A lot of people love feet. So many, in fact, that foot fetishes are among the most common anatomy-related fetishes around. Let’s be real: we all have something “quirky” that gets us going sexually. For some of us, it could be sub-dom play or bringing sex toys into the mix, but for others—many others—it’s all about foot fetish.

Though references in comedies or some poorly-created pornos might suggest that a foot fetish is only for the freaks-and-geeks of the world, foot fetishes are actually pretty common and rather simple. Foot fetishism, also referred to as podophilia, is a heightened and specific sexual interest in feet and/or footwear. It is the most common form of sexual fetishism for otherwise non-sexual objects or body parts, and is more prevalent in men than women.

Not only is it a very common fetish, but it is one that doesn’t require another object and is not potentially dangerous to participate it. It just means that normal sexual activities — hand jobs, oral sex, intercourse – have an element of feet added into them.

Here is everything there is to know about foot play, plus how to approach the topic yourself if you’re looking to play up your foot fetish in the bedroom.

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What does a foot fetish typically entail

When someone has a foot fetish it means they sexualize feet to the point they become a strong trigger for arousal. For some, it’s as extreme as there needing to be feet involved in order to experience sexual pleasure or climax. Though it’s not necessarily true for everyone with a foot fetish, in fact some people with foot fetishes need feet to be involved in a sexual experience to achieve sexual gratification. If feet aren’t involved, they simply aren’t interested.

What a sex life with a foot fetish looks like

For someone who has a foot fetish, bare feet can feel way more erotic and intense than seeing a woman naked. That is because that specific part of her body has the same power over you that other men might find less hot than, say, the curve of her back. If a person wishes to introduce their foot fetish, or any other fetish, into their relationship with their partner, it is important to talk to them first.

Being open with a sexual partner about a fetish, and answering any questions they may have, can provide a bridge into exploring fetishes in a safe and consensual environment. Simple, everyday activities, such as giving a partner a pedicure or a foot massage, could be a way to introduce fetish play into their sex lives. If all partners are comfortable, they can gradually incorporate feet into sexual activities, such as kissing or sucking the toes, or touching or penetrating genitals with the feet.

What is foot worship

It’s all about worshipping a woman by paying special attention to her feet. If you find yourself dating someone with a foot fetish, you can likely expect many foot massages in your future. The fetishist may also share an exceptional love for pedicures, which is why pro-dommes put such care into their foot routines, and their efforts do not go unnoticed.

How does a foot fetishist experience submission

While it’s all about the love for some, for others, foot fetishes are more about being submissive and may involve humiliation. This people love to be tied up, having no say at all, and having a mistress have her way with them. These men may enjoy being forced to lick and smell feet, ideally ones that are stinky and sweaty.

Are some foot fetishists intrigued by shoes

In conjunction with an attraction to feet, many people with foot fetishes are also into shoes, socks, and stockings — anything that wraps around the foot. These submissives really get off on tying shoes and heels to their faces, to be immersed in the smell. They will also insert their penis into shoes, and use shoes as a masturbatory aid.

Shoes aren’t the only wearable item of interest. There is a wide variety of oddly specific foot fetishists — same can be said for sock fetishists. Socks stuffed into the mouth as a gag, dirty socks to be cleaned, even wearing certain kinds of socks can be a part of sock-focused kink play.

Foot fetishes considered so taboo in mainstream society

Though it is the most common fetish, there are still some unjust misconceptions and stigmas around being attracted to that part of the body. But breaking through those stereotypes is important – that way more people will feel empowered to be exactly who they are and have the type of sexual experience they justly desire.

A person with a foot fetish isn’t classified as “perverted” – instead, it is that they have a preference like anyone else that happens to be less common than the traditional choices. As with any fetish, it is tied to a trigger that sparks the libido, just like any other sort of ‘non-fetish’ sexual activity, like having your erogenous zones stimulated by your partner.