Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Site Update - April 16, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Colleen shows off her slender soles on a very hot day next to a small water fall and some rocks in a garden (58 images)

Video - Shae Spreadz is quite the tease in the kitchen as she shows off her unique stockings and big feet (187 MB - 1080p HD)

Interview - 1 new 10 for 10 interview with Charlee has been added to the Interviews section

Downloads (Avatars) - 1 new avatar of Lela Beryl has been added to the Grunge Avatars page of the Downloads area

Downloads (Buddy Icons) - 1 new buddy icon of Lela Beryl has been added to the Buddy Icons page of the Downloads area

Downloads (Avatars) - 2 new avatars of Ann and Autumn have been added to the all new Celebrating 10 Years Avatars page of the Downloads area

Contest (FINAL WEEK) - The 2014 Soles of Silk Wallpaper Design Contest is underway. Design wallpapers of Marcy, Mariah, and Mindee for a chance to win one of six possible prizes. Visit the Contest Rules page for more information.

Comic Nerd Fantasy Shoots

The following blog is a repost (with some slight alterations and updates) of a column posted to Soles of Silk on Dec. 7, 2011. I'm sharing it again with great reception of the Captain America: Winter Soldier movie and the hype of the upcoming movies such as: Guardians of the Galaxy, Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-Men: Days of Futures Past.

By now you are probably aware that I am a huge comic book fan. When Mindee did her Power Girl feature set on Wu's Feetlinks and then Jamie did one with Batgirl (Sample 01 / Sample 02), I knew I had the start of an ongoing series on my hands. Eventually Carlin would go on to do a Catwoman themed shoot (Sample 01 / Sample 02), but that has been all that I have published to this point, although there have been, and currently are plans to do more. Lela Beryl even did a set with comic book cards that will be going online soon.

Doing sets done with the sole mates with a comic book theme is one thing, but what if the heroines themselves were real? And what if I could have them in front of my camera for Soles of Silk? Yes, I'm going that nerdy in this blog. I know the girls aren't real, BUT what if they were? What if I could have a handful of the world's super heroines (or super villains) as sole mates? Who would they be? There are a lot of female comic characters out there these so I'm going to limit my picks to a Top 10 Listing starting with...

10 - Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)

More of a recent favorite, Ms. Marvel has that brash attitude that I love having on the site. She has that air of confidence about her that would make for some good teasing for sure.

9 - She-Hulk (Marvel Comics)

People are ALWAYS saying we should "go green." Well, I sure never got to play with a pair of green feet, much less take photographs of them - although Charlee's feet did turn green in her very first shoot thanks to popsicles. Anyhow, the She-Hulk comic are so tongue in cheek fun, I can only imagine if she were real, a shoot with this green gal would be quite fun.

8 - Lady Death (Boundless/Avatar/Chaos Comics)

Lady Death has always oozed sexiness when it comes to her character. With only perhaps Vampirella giving her a run for the money with sexuality, Lady Death would sure bring a little bit of fetish flavor to the site without even taking off a boot or thigh high stocking from her long white legs.

7 - Harley Quinn (DC Comics)

I've been in love with this crazy cat since she debuted on the Batman: Animated Series back when I was in school. I think her antics are awesome and even though she's a bad girl, I think she's got enough good in her to make a foot fetish photo shoot something to remember. And hey, if Mr. J (Joker) has a foot fetish, she'd surely want to do it. Cierra and I have plans to do a Harley Quinn themed set that I'm very much looking forward to.

6 - Mystique (Marvel Comics)

While Mystique isn't my favorite female comic character, I was going to include her in this list at the #1 spot as a gag. Being able to copy anyone she comes in contact with, I could have her be every one of these girls and then some. One girl could do an entire site of hundreds of different heroines and villains. As for the shoots though, I'd know it wasn't the real deal before me, so I decided not to have her in that #1 spot.

