Toeing The Line: Why Foot Fetishism Is So Popular

If you’re old enough to remember a topless Fergie’s 1992 toe-sucking Texan scandal in St-Tropez – while the Duchess of York was still married to Prince Andrew – you’ll recall the somewhat cringe-worthy tabloid photos of said hot foot lovin’.

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The photos, which showed American financial manager John Bryan with a mouth full of one of Fergster’s feet while they holidays and canoodled by the pool in full view of the world (and Fergie and Andrew’s toddler daughters) in southern France, were first splashed across British tabloids.

And the Queen was not amused – the Duchess is said to have been at Balmoral with the rest of the royal family when the story broke, with Her Majesty effectively banishing Fergie from the royal household henceforth.

Whether this was due to the Duchess’ refusal to toe the line (pardon the pun) or the royals’ horror at the said foot fetishism, I guess we’ll never know, but public toe-sucking has arguably suffered a tarnished public image ever since.

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However, fast forward some 20 plus years and foot fetishism (er, arguably best celebrated in the privacy of your own home) is seemingly now so popular, it’s virtually cool. However, it does seem to be more popular among men.

Famous foot fetishists who’ve gone on the record of late include perennial-cool singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams, actor Jack Black, singer Ricky Martin and director Quentin Tarantino.

What’s more, Elvis himself is arguably one of the best known foot fetishists, with a well-documented obsession, allegedly as a result of having to massage his mother’s feet as a child – shudder. There’s some serious Oedipus complex going on there! And The King’s handlers are even said to have screened the rock’n’roll icon’s female love interests on the basis of their feet attractiveness, er as you do.

While foot fetishism is nothing new – indeed, it’s the most common form of sexual fetish related to the body – it’s certainly not something I’d personally encountered prior to the advent of social media. You see, I recently joined Instagram and wow, what an eye-opener it was for me when I recently innocently posted several random pictures of my feet post-pedicure, one of my favourite beauty indulgences.

A recent such pic I posted got a lot of attention from said foot fetishists in Insta-land: countless pervy comments and requests this time to both share and repost said pic to others in the foot-worshipping community. In addition, it gained me no less than nine new foot fetishist followers?! What rock had I been living under? Was foot fetishism really that much of a thing? Apparently so!

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Foot worship, or podophilia, is a pronounced sexual interest in feet. For a foot fetishist, attractive traits include the shape and size of the foot and toes; foot jewellery, such as toe rings and ankle bracelets; treatments, such as pedicures or massaging; state of dress, such as barefoot and/or thongs; odour, and/or sensory interaction such as smelling, licking, kissing, tickling and biting the foot.

As we all know, it takes a lot of different types to make the world go ‘round and if feet (mine included) blow your hair back, I say go for it, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone.

The hilarious part for me though, and I mean no disrespect to said foot fetishists, is that my feet are my least favourite body part; indeed my right foot has been damaged beyond repair by years of high-heel abuse. I’ve even got a small bunion, for God’s sake! Are bunions hot?!

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Sydney sexologist, Dr Michelle Mars (pictured), who specialises in the sociology of sex gender and sexual well-being, says foot fetishism is so popular, in part, because feet are fairly non-offensive.

“One reason we hear about foot fetishes so much is that as far as fetishes go they are quite vanilla; it’s okay to admit you have a foot fetish in comparison to BDSM [bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism] or being into golden showers, for example,” Dr Mars says.

“It can be a submissive act for men and they can enact that without going too far down the submissive path and compromising their masculinity.

“Feet are accessible. There are lots of options, toes, shoes, stockings… And the options are often elegant.

“In addition, feet are an area of the body with lots of nerve endings!”

And while feet aren’t my thing, shoes are another story altogether…

What do you think? Have you ever encountered foot fetishism in a partner?

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Bizarre Sex Fetishes: How Far Would You Go To Please Your Lover?

After doing some very intriguing research, I’ve come to the conclusion that not all sex fetishes are created equal. There were 549 different types listed by researcher Anil Aggrawal in 2009. Who knew there were so many sexual fetishes out there? Some are reasonably common like the old foot or lingerie fetish. Then there are some in a whole class of their own.

While I’m not knocking anyone who participates, it does pose the question: How far would you go to please your lover? Before you answer that one you may want to take a look at what some people are actively getting up to. Just goes to show you really don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors!

