5 / 2006

Austria - Ladies' leather fetish mule with 8-inch heel - Late 19th Century

Shoe fetishists are in principal similar to foot-fetishists, but their stimulus, i.e. the shoe, becomes the total focus for arousal. The fetishist may work up to an erotic pitch by kissing, licking, gently biting and caressing the shoe. Smell also plays an important part to many. Some styles have an almost universal appeal among shoe fetishists. High heeled shoes and boots with fur or silk frills symbolize female genitalia and are considered the sexiest type of shoes. An erect ankle and extended leg is the biological sign of sexual availability in several animal species. Above deep-throated mule conjures up the unabashed d├ęcolletage of a plung-ing neckline and flatters the distended curve of a woman's instep. Its 8-inch heel renders the wearer immobile and forces surrendering, while the foot is trusted forward like an offering.

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