MKINYK … but the shoe or boot without the Domina’s foot in it just isn’t the same. It’s a matter of priorities and motivation, perhaps: one adores the Dominant Woman for Her Superior Self. Therefore, one adores the feet of the Woman because they are Her feet, and this worship shows that the sub, the slave, is lower than the lowest part of Her sacred person. Next step, one worships the boots on those precious feet, as a further abasement before Her divine presence. This represents a step lower and more distant from Her feet, to the protective coverings for them. “Fetish,” of course, means mentally substituting some object or process for the person whom you love or adore. So with retifism, or boot/shoe fetish, the brain transfers that love to Her boot. Our brains are crazy and they do weird things; that’s just one of them. But in this bootlicker’s foggy mind, it still has to be HER boot, ideally on Her foot, for it to be a valid shrine. Just any old shoe won’t do. Hair-splitting issue: Mistress tells Her slave to clean Her collection of 100 fetish boots in Her closet, whilst She is off doing whatever it pleases Her to do and ignoring Her devoted, selfless and long-suffering bootlicking slave boy. She’s not actually there, wearing the boots, but they are HER boots, and probably smell of Her foot-sweat, so that counts. But it is true that this “remote-control retifism” stretches the slave’s devotion. Or tests it. Or, maybe, gives the worm an opportunity to prove to Her and to itself how deep his devotion really goes, and to reassert (!) his wretched abasement.