Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - July 23, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Mandy returns almost a year to the day after her debut, once again showing off her size 7.5 feet after kicking off a pair of her flip flops while seated around a water fountain (57 images)

Video - Kaycee slowly pulls off her sandals while out on a pier on what was a very hot day (144 MB - 1080p HD)

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

Wu's Feet Links (Interview) - The July interview with Lady Steph has been added to the Wu's Feet Links Interview Blog

Friday, July 18, 2014

Retiring the Wu Tribute Ribbon

Over the last few months I have included the Wu tribute ribbon in the watermark on every set I published on Soles of Silk and in every teaser image I posted here on the blog. I think it is now time, however, to retire it while we still strive to carry on his legacy.

Published on July 22, Olivia's set relaunched the feature model section.

The final set to feature this ribbon was fittingly, Olivia's July 2014 Wu's Feet Links feature model set, "Back to Business." This set is the first feature set to be published since Wu's death, or this year for that matter. It's nice to see that section as well as the soon to be relaunched Interviews and Columns blogs follow. If you have not checked out Olivia's feature set, click on the banner above.

The splash page featuring the Wu tribute ribbon.

I have also removed the ribbon from the Soles of Silk splash page graphic, but will keep it on the home page for now. I don't want people to forget how great of a man he was, but I don't want to dwell on the fact that he passed on. I think Wu would appreciate all we've done in his absence and would be happy to know that we're carrying on with his great site.So no more mourning. Wu would rather us focus our attention back to where it belongs... on women's feet. So go admire Olivia's and all the other great models in the contribution section too!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - July 16, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - Mindee displays her light purple toes and her amazingly soft, yet wrinkly soles... well, once she kicks off her sandals that is (65 images)

Video - Charlee pulls off her sandals while out in a nature preserve to let her feet air out (131 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Avatars) - 2 new avatars of Katie and Kim T. have been added to the Celebrating 10 Years Avatars page of the Downloads area

Wu's Feet Links (Feature Model Gallery) - Olivia relaunches the Wu's Feet Links feature model galleries with her July feature set titled, "Back to Business" (100 images)

Wu's Feature History - Olivia (2014)

The following is an addition to a series of blogs that I did last year. The series takes a look at each and every Wu's Feet Links feature model gallery to date. From Carmen's Train Tracks set in 2005 to Aspen's Star Spangled Cutie in 2014, nine different Soles of Silk models represented the site in some of my best work. Now, in 2014, I am proud to announce that Olivia carries on the tradition by relaunching the Wu's Feet Links Feature Model section in the first feature set published since Wu's passing.

Olivia removes her heels before tending to her stockings.

2014 Feature: Back to Business

Model: Olivia
Shoe Size: 7.5
Set URL:  www.wusfeetlinks.com/oliviafeat.html (100 images)

Olivia's 2014 set marks the ninth time a set from Soles of Silk has been a Wu's Feet Links feature and is the 10th model to be featured. While each of those sets was memorable for their own reasons, this set carries an extra importance that none of the others have - relaunching the Wu's Feet Links Feature Model section.

Back in late 2013 Wu and I exchanged a few emails. He made mention that he had really liked Aspen's June feature set and asked me what month I'd like to do in 2014. I requested June once more. 

For the 2014 feature set Wu thought that Olivia would be the perfect Soles of Silk model to be featured. I agreed with him 100 percent and shared the news with her immediately after our conversation. Needless to say, Olivia was excited and honored.

Then came March. In March the updates on Wu's Feet Links ceased. In all the years Wu's had been online, no one could recall updates not appearing on a regular basis. At first we just figured Wu was on vacation, or tied up with life. The days then turned into weeks, and the weeks turned into months - and still, no updates. By that time, we were all growing quite worried.

At this point I made mention to Olivia that her set might be put on hold for the time being. I wasn't sure what was going on and Wu wasn't responding to my emails.

"It's fine. Just keep me posted. I'll shoot it whenever," Olivia told me.

It wasn't until May that we learned that Wu, the man behind the greatest foot fetish site online, had passed away. The foot fetish community was left in mourning. We were also left wondering what would happen to his amazing site.

