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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

There is, however, no doubt that the smell of leather has a curiously 

stimulating sexual influence on many men and women. It is an odor which 

seems to occupy an intermediate place between the natural body odors and 

the artificial perfumes for which it sometimes serves as a basis; possibly 

it is to this fact that its occasional sexual influence is owing, for, as 

we have already seen, there is a tendency for sexual allurement to attach 

to odors which are not the specific personal body odors but yet are 

related to them. Moll considers, no doubt rightly, that shoe fetichism, 

perhaps the most frequent of sexual fetichistic perversions, is greatly 

favored, if, indeed, it does not owe its origin to, the associated odor of 

the feet and of the shoes.[66] He narrates a case of shoe fetichism in a 

man in which the perversion began at the age of 6; when for the first time 

he wore new shoes, having previously used only the left-off shoes of his 

elder brother; he felt and smelt these new shoes with sensations of 

unmeasured pleasure; and a few years later began to use shoes as a method 

of masturbation.[67] Naecke has also recorded the case of a shoe fetichist 

who declared that the sexual attraction of shoes (usually his wife's) lay 

largely in the odor of the leather.[68] Krafft-Ebing, again, brings 

forward a case of shoe fetichism in which the significant fact is 

mentioned that the subject bought a pair of leather cuffs to smell while 

masturbating.[69] Restif de la Bretonne, who was somewhat of a shoe 

fetichist, appears to have enjoyed smelling shoes. It is not probable that 

the odor of leather explains the whole of shoe fetichism,--as we shall see 

when, in another "Study," this question comes before us--and in many cases 

it cannot be said to enter at all; it is, however, one of the factors. 

Such a conclusion is further supported by the fact that by many the odor 

of new shoes is sometimes desired as an adjuvant to coitus. It is in the 

experience of prostitutes that such a device is not infrequent. Naecke 

mentions that a colleague of his was informed by a prostitute that several 

of her clients desired the odor of new shoes in the room, and that she was 

accustomed to obtain the desired perfume by holding her shoes for a moment 

over the flame of a spirit lamp. 

 

The direct sexual influence of the odor of leather is, however, more 

conclusively proved by those instances in which it exists apart from shoes 

or other objects having any connection with the human body. I have 

elsewhere in these "Studies"[71] recorded the case of a lady, entirely 

normal in sexual and other respects, who is conscious of a considerable 

degree of pleasurable sexual excitement in the presence of the smell of 

leather objects, more especially of leather-bound ledgers and in shops 

where leather objects are sold. She thinks this dates from the period 

when, as a child of 9, she was sometimes left alone for a time on a high 

stool in an office. A possible explanation in this case lies in the 


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