August 6, 2014

Sticking My Foot In His Mouth

Man with woman's legBy Elizabeth Shore

I had a conversation with a friend not too long ago who was talking about his ex. Obviously, since she and he ended up in splitsville I know the relationship ultimately didn’t work out. But in thinking back on things about her he did like, this friend made it a point to mention her “really pretty feet.”

Interesting, right? I can see a guy who gets worked up over breasts. Or asses. Or legs. But there’s a healthy portion of them out there who also appreciate women’s feet. Some would immediately label that a foot fetish, but I say not so fast. Check out this definition:

fetish: noun A form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.

An abnormal degree is the key here. Unless the person has an excessive amount of almost reverence for the object in question, I don’t think immediately jumping to define foot admiration as a “fetish” is warranted. We don’t say a guy has an ass “fetish” just because he gets turned on by good booty, right? Same goes for the feet. But putting that aside, I’m left wondering what the deal is with men’s arousal over a lady’s tootsies. (conversely, the majority of women don’t list a man’s foot as among their top ten sexy male parts). So I asked around.

First of all, one male friend, clarified, it’s not all women’s feet. To no surprise, the ones garnering the most admiration are small, dainty, and with a really nice pedicure. There are those men who lust after big feet, or dirty feet, but tiny tootsies are generally the money shot. OK, got it. But why the attraction at all?

“Feet are an amazing prelude to really great sex,” I was told by a guy friend. “Some women feel a direct connection between the soles of their feet and their breasts. So a good foot massage gets things going.” According to reflexologists, he’s right about that. An area on the middle/upper part of the soles corresponds to the breast and chest. Massaging this area stimulates women’s nipples and even her, ah, lady parts because nerve endings in the feet send yummy signals to those parts of our bodies.

That all sounds pretty good to me. I mean, who would object to a foot massage? (especially, I might add on a personal note, if the guy has really nice hands). But then I turn my attention toward this whole business of toe sucking. What’s the scoop on that front?

Turns out, plenty of guys like doing it, but when asked they’re often at a loss to explain why. With women it seems to be more of a love-it-or-hate-it reaction. Not a whole lot of grey in this area. It’s interesting … I’m happy enough to have my fingers sucked, or to reciprocate for my man, but toes are another thing altogether for me. I just don’t see a toegasm in my future. The thought of having his tongue circling my toes seems ticklish and squishy. Then again, generous lovers give their partners what they want, so I suppose if he insists …

What do you think? Are you happy to have your man’s tongue on your toes, or is foot admiration just a big weird no-no? Do you like descriptions of toe-play in romance novels? Let us know, and be sure to follow us at Lady Smut. We’ll always keep your toes tapping.






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  • Post authorC. Margery Kempe

    Like anything, it’s all in the way you do it. If you do it reluctantly and make your disgust plain, it’s not going to be sexy. People have different erogenous zones.

    Toe-sucking is commonly referred to as ‘shrimping’ by the way.

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    • Post authorElizabeth Shore

      Shrimping! That’s funny.

      And totally agree. Reluctance is a major buzz kill for the mood.

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  • Post authorLiz Everly

    I love a foot massage from my husband. But I don’t want strange people touching my feet. I had a pedicure ONCE and was so uncomfortable the whole time that it was a total waste of a good pedicure. To each his or her own, especially on the “shrimping” business. As for this woman, no thanks.

    Reply to Liz Everly
    • Post authorElizabeth Shore

      Really? One pedicure? Wow. I get a pedicure once a month!

      I’m fine with strangers touching my feet, but I don’t want my toes in ANYONE’s mouth …

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  • Post authorKiersten Hallie Krum

    I *love* getting a foot massage, especially after a long day in heels, and it’s my favorite part of getting a pedicure. That said, my feet are *incredibly* ticklish, especially the arches, which is extra funny given I have such thick callouses on the heels and pads from going barefoot so often. I can’t say, though, that I’d be big on the shrimping, but totally game on the whole foot massage deal.

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  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    Shrimping, eh? I am with Liz — not comfortable with the whole professional pedicure thing. But I had someone suck my toes at one point and it wasn’t bad. Not bad at all….

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    • Post authorAlexa Day

      I have been shrimped as well (I wonder if that’s the proper use of the verb) and found it quite enjoyable. 🙂

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