Luckily Phil and the BHE crew offered to step in and take over Wu's Feet Links. They already have the Links and Contributions sections back up and running. I have offered assistance in archiving all the interviews and columns on the site and placing them into new blogs so that they may be updated once more. But one section I was really wanting to see relaunched was the Feature Models. Now, more than ever, I wanted to shoot Olivia's set as an ode to a friend who had done so much for me and for Soles of Silk. I just had to wait for word from Phil.

"I'm not sure if BHE is going to relaunch the section," I told Olivia. "I still haven't heard from them one way or the other yet. Let's just schedule a shoot and do it anyhow."

"That works," Olivia replied.

With that we made plans to shoot at the end of June. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to shoot, but I always tried to do something different and top notch for Wu - that wasn't going to change. He was always receptive to my ideas for the sets and only asked certain things of me for Carmen's and the twins, Kellie's and Kimmie's, Football Fun set. Since then, he told me he looked forward to seeing what I came up with on my own. But what would I do this time?

As the days went by I came up with the idea to shoot something in Wu's hometown of Washington, D.C. I scouted out some interesting locations, but kept coming back to one called National Harbor. It's right downstream from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. 

The spot that caught my eye the most was a man made pond and waterfall combination in front of a very large hotel. It would provide both a scenic and urban look to the set at the same time. But what would Olivia wear?

At that point I remembered that I had bought various pairs of stockings and pantyhose to use whenever. I sent Olivia a photo of a pair of Cuban Heel thigh highs and asked her what she thought. She liked the look, but we had one concern - how many people would be out and about in that area? Doing a public thigh high stocking set would surely draw the stares of many.

As we continued to chat we decided it might work in our favor to get down there early - 7 a.m. early, as a matter of fact. And that's what we did. 

After the drive we found a parking spot and made our way over to the pond and falls. There was only one person in the general region, so I said we should get this set underway before out luck changed. 

Olivia pulled the Cuban Heel stockings up her legs and I loved how you could see the black stocking tops right through the bottom part of her dress. Next came the heels. Olivia slipped her smooth feet into her shiny black pumps and she looked great! She brought along her reading glasses and it just gave her a look that we haven't seen in any of her sets to date. Add in that this is the very first set I've ever shot with a model in Cuban Heel stockings and I was liking all of the elements we were putting into the shoot. Now it was just time to take the pictures.

Over the course of 100 pictures I tried to get Olivia's feet in all the various states: in heels/stockings, dangling, in stockings, with the stockings being pulled off, and of course, barefoot. We also managed to do this moving all around the pond and the falls. At one point she even dipped her bare feet into the water itself.

Once we wrapped up the set we shot a second one and then stopping for lunch (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot - Olivia"). While we were waiting for our food, Olivia and I looked through the photos on the camera.

"I really like these," I told her. "I didn't really think about it, but all the black attire worked out for two other reasons now that I'm thinking about it."

"What do you mean?" Olivia asked.

"Well, Wu's site has a black background, so it's something people associate with his site. And since he passed away, many times people wear black while in mourning, so I guess the black can represent that too," I said.

A couple of hours later I was now home and decided to send Phil an email. I included a sample shot from Olivia's shoot and told him I can have the set over to him whenever, if he thinks the feature section was going to be on his "to do list."

A couple of days later Phil responded, "Your offer about the feature set is gladly accepted and thank you! I'll use the prior posts as the template for your new feature set."

With that the Wu's Feet Links Feature Model section has been reborn. It's such an honor to have Olivia's set be the one to mark the relaunch. I'm also so very happy to see Wu's legacy living on, even without him. I know he would have wanted things to carry on. I just wish he could have gotten to see Olivia's set.

Olivia's soles on display in her Cuban Heel stockings.