5 - Storm (Marvel Comics)

I had to include this dark skinned and light haired beauty on the list. There are not enough black females characters in comics, but Storm sure takes the cake as the most well known. And if worst came to worst, she could make every day a great day to go out and take some photos. Charlee has expressed doing a shoot based off this popular leader of the X-Men.

4 - Psylocke (Marvel Comics)

I have a soft spot for Asians, but much like black women, there isn't a ton of Asian girls in comics (not including Anime and Manga here). Psylocke has always been one of my favorites. Aliza was even supposed to do a shoot with a Psylocke theme to it, but isn't currently shooting. Would be nice to have some martial art feet on the site.

3 - Supergirl (DC Comics)

I know she's supposed to be 17, but when you're 17 for decades in outer space and then a teenager for countless more years in comics, you're not 17 anymore. Anyhow, Supergirl has that youth factor that would sure make for a nice addition with all my other barely legal models who pose for me. Kayleigh was slated to do a Supergirl themed set at one point, but we just never got around to doing it.

2 - Power Girl (DC Comics)

Supergirl from another dimension, Power Girl is the reason I got back into reading comics. It was hard not to put her at the #1 spot for that reason alone. It is the reason why I used her as the set for Mindee's Power Girl feature set on Wu's Feetlinks though. So having this big breasted, fun loving hero on the site would rock.

1 - Wonder Woman (DC Comics)

As far as female comic characters go, Wonder Woman is the Babe Ruth, Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Michael Jordan, etc. equivalent. You couldn't ask for a bigger female comic character, if she were real, to pose on this site. Plus, I'd love to have a set of big smelly Amazon feet coming fresh out of her trademark red boots in a set. Originally Marcy was supposed to do a Wonder Woman themed set that fell through numerous times. Since then I have asked Aspen to do one, which might actually turn into two sets, but scheduling has been an issue.

Honorable Mentions - Aspen Matthews (Aspen Comics), Batgirl (DC Comics), Grace (Aspen Comics), Poison Ivy (DC Comics), Catwoman (DC Comics), Black Cat (Marvel Comics, X-23 (Marvel Comics), and Zatanna (DC Comics).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Missing Mindee? Thankfully Not!

Life. It's not always fair. Over the years two girls who I once considered among my best friends, and who also modeled for this site, moved away. Those two girls were Carmen and Madison. Those two were also two of the most popular models during the site's early years and then they were gone. Just like that. Gone! Moved away with little to no contact since. I guess they just needed or wanted change in their lives.

Two weeks ago yet another one of the models mentioned she might be moving and my stomach sank. Just like it was with Carmen and Madison, I consider this girl to be a close friend. She's probably the best female friend I've ever had. This model... This friend is Mindee.

I am not going to get into Mindee's business in this blog - a friend wouldn't do that. I'll just say the prospect of moving wasn't something she wanted and was trying to avoid. I'm glad she trusted me enough to tell me - something that didn't happen with either Carmen or Madison. Both of them up and moved, forgetting about me and all their friends here.  

As of yesterday, however, the sinking feeling in my stomach is now gone. Mindee sent me a text to tell me it's photography weather and that she won't be moving after all. She even found a new job. I'm so happy for her! Of course we then began throwing around dates to shoot - something we were planning on doing even if she had moved. I wasn't going to let her get away without posing. As a matter of fact, I was going to try to shoot countless set of her to publish over the long haul. Although I would have loved to do all those sets, I'm glad the reason for having to do them is no longer a concern.

So why am I sharing all this? Well, because Mindee means a lot to me and she is one of the biggest contributors to Soles of Silk's success. Countless pictures, videos, and interviews have come from her time and effort. She's also recruited her cousins Mariah and Marcy, as well as her good friend, Emerald to pose for all of you. So yeah, I owe this girl a lot and I wanted to say so publicly. 

