Wednesday, December 28, 2005

A Thoughtful Christmas Gift

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Kimmie and Kellie made a card featuring this photo of their feet for Christmas.

I've said time and time again that anyone who knows me knows that I have a foot fetish. To some, it is interesting, to some it is funny. I've had my share of people cracking jokes on me, but I've also had my share of female friends sticking their feet in my lap for a nice massage when we hang out. This Christmas was just another example of me wearing my fetish without shame. I had a thoughtful present that was part funny and part flirty.

Many workplaces do a secret Santa exchange where you don't know who is getting your gift and the person you selected doesn't know they're getting something from you. Well, this year one of the girls drew my name. This girl does not appear on this site - she's actually not old enough to do so. Apparently she went around asking some of the other girls I work with, who do appear on this site, what I'd like for Christmas and they told her, "He likes Paris Hilton and feet." I am sure she either thought that was strange or gross, but she made something of it.

On Christmas Eve we exchanged gifts and I got a gift bag (with Paris Hilton on it) that had one of those tickling toys with the big feather on the end of it along with some body crayons. Okay, this girl isn't 18, so I was a little embarrassed, but it was still funny nonetheless. But in the back of the bag was a folder that had the words, "Match the face to the feet" on it.

Inside the folder was a number of my co-worker's head shots accompanied by anonymous foot photos with the feet dressed in Christmas themed decor. Kimmie's feet as well as Cheri's, and Shayna's feet were in there, but for kicks one of my friend's mother's took part as did one of my guy friends who teases me about having a fetish all the time. It was silly and I thought it was rather thoughtful, especially from someone who is too young to be on this site and from what I knew, knew nothing about it.

In addition to this gift, I also got a handmade, or maybe even a footmade card from the twins - Kimmie and Kellie that featured a 4" x 6" shot of their feet with small little cutout footprints scattered all about. I love my solemates!



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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Merry Christmas Members

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

The first of two Christmas themed sets this week, featuring Chloe and Kimmie.

This Sunday is the big day and I've done barely any shopping. The next couple of days is going to be filled with mad rushes back and forth to store, only to break for the long line at every store. Why did I wait until the last minute?

This week's update has two large Christmas themed sets and also features the first full length video clip for the site. I am not done remodeling the site and inserting those new sections yet, but I wanted to make sure you had the Christmas video this week being it is from Chloe's and Kimmie's shoot. I wasn't able to shoot a clip of Mindee from her set, however.

I hope everyone has a great holiday and I thank all of you for sharing yours with the sole mates and myself. I'll see all of you again next week for the final update of 2005!

Mindee is featured in the second Christmas themed set this week.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Site Changes Upcoming

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Here we are a few weeks before the holidays and I am sure everyone has been busy decorating, shopping, working, etc. So has yours truly. You've had a few weeks of seeing the preview clip on the site's main page and I am sure some of you are wondering if Patrick forgot about the clips.

I want to assure you that I have not forgotten the clips. I've been working here and there on my computer to revamp the site to make a section for the clips as well as a few other sections I am thinking you will enjoy. I will probably launch the new sections early so you can enjoy those clips and have the other two additional sections be a work in progress. Now I can see why many site hire additional help. Doing all this by myself sure isn't easy when you have life outside of the site to tend to as well. But one thing I've stuck to is not using other people as photographers or designers.

So now you are curious, aren't you? What are the other two sections going to be? Well, as long as it has taken me to get this reworked, I am going to tell you. I feel I owe you that and plus, some of you might be able to assist me with some material for one of those sections, which I will fully encourage once it launches as well.


A shot from the first foot fetish set I did with Abby, pre-Soles of Silk.

The first of the two additional sections (not counting the video clips section) will be called "Flashback." I am going to scan select photo sets from years ago when I ran The 10 Little Piggies and showcase them once again in a larger and hopefully, more professional look. Not all the models will be posted and not all of the sets. Some of those girls I am no longer in touch with and I know some have went on to become teachers and such and I respect their privacy. Scanning these photos is sure going to be, umm, time consuming, but I think many of you will enjoy a look back in the past. Some models like Abby will be showcased there as well.

As for the second section, I want to add a "Downloads" section where members will be able to download wallpapers, buddy icons, avatars, etc. Being a graphic artist, I will be working on having several of each for when the section goes live, but I encourage people who also have graphic/art talents to create pieces for others to download as well. Just another way for the members to get involved.

Well, I hope everyone is doing well and I will keep you updated on the progress. Keep an eye out for all I've mentioned above.



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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

PC = Piece (of) Crap

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Well, well... I did the site's first update from my PC. I've had it for a number of weeks though, but with all the files still on my Macintosh and my familiarity with the Mac, I decided to keep working from the Mac instead. This week, however, I forced myself to change.

