But "hooves" is a better symbol for the context of the sentence.
Jamie McFadden reminds us of the classic Louis C.K. rant about "rats with hooves," also known as deer.
He took it a step further by comparing women's high heels to the hooves of demons.
The hooves are sawn off, followed by the head, from which the tongue is removed.
At one stage he even sampled a local delicacy, cow foot soup, made from the hooves of cattle.
Horses struggled with hooves that shot outward, and children slid merrily and the elderly picked their way with a guarded caution.
The thudding of hooves became a mutter and then a rumble and then a growl.
There was loud laughter, the sudden rushing of hooves, yells, and curses as they came after him.
Then there came a low and muffled drumming, like the pounding of thousands of hooves.
For to a certainty he approaches, the dull distant thud of hooves gradually growing more distinct.
Old English hof "hoof," from Proto-Germanic *hofaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian hof, Old Norse hofr, Danish hov, Dutch hoef, German Huf "hof"), from PIE *kop- "to beat, strike" (cf. Sanskrit saphah "hoof"). For spelling, see hood (n.1).
"to walk" (hoof it), first attested 1640s, from hoof (n.); slang meaning "to dance" is 1920, American English (implied in hoofer). Related: Hoofed; hoofing.