So. Feet are weird. They’re like long hands with really short fingers. That we walk on. I think feet are really kind of awesome in structure — they’re architectural, like bridges.
But feet do tend to freak a lot of people out. There’s interacting with another person’s feet — which a lot of people cannot even contemplate doing. And then there’s having people interact with your own feet — which is apparently a whole other level of special torture for some folks.
I think part of why people are so anti-feet is because feet have this rep for being dirty. And, yeah, we stick them in socks and shoes (or not) and walk around on them all day (or not) and they get kind of sweaty sometimes. And sometimes they get dried out and the skin does weird things and there are a whole host of funguses that rejoice in the presence of feets.
Y’all, I think feet are way cute and even so I’m sitting here making this “ew” face that is usually reserved for when Ed makes me smell things that have gone off in the fridge.
Basically, feet (and armpits, too) (and maybe crotches) get the side eye and when other people want to touch them — or want us to touch theirs — a lot of us recoil in horror.