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Another Foot Friday

Haven't done this in a few weeks, so why not?

HERE is where I first mentioned the topic of feet as an interest.

I think that my explaining the concepts of an interest in feet will help to demystify and unstigmatize the concept, which is something that needs to be done, so I am talking about this again so readers can understand and appreciate the good side of this topic.



First of all, I don't want to give anyone the wrong idea about this.

"Interest" in feet does NOT necessarily mean "sexual interest" at all times and with all people. Granted the issue of "foot fetishism" is strictly a sexual one, and that is a part of the topic discussion. But, just to be clear, I'm going to recap a couple of points about this topic that were made earlier and clarify things a bit so I can continue the examination of it.

The important points that were mentioned in the first post were the following:

A percentage of viewers are repulsed by feet, no matter what they look like, some are indifferent, others are interested and some have a legitimate "fetish."

Many viewers find women's feet attractive whether or not they are actively interested in them.
Viewers have wide ranging tastes in what they find attractive in a particular foot (e.g. longer phlanges, higher arches, etc.).

Many viewers are more interested in a particular part of the foot more than a different part (e.g. the soles, the toes, etc.).

"Fetish" is a term referring to the inability to orgasm during sex unless the object of desire is involved.

Therefore, the widely used term "foot fetish" is a misnomer, as only the smallest percentage of viewers could be described as actually having one.

I think one of the big questions that gets asked about this topic is the "weirdness" factor, which was also briefly touched on in the previous post.

If you googled the term "cute feet" into the image search, you would see there are countless pages of photos out there. There is nothing unique about this. It's about as common as an interest in "butts," and actually, perhaps more common, since there are a greater number of women who like to make their feet attractive, call attention to them and like their feet all on their own, than there are those that feel the same way about their posteriors. Some women like to shop for shoes, flip-flops and sandals. Some enjoy pedicures and massages. Some even adorn their toes with rings or jewels. It's a way of being more attractive, making a statement and having some fun.

There are several levels to an interest in feet. I can't speak for every person who finds feet attractive in these posts, but I can give you some helpful hints about what those that like find attractive/interesting about them, and it might help any women who want to make their feet more attractive, generally.

How do you know that the person you're with likes feet?

The overwhelming majority of viewers with an interest in feet will never tell you this, at least not any time early in your relationship, not even if you asked them, point blank. They have been discouraged by various odd news reports and by colleagues, co-workers, friends and relatives that liking feet is "freaky." So, they will be very reticent about it. Discussing this topic isn't something these typically shy and polite people would readily do.

One way to ease into that discussion would be to spontaneously stop in a shoe shop while out. Try on some shoes and get a reaction. Those that don't fuss at going to a shoe store are going to be at least "foot receptive."

Another way is to go to a salon and get a manicure and pedicure. Then, show off! Generally if the reply is more than a passing "It's ok," you probably have a foot person. If there's an explanation of the differences in shading, how your nails were filed for the shape of your toes and their length, you'll know it!

And of course talking about foot massage is another method of broaching the subject. If you discuss this and you get an offer of a foot rub, you'll know you have an interested party. However, if you don't like having your feet touched, this is not advised.

Note: Not all of the above is designed to lead to sexual stimulation, at least, not on the part of the viewer. Feet can be seen as simply an attractive part of a woman, even by those that have a sexual interest in it at other times. This is where people get confused and disturbed by the concept. You can have a viewer who has an interest in feet and is not "sexually attracted" to them at all times. Think of it this way: Most people with an interest can appreciate the look and shape of a beautiful foot, just as they would the entirety of a beautiful woman. It's important to remember that there are varying levels of interest, and not all of them are active at all times.

Tickling is also a commonly discussed issue. Some women have very ticklish feet, and this can be a turn on to some.

HEY! I just remembered something! There was a Bugs Bunny cartoon where the rabbit is dealing with a very difficult floorwalker in a department store. There's a scene where Bugs dresses in drag and is trying on shoes and the manager starts to tickle the foot of the "woman," (a false leg that Bugs was wearing to more closely resemble a lady's dainty foot) which Bugs then proceeds to laugh his way out of, and causes a chase. So, that's extremely mainstream, and from the 1950s or so!