I had to download some programs to get all my USB accessories to be recognized by the computer and don't even talk about the issues of a PC reading Mac files (Macs read the PC files, don't you think it would go the other way too?). But after several hours of set up, I got to the point to go ahead with the update and things did not go as bad as I had thought they would.

There were some font issues going from one platform to the other, but unless you really get into reading the model's name and site copyright on each photo, you probably won't notice the change from Futura to Arial.

Actually, doing the design work has been a breeze. The issues I have are more with the operating system than the design programs, which are basically the same for both the Mac and PC.

Since I had some issues, perhaps some of you PC users can help me out with some questions I have here. I could sure use some pointers on several things, so anything you could offer would be awesome. Here are my questions:

1. Is there a way to color code folders? On the Mac you can turn folders different colors, but I didn't see this setting in the few windows I bothered to open. It is probably something simple too that I am just overlooking.

2. When I first brought in my HTML files that I designed in Dreamweaver on the Mac, it designated them as Adobe GoLive documents on the PC. I have both GoLive and Dreamweaver on the PC. But now all the HTML icons have changed to Internet Explorer documents - even the ones I just created in Dreamweaver. Does anyone know how to turn of the feature to change all HTML documents to IE?

3. E-mail has been a major sticking point. On my Mac I used Microsoft Entourage, which is the Mac OSX version of Outlook. Well, I set Outlook up on my PC and I can get mail, but when I attempt to send mail, it goes out and I also get a protocol error message that says the message is sent and refused by the server. There is no backup in the draft folder or anything. Is anyone familiar with this program? I have a feeling McAfee is the one screwing this up. That pain in the ass program throws windows up all the time telling you something is out of date, that there are updates available and that you have it turned off. Yeah, I turn it off to get the messages off and I get messages telling me it is off. I cannot win!

I hope this update goes live without a hitch. Please let me know if there are any issues that you may find. I don't think I had any problems, but then again, when someone else goes over things, they notice things you didn't. Thanks for the help everyone!



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Wednesday, November 9, 2005

A Bug's Life?

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

It's been a few weeks since I left a post in my column area, but I've had a couple of e-mails lately asking a question that I want to address to everyone here. I am not sure if members or non-members have been the ones sending the e-mails, but I am guessing non-members. Anyhow, the issue is crushing, the crushing of bugs to be exact.

This past month I've had quite a few people asking me if any or if a particular model would crush a bug in a custom video. First and foremost, Soles of Silk is not at the point yet of doing custom videos, so that right there has the issue null and void. But when the site does make it to that point, the models WILL NOT be crushing any living creatures.

I am not bashing those of you who find this aspect of the fetish to be interesting or a turn on. I have been told before that any kind of content or product that would involve such acts could get those involved in trouble. This site is a hobby and something I do for fun, so getting criminal or civil charges isn't something I'm looking to have brought against me of any of the models. And on top of that, I can't stand bugs, much less touching them. How can I ask a model to do something like that?

These are the same reasons I've explained to these who e-mail me and almost every time I get insulted by this "crushing crowd." They often tell me I am making a huge mistake, that I could make all kinds of money from them, that I am an asshole for not entertaining their fetishes, or simply that I can "fuck off." So much for being a nice guy about it.

So to these people I say the same thing as always, good luck finding the content you desire elsewhere, but you're not going to find it here. Sorry, it's just the way it is.



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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Getting Serious About Crazy Egg

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

This last week has been a little nuts. I got my Windows PC finally, although I am still doing updates from a Mac, but when I set things up the PC knocked out mywWeb and network settings. It took me a couple of days to get back online and I am still trying to catch up on e-mails and column posts. But when I looked through my e-mails I had one from a long time member named Tim. You might have seen the link to his site here. He ran the site Crazy Egg's Female Foot Fetish. Tim informed me he is heading to Iraq to serve the United States. He also told me he has to let his site go for obvious reasons.

I let Tim be the first site to feature the twins as contributions.

I can remember the first few conversations Tim and I had over Yahoo! Instant Messenger. He was in his beginning stages of getting his site together and asked for some contributions from Soles of Silk. He really reminded me of myself when I was getting started years ago when I ran a site on a free Yahoo! Geocities server — even before I had my old site, The 10 Little Piggies. Remembering those days I sent some shots his way and did so several times. I even gave him first dibs on posting Kimmie's and Kellie's first ever set together that quite a few sites had been asking me to post on their sites. He got them first and I made sure of that. And over the months he really started to pull together the design and content. I placed a banner on the home page of the guest section. I have much respect for people, who like myself, do these sites for fun and because of their love of feet and photography above the cash aspect. Tim is one of those people.