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Clothing/role play sexual fetishes

 bondage, fetishes, sex, sex advice, sexual fetishes, furries, yiffFurries: This fetish is harmless yet a bit bizarre. Furries dress in animal costumes and take on their characteristics. Instead of stripping off their costume, it’s not uncommon for furries to dry-hump each other or engage in other sexual acts while in costume. This is called Yiffing. I did say it was bizarre!

Pedovestism: This fetish involves dressing as children, either themselves or their lover. While some people say this fetish is pure fantasy which makes it okay, others find it extremely disturbing.

Autonepiophilia aka Infantalism: The fetish of dressing like or imagining oneself being a baby. Wearing nappies and sucking dummies are popular with this one.

Biastophilia: Sexual arousal occurs at the thought of having sex with a non-consenting person. In other words, rape. Regardless of what people think of this fetish, rape fantasy is actually pretty common for both genders.

Sexual fetishes with inanimate objects

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Dendrophilia: I love gardening an nature but it’s hard to believe anyone could be turned on by a tree. Yes, a tree. I suppose if it doesn’t hurt anyone… whose to judge?

Agalmatophilia: Having a fetish for immobile human figures like statues or mannequins. Bring out the blow up doll!

Ursusagalmatophilia aka plushophilia: Teddy bears have a totally different type of attraction for people with this fetish.

Mechanophilia/mechaphilia: We all know that some men seriously love their cars but this is a fetish takes that love to a whole new level! It’s not just cars which turns them on. Apparently this fetish can include others types of machinery as-well.

Hierophilia: Being sexually aroused by sacred or religious items like crosses. It sort of brings a whole new meaning to callling out “Oh my God” during orgasm, doesn’t it?

Forniphilia: Instead of having sex with inanimate objects some people are turned on by pretending to be them. If you’ve ever sat on your partner’s lap have you ever been turned on by the thought of them being an actual chair?

Sexual fetishes involving animals

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Formicophilia: While some people have a fear or creepy crawlies people with this fetish get aroused by the feeling of small insects crawling over them or being bitten.

Zoosadism: Some people get off on watching animals in pain and will inflict pain just to witness their reactions. This fetish also involves the practice of bestiality. This is when humans have sex with live animals. Yes this does happen. It’s believed this practice is so old it dates back to the prehistoric era when dinosaurs shared our planet.

Avisodomy: A fetish to have sex with birds. The flying variety! It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “she’s a nice looking chick“.

Crushing: While wearing high heeled stilettos some women will crush objects underfoot to turn on their lover. That’s relatively harmless but unfortunately sometimes the objects they crush include small animals.

Oral sexual fetishes


Oculolinctus aka worming: Achieving sexual arousal by licking someone’s eyeball.

Sitophilia: Sexual food play sounds reasonably tame but it can also involve Salirophilia. This fetish is when willing participants get turned on by getting covered in food or other substances including blood and feces.

Vorarephilia: This fetish was made infamous when a German man chopped, cooked and ate a willing participant. This bizarre fantasy surrounds being eaten, swallowed whole or eating others. It sounds very much like several species of female spiders who devour their mate after having sex with them.

Bodily function-type sexual fetishes


Hypoxyphilia or erotic asphyxiation: Lovers who like to control the breathing of their partner. It can be deadly but it’s said to make for an amazing orgasm!

Urolagnia: This fetish has to do with urine or urinating. There are variations of this fetish including clothes wetting, exhibitionism (desperate to go or wetting yourself in public), human urinal (aka golden shower) when a person wants their lover to pee on them or inside them during or after sex, omorashi (intentionally holding on or making someone wait to urinate. How painful!), pussing (male watching female urinate in public toilets. Sneaking into the public toilet is said to be half the fun!), voyeurism (watching urination through peel holes). Some of these fetishes are more common than others and apparently the golden shower is a popular one with the ladies.

Liquidophelia: Sexual arousal occurs when genitals are submerged in liquid. Can involve urolagnia.

Emetophilia aka roman shower: Vomit usually turns people green but some people get off on witnessing it or enjoy vomiting on their partner before of after sex.

Eproctophilia: Who’d have thought farting, mainly female farting could be a turn on?

Coprophilia: A fetish for feces. Salirophilia is popular as it consuming it. Enough said.

Mucophilia: Some people are very turned on by mucus.

Menophilia: While most men avoid the topic of menstruation, some men get off on thought, sight, smell or even the taste of a menstruating woman.

Necrophilia: Death is a natural process but fantasising about having sex with the dead is reserved for especially people with this fetish.

So, just how far would you go to please your lover? You’d better find out what if there are any sexual fetishes lurking before answering that one!

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