From my limited experience, it seems as though a lot of black men have a fear of ugly feet on women they are initially attracted to. Ugly feet, apparently, can be a game changer. Remember the scene in Boomerang?
Eddie Murphy’s character sleeps with Lela Rochon, who is unquestionably beautiful. The morning after, he uncovers the blanket and sees she has awful, awful feet.
He decides he can’t be with her because of that. I remember watching the film and raising an eyebrow–both at the condition of her feet, and at Eddie Murphy’s response. I thought it was an extreme reaction. But later, as I talked to black men, they all reiterated that the way a woman’s feet looked was incredibly important to them. Some of them even cited Boomerang to support their argument!
I was reminded of all of this recently, when one of my black male friends offered me a compliment on a pedicure. I said thank you, but was generally caught off guard by the compliment. I always am. I take care of my feet but don’t think about them often. Some black men could write sonnets about beautiful feet…and I don’t know why. I haven’t yet spoken to white men and other men of color who are as enthused about feet as black men.
Why do black men love feet so much?
I guess I’ll never quite understand.