Tim told me in his e-mail that he will be leaving in the next couple weeks and I want to take this time to wish him the best of luck and to ask him to keep me informed of how he is doing if he is able to send out some e-mails. I respect what you do for our country and know you're a much stronger person than I could ever be to take on those kinds of challenges. I hope to see you back online again some day and you know I'll send you whatever contributions you desire.



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Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Random Thoughts - October

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

It's been October for a few days now and the days are getting shorter and the weather just a tad bit colder. Both have already screwed up some shoots and/or potential shoots over the last couple of weeks, but there is nothing to worry about, I still have plenty of things that are on the positive side to share with you.

Lauryn will be returning to the site soon.

Lauryn Returns

It's been months since I have been able to shoot Lauryn for Soles of Silk. It was a good thing I had plenty of material of her to last, but we're scheduled to shoot some more this coming weekend. I can't wait and neither can she. She has already reminded me that we (Lauryn, Madison, and myself) never got around to shooting the cookie dough set that everyone voted upon in the beginning of the year. I can assure you, both Lauryn and Madison are excited to get this one in. I just can't wait to eat all the dough!

Video Clips

I fully expect to be placing a teaser clip up either next week or two weeks from now. I have been sitting down the the video software I will be using and learning how to splice clips and add all the transitions in. Some might wonder why it has taken me this long, but the truth is that I had a freelance design project on my shoulders that I just finished. Plus, I also put in my two weeks notice at one of my other jobs, so I've been able to sit down and learn this. I always aim for quality with my work and I think that is what you all deserve. Be on the lookout very soon!

How good does Carmen look in a bikini?

Carmen in a Bikini

Our feature girl on Wu's Feet LinksCarmen, is back on Soles of Silk this week in her bikini. Everyone loved the train track set for Wu, so I'm anxious to see your reactions to this set.

Where are the African American Models?

I'll have you know I have been diligently pursuing African American females to pose their feet here on Soles of Silk. I found one who I was really interested in, but as I've heard from a couple of other black ladies, she hated her feet and would pose for anything but that. The search hasn't been going as well as I'd like, but I did get another girl who said she is interested that I am aiming to bring on board. I cannot wait!

Sole Mate Awards 2005

When I opened Soles of Silk on Dec. 31, 2004, I had given out awards called "Silkies" to those models from around the web who I thought had the best (fill in category) and made an award graphic for their sites (see blog: "Presenting the 2014 Silkies"). This year I will be doing the same, but I also want to give you the chance to vote on a contest among the sole mates. I need some categories from all of you and in the next month or two I will start voting on the contest. What I'll be looking for are things like: Best Soles, Best Arch, etc. But here is where you can help, what kind of categories do you want to see? Perhaps you have some unique ones that I haven't thought of. Photo of the Year? Photo Set of the Year? The possibilities are endless, send me your ideas now.



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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Upcoming Video Content

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Some of you might remember the teaser I ran a couple of months ago announcing that in the upcoming months the site would be adding video clips to compliment the photo content. But as I am sitting here with a book beside me learning the video editing software, I want to ask everyone their opinions. Below are a list of questions/ideas I have and I want our input on what to do with these videos.

First of all, let me first share that I currently work on an Apple Macintosh and have already began learning a program that will allow me to make my video clips look nice with intros and copyright information. But this week I should also be getting a Windows PC that I had built with some amazing specs. I'll probably end up getting video software for that platform too. But in all honesty, I've stuck to Apples all my life being in the graphic design field, so there will be a learning curve there once I begin using the PC as well.

What I want to know from all of you is the following:

1. What video formats do you prefer? As an Apple user Windows Media Player files don't work as nicely as they do on their PC counterparts. So I want to know how many of you have issues with me saving videos in the .wmv format. I was thinking about using MPEG (.mpg) format because that seems to work better across the board, but the file size tends to be larger.

2. What is a good screen size for these clips? The native size they camera shoots them in is 640 x 480, but that can translate to large files. I see a lot of sites doing 320 x 240 — is that a good size or should I perhaps save one of each for those with slower connections?

3. Lastly, I've been practically doing clips between 45 seconds to 2 minutes long in duration. I still use a still camera's video format because I don't have a video camera at this time, but for web clips it works fine. I've also been doing these clips on almost every single shoot — so you'll get to see some video footage from all your favorite (recent) shoots. But I pose this question to you, what kinds of things (within reason) would you like to see in these videos? So far I have typical sole and face clips, food crushing clips, some tickling clips and things of that nature.

Be on the lookout for more information soon. I will be posting a teaser clip with some of the different snippets of footage in it before I open the new section.



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Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Time Out for Katrina

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

I wanted to take a few minutes of your time this week to step outside the usual columns for this site and talk about the events going on in the Gulf States with Hurricane Katrina.

Its been over a week since Katrina devastated the south. New Orleans has been in turmoil ever since. Many people have died and even more have lost their homes. Families have been split apart and relocated in various states. It's just a mess.

