I should clarify. When I call this a fetish, I don't mean it in the sense of it gets me raring to go; it doesn't. Nothing does. I mean it in the slightly toned-down version where I simply have a strong attraction to it without it being inherently sexual. Also, it's only in regards to knee-high, over-the-knee, and thigh-high socks. I don't care about regular socks (they're just socks, big deal,) or full-on pantyhose. I can't stand feet themselves. When it comes to thighs, while I like being able to lay my head on a girl's lap, I don't really care about that piece of flesh one way or the other.
Also, I'm not a fan of when the socks are overtly dirty. Brand new? Perfect! Freshly washed? Awesome! A little worn? Cool. But worn for more than a few hours and now full of stank? Uh... no. For all sense and rationality of it, I can't understand why it is I like them. If I had a foot fetish, it'd make sense to me. If it made me sexually aroused, I'd be confused why that's the ONLY thing to get me to that point, but it doesn't even manage to go that far. It just is something I really like, and I don't understand why.
I'm about equally (if not more so) disinterested (to put it mildly) by female genitalia (outright apathetic to male) as I am feet, yet I have no problem dealing with that (trying to keep a degree of tact) and I don't have a panty fetish, despite my similar stance on the body parts. Breasts are in a similar camp where I like the feel, (I guess, if I had to say something nice,) so I clearly don't hate breasts, but I don't really care for them either. Yet I don't have a bra fetish. Comparing my thing for socks vs. feet to panties vs. F.G. and bras vs breasts, it makes it even harder to parse out what exactly is going on.
It's not like I am fetishizing the feet being covered, otherwise there wouldn't reasonably be exceptions to what kinds of socks I like and what kinds I don't. Additionally, it's not as though it's a matter of some puritan mindset, because I'm apathetic to whether a girl is covered or not, bar knee-high+ socks (ignoring the fact bras and panties are meh to me).
Can someone help me understand what's going on? I can answer any questions needed.