How Common Is A Foot Fetish?

18% of heterosexual men reported having a sexual fantasy involving feet or toes. Among those who fetishize body parts, 47% report having a fetish for feet or toes.
split screen image with a bar graph on the left depicting that 18% of heterosexual men and 21% of gay and bisexual men have a foot fetish with a sexy photograph of a woman's dripping-wet legs dangling over the side of a bathtub with candle light in the background
Updated:December 2023

One survey found that 18% of heterosexual men reported having a sexual fantasy involving feet or toes, compared to just 5% of heterosexual women. [1]

Additionally, that same survey found that 21% of gay or bisexual men and 11% of lesbian or bisexual women reported the same. [1]

Key Statistics To Know:

  • A survey conducted by Dr. Justin Lehmiller, a member of our medical review board, found that 14% of respondents reported having a sexual fantasy “in which feet or toes played a prominent role” at some point: 21% of gay or bisexual men, 18% of heterosexual men, 11% of lesbian or bisexual women, and 5% of heterosexual women. [1]
  • Among those who have fetishes for specific body parts, 47% report having a fetish for feet and/or toes (podophilia). [2]
  • Among people who have fetishes for objects associated with the body, 32% have a sexual preference for footwear (e.g., a high-heel fetish). [2]
  • Washington DC, New Jersey, and New York have the highest number of internet searches relating to foot fetishes. [3]

In this article, we’ll share statistics and the latest data relating to foot fetishes, including how common they are, how many men and women have them, and the states with the most foot fetishists.

How Common Is A Foot Fetish

donut graph depicting that among people who have fetishes for specific body parts, 47% report having podophilia, fetishes for feet and/or toes
  • According to data collected by Justin Lehmiller for his book Tell Me What You Want[1], 14% of his total survey participants “reported having had a sexual fantasy before in which feet or toes played a prominent role” with the breakdown as such:
  • Among people who have fetishes for specific body parts, 47% report having podophilia (fetishes for feet and/or toes). [2]
  • Among people who have fetishes for objects associated with the body (such as things that are worn), 32% have a sexual preference for footwear (e.g., a high-heel fetish). [2]
  • Over one year’s time (from April 2020 to April 2021), there were 1,713,630 internet searches relating to foot fetishes. [3]
  • There are an average of 40,000 internet searches per month for “foot worship” in the United States. [3]
  • FeetFinder, a popular website that allows people to sell photographs of their feet to interested fetishists, gets about 1.2 million visitors per month, with around 684,000 of those originating from the United States. [5]

Foot fetishes are among the most popular kinks yet are also quite diverse.

Foot fetishes can include acts like foot massage, licking (or toe sucking), sniffing, or footjobs (using feet to stimulate a partner’s genitals).

They can also focus on particular areas of the foot such as the arch, heels, toes, or toenails, as well as footwear such as shoes (high heels, worn sneakers, boots), pantyhose or stockings, or socks.

Additionally, a foot fetish can include acts such as crushing food or objects, or trampling or standing on a partner.

This is why communication is so important in sexual relationships — saying “I have a foot fetish” means different things to different people!

What Percentage Of Men Have A Foot Fetish?

bar graph depicting that 18% of heterosexual men and 21% of gay and bisexual men have a foot fetish
  • According to data collected by Justin Lehmiller for his book Tell Me What You Want[1], 14% of all participants “reported having had a sexual fantasy before in which feet or toes played a prominent role” which included:
    • 18% of heterosexual men surveyed
    • 21% of gay and bisexual men surveyed
  • 16.6% of Belgian men reported having a foot fetish. [4]

A foot fetish is a form of “partialism,” where one is aroused by a certain body part or parts.

Partialism in general and foot fetishes, in particular, tend to be more common among men, who seem to focus on specific areas of the body more often than women.

Do Women Have Foot Fetishes?

bar graph depicting that 5% of heterosexual women and 11% of lesbian and bisexual women have a foot fetish
  • According to data collected by Justin Lehmiller for his book Tell Me What You Want[1], 14% of his total participants “reported having had a sexual fantasy before in which feet or toes played a prominent role” which included:
    • 5% of heterosexual women surveyed
    • 11% of lesbian and bisexual women surveyed
  • 4.1% of Belgian women reported having a foot fetish. [4]

Foot fetishes are less common for women, particularly heterosexual women; on average, lesbian and bisexual women can be a bit more sexually adventurous in general.

While there is no published research on the topic, from my observation it is likely that women’s foot kinks may differ a bit from men’s.

For instance, men often enjoy “worshipping” a partner’s feet but don’t care about stimulating their own, while at least some women may prefer to have their feet worshipped without returning the favor.

States With The Most Foot Fetishists

map graphic depicting the 10 states that have the highest number of foot fetishists: california, nevada, texas, illinois, new york, rhode island, connecticut, new jersey, washington dc, and florida

The following states have the highest number of internet searches relating to foot fetishes, with the number of searches per 10K people [3]:

  1. Washington D.C. (48)
  2. New Jersey (46)
  3. New York (42)
  4. Nevada (39)
  5. California (39)
  6. Rhode Island (35)
  7. Texas (34)
  8. Florida (34)
  9. Connecticut (32)
  10. Illinois (32)

While individuals with foot fetishes can be found around the world, in the US most of the states with the highest rates of foot lovers tend to be more liberal.

This isn’t surprising, as liberal cultures tend to have more open-minded attitudes about sexuality.

Interestingly, however, the red states of Texas and Florida also tend to get kinky with feet, so local culture is not the only influence on sexual behavior (especially thanks to the internet!).

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