Seeing all the images on TV and in the newspapers I decided to place the banners to the American Red Cross on the site's home pages and below. I encourage everyone who can spare even a little bit to do so. I have been talking to people where I work about getting together some things as well. I think everyone has old clothes or items that could be useful to those down south. Check out the Red Cross' site and see what they recommend. Money is obviously the best, but if you can't afford that, look into other alternatives. Some businesses have even set up collection centers for clothing and food. Check your local newspapers to find out if something has been set up in your area. Help make someone's life a little better in the wake of this disaster.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Hot Spots to See Barefoot Women

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Living in Maryland, a state that can be scorching hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter, trying to catch a glimpse of some pretty feet out in public can sometimes be a seasonal thing. But in my years, I've found that several places offer better views of pretty girls going barefoot, or at least in some skimpy sandals. And I'm not talking about just seeing a girl in some mules walking down the street, I'm talking about good views where you can see some dangling or extended views of soles and such. Here are the top five hot spots I've found in sequential order:

5. Mall
- Okay, this one was obvious. So many cute girls looking for the latest fashions will spend hours walking around the mall in flip flops, sandals, and even on a few rare occasions, I've seen them holding their shoes and going barefoot. Even rarer, you'll sometimes catch girls working at some of the store in stockings, kicking off their shoes and walking through the crowd. But parts of the mall wield even more barefoot sighting than just the main walking area.

Shoe stores are a great place to look, especially those trendy shops where you'll find the girly girls. But the best place in the mall I've found barefoot, or close to barefoot girls is in the mall's eatery. If you're a fan of dangling, you're sure going to love the eatery. Shoes of all kinds dangle off of the toes of women of all ages, again, sometimes with stockings coming into play.

4. Weddings
- This one can be a little strange when attending a family wedding, but when it is a friend's wedding, then you're going to be finding lots of girls kicking off their shoes. Dressing up, girls tend to put on their highest heels and those heels aren't made for walking, let alone dancing. You can be certain that lots of girls will be leaving their shoes at the table. And depending on your location or season, the stocking clad foot can be quite common as well.

3. College Dorms
- This one can easily be ranked two or one depending on how much you move around the dorms and what you're doing there, but in the women's dorm area, barefoot girls can be found all over the place. To them it is like walking around the house or apartment barefoot, so they don't think much of it.

I used to date a girl who lived on campus and when walking around her dorm area on some visits I was often slapped for checking out some of the girls feet. And boy, will dirty sole lovers be in heaven here! Dirty soles were far more regular than the clean ones.

2. Beach/Pool - This goes without saying. Who wears shoes at the beach or pool? But with the good comes the bad here. You're going to have to weed out the nasty, unkept feet, men's feet and the feet of women you wouldn't really want to be checking out. But if you find a pretty girl, or better yet, a group of pretty girls and stake claim to a spot near them, you best bet you're going to be getting a lot of sandy soles pointing your way out, especially with the sunbathers.

1. Ballpark - As an avid Orioles fan, I have attended many games this year and in years past. Every time I go to the game, there is always a sexy girl around who has her bare feet propped up on the seats in front of her or out in the aisle. I was even lucky enough once to have a girl sitting behind me kick her feet out on the chair beside me, so they were about two feet from. She had light purple nail polish and was wearing two toe rings. What a show that was. Glad she was comfortable because her feet only moved when she crossed her ankles or bounced her feet to the music between innings.



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Monday, August 8, 2005

Foot Fetishism - Mainstream Media?

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

I'll be the first person to admit that I have been way too busy to watch much TV lately. But one thing I have noticed when I do watch it is that more and more foot related items are out there than ever before. I've also been reading about things others have seen on forums and in chat.

A few weeks ago Wu, from Wu's Feet Links, posted some video clips from an episode of WWE Raw where a male wrestlers has been given a foot fetish as part of his story line. A female wrestler by the name of Lita, proudly showed off her bare feet for this wrestler who was about to take them into his mouth. Of course, after watching wrestling religiously for more than a decade only to recently lose some interest, it figures they'd do something like this when I'm not catching every episode.

WWE, however, has catered to us foot fetishists in a few other instances too. A few years ago a commercial for 1-800 CALL ATT had the owner's daughter, Stephanie McMahon, in a robe sitting back with her feet in Carrot Top's hands. He was saying something about this little piggy going to Wrestlemania. I loved that commercial and actually have a few stills from it printed out and hanging here in my room.

On top of those two instances, there have been several times where the cameras have panned along the likes of Stacy Keibler's and Trish Stratus' feet in a sexy pair of sandals before making its way up their legs. Those were always nice little segments between the wrestling.