This concludes the Wu's Feetlinks Feature History series for now. We'll have to wait another year to see which Soles of Silk model might be making an appearance in a 2015 feature set. Any suggestions? Who would you like to see? There are so many girls on the site who deserve a time to shine as Carmen, Kimmie, Kellie, MadisonCierraMindeeRyanKayleighAspen, and Olivia have. Only time will tell...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - July 9, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - New model Kaycee shows off her slender size 7.5 feet out on the water during a bright, sunny day - just underneath a very tall train bridge (71 images)

Video - Rachel DD kicks off her stinky running shoes after a jog around the track (135 MB - 1080p HD)

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

Wu's Feet Links (Columns Blog) - The all new Wu's Feet Links Columns Blog, which I will serve as editor, has been opened with all previous columns found on Wu's Feet Links archived

Wu's Feet Links (Columns Blog) - 1 new blog has been added to the Wu's Feet Links Columns Blog titled, "Welcome to the All New Wu's Feet Links Columns Blog"

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vacation Shoot - Jamie

In the weeks leading up to my vacation, I had nothing planned at all. Other plans had fallen through and then Jamie mentioned going to the beach. I'm not the biggest fan of the beach as I'm more of the tourist type, liking to see things, but I said, "Why not?" 

We planned a trip to Virginia Beach. I had never been there, but saw that it looked to be very scenic. We planned on doing about 10 photo sets during our visit, which didn't quite happen, but we still managed to shoot seven. 

Thursday, 7 p.m.

We left to go down to the beach. Knowing Hurricane Arthur was approaching, we figured we would have to change our original plans during the long drive. The forecast called for high percentages of storms/rain from 6-11 a.m. on Friday. Instead of going on to Virginia Beach early on Friday and doing some locations in Norfolk on Saturday before leaving, we swapped the day around.

Thursday, 11:30 p.m.

We arrived at the hotel and this is where things started getting even worse than having a hurricane headed our way. The hotel couldn't find my reservation. The lady behind the counter looked and looked. Somehow when I listed Jamie as a guest, they placed it under her name instead. Whatever. At least we had a room.

Once we made our way up to our room we had another surprise. When I made the reservation I had a check box for either two queen beds or one king bed. I clicked for the two queens. Well, we had one double bed! With it being the holiday weekend, there were no rooms available to swap. Of course on the booking receipt, in small print it read, "bed choices cannot be guaranteed." 

Friday, 12 a.m.

Since Jamie had worked all day she was in the mood to relax. She laid back in the bed and tended to some social media. I turned on the TV and gave her a foot rub until she was ready to fall asleep. I took to the recliner and watched some things on the WWE Network. I slept like crap, tossing and turning, but I'm just a nice guy and let Jamie take the bed.

Friday, 10:30 a.m.

We slept in a little later since we waiting out the rain from the passing hurricane. With some time to kill, we organized our plans - figuring out which outfit Jamie would need for each of the day's possible location.

Friday, 12:30 p.m.

After we got cleaned up and dressed, we stopped for lunch and made our way to Norfolk. We parked and made our way to the first location I wanted to use - the battleship USS Wisconsin.

Friday, 1 p.m.

Now, Bobbie was already shot and published with a Fourth of July set for Soles of Silk (Sample 01 / Sample 02), but I couldn't help but feel like this location just screamed "America." Add that to the USA flag shirt and flip flops adorned Jamie was wearing and that we were shooting this on the Fourth of July itself... Kinda cool!

Friday, 1:30 p.m.

As excited as I was for this set, there was a major hurdle - the wind. Hurricane Arthur was headed north, but the forecast said to expect heavy winds until 4 p.m. I didn't want to wait that long as we had several other sets to shoot. Jamie didn't want to tie her hair back this early into shooting either, so we stopped after only 17 photos. We decided to go check out two other near by locations to see if the wind was less of a bother. I knew being right on the water was only making things worse.

Friday, 2 p.m.

After a quick outfit change Jamie and I walked over to a park that featured a Japanese pagoda. All around the pagoda were scenic walkways, benches, ponds, and decor. The trees and some buildings blocked a lot of the wind, so we began our shoot. The little black flats were a cute touch. I'm sure many of you will agree as flats have been a popular request as of late.

Friday, 2:45 p.m.

