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Do footwraps (rectangular cloths wrapped around the feet in lieu of socks) need tzitzis?

I see two problems:

  1. tzitzis could defeat the purpose of footwraps, making them much less comfortable.
  2. putting tzitzis on feet could be considered disrespectful to the mitzvah.

A possible "solution" to both problems would be to arrange for tzitzis to hang out of boots (but that is a dubious solution at best).

Size cannot exempt footwraps because they are usually at least as large as the talit qatan worn by kids.

  • similar judaism.stackexchange.com/q/79360/759 – Double AA Jun 8 '17 at 15:36
  • @DoubleAA: thanks! So the answer is two-fold: (a) not necessary because it's feet, not body (b) make round corners just in case. – sds Jun 8 '17 at 15:41
  • Are footwraps considered a "beged" - a "garment"? Seems that one doesn't normally "wear" a footwrap. – DanF Jun 8 '17 at 16:06
  • @DanF: if one "wears" shoes, socks, and underwear, I see no reason why footwraps would be different. – sds Jun 8 '17 at 16:08
  • I think this answers your question: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/81571/… – TrustMeI'mARabbi Jun 8 '17 at 16:25
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There are various reasons as to why these may not need Tzitzis. I am here to quote one interesting one in particular, but I will note some of the possible other Heterim and sources:

The Beis Yosef OC 10 (last paragraph) gives a very interesting reason that would apply to this case, namely, for Tzitzis that could be stepped on a lot, there is no Chiyuv, as they would consistently be breaking, and "Deracheha Darchei Noam", so they are Patur:

אי נמי כיון שאם היינו מחייבים אותם בציצית היו נפסקין בכל עת הציציות התחתונים בדריסת הרגלים והיה צריך בכל עת לתקנם איכא למימר דלא חייבה תורה בכך דכל דרכיה דרכי נועם

(As an aside, the Beis Yosef makes no mention of disrespect to the Mitzvah here.)

To be Machmir above and beyond these Shitos, simply use a triangular one, or round the corner(s).

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