Foot fetishism is one of the more mainstream kinks people tend to be aware of and partake in in-person and online chat forums. Also known as ‘podophilia,’ it is a sexual interest and attraction in feet, one of the most typically non-sexual parts of the body. While many people are attracted to the look of feet, some are particularly attracted to the odor of feet, finding that body odor emanating from shoes doesn’t put them off as it does for most people but instead makes them more attracted to their subject. For people who find themselves drawn to feet, they may find themselves sexually attracted to the shape and length of people’s feet, the symmetry of toes on the feet, jewelry such as anklets, toe rings, nail polish and pedicures, socks, or even shoes, particularly shoes where the toes peek out such as with flip flops and sandals. Many people don’t understand this fetish leading it to have become a running job in many primary forms of social media and chat forums. Still, it is a far more common fetish than people think and is slowly becoming more normalized and less bullied over time.


Many scientists have tried to understand why something so seemingly non-sexual has become such a popular and common fetish for so many worldwide. Some have suggested that within the brain, where certain parts of the body are processed and registered, the cortical homunculus, the site for where genitalia, as well as feet and toes, are remarkably close. However, some people disagree with this statement and instead argue that the feet and the genitals occupy parallel areas of the brain and are therefore connected by some form of neural link. Ultimately, scientific professionals are still theorizing and trying to find a definitive answer for why many enjoy foot fetishism, but the work continues.


People may enjoy having a foot fetish for a vast number of reasons, such as believing the feet to be a pretty and attractive art of the body, being interested in feet jobs (i.e., the use of the foot to provide hand jobs to a penis) or merely enjoying body odor and finding the foot to be the best way to gain access to such a smell. Feet are covered with nerve endings that often intensify sensations there, explaining why so many people enjoy foot rubs and tickling on the feet can be so fierce. Massaging is another reason people may want a foot fetish, whether they are tickling or being tickled.

One of the main elements of a foot fetish is the notion of humiliation, a recurring theme that crops up a lot throughout much of BDSM and fetishes. As feet are considered one of the least desirable parts of the body, often described as gross and dirty, most people are embarrassed at the truth of their being sexually attracted to it both in person and on online chats. This often becomes a cycle of pleasure, with embarrassment and humiliation becoming an essential aspect of the fetish that only adds to its importance and enjoyment. Humiliation can also be exercised by adding domination and submission into the mix. If one person has a foot fetish, they may desire to worship their partner’s feet, acting as their human footrest or begging for the joy of touching, kissing, or playing with their partner’s feet. This is a humiliating experience that the individual is likely to get off on.

When living with a foot fetish, performing acts others may not find attractive can be a soul-affirming experience. For example, when many people are grossed out by either having their toes sucked or sucking on someone else’s toes (also known as shrimping), this would be a hot experience for someone with a foot fetish. They might also get off on having genital contact with someone’s feet too, having someone rub their feet up against their genitals to provide the sensation of being masturbated but instead with their favorite part of the body doing all the work. Using toes to penetrate the vagina or anus may also be a dream experience for a foot fetishist. However, this should be done with caution, and the foot in question needs to be neatly trimmed and clean enough to remain safe for the person being penetrated. It isn’t as easy as it may sound and may take some practice to get right, but it will surely be a fan favorite among many foot fetishists.


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