Darlings, PeaceBang feels she must inform you of this, although she has struggled with how to delicately put the matter.
Well, let me just say it right out:
Foot fetishism is not uncommon.
And so, while you are considering the importance of modesty in the bosom and derriere and thighs and so on, please just trust Auntie PB when she tells you that the foot is a highly sexualized part of the body for many.
This is not to problematize yet another female body part. Our bodies are not a problem and I never want to suggest that they are. What I am suggesting is that you understand what I am now dubbing “Serious Distraction Triggers” and how to be smart about avoiding them. Your lovely curves are not a problem, nor is the admiration of them. However, a dripping neckline that creates a zoom line for your cleavage: that’s a problem. It’s a Serious Distraction Trigger. Your round tush, not a problem. However, a pair of thin fabric trousers with a snug fit that, when you turn around and walk, displays a bouncing bootie? SDT.
And SDT isn’t necessarily about – oh my god – lust. A Serious Distraction Trigger is any item of attire that causes worshipers to go, “Oh my gosh, does he KNOW how tight those pants are? I really don’t want to know that much about my pastor!!!” Or, “Our Father, who are in …. OH MY GOD, what in the HELL does that priest have on her toes? Is that GREEN NAIL POLISH? How very hideous!”
I have not insisted on covered feet during worship for the simple fact that I wear dressy sandals in church myself and I like the way it looks with my robe. I committed an SDT one morning when I wore purple Burberry plaid pumps in the pulpit. It was a bad idea and the shoes were entirely adorable and distracting and I gave them away soon thereafter, as I felt like my feet were upstaging me every time I wore them. My dark red toenails don’t seem to be a big distraction, and I feel that worn with dressy and classic wedge sandals, they are appropriate for my ministry setting. I do not wear sandals to a funeral. There is that boundary I set for myself.
But in general, closed toe shoes are the best choice for worship.