Hey man, whatever floats your boat and gets your rocks off, I guess! But I can’t think of anything worse—okay, that’s a lie, I probably can (and often do!)—than licking a musty smelling, sweaty old gym shoe and having stinky socks shoved in my face. I’ve never heard of this Sneaker Slave fetish before, but it is indeed a real thing. There are a few Tumblrs and YouTube videos dedicated to sneaker worshipping: Sk8terboy (NSFW), Sneaker Sniffer and “Me licking Adam’s Shoe”.
From Dazed Digital:
Yet the persuasive power of sports footwear has caused the rise of darkrooms within sneaker culture. In the dark zones of the sneaker cult, fanatics enjoy intimacy with stylish kicks on their feet and in their mouth. The iconoclastic twist of a sneakerhead making love to his sneaker could be the ultimate case of a shopper and a product becoming one, surrendered in manic mutual adoration.
The page informs us that most trainer fetishists, gay men and straight men, are based in France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Common forms of sneaker fetishism are worshipping, licking and sniffing sneakers. Shoeslaves also swap each other’s sneakers, or eat food out of their kicks.
Image via Sneaker Sniffer