Jamie changed her clothes once again and we made our way to the third location - a mermaid themed water fountain. Now, this spot was literally a few hundred feet away from the USS Wisconsin, but the buildings and ship cut out a lot of the wind. Sure, some of it came through here and there, but the only real issue was the water jets shooting high up into the air. When those went off, half the water was blown out of the fountain and all over the walkway. We stayed clear of that side.

Friday, 3:30 p.m.

Jamie changed back into her outfit for the USS Wisconsin set. The wind had indeed lessened, but it wasn't perfect. We were going to try to shoot without her hair being tied back, but by this time, if it wasn't working, the hair was getting tied. I wanted this location more than most of the others. I wasn't giving in.

We lucked out as the wind didn't ruin any photos. You can see some strands of hair blowing in the set, but they weren't all over the place like they were only two hours prior.

Friday, 4:15 p.m.

With the set in front of the USS Wisconsin finished it was time to head to some of the beaches along the Chesapeake Bay. The area between Norfolk and Virginia Beach is practically surrounded by the bay, ocean, lakes, and rivers. If you love the water, I fully recommend checking this area out. 

Friday, 5 p.m.

After driving around and checking out a few spots, we found an area isolated enough to shoot a kite themed set. I hooked up the kite back at the car before going out on the beach. As we were getting ready to shoot, the wind was so forceful, it broke the kite in my hands. Now, this was a cheap kite, so I wasn't expecting much. It was a photo shoot prop. But still, we hadn't even taken a photo yet. It was just one of those many things that kept getting thrown at us during this trip.

I ended up shoving the kite down into the sand and having Jamie pose in front of it on her beach towel. The wind was fierce out on the bay, but we made due.

Friday, 6 p.m.

We left the beach and made our way to the next location - the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. If you've never heard of it, check out the Wikipedia link here. It's an engineering marvel!

Friday, 6:45 p.m.

It took us a while to find a parking space and walk to the bridges, but we made it. There was quite a few people in the area, but not directly under the bridges. By this time the sun was going down and was a little harsh. I really wanted this spot though, especially with Jamie wearing the Jaws shirt we found doing some shopping before our trip.

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

We headed back to the car and set the GPS to go back to the hotel. We were both hungry and wanted to take a break. We still had plans to shoot two sets in the hotel room that night as well - one of which saw us make a stop at the grocery store on the way. We were also hungry and trying to figure out where to eat and if placed would be open late since it was the Fourth of July.

Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Jamie called a steakhouse not too far from our hotel. They were open until 10 p.m., so we cleaned up and made our way over. It was a nice break from shooting, but I was honestly very tired. After being out in the sun all day and not getting any sleep the night before, it took its toll.

Friday, 9:45 p.m.

We went back to the hotel and I set up my photo lights. Part of me didn't want to bring these and just shoot everything outdoors. There are so many great locations in the region, but I needed back up with the hurricane. I also had two ideas for indoor shoots to break up the beach and waterfront themes that were prevalent in most of the sets.

Friday, 10:15 p.m.

The first indoor set saw Jamie in a dress wearing a pair of black Cuban heel thigh high stockings. They had a brown seem, footing, and top and are the same exact style as the ones Olivia wore in her set the week prior - the one set to be a Wu's Feetlinks feature set this very month. Stay tuned for more on that. (see blog: "Sunday's Shoot: Olivia")

Although Jamie didn't know what to think of these stockings, I thought they looked amazing. I've had numerous requests over the years for Cuban heel stockings and/or reinforced heel and toe stockings. I had bought both pairs that Jamie and Olivia used from the same online store earlier in the year. I have been looking forward to using them ever since.

For the video Jamie pulled the stockings back on to take them off. Before she got the chance to do that, however, we took a small break so I could give her a stocking clad foot massage.

Friday, 11 p.m.

With the stocking set concluded we got messy! The stop at the grocery store was for a strawberry pie. The pie didn't last long either as Jamie had the idea, instead of squishing it, to throw it onto her feet. I haven't done that in a set before and the video clip we shot during this set captured it happening in motion.

