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Boot Worship

Updated: AUGUST 19, 2022
Reviewed by Kinkly Staff
on August 18, 2022

Boot worship is an extreme love of boots - typically when they are being worn by a dominant partner - observed in BDSM practices. A submissive partner generally displays boot worship while the dominant partner wears the worshipped footwear. Boot worship is closely related to a foot fetish, boot fetish or foot worship.

Boot worship may be more commonly seen in femdom relationships as well as among gay men, where some studies have found foot fetish to be relatively common.

Many fetishes have been attached to cultural symbolic meaning. Boots have been portrayed as a sign of power for the wearer, whether as part of a uniform, or as a powerful part of fashion and BDSM culture.

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As with many BDSM activities, boot worship is also a common genre in porn.

More About Boot Worship

Traditionally, kissing and licking someone's foot is considered an extreme form of humiliation due to the low stature of the feet. Boot worship plays with this idea and takes the humiliation and surrender to a sexual - and even sacred - place. The submissive partner willingly worships the boots, sniffing them, licking them, kissing them and cleaning/polishing them.

The ritual cleaning of a dominant partner’s boots is known as boot blacking. The submissive partner will polish and spit-shine the boots often using their own undergarments or socks to achieve a glossy finish. While it's a common part of boot worship, it might also mark the beginning of a BDSM or military role-playing session.

Sometimes boot worshipers even chew the leather boots of their dominant partner, or suck them in a fashion which mimics oral sex. The sub might also lie down so their master or mistress can walk over them wearing the boots. Boot worship can also take on more extreme or forceful versions, such as kicking, ball busting or trampling.

Boot worship can be considered an expression of utter devotion to a dominant partner, an admission of inferiority by the submissive partner, or both.

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