Those who know me are aware that I have a fondness for women’s feet. I was asked recently what I thought perfect feet were so I will share my opinion here.
First let me say that women’s feet are as beautiful and important as any other part of a woman’s body. I personally pay as much attention to them as I do a woman’s hands. Sadly, though, feet are terribly neglected and often horribly abused. I don’t know why feet have been relegated to second-class status especially when they can be so attractive, and even sexy!
Often, women only think about their feet when summer rolls around, and they start thinking about wearing sandals. Sometimes women think of their feet only after years of abuse has caused foot pain. Women, and foot lovers like me would all be much happier if women would consider and care for their feet all year-round.
What makes Perfect Feet?
- No toenail paint -- clear or “French” are okay.
- Trimmed toenails.
- Straight toes -- no crushed, deformed or bent toes
- hammer toes
- red rub-marks
- toe-nail fungus
- dry cracked skin
Simply refusing to wear ill-fitting shoes can easily attain nearly every item on the list above!!
As far as toe length goes, I pretty much think anything is cool. My personal favorite is “Roman Toes” in which the second toe is longer than the big-toe. The only toe length I find less than attractive is really short toes of about the same length.
I don’t much care low big a woman’s feet are – in fact, long feet and toes are pretty sexy, but small delicate feet are great too!
Fresh clean feet are sexy. I think a mild foot smell is okay and kinda sexy too. I don’t much care for really stinky feet.
A Rant about Toenail Paint:
Note about my choice of terminology: I don’t say “nail polish” because that’s a false term. “Polish” does not change the color of the item it is applied to. Polish applies a clear protective coating. I am making an effort to call “nail polish” what it really is… “Toenail paint”. Even the manufacturers of the product are now calling it “nail color”.
As you’ve probably already divined, I don’t like toenail paint. I’ve given this some thought, and I think it boils down to personal taste. I tend to prefer it when women wear a minimum of makeup on their face. I’m sure at the point when I say “yuck, too much!” other people look at that same face and say “perfect!”
I have a tremendous appreciation for women’s feet, and for me seeing them without toenail paint makes them even more natural and beautiful. It allows me to appreciate every tiny curve and subtle change of skin-tone without having a red-flashing light (toenail paint) distracting me from the subtle beauty. And when there is toenail paint, it’s never applied perfectly, so my eyes immediately go to the “overspray” areas where the paint is on the cuticles or on the sides of the nail bed, or I notice the chips and other imperfections in the paint-job.
Women also are very prone to abusing their feet by cramming them into ill-fitting shoes. This deforms the shape of the toes and toenails over time. Toenail paint, especially the dark colors, does nothing but emphasize the deformed nail shape. And that’s not a pretty sight.
A few years back, I conducted a massive Internet survey of men and their opinions about toenail paint. Although the exact numbers aren’t in front of me, I can say that about 80% of men strongly preferred clear, beige colored paint, or no paint at all. Only about 10% of men strongly preferred red toenail paint. About 2% liked black. So if women are doing this to get positive attention from men, they’re not succeeding.
I firmly believe that many women don’t care much about what men want or like, and instead decorate themselves in some effort to “feel better about themselves” or perhaps to compete with other women.
A gal I know told me that when she's at the salon, and they finish her pedicure, they always ask her to pick a “color” – as if toenail paint was a mandatory part of a pedicure. Why do the salon people ask that? Why is it so hard for the customer to say “No color, thank you.”, or “Clear, please”.
Maybe it’s like going to a fast-food restaurant and ordering a burger. If they didn’t ask, “Do you want fries with that?” you probably wouldn’t order fries.
I don’t think many women wear toenail paint to cover flaws. Although on rare occasion you’ll see a woman wearing toenail-paint on her toenail fungus infected toenails with hideous results. Yuck!
I think many women get toenail-paint because it DOES attract attention to their feet. The problem, in my opinion, is that it is a kind of “blind attention”. I’ve noticed that it’s often the women who have really trashed feet who are the ones who most often wear toenail-paint – and they often wear the most “attention getting” colors. Why draw attention to feet that are in such sad shape -- feet that are so hard to look at? Can’t these women tell that they’re drawing attention to their unfortunate collection of bunions, blusters, corns and calluses? These women seem blind to this ironic “drawing attention to something they should be hiding” effect. It’s like a person with a huge mole on their face getting a tattoo near the mole that says “Hey! Look at my huge mole!”
I think some women feel that toenail-paint “dresses up” their feet. I think they just don’t realize that women’s feet are subtle, natural, and amazingly beautiful things ALREADY, and painting their toes overwhelms the delicate beauty they already possess.
The sad irony is that when women discover that many men just love their feet, they think “Oh! I had better pay some attention to my feet then!” and instead of giving their feet the attention their feet really need (like healing corns, removing calluses and buying shoes that don’t crush their toes), they start wearing shoes that are too-small (CAUSING corns and calluses) and wearing “attention getting” toenail-paint (which does nothing but ACCENTUATE the flaws in their feet).
I guess what I’m saying, in all of this, is that I think women’s feet are stunningly beautiful – just the way they are naturally. I appreciate the natural beauty of a woman’s foot, the more natural and un-abused the better. When women wear toenail paint, in my opinion, they are “gilding the lily” and in the process, diminishing the beauty.
Photo Gallery of Perfect Feet
Here are 20 of my favorite pictures of beautiful women's feet. Enjoy!
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