Money doesn’t smell, but dirty socks do. And it is for this reason that fetishists are ready to put their hands in their pockets to be delivered. Our journalist also tried to sell his! Diving – snorkeling – in this universe

Before meeting Nina *, I never imagined that dirty socks and stockings could be used for anything other than laundry. While sipping a beer, this student in the medical world tells me how she made ends meet: “I sold socks and tights already worn for about twenty euros. And sometimes also photos of feet. It’s better than selling dirty panties. It starts well and above all, in terms of psychological and financial investment, it is really the simplest. “

She shows me the messages exchanged with arpion fanatics. One of them signs his exchanges with “indecent kisses on your feet”. On these sites, Nina told her life story and erotic news, taking on the role of dominatrix: “I’m a little surprised, even upset, that you didn’t tell me about the gifts I sent you last week. … I thought that once you had tasted my delicious pantyhose, you would be captivated by their smell and more than curious to have more. In response, Fabrice apologizes. “I like to play with them, to try them on me, to put my nose in them to take a deep breath, thinking only of you… I just don’t want to be clingy or intrusive!” But I already have other ideas for orders. “

Listening to Nina, I smell a vein. Why not me ? When the evening is over, I come home and frantically tap into Vinted, France’s largest clothing resale network. On the forum, I easily come across topics dedicated to these particular offers. Obviously, fetishists regularly visit the site to do their shopping. Neither one nor two, I publish my first offer: “Adidas dirty socks”, one of my best pairs, for the modest sum of 15 euros. First publication, first failure. In less than ten minutes, I receive an email: “We are sorry to inform you that the following item (s) have been removed from our catalog:“ Adidas dirty socks ”. “As well as”uniforms [like the one we wore for a month at the editorial office] or fascist or Nazi accessories , ” socks and other stockings already in use are prohibited on Vinted.

However, I came across Mifala28 and its offer of “dirty socks” for “fait ti chiste”, still visible on the site. The ad even has 140 views and two interested users. All I have to do is copy from my competitor and appropriate the word to bypass the algorithm. “Worn on numerous occasions to practice sport, these fragrant socks will delight everyone. The trick hits the mark. My socks remain on the site for several days. Better: a user favorites my proposal. He asks me to reserve the socks and assures me that he will take them quickly.

A few days after having spoken with this regular at Vinted, I restarted him. No answer. A troll, maybe? The only certainties: my dirty socks have not found a taker and the Mifala28 offer has disappeared.

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Disappointed by Vinted, I turned to specialized networks and tried the vends-ta-culotte.com site. But the competition is fierce: “Here, I am offering you a pair of my socks (…) which will be worn for two days, including once during one of my HIIT sessions, and if you follow me, you know how much I drizzle during my sessions ”, underlines Miss Eva, who adds that this pair at 29 euros will be sent“ under vacuum to keep all its freshness ”. Another ad offers a pair at 26 euros: “Cap or not cap? To smell those extreme socks? Odorsvery fragrant, sensitive souls abstain, worn for a week, sweat and marks well marked, as if you had just taken them from me. Discreet and immediate shipment. “Nina, used to these sites, warns me:” On this one, you must give a copy of your identity card to validate your account. ” She advises me to opt for troctonplaisir.com.

By dint of browsing the offers, I appropriate the codes of the genre . “Worn many times to practice sport, these fragrant socks will delight fetishists! I can wear them more if you want, but they already smell very strong. The days go by and my efforts don’t pay off. And above all, the site is closing for “maintenance”. I’m trying to find out more from the founder of troctonplaisir.com, but he declines my request. Too bad, my socks will be orphaned.