Talk about a mess! It took a while to clean this one up. I tended to the kitchen while Jamie cleaned off her feet in the tub. I think I got the crap end of that deal! I would have much rather cleaned off her feet.

Saturday, 12:15 a.m.

After the shoot and clean up it was time for bed. Jamie wanted to get up around 5-5:30 a.m. to head down to Virginia Beach. We were going to try and shoot at two locations right on the boardwalk before the crowds came out. I was worried about one thing, however, the spot I wanted the most might not work out if it turned out to be a bright, sunny day. I guess we'd have to wait a few hours to see.

Saturday, 6 a.m. 

Yeah, we overslept. Well, I over-tossed and turned again. I got practically no sleep yet again and it was really taking its toll. We got ready, packed up our stuff and checked out.

Saturday, 6:30 a.m.

We found a place to park and proceeded to head up to the King Neptune Statue. Sadly, my fears of not being able to shoot this at this time a day were dead on. With the sun so low behind the statue and no clouds in the sky to diffuse it, it just wouldn't have worked. We jumped back into the car and headed down to our second location and to find some breakfast.

Sunday, 7:00 a.m.

Breakfast came first. We went into an overly crowded McDonald's, found the only two seats open in the dining room and ate. We were quick as possible and then got back into the car to go to he other boardwalk location I had wanted to use.

Once again, the spot just wouldn't work. By this time there was too many people already out and about. Since this spot was a really cool nautical themed playground on the beach, I couldn't really shoot surrounded by kids. It was then that Jamie suggested that we not shoot anymore sets and just enjoy ourselves on the last day of vacation.

I was totally fine with this idea. With that, we headed out onto the beach to lay out for a while. Jamie wanted to tan and I wanted to fall asleep.

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

Jamie and I went out onto the beach. We laid out for some time and I even gave her somewhat of a sandy covered feet foot massage at one point.

Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

We collected our stuff and walked the boardwalk and streets of Virginia Beach. I really wanted to stop at a Candy Kitchen Shoppe to get Kaycee some sour poppers. She had mentioned how much she loves them earlier in the week during her first sets. (see blog: "Tuesday's Shoot - Kaycee")

Saturday, 2:15 p.m.

Jamie and I got in the car to head back home. With a drive just over four hours ahead of us, Jamie wanted to be back to meet up with some friends. I, on the other hand, wanted to meet up with my bed and relax.

My original plan was for us to go home using the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. I have never been over it and really wanted to. Since it would have added an hour to our drive, however, we just headed back toward I-95.

Also part of the original plan was to see if we could take some pictures out on one of the small islands on the Bay Bridge Tunnel. One of the islands has a fishing pier and restaurant. I wasn't sure if there would be a place for Jamie to pose, but I wanted to see for myself. Had that not worked out, I also had a plan to use a park on the other side of the bay. Oh well, they are spots I can save for a return trip should I find myself venturing that way again.

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Jamie was home and I was relaxing at my house. I wanted to write this blog, but I knew I was too tired to stay focused. I did want to share the photos, however, and gave the first sneak peek on the Wu's Feetlinks Forum in a thread titled, "Soles of Silk - Vacation Shoot Samples." The samples are the same ones posted here, but without the back story. I just felt the need to show off the great photos Jamie posed for, yet again.

Some day, some time in the future

Since Jamie and I didn't get in all the sets we had planned, we said we'll find another day before the end of the summer/fall to do them. Obviously they won't be in Virginia Beach, but we'll find something cute for sure. Jamie sure did bump up her photo count this week. I already had five unpublished sets of her before our trip too. I'm sure you guys won't be complaining getting to see Jamie updates a little more regularly in the months to come. Until then, enjoy these previews!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Soles of Silk Update - July 2, 2014

This week's update includes the following items:

Photos - New model Bobbie waves the American flag and lights up some sparklers for the Fourth of July, all while showing off her red painted toes and size 8.5 soles (60 images)

Video - Bobbie pinches several small American flags between her toes and waves them all about to show her American pride (135 MB - 1080p HD)

Downloads (Wallpapers) - 1 new wallpaper of Bobbie has been added to the Wallpapers page of the Downloads area

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