Shoe fetishism is the attribution of attractive sexual qualities to shoes or other footwear as a matter of sexual preference, psychosexual disorder, and an alternative or complement to a relationship with a partner.
It has also been known as retifism, after Nicolas-Edme Rétif (October 23, 1734–February 2, 1806), called Rétif de la Bretonne, a French novelist. Homosexual men with shoe fetishism are erotically interested in men's shoes.
Although shoes carry sexual connotations in mainstream culture [weasel words] (for example, women's shoes are commonly sold as being "sexy") this opinion refers to an ethnographic or cultural context. Feet and pantyhose are related fetishes which are common among shoe fetishists, but this is not always the case.