Foot Fetish Statistics – How Common is it?

By Bedbible Research Center / September 13, 2022

When we talk about sexy body parts, feet aren’t something that clicks in our minds. But that isn’t the case with some people. Instead, some people are turned on by feet, ankles, and toes. This phenomenon is called foot fetish. 

Foot fetish has various forms. For example, some people are fond of massaging feet while others feel a strong sexual attraction toward them.

Individuals with foot fetishes also love well-groomed feet with painted toenails, jewelry, anklets, etc. No matter what people like about feet, you’d be surprised to know that it is entirely normal and healthy.

One out of seven people fantasizes about feet. Therefore, a foot fetish does not make you deviant or weird. Let us learn about foot fetish statistics and demographics to help you understand more about this kink.

Key statistics

  • 1 out of 7 has fantasized sexually about feet.
  • 5% have a full-fledged foot fetish.
  • 21% of homosexual or bisexual men have a foot fetish.
  • Only 5% of heterosexual women have a foot fetish.
  • Foot fetish is a ‘learned’ fetish, meaning people gradually become fond of this stimulation and develop an attraction toward feet.
  • The part of the brain responsible for processing genital arousal (somatosensory cortex) is right next to the part that processes foot sensations.

How Common Are Foot Fetishes?

Foot fetishes are extremely common.

  • One in seven people will sexually fantasize about feet in their lifetime.

The body image map explains that the sensory perception of genitals lies next to the feet in our brains.

Due to this, foot fetishes are entirely normal and expected in people. But it’s hard to determine how common it is. 

According to Dr. Lehmiller, foot fetishes are the most common fetishes today. His study found that:

  • 14% of the participants had fantasized about feet.
  • 5% of the participants had had a full-fledged foot fetish. 

Demographics of Foot Fetish

According to demographics, men are more likely to develop a foot fetish as compared to women. Moreover, queer individuals also develop a foot fetish more than straight individuals. 

According to Dr. Lehmiller’s study, about 21% of bisexual and gay men developed foot fetish, while only 5% of heterosexual individuals had fantasized about feet.

Here is a summary of foot fetish demographics.

  • 18% of heterosexual men
  • 5% of heterosexual women 
  • 21% of bisexual and gay men 
  • 11% of bisexual and lesbian women

Conclusively, heterosexual women are the least likely to develop a foot fetish, while men are more likely to fantasize about feet. However, according to the research of 1000 participants, about 10% of individuals claimed to have a foot fetish. 

Common Foot Fetish Fantasies

While different people can fantasize about feet differently, some common foot fetish fantasies exist. Here are the most common feet-related fantasies. 

  • Sniffing toes and feet
  • Licking and sucking on toes
  • Foot massages
  • Foot jobs
  • Using foot for penetration 
  • Trampling 

What Are the Best Resources for People With Foot Fetish?

There are numerous options if you’re wondering about the potential resources for people with foot fetishes. Besides porn sites, various platforms let people advertise their feet. 

Buyers can submit a request to make a purchase. Some platforms even allow buyers to request customized feet snaps.

Here are some legitimate platforms that exclusively feature feet snaps. 

  • Instafeet 
  • Printify
  • FunWithFeet
  • Feetify
  • FeetFinder 
  • Etsy 
  • TikTok
  • Snapchat 
  • Instagram 
  • Foap 

Many fetish websites also feature foot-related content people can purchase. You can also subscribe to the sites and pay monthly for the content.

Besides this, you’d be surprised to learn about foot fetish parties. Such parties are similar to swinger parties that bring together like-minded people with a shared appreciation for feet. 

Such parties can help people explore their kink and healthily learn more about it without feeling ashamed.  

Behavioral Facts About Foot Fetish

Fetishes result from multi-sensory experiences, meaning different people feel aroused by different things. For example, for foot fetish, it is common for some people to get attracted by toes while others feel aroused by the soles or ankles.

But for most people, the visual aspect of feet is the most common reason for developing a fetish. This explains the trend of foot lingerie. Besides this, people with feet fetish are fond of touching, sniffing, or licking feet during sexual foreplay.

Some individuals are even interested in a combination of foot-related activities. As foot fetish is among the common fetishes, there is ongoing research on how people develop it.

Behavioral Facts 

  • According to researcher Dr. Justin Lehmiller, foot fetish is a learned behavior. For example, an individual experiences sexual stimulation through their feet for the time in their life. They gradually become fond of this stimulation and develop an attraction toward feet. If they find foot-related foreplay pleasurable, they can experience an intense orgasm when they engage in similar foreplay. It creates positive reinforcement of foot fetish.
  • According to another research, people experience foot fetish because the part of the brain responsible for processing genital arousal (somatosensory cortex) is right next to the part that processes foot sensations. Therefore, foot fetishes are closely associated with sexual stimulations. 

Why Do People Develop Foot Fetishes?

Neurological evidence can explain the development of foot fetishes. Your brain has a sensory map that features each part of your body experiencing a sensation. The parts next to each other control the genitals and feet.

According to this map, the genital sensations and feet can link neurologically. Therefore, when someone plays with feet, it tends to arouse people.

Some individuals also think of feet as a disgustingly sexy body part. When people experience arousal, they do not bother about things that otherwise disgust them.

According to a study, people who experience arousal are less disgusted by dirty underwear than non-aroused people. This example explains how some people find feet disgustingly sexy once they experience sexual arousal due to feet.

Final Words

According to neurological evidence and the prevalence of foot fetishes, we can conclude that there isn’t anything weird or inherently wrong with having a foot fetish. Foot fetishes are the most common type of sexual fetish among people.

Psychologists and psychiatrists have also recognized foot fetish under fetishism. But, conclusively, foot fetish is not a disorder unless it is characterized by distress, depression, or obsessive behavior.

So far, the demographics represent foot fetish as a normal and healthy fetish observed in mentally stable individuals. Therefore, if you find yourself attracted to feet, there isn’t anything wrong with you. Instead of feeling isolated and ashamed of your kink, accepting and learning more about it is best.