Another foot fetish highlight reel is none other than Britney Spears. Say what you will about her or her feet, but this girl HAS to be into her feet or know someone who is. She's forever going barefoot and talking about her feet — even saying she loves having her toes sucked on. My kind of girl!

Speaking of toe sucking, has anyone seen the segment of Jenny McCarthy holding "mock" interviews where she makes men suck on her toes? I think it aired on the E! Channel. Jenny is another one who always seems to be showing off her feet. I always seem to be wanting to look too! Wu posted this clip in his forum as well, so if you haven't seen it, be sure to check it out.

It is also rumored that Howard Stern might also be a foot man. We all know that Quentin Tarantino is and I've even heard that Ludacris might be as well.

Commercials haven't been exempt from this newly found love for women's feet either. A deodorant commercial I saw several weeks ago showed two bored girlfriends in a kitchen with two boyfriends in a backroom watching a game of football, acting like total idiots. At one point one of the boyfriends comes into the kitchen celebrating something that happened in the game and when she smells him, she enters a dream state and starts seeing all kinds of romantic images of the both of them. One of those images is of him on the floor below her painting her toenails. It only lasts for a split second, but someone like you or I are sure to see it.

Another commercial, one that is a few years old, but still airs at times shows kinds at a beach talking about not smoking or doing drugs. At two points during this commercial, the camera pans on one of the girl's dirty bare soles.

It's nice to see all this foot fetishism finally breaking into the mainstream media here and there. I've often thought it would be nice to not have so many people think of my love for feet to be "different" or "strange," but then, if it were mainstream, it wouldn't be so special. Which do you prefer?



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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Random End of the Month Stuff

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

It's almost August! Man, where has the summer went? Things are going by so quickly and keeping up sometimes isn't easy. I always seem to pull through and get these updates posted right on time — and by the sounds of things, you're happy with what's been happening. With August on the horizon, here are some of the things going on with me and the site.

Video Clips

So many people have wanted me to shoot video clips and for months now I have been doing just that. Of course none of them are on the site, but that is because I have been building up a small collection of them to introduce to all of you in a brand new section here on the site. I also have some other sections planned as well, but the video clips section is without a doubt going to be the one you all want to see.

Almost every single shoot I've done I've shot some small clips, and one a few of them I've shot up to four of them just from the one shoot. What I need to focus on doing now, however, is learning Final Cut Pro on the Macintosh so I can put in some nice intros and put all the site's information on them. You know me, I have to make things look nice. I wouldn't be an artist if I didn't take pride in my work.

If anyone has an e-book (electronic book - PDF file) on Final Cut Pro (version 4.5 HD), I'd be helped immensely with getting these clips edited and posted. I want to put together a sample video containing snippets from different video shoots for all of you to see what's coming before I get the section done. I do have some freelance jobs going on with maintaining this site, scheduling shoots and working a full and part time job all at once. Yeah, kind of busy aren't I?


A shot from Carmen's feature set on Wu's Feet Links - a first for Soles of Silk.

Wu's Feature Girl - Carmen

Wu just posted Carmen as his newest feature model this week, in a set titled, "Blue Jeans & Toes." The set is exclusive to Wu's Feet Links, so don't miss out on 66 photos of one of the site's most popular models. And of course, I was sure to grab some video action of her wiggling her toes from this shoot too.

New Models

Two weeks ago I had planned on shooting two new models in separate shoots on a Sunday. The forecast called for rain all day long and at midnight, the night before, it was storming bad! I cancelled both shoots and the next day ended up clear (although hot) and both new models haven't been rescheduled. I'm working on getting new dates and times with these two cute girls.

I also have two other new models who will be posing shortly, one of them being this week. She has some very little feet. I can't remember her shoe size off the top of my head, but I'm venturing to think that she'll be in the running for smallest on the site. And a second model just turned 18 last week. She will be posing for you as soon as we can get a date and time to match.

Soles of Silk Forum

The Soles of Silk Forum has been quite popular as of late. With some of the awesome new sets, the addition of Lexi and Carmen's feature gallery on Wu's, people have been interested in what's going on here. I've been trying to keep up with all of you and so have some of the girls. Chloe and Abby have been posting quite a bit and Carmen was in recently too. I'm sure she'll be popping in quite a bit here with her new feature set. I've also talked to Madison, who said she's been meaning to stop in. So be sure to say "hey" to the girls.



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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Meeting Lexi - A Fan Boy's Dream

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

With Lexi's debut I am sure many of you want to know what she's like in person and hear all about my six hours of shooting one of the web's most popular foot girls. Well, from one fan boy to many, here is what it was like working with the owner of two of the highest arches you'll find anywhere!

Friday, July 8 - 3:30 p.m.
With the car packed my brother and I leave to pick up our friend for the seven hour trip up north. We find all kinds of rest stops through New Jersey and New York to blow lots of money in.

