Foot fetishism

Foot fetishism

Foot fetishism, foot partialism, foot worship, or podophilia is a pronounced sexual interest in feet. [ [ World Health Organization, International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, (2007), Chapter V, F65 Disorders of sexual preference.] ] It is the most common form of sexual preference for otherwise non-sexual objects or body parts. [ [ Dobson, R. "Heels are the world's No 1 fetish." The Independent; February 25, 2007 (retrieved via The Wayback Machine on 17 July 2007).] ]


"Foot fetish" has been defined as a pronounced sexual interest in the feet or footwear. Freud considered foot binding as a form of fetishism.cite web |url= |title=The History of Footwear - Foot Sex |accessdate=2007-06-08|author=Cameron Kippen|year=2004|month=November] For a foot fetishist, points of attraction include the shape and size of the foot and toes (i.e., long toes, high arches or slender soles, fat toes), treatments e.g.: french pedicure, state of dress (i.e., barefoot or clad in socks or nylons), odor, and any form of sensory interaction.cite web |url= |title=The History of Footwear - Foot Sex |accessdate=2007-06-08|author=Cameron Kippen|year=2004|month=November]


Relative frequency

In order to estimate the relative frequency of fetishes, researchers at the University of Bologna examined 381 Internet discussion groups, in which at least 5,000 people had been participating. Researchers estimated the prevalences of different fetishes based on (a) the number of discussion groups devoted to a particular fetish, (b) the number of individuals participating in the groups and (c) the number of messages exchanged. It was concluded that the most common fetishes were for body parts or for objects usually associated with body parts (33% and 30% respectively). Among those people preferring body parts, feet and toes were preferred by the greatest number, with 47% of those sampled preferring them. Among those people preferring objects related to body parts, footwear (shoes, boots, etc.) was most preferred (64%). [Scorolli C, Ghirlanda S, Enquist M, Zattoni S, Jannini E A (2007). "Relative prevalence of different fetishes." International Journal of Impotence Researchadvance online publication 15 February 2007; doi: 10.1038/sj.ijir.3901547. retrieved March 2007.] [Dobson, Roger (2007). " Heels are the world's No 1 fetish." The Independent Online Edition,, accessed 29 October 2007.]

In August 2006, AOL released a database of the search terms submitted by their subscribers. In ranking only those phrases that included the word "fetish", it was found that the most common search was for feet. ["AOL's Accidental Release of Search Data - The Sexmind of America.", accessed June 2007.]

Relationships to health and disease

Researchers have hypothesized that foot fetishism increases as a response to epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases. In one study, conducted by Dr. A James Giannini at Ohio State University [ AJ Giannini et al., op. cit. ] an increased interest in feet as sexual objects was observed during the great gonorrhea epidemic of twelfth century Europe and the syphilis epidemics of the 16th and 19th centuries in Europe. (The first surviving reference of foot fetish is by Bertold of Regensburg in 1220. [ L. Coulton. Life in the Midle Ages. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press,1923. ] ) In the same study, the frequency of foot-fetish depictions in pornographic literature was measured over a 30 year interval. An exponential increase was noted during the period of the current AIDS epidemic. The researchers noted that these epidemics overlapped periods of relative female emancipation. Sexual focus on female feet was hypothesized to be a reflection of a more dominant posture of the woman in sexual-social relations. Sexual foot play was viewed, also, as a safe-sex alternative. [Giannini AJ, Colapietro G, Slaby AE, Melemis SM, Bowman, RK (1998) "Sexualization of the female foot as a response to sexually transmitted epidemics: a preliminary study". Psychological Reports, Vol. 83, No. 2, 1998, pp. 491-498]


Neurologist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran proposed that foot fetishism is caused by the feet and the genitals occupying adjacent areas of the somatosensory cortex, possibly entailing some neural crosstalk between the two. [Kringelbach, Morten. "Bodily Illusions"., last accessed Sept 2006.]

Famous foot fetishists

* Shigeru Miyamoto
* Jack Black [ [] PlayBoy interview]
* Charles Pierre Baudelaire
* David Boreanaz [ [ Interview Charisma Carpenter & David Boreanaz] ,]
* Brooke Burke [ [] ,]
* Luis Buñuel [ [] ,]
* Casanova
* Keith Caputo
* Damon Dash
* Snitsky
* F. Scott Fitzgerald [ [] ]
* Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Fact|date=September 2008
* Shay Haley [ [] , Playboy]
* Thomas Hardy
* Enrique Iglesias [ [ Enrique Iglesias Talks Feet With Johnjay And Rich] ,, July 19, 2007 ]
* Tommy Lee [ [ Tommy Lee's Foot Fetish] ,]
* Quentin Tarantino
* Jay Leno [ [ Jay Leno Reveals Foot Fetish To Britney Spears] ,, February 11, 2007]
* Ludacris [ [ Rapper admits he has a foot fetish and that he's not planning to run for public office] , Associated Press via MSNBC, December 23, 2004.]
* Ricky Martin [ [] , Contact Music]
* George du Maurier
* Eddie Murphy
* P Diddy
* Pharrell [ [] , Playboy]
* Elvis Presley [ [] , SF Gate]
* Redman [ [ Redman: How To … Buy Shoes for Your Woman] ,, June, 2007]
* Charlie Sheen
* Christian Slater [ [] , Times of India]
* Andy Warhol [ [ Shoes as a Muse] ,] [ [ Lifting the lid on Warhol's Time Capsules] ,, July 30, 2007]
* Simon Webbe [ [] , News Of The World ]

ee also

* Barefoot
* Elmer Batters
* Shoe fetishism


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