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Why Do People Hate Feet?

Are You Self-Conscious About Your Feet?

There's an unintentionally hilarious article in the New York Post today about one woman's scarring night out. The problem? She was asked to remove her shoes upon entering a friend's apartment.

In her case the fear was not bare feet but mismatched socks, yet the plight is the same. Most of us recover in a few seconds rather than give quotes about our sole-baring experience that read like "I sat in the corner on the couch the entire time, because I was so terrified," but I'm sure (I hope!) it sounds more dramatic when written than said.

I shouldn't talk anyway, because my foot fear is real. I don't like people looking at them, and I certainly don't like anyone touching them — I all but need a Xanax to get a pedicure. I always calm down by reminding myself that no one's probably even looking. So when it comes to baring your toes, do you have cold feet?

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sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
I'm asian--used to baring feet and used to seeing bare feet. Pedis always help.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I don't mind people seeing my feet. Although, I live in a dry, desert climate and hike a lot, so often my heels are very dry and cracked. But if someone is going to blast me for hiking, I'd politely tell them to take their snide attitude toward my fitness elsewhere. As long as I keep up my exfoliation and moisturizing, I actually kind of like my feet! I'm a size 7 shoe and my second toe is not longer than my big toe (which seems very common from what feet I see), so I feel like everything looks proportionate. However, I hate people touching my feet. I've never had a pedicure in my life.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Not really. My size is 8.5/9 and they do look 'long/lean.' Not exactly the prettiest feet, although maybe they have potential if I got more pedicure LOL--I just don't like the idea of strangers touching my feet. I bare them with or without pedicure or with/without nail polish, right now, they're not polished and yah, I wear sandals everywhere. I like airing 'em out LOL.
missy1632 missy1632 7 years
Yeh I have a foot complex. I never really cared or noticed, until my friend said I had 'hammer toes'... and I was like 'what?' (I didn't even know what they were)... okay, yes, my toes are a little short and my feet are quite wide- though since losing weight, that has kind of changed (the wideness)... but I google imaged 'hammer toes' and I definitely don't have them! But, thanks to that friend, I still hate my feet, and think that my short toes obviously make me look like a hammer toed freak!! :( Her mum always said she should be a foot and hand model, so she thinks her feet are the bees knees... so I guess making me feel bad, must make her feel better.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
Yes. I hate my feet.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I can see how this might bother some people, but luckily my feet are one body part I am not ashamed of!
Frenched Frenched 7 years
Ack. I'm not a big feet fan. I try not to stare at people's feet, I try not to think about them too much and I try to make my feet look as cute as I can, but I still think they're weird. I have skinny feet, they're not very wide, and the toes on my right foot seem a bit longer than the one's on my left foot, which makes me even more self-conscious. BLERGH.
kgr3p18 kgr3p18 7 years
I didn't use to be, but as I've gotten older more and more people call me out for having really small feet (like a 4 in children and a 5-5 1/2 in women) and I have slowly become self-conscious about them.
bisou002 bisou002 7 years
I can't believe more people voted "yes" on this than "no"! I have had three operations on my feet and I love my scars. I even got two small tattoos on them to decorate them. :) I always have a pedicure, even if I do it myself. I love my feet!
elramos elramos 7 years
I guess I'm a minority but my feet are one of my favorite body parts. I personally like how they look. They're not perfect, and others may not like them, my mom even laughs about how my toes point a certain way, but they never bother me. The only time I would be self conscious of my feet is if I didn't get to moisturize them before I'm forced to show them to the world. Nothing worse than ashy feet.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I actually get a lot of complements on how cute my feet are, whatever that means, though personally I think my feet are wide and fat. I scrub them with a washcloth every time I shower- to reduce callouses- and moisturize with Aquaphor. I keep my nails trimmed and painted too, of course. That's so cute in the article about how she was wearing mismatched holiday socks, that's how you can tell if I've skipped out on my sock laundry, the mismatched theme-socks come out. How self-conscious do you have to be to let some goofy socks ruin your night? Any time anyone has noticed them on me, I just laugh it off. Ans also, who goes to someone's house expecting to leave their shoes on? Most people I know have a no shoes policy.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Whatever, they're just my tootsies. :D I get a little self-conscious about the calluses on my feet every once in a while, but not enough to cause any real anxiety.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Heck yeah I'm self-conscious!! They're big and wide. My toes are freakishly long too! Though it doesn't bother me when I'm asked to take my shoes off. After all, we follow the same rule in our house. I guess in someone else's house I just curl them or tuck them under my legs if I'm sitting on the floor. :P I honestly don't give a damn about other peoples' feet though, and they probably don't care about mine either!! soo much energy wasted on feet haha
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I'm so surprised so many people are self conscious about their feet! For what it's worth, as someone who doesn't think about my own feet (unless I'm getting a pedi) I'm definitely not judging anyone else's feet. I don't think most people care!
Rjs-baby-girl Rjs-baby-girl 7 years
I'm not particularly a fan of my feet but they don't look that bad, just like normal feet. I don't mind wearing sandals and flip flops in public. I was always taught to take off my shoes when I get into people's home, it's a question of being polite, so I don't have a problem when people ask me to take off my shoes.
nancita nancita 7 years
My feet are without a doubt my worst feature.
msame msame 7 years
I danced ballet growing up, and did pointe for about 7 some odd my toes are gross. Not to mention I have oddly long monkey toes. Yes, my feet are ooogly, and I would prefer if people didn't stare...but it's never stopped me from wearing open toed shoes( Flipflops are my shoe type of choice) Also, I'm Asian, so I'm no stranger to the "no shoes in house" rule.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I've always had long, bony feet, I don't like the look of them. I'm also uncomfortable with my feet being touched, so I've never tried getting a pedicure for fear of reflexive kicking.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
my toes are beyond hideous and i used to hate them. but now, i always make sure i have a fun pedi, which (surprisingly) distracts people from the gnarly-ness of my toes.
stephley stephley 7 years
I have small feet, with itty-bitty toes, and my brother dropped a brick on my foot years ago and one toe never quite recovered, so yech. I hate taking off my shoes around people (pedicure or not) and I never wear open toed shoes.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 7 years
I have big feet. lol. and they're wide. But I have learned to love myself the way I am. Plus I can do things with my feet that not a lot of people can. lol.
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