What is a “Hobble Skirt”?
A hobble skirt is a skirt that has a narrow hem at the bottom. The design significantly restricts the movement and stride of the wearer.
In BDSM, hobble skirts are worn as a form of restraint. Leather-type hobble skirts are usually the fashion trend for BDSM players. A slave or sub wearing a hobble skirt may be seen following along their Dom in small strides. This keeps the sub/slave from moving too much and enables the Dom to make them move at their desired speed.
Hobble skirts were introduced as part of women’s fashion in the years 1908- 1914. It is said that the inspiration from the hobble skirt’s design was based on a modification Mrs. Edith Hart O. Berg did on her skirt during the 1908 Wright Brothers demonstration. At that time, Berg was the first American woman to fly as an airplane passenger. She secured the ends of her skirt with a rope to prevent it from being blown up by the wind during her flight.
The design was largely considered impractical for daily wear. It was only worn in the context of fashion or during limited-time engagements. As women began to embrace a more active lifestyle, they quickly fell out of fashion.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- Due to the restrictions that hobble skirts pose on the wearer, Doms should be careful not to force their subs to walk too quickly to prevent them from losing their balance.
- Subs or slaves should likewise not be dragged while they are wearing hobble skirts. This is because their protective reflex to cushion their fall is limited, and it could lead to the acquisition of more serious injuries once they land on the floor or the pavement.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Corsets and Basques are form-fitting and restrictive pieces of BDSM fashion for women’s torso’s & breasts. Ballet boots are footwear designed to keep a woman’s feet & toes in a painful position while standing. Either or both can be used in conjunction with a Hobble Skirt for a truly uncomfortable experience.