Friday, July 8 - 11:45 
p.m.
We roll up into our destination and try to find a place to stay for the night. Apparently the town we'd be shooting in doesn't believe in hotels. But at last, after asking some Boston Red Sox fans at a bar (hey, nobody's perfect!) where we can find a hotel, it is back up the highway into the town we passed through earlier.

Once checked in we finally get to park our asses in a bed and watch some ESPN to see that the Orioles beat up on the Red Sox back home in Camden Yards... or as these northerners say, "Camden Yaads." I guess they replace the "r" with another "a?"

Saturday, July 9 - 1:00 
p.m.
I leave my brother and his friend to fend for themselves back at the hotel and head back to the town where I needed to meet Lexi. I park in front of the studio and head on up to set up. I finally meet Lexi face-to-face and she is even more beautiful in person. But before we get started, we take a quick lunch break at a local pizzeria.


Lexi's first set on the day showcased her deep arches.

Saturday, July 9 - 2:00 
p.m.
Back at the studio we do out first set, a bare foot one, and Lexi shows off just why her arches won the "Best Arch" Silkie award for 2004 here on Soles of Silk. 

Lexi squished those gummy bears inside her white fishnets.

Saturday, July 9 - 3:00 
p.m.
The second set we did is the one you get to see this week. People seem to love the food squishing sets and I couldn't let Lexi get away with not doing one. So I picked something colorful and cute — gummy bears. But this set would have an added bonus, it would be the first food squishing set with stockings... and for that matter, shoes.

How sexy does Lexi look in this shot?

Saturday, July 9 - 4:00 
p.m.
Changing her outfit to something a little more shiny, Lexi posed for her third and final set in the studio. This set contrasted the two prior sets and also happened to include some hot boots that I'm sure her feet have spent lots of time in.

Lexi showing off her angelic feet outdoors.

Saturday, July 9 - 5:00 
p.m.
After pulling down the lights and packing them back into my car, I followed Lexi to a local park to shoot the remainder of our time together outdoors. But looking at the sky, we were unsure of how much time we'd have. A thunderstorm was headed our way. So dressed in a cute little sporty outfit, Lexi showed off her feet and did some dangling shots for all the dangling fans out there. A few rain drops did fall on her bare legs, but the sky turned blue again and we thought we were spared.

We had a couple come by and ask us questions during this set.

Saturday, July 9 - 6:00 
p.m.
A quick change of clothes and we were off to a spot along a pathway under some trees. As I shot some photos that showed off her unique shoes a couple walking a dog actually stopped to watch us. The woman asked, "Can I ask you what you're doing?"

"Taking photos," Lexi responded.

"Oh, it looked like he was taking photos of her shoes," the woman said to the man she was.

"I am," I said.

The man cracked on the woman and said the camera should have given it away and that he thought me taking photos of her shoes was sexy. A fellow foot fetishist? Perhaps...

I'm so glad we shot this set. It turned out to be the best one on the day.

Saturday, July 9 - 7:00 
p.m.
Making the prior set the shortest one of the six, Lexi changed into her last set of clothes and then it happened. The clouds rolled in and it began to POUR! I hid my camera under my shirt and Lexi asked what I wanted to do.

"How about some shots in the rain and mud?" I asked.

"Sure," Lexi replied.

Heading to a spot under a tree, we found a place that would supply a nice puddle of water and at the same time, a nice spot of gooey mud! This set turned out to be one I will never forget. I'll probably be posting it the next time I update Lexi's galleries. So you'll just have to wait!

Saturday, July 9 - 8:00 
p.m.
With her feet cleaned, Lexi and I held a nice conversation before we parted ways. Both of us had a blast shooting all those hours and knew we came away with some unique sets that you're all going to love.

Sunday, July 10 - ALL DAMN DAY!
MapQuest supplied some killer directions for getting back through New York City that saw us trying to figure out where the Hell we were. The directions through New Jersey weren't much better!



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Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Guess the New Sole Mate

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Two weeks ago I posted Jacklyn Lick's first photo set here on Soles of Silk. Meeting Jacklyn was a great experience with her being one of the first foot models I can remember from my early days online. And last year I had the pleasure of meeting with Lisa Tyler from Forever Feet and taking her pictures for Soles of Silk's debut. Her photo shoots were a blast with her fun-loving personality. And then I've also had the pleasure of meeting with Molly, an up and coming starlet in her own right and we can't forget the great shots of Sara Swirls and Kat Noir. All these girls are established elsewhere on the Web and getting the chance to take photos of them for this site was my pleasure. But now a new sole mate looms on the horizon, one we all know too!

This week I will be taking a road trip to bring back shots of this beauty, who will, for now, remain nameless. Her debut is going to be a surprise. So don't be surprised if next week's coming soon photos are teasers that don't show the model fully, if it shows her at all.

