What is Bootblacking?
The term “Bootblacking” was originally used to denote the practice of caring for shoes, boots, and other apparel made of leather. In a BDSM context, Bootblacking is often used to reinforce a Dominant/submissive relationship or role in the leather subculture. The practice of cleaning a Dom’s boots can be seen as humiliating or an act of respect towards elders or Doms in the scene. Bootblacking is primarily practiced in the gay leather scene, but it has gained popularity in lesbian and straight leather subcultures as well.
A simple way to clean the boots is through the use of tools and kits. A more extreme form of Bootblacking involves a submissive spiting and licking the footwear of the dominant. The submissive may also use their undergarments to shine the boots. The dominant may get aroused by the feeling of control and authority over the sub, while the submissive may experience arousal from erotic humiliation.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- The practice of Bootblacking is often used as a form of Boot Worship.
- Those who have boot fetishism and/or foot fetishism tend to engage in Bootblacking.
- Aside from submission, Bootblacking can also be used as a sign of service or appreciation.
- There are Leather communities and BDSM clubs that offer Bootblacking competition and fundraisers.
- Some BDSM clubs also have a ‘bootblack’ chair that can be used for ‘pick-up’ Bootblacking.
- Engaging in a bootblack scene does not always involve sex. Some Bootblackers gets pleasure in cleaning leather boots, who might be more concerned about leather care than their partners.
- Some use the practice as a way to have a connection or engage in communication with others.
- If used for an erotic experience, make sure that the boots are clean before licking or sucking them.
Related Fetishes and Practices
Bootblacking is associated with Boot Worship, Bootlicking, Foot Fetish, and Foot Worship. It can be done at leather events, as a part of military or uniform fetishism, or as a punishment for a sub.