So here it is:

Mindee, you've been nothing but kind to me since we first met. Even when I first asked, and then pleaded with you to pose for Soles of Silk, you did so against you initial desire not to. Luckily for me, you enjoyed it ever since. In you I have a model who has now posed for 2,215 photos with a few hundred unpublished ones on the way. But you potentially moving away didn't just sadden me because you'd be out of reach for photo shoots. No. I didn't want to go through losing one of my best friends yet again. You're someone I've always trusted. You get my goofiness and I always have an amazing time being around you. I just want you to know that as no matter how down things may seem in life, you've brightened at least one person's many times over! Glad you're sticking around, dear!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Where is Wu?

Lately something has been happening that hasn't happened in all my years online (including my college days running The 10 Little Piggies free site). This something is, Wu's Feetlinks has not been updated for close to a month.

I've been asked on the Wu's Feetlinks Forum in threads and in personal messages about the status of the site. Sorry to say, I know about as much as all of you who are asking. While I have personally talked with Wu too many times to count over the years, I haven't done so since the last update on his site, which reads "March 27, 2014."

At first I honestly thought that the lack of updates was due to BHE moving some servers in recent weeks. I didn't think much of it, but as the days continued to add up after Soles of Silk was moved, I began to wonder. That's when people started to wonder and ask.

In a recent thread seeing quite a bit of response on the Wu's Feetlinks Forum titled, "Am I Missing Something?," NorCalFeetStudios mentioned recently contacting BHE about the status of Wu's Feetlinks, "...I talked to Phil from BHE this morning and he hasn't heard from him either in two weeks, but didn't seem too concerned about it..."

With that said, I don't know who else might know what's going on with Wu or the site. So I'm at a loss here.

One thing I do know is that Wu has always been a straight-shooter. The man has always been great to me and I'm sure, many other web masters and foot models. I owe a lot of Soles of Silk's exposure to him and his site. This is why his banner is the ONLY non-Soles of Silk banner that exists on the main pages of my site. The contributions section on Wu's Feetlinks always results in new sign ups for the site and numerous emails in my inbox. The feature models section has featured nine of the Soles of Silk models in eight different sets. Those features are always a highlight for me and the models. It's an honor for me to contribute an exclusive set to him for that section. As a matter of fact, he's the only one who gets exclusive sets from my site. I'm just hoping Olivia, the model slated to appear in a feature set for 2014 gets that chance. She was so excited to be representing the site this year.

I truly hope everything is okay with Wu. Although I have never met him personally, I consider him a friend. I've sent out numerous emails to him about numerous things during the last few weeks, but so far, no response. I will keep everyone posted if I do hear back from the man that has built and runs the VERY BEST foot fetish site online.

Next to No Turn Out Thus Far...

Well, you win some and you lose some. While there are still seven days left to submit your entries for the 2014 Soles of Silk Wallpaper Design Contest, the turn out thus far has been close to non-existent. I am writing this blog as a last ditch attempt to see if people have just missed out on the fact that the contest is going on. I've plugged it here on the blog, Twitter, the Wu's Feetlinks Forum, and on Soles of Silk itself, so I don't think that's the case.

I've run this contest only three times in years past with varying degrees of success. The first contest where people could do designs of Chloe, Layla, and Precious had 24 total entries. The second contest with designs based on Bethany, Jordana, and Madison saw only nine entries. The third contest, which featured Cierra, Jaylee Austin, and Lady Steph had the most entries with 29. At this point, I'm guessing this fourth installment will turn out to be along the lines of the second contest.

I was really looking forward to seeing what everyone could do this time around, especially with the added feature of there being a winner for artwork based off each model this time around, which consists of the cousin trio of Marcy, Mariah, and Mindee. A 3-month and a 1-month membership prize is set to be awarded to artwork for each model, making there six total prizes up for grabs.

And speaking of the cousin trio, the girls were all looking forward to seeing the work and judging the pieces done for their cousins (not judging their own). That's right, Marcy would judge Mariah's and Mindee's, Mariah would judge Marcy's and Mindee's, and Mindee would judge Marcy's and Mariah's. I would only serve as a tie-breaker, should one occur. At this point I'm dreading telling the girls that they got pretty much no submissions at all as I don't want them to think people aren't fans. All three know that's not the case by this point. But still, it's something they're looking forward to.