So why all the teasing? Well, taking this girl's photos will be one of my prize moments in photography. For a few years I've adored her photos and her cute girl next door look. She has a very unique aspect of her feet that she is well-known for and I aim to make full use of it.

Without tooting my own horn here, I think seeing this popular model posed in front of my camera is going to make for some classic photos. I really enjoy taking photos of some of these established models and giving them a different look than that of what appears on their sites. Not that my photography is anything unique, but I do get my fair share of praise for the angles and attention I pay to the feet. Many people tell me they can tell I have a fetish just through the way I take the photos. That is a praise I take with pride.

So now that I have all of you wondering who this special sole mate is going to be, I've decided to make a poll on the Soles of Silk Forum. I've listed 10 possible people that "could" be this new sole mate. And I will tell you, this model's name IS on the list. Be sure to check it out and take your best guess on who you think this girl is going to be. The choices are: Bellecita, Britney Sweetstink, Erotic Nikki, Genie, Janet Mason, Lexi, Little Dee, Steph, Sultry Sasha, or Tina Marie.

Who do you think this new sole mate is going to be? I guess you'll just have to wait a couple of weeks to find out! A few people have already voiced their opinion on the poll, so be sure to take your best guess!



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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Meeting Jacklyn Lick

I was lucky enough to photograph the beautiful, Jacklyn Lick for Soles of Silk.

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Well, I've managed to do it again. Last weekend I met another one of the Web's most popular foot models in Jacklyn Lick. I can remember my first adventures with foot fetish sites on the Internet and finding Jacklyn's sites Jacklyn Lick and Foot-Goddess. Now, all these years later I finally got the chance to photograph one of the first girls whose feet I can remember admiring online. And they're even better in person!

Several weeks ago I had been looking at Jacklyn's travel schedule and saw that she'd be coming through this area. I e-mailed her, asking if she'd be interested in posing for me. Luckily, she was more than willing and we set a date — that date being last Sunday.

Getting up Sunday I made sure all my equipment was ready to go. I didn't want any dead batteries or filled memory cards getting in my way of taking photos of Jacklyn and her cute little size 5 feet! Packing the equipment into my car, I made the two hour drive to her place.

Arriving right when I was supposed to (damn traffic), we made our introductions and had no problem getting into some small talk. Jacklyn is a really easy going person and you can talk to her about anything from her sites to her favorite show, "Charmed." Well, I couldn't because I have never watched it.

We ended up doing three photo sets on the day and all three show off her amazing soles throughout. I really went wild with sole photos because that is what I remembered loving about the I came across all those years ago. But one thing I was surprised about was how wrinkled her soles become when she scrunches her toes. I guess I had never seen a photo of her scrunching, but I made to take as many as I could for all of you.

With our time drawing to a close I was able to give Jacklyn a nice relaxing foot massage as she worked on catching up on some e-mails. I never really knew how small her feet were until I had them in my hands. I had told her I thought she was about a size 7, but was taken back when she told me she was a size 5.

After the massage I packed up all my lighting equipment and headed back down the East Coast to Baltimore. I found on the trip home that I can't stand toll booths, but I won't waste space complaining about that here. Plus, photographing and massaging Jacklyn's feet made that worthwhile.

Now, Jacklyn isn't the first "famous" foot model that I've had the pleasure of meeting. Years ago when running The 10 Little Piggies I was able to meet and photograph Janet Mason of Janet's Foot Tease. And last year, while still in the planning stages for this site I was able to meet the lovely Lisa Tyler of Forever Feet. But even still, meeting each of these ladies is always an exciting prospect.

One thing I am always concerned with is how these girls will be in person. To my surprise, each and every one of them has been so nice and easy to get along with. I am sure people often wonder how these "famous" girls are in real life. I know I have.

Be sure to check back next week to see Jacklyn's debut set where she pulls off a pair of strappy shoes at the table and puts on one heck of a sole show!



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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

A Public Display

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Have you ever noticed how many photographers for foot fetish sites use places like a park or marina as the backdrop for their photos? As of this update, the contributors featured here on Soles of Silk have nine sets (both of Steph's sets counted as one) that were done outdoors. And the Soles of Silk sole mates have so far combined for 17 published outdoor sets. I say published because there are a number of shoots that are awaiting your eyes for the future.

So this begs the question, "Have you ever seen someone outdoors taking foot photos?"


One of several sets I shot of Layla in Baltimore's Fells Point.

In my day I have done dozens of outdoor photo shoots and quite a few of them were not in what you would call a secluded spot. Just last weekend I was in Baltimore's Fells Point taking photos of next week's newest sole mate, Layla. For those of you who aren't familiar with Baltimore, Fells Point is one of the oldest areas of the city. It is rich in maritime history and is one of the hottest spots for nightlife in the city with countless bars and shops. But during the day, which is when we did the shoot, it isn't uncommon to find a festival or fair of some sort going on. That was the case the day that I met up with Layla for the first time.

Layla and I ended up doing a number of shoots in different locations around Fells Point and were passed by lots of people. Some people would pay you no mind. After all, this is the city and you get a wide array of people. But for the most part, people were checking us out as they walked by or sat on a nearby bench. I've grown quite accustomed to the glares. The only time I really stop is if they're in the way or if they're young kids.

Being out at Fells Point for three hours with Layla only one person had a foot related comment. A biker-looking guy told me to, "Photograph that dirty foot" as he passed me taking a close up of Layla's dirty sole. I just looked up at her said, "There's always one!"


Shooting this set in public drew the ire of a nearby woman playing tennis with her husband.

In reality, however, most people keep their mouths shut. The only time someone was offended at the foot photos I was taking was during the set that was posted this week with Carmen, CheriKimmie, and Kellie playing dodgeball. Without repeating what I wrote entirely on that page, I'll just say that a woman thought what the girls and I were doing was "disgusting" and she "couldn't believe it." Whatever lady!

So, since foot fetishism is the most popular fetish out there and being most people don't bother to comment, does that mean that most people don't care or maybe even think it is neat? Probably not. But you do have to ask yourself, "I wonder how many fetishists sat there watching?" There was a restaurant with outdoor seating close by where Layla and I were shooting at one point last weekend. I can only imagine if I was on a date at that restaurant with some of my past girlfriends and saw someone else taking photos of Layla out there. I probably would have been smacked for watching.

It's hard to tell what all those who pass me and any of my models by during a shoot, but I still wonder, how many foot people out there enjoy the free show?



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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

New Sole Mates for June

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Here we are on the first day of June. My birthday is on June 2 and I'm getting to celebrate all month long with new models. Check out what's coming up here in the next few weeks.



June 8 - Part 1: This update will bring two new sole mates to the site. The first is Chloe, who is another personal friend of mine. Chloe has a cute pair of size 8.5's and has enjoyed having them massaged by me a number of times. You're going to love her soles and playful toes.



June 8 - Part 2: Also coming on this update is Chloe's good friend, Meagan. Meagan's little size 6.5 feet are going to impress for sure. Chloe told Meagan about this site and as soon as she saw it, she wanted to pose for us. According to Meagan, she loves the camera.



June 15: Soles of Silk gets a new sole mate named Cheri with a pair of tiny size 4.5 feet. And guess what, she's Indian. Not only will you see her, but she'll be flanked in her debut by Kimmie, Kellie and Carmen in a cute four girl set! A must see for sure!



June 22: A very sexy Layla, an experienced model, but new to foot modeling, will be joining us. According to Layla, she loves foot rubs and thinks foot fetishes are great. She also says she's very ticklish on her feet! Perhaps something with tickling will be in order?



June 29: We end the month with a lick, a Jacklyn Lick to be exact. Many of you know her from her site Foot Goddess, but she'll be showing off her sexy feet for all of us here on Soles of Silk on June 29. Just like with Lisa Tyler, I like to occasionally meet up with some of the foot world's celebrities combining their feet and modeling with my photography style. I am highly anticipating this meeting.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Your Feature Presentation


The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.


For those of you who frequent Wu's Feet Links and have been in the Feature section, you might have noticed one of the sole mates' names listed as the July feature. If you're not familiar with Wu's, or haven't been in the Feature section lately, let me announce to you that one of Soles of Silk's most popular models to date was picked by Wu to be his Feature Model for the month of July. That model is Carmen!

It is an honor to both Carmen and myself to have this honor. Wu's Feet Links has, is, and will forever be, the very best foot fetish site to me. There isn't a thing you can't find on his site. And with the ridiculous amount of traffic he gets, to have Carmen up as the July Feature Model is just awesome! We're both excited!

I'm not going to give away any of the themes/locations used in the shoot, but I will say Carmen and I got into a little bit of trouble trespassing to find an interesting location. We had taken about 15 shots when someone came along and asked us what we were doing. I told him photos and he told us we weren't supposed to be on the property. I played stupid and he let us take a few more photos watching on. We got about 20 photos total and then decided to go elsewhere.

Going further down the road, we found a spot that was related to our first location, but not as interesting overall. We were able to take more than 50 additional shots to give to Wu for the July feature. I might keep the first shots as an outtakes sort of thing for when he posts the main set. I'll post the first 20 here since there was some sexy sole shots of my little footed friend.

Even though it is a little over a month away, be on the lookout for Carmen's feature. And Wu, if you're reading this, thanks for selecting Carmen to be your July feature. She is flattered and I am honored!



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