I was reading this wonderful post and I realized that I had left out two instances of Sherlock being barefoot. (If you know of another one, please message me and let me know.)
While I still believe that Sherlock is more comfortable hitting on John sexually than admitting his feelings, I think that the other examples of Sherlock being barefoot are not strictly about sexuality. From what I can tell 2/3 are sexual and 1/3 deals with jealousy and I think is more about Sherlock’s feelings.
In TGG, we get this,
Sherlock’s first jealous outburst. Here, Sherlock is sad that John is seeing Sarah and shooting the cypher that represents his new feelings for John.
In THoB, we get this,
This whole scene where Sherlock is asking John for cigarettes is the most thinly veiled sexual allegory of the show. Sherlock is clearly being driven crazy by his boner, here,
Even Sherlock’s chair looks like a penis and testicles, here.
I was thinking about John mourning Sherlock in his chair, with his bare feet together. What a heartbreaking image of his emotional vulnerability, here,
While Sherlock presumably does not see John, here, he does see him at the cemetery and he sees how broken he’s been after he returns, as well.
Then I wondered if Sherlock ever had bare feet. Oh, yeah, here,
Here’s Sherlock presenting himself naked to John, after having skyped with him this way. Later comments about John looking at porn on his laptop will show that Sherlock is putting himself in direct competition with the women in porn for John’s sexual attention.
These two incidents fit in to the idea that each is more comfortable with one aspect of their attraction, the emotional and the sexual respectively.
Then I thought about these feet: seeking each other, so close, so fidgety, all socked, half wearing shoes. Not vulnerable. Note that the person wearing least on their feet will, ‘make a move’, here,
Another time, I was thinking about Mary; Mary and her secret tattoo. If Mary has the lotus flower on the bottom of her foot, there’s a good chance that she has never taken her socks off in front of John before. Mary and her cute, little socked feet; maybe she says they get cold without socks. She, if she always wears socks, has never been vulnerable around John: she has never been herself,