10 / 2006

Italy - "Lacing for Lust" erotic ladies' sandal with satin and pvc upper - Late 20th Century

Tight lacing excites desire, not just because it has a constraining effect, but also because it carries the promise of release. The tying and untying of, for instance, corsets, corselets and high-laced boots has a strong sexual charge. For a long time it was customary for people to keep their clothes on while having sex, because it took so long to put them off and due to corsets, hoops and multiple layers. When during the 19th Century the simple pump made way for laced and strapped ankle and calf boots, which complimented the popular crinoline dresses at that time, the provided a "foot corset" enjoyed by men as a new outlet for sexual expression. Concealing the female leg under floor-length skirts and in boots was so successful that a mere glimpse of a woman's ankle was cause for arousal. Above "working girls" sandal combines lacing, bondage, fetish heels and net nylons with red an black satin. With a nude foot in it, it is the perfect object to attract the attention of men.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland