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Why Foot Fetishes Are So Common
And six other tidbits we picked up from “God Save My Shoes,” a footwear-focused film making its Washington debut tomorrow.
1) The actual word “stiletto” has some dangerous origins.
According to the film, it means “slender dagger” in Latin. Guess there’s a reason some ladies use them as a last-resort weapon (and why it hurts so dang much when someone steps on you with one).
2) There’s a biological reason foot fetishes are so common.
The sensory receptor sites in the cerebral cortex that respond to feet and genitals sit right next to one another. We’re no neurosurgeons, but we’re guessing that means it’s pretty easy for arousal to spill over (or whatever the technical term is) from one area to the other.
3) High heels were worn by both men and women until the early 18th century.
Up until the 1730s, it was fashionable for Western European noblemen to strut their stuff in heeled slippers just as frilly and delicate as those of their female counterparts. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between the men’s and women’s shoes from this period featured in the film.
4) Former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland names her shoes.
Or at least some of them. Her “most favorite” pairs, anyway. That’s taking it a little far, no?
5) Platforms got as high as 54 centimeters during the Renaissance period.
And we thought stripper heels were intimidating. In cities like Genoa and Venice, Italian women wore clog-like wooden and cork chopines over their dress shoes to signify wealth and status. The higher the chopine, the longer the dress needed to cover them, ergo more money spent on fabric. The tallest pair uncovered measures 54 centimeters—that’s nearly two feet!
6) American women purchase more pairs of shoes per year than women in any other country.
According to the film, we average seven or eight new pairs annually. That’s roughly a pair and a half every month. So why is there still nothing in our closet to match that new skirt?
7) No one knows who actually invented the high heel.
Roger Vivier or the Ferragamo house? Precisely who gets credit for the stiletto is hotly debated in the flick, but no conclusion is ultimately drawn.
Here’s the trailer: