3. In imperial China, the tiny steps and swaying of women with bound feet aroused their men.
The ideal shoe during the Shang Dynasty was made of silk and was only 3 inches long. Chinese men also fantasized that the careful trot would strengthen vaginal muscles.
5. The original Cinderella was actually a tale of fetishism and hegemony.
The story debuted in late 17th century and reflected the ideal beauty standard at the time: Small feet symbolized inborn appeal, and Cinderella fitting the tiny shoe was a metaphor for finding the perfect emotional and sexual compatibility with someone.
13. Sigmund Freud believed that high heels were a vessel to a woman’s genitals.
In his essay “Fetishism,” Freud says, “…the foot or shoe owes its preference as a fetish — or a part of it — to the circumstance that the inquisitive boy peered at the woman’s genitals from below, from her legs up, fur and velvet — as has long been suspected — are a fixation of the sight of the pubic hair, which should have been followed by the longed-for sight of the female member; pieces of underclothing, which are so often chosen as a fetish, crystallize the moment of undressing, the last moment in which the woman could still be regarded as phallic.”
18. Props to Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers for inspiring this post.
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