Pedophile groups

I get in touch with the vends-ta-culotte.com team. Contrary to what its name suggests, the site is not limited to panties but offers a whole bunch of services and unusual objects. Paul, the co-founder of this platform, describes the genesis to me: “With Jean-Michel, we heard about the success of the sale of dirty panties in Japan. So we decided to set up a site based on underwear fetishism . Very quickly, people offered socks, stockings or shoes and found an audience. “

On vends-ta-culotte.com, it is even possible to buy videos of women in socks walking on men or of dangling, a practice which consists of filming feet shod, then bare, and vice versa. No resentment, I give up the sale and I continue my exploration. In two clicks three movements, I came across the Facebook group “VTC: sell your socks”, with more than 550 members. Saleswomen most often have dedicated anonymous Facebook profiles, on which they provide after-sales service. Marina does not hesitate to publish a conversation with a satisfied customer, embellished with a message: “A rascal happy with his package, in case some still doubt, despite my many years here 😉” Everything is good to bait the customer.

With no less than 6,500 followers, “Aux pieds des femmes” is another very popular group of fetishists, on which these ladies post photos of the favorite member of podophiles. By clicking on certain active accounts, we understand that this activity is interested and that many women market socks and shoes. Laura * often uses “VTC” and, according to her, Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is favorable to her business, even if, invested for some time in this singular market, she believes that there was “more money to be done before ”, and that there will perhaps be even less tomorrow if the subject is publicized.

On the other side of the screen, buyers are also creating anonymous… and passionate profiles. This is the case of P. Socks, who proudly displays a sock in a profile picture. “ The first thing I look at has always been my feet and socks. When I see a woman, my dream is to be able to take off her shoes and carry the foot, with her sock, to my nose. »To listen to him, his obsession would go back to his childhood, at an age when he was not old enough to see anything other than the feet.adults. “I buy two or three pairs of socks worn per month, which represents a budget of around fifty euros, so it’s really not ruin. And then, it allows girls to make a small payment for their studies. “Stronger than the Crous.

By dint of being in the community, something bothers me: why, on these platforms, are the buyers exclusively male and the sellers, women? P. Socks admits, “I don’t really have the answer. I just know that the few sock-fetish women I’ve traded with, most of them lesbians , aren’t particularly drawn to foot odor. A surprise for him, for whom the olfactory aspect is a determining criterion.

To understand where this passion comes from, I turn to Alain Héril, psychoanalyst and sex therapist, according to whom this fetishism is the most widespread. “This can be perceived as caricatural, but among the followers of this paraphilia [a“ sexual deviation, by the choice of the object of desire or the deformation of the sexual act ”, according to Larousse, editor’s note], the foot is phallic , it represents the male sex. The sock or shoe represents the female sex . Conclusion: one in the other, they correspond, for the psychoanalyst, to an act of penetration. Alain Héril applies the same scheme to the Grimm brothers’ story of Cinderella: “The story of Cinderella’s shoe is as if the prince came to penetrate her vagina.. In one sentence, the specialist comes to sweep away the remains of my childish candor.

And the smell then, what role does it play in the fantasy? Alain Héril’s response is clear: “Getting attached to smells means going beyond the social, since we usually hide them. The olfactory sense is the most archaic, it is an instinctual and animal relationship. It’s a return to the smell of the mother’s body, like when you were breastfeeding. »

A lonely passion

Such an obsession can surprise, make you smile, or downright disgust. This is why P. Socks confides that it is above all a solitary passion. “Some men do not have access to sexuality and many suffer from it. They can’t always share their fantasies . These purchases allow them to do so and to have contact. The object of the sale can be a pretext for a social relationship, ”says Paul of the site vends-ta-culotte.com. In some cases, it can also be a question of suffering, since the obsessive and very targeted side of this desire is sometimes incompatible with normal sexuality, which Alain Héril considers “too bland for podophiles”.

On the sales side, it’s not all rosy either. If Laura recognizes “being of service”, it is not really the social which motivates her. “In my case, it’s only financial. Nina, she tells me that she enjoys giving it to others and assures us that the community of aficionados of all kinds of stockings is very respectful.

Judging by the Facebook group “VTC: sell your socks”, these interactions are also a moment of simple pleasure. P. Socks abounds: “In my Facebook contacts, I have young women who are nice and pleasant, whose socks and smell correspond to my tastes and with whom we have a real exchange, and not just commercial! I don’t know if my Adidas socks would have lived up to his expectations, but taking them off after a run, I can’t help but think that P. Socks and his cronies don’t know what they’re missing. There is something to get off.

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