If your feet aren't ticklish, there's nothing you can do about that. If they are, then you might be in for some fun, if you can stand it. Pun intended! A true "foot master," as Samuel L. Jackson called himself in "Pulp Fiction," knows the difference between "tickle" and "massage" and knows when to give which.

A pet peeve with a lot of foot fans is women that don't take good care of their feet. Corns, callouses, bunions, cuts and other foot maladies can be a severe turn off. Obviously, certain types of shoes create these problems, and stuffing your feet into tight heels or boots, though they might make you feel sexier, or might make your legs and feet look cute for the evening, can do a number on them. They feel hurt and they consequently wind up looking injured.

So, if a shoe is battering your feet, you need to cycle them around so that you can heal. Personally, I would think this would be an automatic decision, but many women believe in suffering for their fashion/style. Or they just love a particular pair of footwear even if they are difficult to wear or take some "breaking in" to do. If you do your own foot inspection, you can see what's happening and change out of shoes that are hurting, at least some of the time.

Cleanliness is also key. Yes, there are those that like the pungent aroma of peds that have been kept in their shoes for days at a time, but a clean foot doesn't have any odor at all, and unless you know you have someone that enjoys foot smells, you should err on the side of clean! You can always dirty them up later, in any number of ways.

A final point, before this turns into a book. Showing feet or just talking about feet can be difficult for some women, especially if they believe they have "unattractive" feet. However, with so many that like so many different types of feet, what one thinks is "unattractive" may actually be very cute to someone else! And really, if you find a someone who likes your feet, you have no idea how pleasurable it can be. So, displaying them is a particularly good thing. anklets, interesting nail colors, whatever you like to beautify your feet is a real treat, even for those folks that aren't that interested in the topic. It shows you have attention to detail about yourself, and that says a lot of good for you. And who knows? Maybe you'll just find the whole thing a great experience, once you discover what it's all about.

Feet are fun!

Any questions? Any answers?

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
sybilhawthorne
Mar. 10th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
did you see CSI last night? it was about someone who had a foot fetish.
penpusher
Mar. 10th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
Well, I can't say this is a coincidence!!

Frankly, I think the media and the storylines that are used in programs like this miss the point. It's not that the interest in feet is "weird." It's that the other actions the person does, like in the CSI episode - kidnapping and killing people - that's the weird part!

The newscasts particularly play up the story of these deviants who steal shoes or whatever they do to slake their fetish. The connection shouldn't be the interest in feet, but in the disconnect between "rational" behavior and what the offenders are doing.

But, that doesn't make for good television...
elysiangirl
Mar. 10th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
i don't think the bee eff has a foot interest, but if he does, he must like callouses because i have them. and i LOVE them. they allow me to dance.
penpusher
Mar. 10th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Callouses may not be as noticble as other foot ailments, and also if soles are not as interesting as other parts of the foot, they may not matter.
istar
Mar. 10th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
pedicures are great.

I am currently suffering the consequences of (unknowingly) not taking good care of my toenails. I have worn polish on my toenails constantly for years, but just recently started using Hard as Nails as a base coat under the polish. After a couple months, my toenails were all rough, yellowed and peeling. I got a little worried, since nail condition can speak volumes about some serious systemic illnesses. However, my fingernails are perfectly healthy, so I've concluded that the formaldehyde in Hard as Nails was probably doing a number on my toenails. As soon as I quit the polish, my toenails have started to grow in perfectly healthy and pink at the base.
penpusher
Mar. 10th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Wow... that's something. I guess it's all about the cuticles too. Was there some particular reason you were using Hard as Nails though?
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penpusher
Mar. 10th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!!
stacymckenna
Mar. 19th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
I've always been told I have cute feet. Being a gymnast and dancer, they're often on display, and their condition as far as health is always an issue (though right now they could use a good manicure). Personally my response has always been "really? Huh" - they're just my feet, you know? What's so particularly cute about them? And I can't remember ever turning down a foot rub...
penpusher
Mar. 19th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
Dancers and gymnasts have hard working feet, and sometimes they are abused... especially ballet dancers! But this goes to the point that different people have different tastes in how feet look, etc. But if you care for your feet, that counts for a lot! And a good pedicure can count for a lot!
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