At this point I'm just going to sit back and hope to see some more submissions from all of you. I love running contests on the site to reward my members and fans, but this one just seems like it wasn't meant to be.

For more information on the contest, including the rules, prizes, and download links for the files, please click here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - April 9, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Ryan's feet are sweaty from walking the track and her shoes are wet from a rain storm, which makes for a heck of a combo watching her pull her shoes from her flawless feet (62 images)

Video - Marcy sticks her heels on the railing of the boardwalk at a park to give everyone a nice glimpse of her slender soles and playful toes (140 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Avatars) - 2 avatars of Tiffany and Wendy have been added to the all new Celebrating 10 Years Avatars page of the Downloads area

Contest - The 2014 Soles of Silk Wallpaper Design Contest is underway. Design wallpapers of Marcy, Mariah, and Mindee for a chance to win one of six possible prizes. Visit the Contest Rules page for more information.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Soles of Silk 10 Year Anniversary - 2006

Past favorite, Wendy, made her Soles of Silk debut in 2006.

2006: Quick Glance

Debuting Models: (8) Andrea, Bethany, Danaya, Jordana, Kelsey, Kerri Taylor, Tiffany, and Wendy

Wu's Feetlinks Feature Gallery: none

I met Bethany through Molly while on vacation.

2006: The Year in Review

In 2005 Soles of Silk saw 18 models debut, showing their feet to the world. While 2006 didn't have has many girls (8), it did mark the return of two models from The 10 Little Piggies days and the debut of three girls who have since went on to join the 1K Club. it was a solid year and one that was memorable for so many reasons.

If you've been following this blog, you may have read my recent blog titled, "Getting to Know... Wendy." In it I went into lengthy detail about meeting Wendy and being teased by her size 8 feet in our days attending art school together. I also said how she continued to pose for me once we both transferred to different schools and how she is still my friend today. Well, 2006 marked the first time Wendy showed off her feet on Soles of Silk. At that point she was no stranger to me taking pictures of her feet, so she knew exactly what I wanted. And speaking of wanting, as soon as she made her Soles of Silk debut, all her fans from the past were saying how much they missed her. They hoped to see a lot more of her in the future. Well, they certainly have! Wendy is one of the girls in the 1K Club and is a constant muse for my camera.

The second model to make her return, and who had as much fanfare was Andrea. Andrea was the girl who posed for more photos than any other in the days of The 10 Little Piggies. She even passed Abby by the end of the site's lifespan. Sadly, however, her time with Soles of Silk wasn't as plentiful. Due to some changes in life, she decided that she'd no longer be posing. I understood and wished her the best of luck, although I've been missing her spunky attitude and adorable little feet ever since.

When it comes to longevity, 2006 introduced three models whose feet have seen a ton of camera time. I already mentioned Wendy above, but the two other models have also left their foot prints all over Soles of Silk. The first is Kelsey, a friend and coworker who posed her feet a day after turning 18. She would have posed those thick soles and plump toes on her 18th birthday, but she had some family plans. The very next day, however, I had a cake waiting for her and her feet were waiting to smash it! (Sample 01 / Sample 02)

The third model to make it into the 1K Club from the class of 2006 is Jordana. She was someone who was already posing elsewhere, including some other foot fetish sites. We decided to meet and get her feet introduced to the Soles of Silk fanbase and I fell in love with her cute little feet instantly. She also fell in love with my foot rubs just as quickly. Since then we've made sure to try to shoot on a regular basis, which earned her a spot in the 1K Club a couple of years ago.

During 2006 Jordana would not be the only model to debut who was also featured on other foot fetish sites. In the early spring I'd shoot the first Ebony model for the site and man, did I love her feet! Danaya debuted and was an instant hit. I had hoped to have her as a regular on the site, but due to a computer crash and losing all my contact information, I was never able to reach out to her again. It would be awesome to find her and get her back after all these years!

A couple of months later I met Kerri Taylor. She and Layla  both posed for Soles of Silk on a nice warm day. Kerri was also shooting for Layla's former site, so we both got in some content with her.

