Shoe fetishism is the attribution of attractive sexual qualities to shoes or other footwear as a matter of sexual preference, psychosexual disorder, and an alternative or complement to a relationship with a partner. It has also been known as retifism, after Nicolas-Edme Rétif (October 23, 1734–February 2, 1806), called Rétif de la Bretonne, a French novelist. Individuals with shoe fetishism can be erotically interested in either men's or women's shoes. Although shoes may appear to carry sexual connotations in mainstream culture (for example, women's shoes are commonly sold as being "sexy") this opinion refers to an ethnographic or cultural context, and is likely not intended to be taken literally. Feet and pantyhose are related fetishes which are common among shoe fetishists, but this is not always the case.
... European students drank wine or champagne from their lady's shoe or bootlet as a sign of devotion ... noted among else in the 1882 opera Der Bettelstudent, where Symon drinks champagne from Laura’s shoe at their wedding ... In commemoration of this romantic tradition, the French shoe manufacturer Louboutin issued in 2009 a glass shaped like a woman’s shoe, which was reviewed ...
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“I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemakers to get a shoe which was mended. When I was let out the next morning, I proceeded to finish my errand, and, having put on my mended shoe, joined a huckleberry party, who were impatient to put themselves under my conduct; and in half an hour ... was in the midst of a huckleberry field, on one of our highest hills, two miles off, and then the State was nowhere to be seen.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)