Most people find specific body parts sexy, whether it be butts, abs or breasts. While not as commonly discussed, many people also have a sexual interest in feet, better known as a foot fetish. We're dipping our toes, as it were, into the world of foot fetishes, guiding you through the basics like how to talk to your partner about it and ways to partake in this particular sexual kink.
Just What is a Foot Fetish and How Common is it?
Did you know that, besides the genitals, feet are the most fetishized body parts? In fact, this is now considered a mainstream sexual kink. But what is a foot fetish? A foot fetish, just as it sounds, is a sexual interest in feet. From toes to ankles, it all turns you on. The specifics of a foot fetish can vary from person to person. While some people like the look of adorned feet with jewellery and/or painted nails, others can be turned on by just looking at feet — no matter what state they may be in. Some can get sexual satisfaction from an erotic massage, whereas others like having their genitals rubbed by their partner's feet. The fetish really runs the gamut.
But Why Do People Like Feet?
As with anything, sexual kinks can vary and are completely normal. We don't choose what we're attracted to. Almost everyone is turned on by different body parts, some seemingly verging on the mundane. But when it comes to why people are drawn to feet and foot play, it usually comes down to one of three theories.
- Biology. Feet have countless nerve endings, which often results in intense and stimulating sensations. So, it's only natural that some find it incredibly pleasurable to have their feet tickled, rubbed or massaged.
- Domination. Dom/sub relationships and/or power play are quite common for some couples, and feet can be a major aspect of this. If someone has a foot fetish, they may find satisfaction in giving their partner complete and total domination so that they can worship at their feet. This can include rubbing one's feet all over a partner's body or treating a partner like a human footrest.
- Humiliation. Going off of the domination theory, another possible psychological element of a foot fetish is humiliation. Feet are typically considered a lowly body part, but that's part of the appeal. People with a foot fetish often enjoy feet being used as a form of power play to put them in their place.
To put it plainly: feet are sexy. They're an intimate part of the body typically covered up, making them that much more sensual and erotic. Plus, having your feet touched just feels REALLY good. And having them teased, licked or sucked? It can send serious tingles throughout your body. There's no shame in finding feet sexy and it's a completely normal and healthy fetish.
How Can I Talk To My Partner About it?
Wanting to discuss a personal kink can sometimes be an awkward thing to bring up to a partner. Whether you have the foot fetish or your partner does, the following are a few ways to help direct the conversation in a healthy and safe way.
If You Bring It Up To Your Partner
It's crucial to any healthy relationship that you be open with your partner, being 100% true to yourself and your preferences. If you know or believe you may have a foot fetish, the best course of action is to be completely honest with your partner about it.
Start by finding the right time to talk with your partner (hint: the heat of the moment is not the right time). Take the opportunity to discuss it when you're relaxing together. This will create a safe, low-pressure environment that will allow you both to open up. Keep in mind that your partner will have a lot of questions, so be prepared and willing to engage in an honest dialogue. While your partner may not share the same interests as you, they most likely have their own kinks they've been wanting to bring up. By opening up the lines of communication about what turns you both on, it allows you to explore new and fun activities that you both will enjoy.
If Your Partner Brings It Up To You
If your partner comes to you to discuss a foot fetish, think about how you would want to be treated if the roles were reversed. It's natural to have questions, but the key is to listen and respond in a respectful and open way. Each person's erotic interests are different, so it's important to hear from your partner about what their foot fetish entails. Spur conversation and show interest in your partner's kinks. Ask them what activities they enjoy, how you can participate and what the extent of the foot play is. Is the foot fetish foreplay or is foot play the end goal?
Understand that you don't owe your partner a response during the initial conversation. It's fair to ask for some time to think it over and decide if you're comfortable with engaging in the foot fetish or not. If it's a definite no-go, it's important that both you and your partner know that. If you are open to engaging in the fetish, take it slow and be open to new things.
What Are Some Ways to Partake in Foot Fetishes?
Everybody has a sexual curiosity or interest beyond basic sex. It's nothing to hide or be ashamed of. Whether you have the foot fetish or your partner does, start slow and work your way up to more intense foot play. It's an exciting way to explore and enjoy new forms of pleasure with your partner. The following are just a few ways to partake in sexual foot play. Keep in mind, these can be done by you or your partner based on your preferences.
- Adorn your feet in jewellery, stockings, heels or other foot embellishments to tease and excite.
- Wear open-toed shoes or sandals for a sexy game of peek-a-boo.
- Get a pedicure to satisfy a foot fetish and give your lover perfectly groomed feet.
- Take some sexy and tantalizing foot selfies.
- Massage or tickle your partner's feet for some stimulating relaxation time.
- Gently kiss and suck your partner's feet.
- Give a mind-blowing foot job. Simply grind your feet over your partner's private bits. You can even penetrate the vagina or anus with your toes, just make sure they're clean and use a good-quality lube.
- Worship at your partner's feet, letting them dominate you and treat you as a human footrest.
Are There Any Risks?
While you don't have to worry about pregnancy when partaking in foot play, there are a few things to consider if you or your partner has a foot fetish and are planning to engage in this type of erotic pleasure.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Some STIs can be shared by rubbing skin on skin. This includes genital and oral herpes, HPV and syphilis. Be sure to get tested and take the proper precautions to avoid any potential infections.
- Cuts. Be sure to keep your toenails properly trimmed if you're engaging in foot play. Sharp toenails can cut the more delicate skin near the anus, penis or vagina.
- Skin Infections. Just like STIs, there are some common skin infections that can result from skin-to-skin contact. This includes fungal infections, molluscum contagiosum and impetigo. Again, it's important to visit your doctor and get checked out prior to partaking in foot play.
Looking for additional resources or information about foot fetishes? Luckily, there's no shortage of ways to explore this kink. Check out online chat rooms for sexual curiosities or porn sites to experience how others engage in foot play. If you're single and looking for a partner who shares your foot fetish, check out dating apps and websites created for foot lovers of all types, like footfetishmatch.com and apps like Kinkoo.
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