Getting my first Ebony model was great for 2006, but so was getting the second. Tiffany was also referred to me by the same photographer and web master who put me in touch with Danaya. Tiffany was very sweet and fun to shoot, but much like Danaya, she posed for two sets and her contact information was lost when my old computer crashed.

And then there was Bethany. Bethany didn't come to me from another site, or wasn't a personal friend of mine. She actually was a friend of Molly's who came by while we were hanging out on vacation. Molly told her about Soles of Silk and the very next day I was shooting her in a bikini, school girl outfit, and even squishing cupcakes between her feet. She went on to do a couple of other sets, including the 2007 Christmas Stockings set (Sample 01 / Sample 02) that also featured Molly, Madison, and Lauryn.

Since only eight models debuted in 2006, that meant a lot of the existing girls were wiggling their toes and baring their soles each and every week on the site. They provided so many memorable sets that fans just loved!

One of the biggest contributors in 2006 from the existing model roster was Madison. For years Madison's long narrow soles made constant appearances on Soles of Silk and 2006 was one of them. Madison's infamous Oreo Cookie set (Sample 01 / Sample 02) was one of the messiest sets I've ever shot. But perhaps one of my all time favorites from the early years was when she peeled off her tennis shoes and socks in her Sweaty Track set (Sample 01 / Sample 02). Madison was always so cool when it came to letting me massage and sniff her feet, especially when they were sweaty. She seemed to really enjoy when I'd be at her feet at their smelliest, or when moist from sweating. So needless to say, the track set was special to me.

Another one of the models who owned 2006 was Layla. It didn't take us long to become friends, so I found myself shooting her perfect feet on a regular basis. We actually shot so many sets each time that it took me forever to get them up - rotating all the models and themes as best I could. Still, Layla made her way into six updates in 2006.

Both Kellie and Kimmie were also a big part of 2006 - with Kellie posing for a few more set than her twin sister. Still, both twins were massively over with the fans, which led to Wu of Wu's Feetlinks asking me to do the first, and I believe only, two girl feature set. The set itself he wanted for 2007, but the seeds were planted in late 2006. I'll go into more detail on this in the next installment of this blog series, however.

Molly's big feet were, uh, big in 2006. The day she introduced me to Bethany we had shot numerous sets at the beach. Five sets featuring her size 11s found their way online over the course of the year.

Many other models from the previous two years also made appearances, doing some memorable sets. Girls like Abby and Cierra made sure their fans stayed happy, while I posted updates of the likes of Lexi, Sara Swirls, and Precious with the many sets we had already shot.

Overall 2006 was one solid year. While it didn't have as many new feet debut as the year prior, what it did offer was just as good. Whether the models were brand new, or existing ones from the two previous years, there was a lot of great sets and fun times from 2006. But the following year, 2007, was also full of some great memories - ones I'll share in the next installment of this Anniversary Series.

Kelsey posed the day after turning 18, smashing her birthday cake.

2006: Tidbits & Facts

- The four girl set featuring Madison, Molly, Lauryn, and Bethany from 2006 was the last time I've had four girls in front of the camera at the same time. The most I've had since then was three.

- Wendy's first set for Soles of Silk was done in a sculpture garden at an art museum. I came up with the idea based on us meeting each other in art school.

- Mindee didn't have a single update in 2006 due to being pregnant for most of the year.

- Madison's Soapy Sink set was featured on the site's splash page for years before being replaced by the one currently in use.

- Molly had more sets published in 2006 than any of the other years.

- Precious had a shoot published on a ferris wheel in 2006 and could officially be declared the first set I ever did at, or around an amusement park.

- When Cierra and I planned to do the set of her squishing a watermelon with her feet, we got all the way to the park and realized we forgot to buy one on the way.

- Both Jordana and Danaya did sets with my old iBook computer.

- While shooting Wendy at a park, a man in Native American attire, who looked to be some kind of tour guide, kept following us around.

Jordana debuted in a school girl set.