Last summer Ariel and I decided we were going to relaunch my long-dormant foot fetish site, Silk Soles. I hadn’t shot anything for the site in a decade and we thought it would be fun to have a little project to work on together.
I’ve learned a lot since I last shot any pure foot fetish photos and it was inspirational to get back to it. I think the main thing I’ve learned is that following the market is not my style. When I launched the site before I tried to cater for lots of tastes, but even back in 2003 the foot fetish market was already very segmented with niche sites addressing narrow aspects of the fetish.
This time around I decided to shoot the things I like the best, do the best job I can of it, and hopefully enough people will share my passion that the site will break even and we can continue to do it.
I don’t know how I acquired my foot fetish. I’ve had it literally as long as I can remember. When I was a teenager, I used to devour glamour photos ranging from lingerie catalogues to men’s magazines, scouring them for photos of barefoot girls in and out of elegant clothes.
My favourite was Mayfair. It had plenty of barefoot girls because “stripper heels” had not yet become ubiquitous in men’s magazines. It often started with the girls fully dressed and had a little striptease which I found much more appealing than the “Bang! Naked! Genitals!” approach of some of the mags. And the girls looked and sounded like human beings, actual girls you might possibly meet and who might be your girlfriend one day, because it was also before the rise of the boob job, the lip injections and the loony blow-up doll makeup that now seems to constitute a lot of mainstream porn. The corny little stories about Jennifer from Birmingham who wanted to be a legal secretary were pure fiction, but it had an innocence and charm.
Modern porn (especially in the men’s magazines) seem to be all about genitals and toys and holes and orgasms and cum and fucking. Mom I’d-like-to-fuck, fuck-sluts, girls you wanna to fuck-fuck-fuck.
I miss the more romantic days when a photo set was about girls you’d like to date, and maybe one day marry.*
So I decided to make my own. Hence, the rebirth of Silk Soles, with a mission statement to recreate the feeling I used to get looking at those Mayfair magazines of old. Barefoot, striptease, and something about the story and the girl that ideally will interest you and invite you to dream of more than just a quickie. It may not be distinguishable from “fuck fuck” porn in just a few photos, but it is important that the motivation is there when we shoot for me.
(* Apologies here to bi, gay, poly and other readers for whom this vision of heterosexual monogamy might be a bit offensive. Translate to “girl you’d like to have a relationship with that involves more than just fucking her once and clearing off”.)
It is great fun trying, and I hope we’ll succeed. Here’s a few stills to show you our first attempts.
We’ve shot about half the content we need to open the site so far, and have a bunch of shoots over the next few months- watch this space as we build the site and invite you to take a look around.
What do you think? Are you old enough to miss the loony biographies of the girls from old-style Mens Mags, or do you prefer the “clean” context free pictures of porn that’s all about sex?