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The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe [Hardcover]

William A. Rossi

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Jan 1993
A walking tour through history, this book covers Chinese footbinding and other outrageous distortions of the foot suffered by women in the cause of sexual allure. Also explored is the American obsession with sick and tired feet, and a psychosexual guide to people via footwear.
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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Krieger Publishing Company; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894645730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894645730
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,207,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOOT LOOSE AND FANCY FREE! 4 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book many, many years ago and have always wanted to obtain my own copy, and to read it again. I found this book to be UTTERLY FASCINATING...., interesting and a good giggle in places. The author clearly knows his subject, and one learns, for instance, the mystery behind Cinderella's glass slipper. It is NOT only a book for people with foot fetishes. It's a great read and I would recommend it to anyone. I can assure you that after reading this book, you will start noticing the shoes people wear... as certain types of people wear certain types of shoes.... SO TRUE! I just LOVE men in BOOTS!! Read all about it for yourselves!!!! (It will probably make you rush out and buy "appropriate" shoes!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Top 10 Favorite Books 25 Mar 2009
By Daniel R. Grangaard - Published on Amazon.com
This most delightful book is not only erotic and impossible to put down but is extremely well documented. The author cites over 100 sources to support his points. Many historical references to implications of various styles are nicely illustrated with drawings and photographs. It is impossible to refrain from self-analysis and sizing up the personalities of those around you based on the psychosexual themes conveyed through dressing the foot. The book is a comprehensive look at the historical and contemporary implications of the role feet and shoes play in flirtation and mating.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately there isn't much good information available 8 Aug 2014
By Customer in Ohio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having had a raging shoe fetish for the past several decades, I've long been curious as to what causes them and how to rid myself of it if possible. Unfortunately there isn't much good information available, and the average physician, even your run of the mill therapist, knows precious little about the subject. I finally happened upon this book, which goes a long way to explaining not only the origin of these types of issues, but at long last let me know that if I were to foolishly rid myself of it (an unlikely occurrence), I'd be doing economic damage to what appears to be a fairly large industry, i.e. erotic shoes. So if you have a foot or shoe fetish and want to learn the hows and whys, or have a husband/boyfriend with a fetish and are struggling to understand it, this is probably the best place to begin. Then at least you can enjoy those photos of Bettie Page without feeling guilty. :)
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does a great job of explaining the shoe fetish 28 April 2008
By Hal Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book a few years ago as well when I was doing research as a PsyD student. My thesis and research included this fetish and I found this book very useful, and singificant up to date from the older material available such as Psycho-Sexualis by Krafft and Ebbing. It was right on target and fun to read. The life of a true shoe fetishist is very intersting and very solo, but the life of shoe play incorporated into a sex life can be incredible with the right shoes. Although I never became a shoes only fetishist the experiments with women and their shoes turned out to be erotic and lots of fun. I only wish there was a sequal to this book with more current and explicit details for couples. My partner and I discovered so much more that can be done in play the book became a great starting point. Another discovery that we made was that although women do not share the same fetish as men they can, if open to experiment, share aspects of the fetish differently, but with just as much excitement and tension as men. As I have always felt, some designers of high fashion women's footwear may have utility in mind, (boring) but some designers "get it" and have a lot more in mind than utility when they design a woman's shoe or boot it is clearly to create sexual excitement.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book 9 April 2014
By Annie - Published on Amazon.com
Toe curlingly funny thesis on the psycho-social and psycho-sexual aspects of feet and shoes. Once you read this you will never trust yourself alone with a pair of shoes again.
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