology chart was also discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs.

But what does reflexology have to do with foot fetishes?

So basically, it is an intense foot massage that promotes more balanced energy flow through all parts of the body.

When the pressure releases tension in corresponding body parts (including the genitals), it promotes a total body experience. 


Some scientific theories suggest why foot fetishes are a regular occurrence. 

We already mentioned Freud and his idea about the origins of shoe fetishes. 

But wouldn’t you know it? He has another hypothesis about feet. And it’s right in line with Medieval thought.

Freud had an idea that people are drawn to feet because they kind of look like penises.

You take that how you will.


But in terms of real science, there’s a modern theory that’s worth mentioning. 

In 1998, neuroscientist Vilanayar Ramachandran published Phantoms in the Brain

In it, he explained that, after researching phantom limbs, foot fetishes could occur due to a crossing of wires in the brain.

Ramachandran believed that the “wires” in charge of genitalia and feet are located closely together, and it is easy for these to cross.

Earlier brain mapping supports this opinion. In 1951, scientists mapped the sensory cortex of a man for the first time. 

Their findings showed a similar closeness. And in 2011, when a woman’s body was finally mapped, neuroscientists found an overlay of the feet and genitalia.

Early Encounters With Feet

Whether we like it or not, the majority of our sexual proclivities are planted at a young age.

Childhood mental processes form memories that later develop into fantasies or desires. 

An association between feet and positive, warm feelings could lead to sexual feelings. 

Or, if you figure out early on that feet turn you on, you could condition yourself into having a foot fetish.

Fetishes are funny like that.

Even though they can develop in adolescence, you might not even realize you have it until you’re an adult.

Submissive Desires

While more in line with food worship, food fetishes can rise from a submission fantasy. 

Here’s some food for thought:

Remember those Bible stories about foot washing? 

And how it was a big deal that Jesus washed all those feet?

Well, foot washing signified praise–and submission. 


Sitting in a place on the ground lower than someone’s feet was the ultimate act of humility. 

If you think about it, maybe Jesus just had a foot fetish.

The Eroticism of Social Taboos

If you’re the kind of person to get turned on by things others find disgusting or cringy, a foot fetish might be more likely to develop.

For centuries, sex (even the vanilla kind) was a taboo subject.

Cultural attitudes and judgments made many people accept sex as something shameful and wrong.


But if you’re horny, shame and naughtiness suddenly become kind of sexy. 

If you have a foot fetish, your desire for a sexy pair of feet overrides any guilt you might have.

Plus, the more aroused you become (and this goes for just about everyone), the less you feel disgusted. 

So if feet usually bother you, but you’re really horny, you might not mind them as much.

Hell, you might even enjoy them!

Why Foot Fetish Taboos Exist

So even though foot fetishes are pretty standard, why are they still a no-no for society at large?

Well, a few things might explain why:

  • Social etiquette
  • Cleanliness
  • Control

Social Etiquette

Unspoken public rules dictate that when you’re in public, you wear shoes. 

Unless you’re at home or a place of worship, going barefoot isn’t acceptable.

Social acceptance of bare feet can easily heighten the taboos about feet as erotic body parts. 

And, you know, the fact that they look like a phallus. 😉


Hygiene plays a big part in peoples’ wariness of feet.

Your partner could have the most beautiful, best-smelling feet you’ve ever encountered.

But there will always be that nagging voice in the back of your head saying, “ew, gross!”

Athletes’ foot, cracked heels, ingrown toenails, having a weirdly shaped foot, bunyons; you name it.

There’s a lot of reasons why someone could feel discomfort and embarrassment for feet.


It’s understandable if you don’t want your partner to go near your feet. 

But it could be a sign of your desire to stay in command. 

Besides that, if you’re someone who dislikes tickling, you might not like that it makes you feel vulnerable.


At no surprise to anyone, there’s a lot of (unfair) misconceptions about foot fetishes.

It’s crucial to work past common stereotypes about those who have a sexual interest in feet. 

Doing so will help empower folks to be themselves and embrace the things that turn them on the most. 

Foot fetishes aren’t perverted. They’re just a preference. 


For many, it isn’t a phase that they eventually outgrow. 

Remember that that cross-wiring in the brain?

That kind of thing isn’t something that passes, especially if you’re conditioned from a young age.

How To Talk To Your Partner About Your Foot Fetish

Communication in any relationship is critical–you know that.

But if you have a foot fetish, it can be tricky to bring it up with your partner.

However, if you’re looking at a future with someone, discussing sexual preferences, kinks, and yes–fetishes–is a must.

Be unapologetic for who you are, whether it’s emotionally, sexually, or otherwise. 


So to make this difficult topic a little easier to approach, the best thing you can do is ease into it.

Start with compliments and small sexual acts.

Maybe watch Kinky Boots together to get some laughs about the subject. 

Use that as a lead for some foreplay with a foot massage, toe sucking–paying attention to your partner’s reaction, of course.


If you get sexual pleasure from feet, remember: don’t be ashamed.

It’s been around for centuries, from Jesus to Quentin Tarantino.

Several things can cause someone to develop this type of partiality.

It could take root in them as a kid, or they might just like going against the grain of society.

Societal taboos fuel common misconceptions about sexual fetishism.

That creates a feedback loop of misunderstanding.

If you’re a foot fetishist, the important thing is to talk to your partner about it.

Not only will you be able to be yourself unequivocally, but you’ll also have a blast in the sack and feel good in the process.

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