3 / 2006

France - Ladies' wooden shoe with upturned toe and fur ring - 16th Century

Innumerable corroborations in ethnographic and folklore studies learn that the shoe has been worn for thousands of years as a sex symbol and an article of sex communication, because it is the housing for the erotic foot. Shoes are designed and worn, consciously or subconsciously, to convey psycho-sexual messages. While the foot has always been a phallic symbol, the shoe has been a yoni or a vulva symbol. Over countless centuries the shoemaker and the shoe, contrary to any other profession, has been a fond and favoured character of poets, philosophers, storytellers, artists, composers and balladeers. The effect of sexual mating in above shoe is obvious. With a fur ring put around the phallus-like upturned toe part, a woman indicated to a man that she was prepared to mate.

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