Every year I fight the same ugly battle: how in the world does one keep her feet soft and smooth on the bottom while wearing sandals nine days out of ten?
The tops of my feet are rather pretty, if I do say so myself. I keep my toenails nice and short–no talon-like French pedicure here, thank you very much. They are painted in bright colors that compliment my skin tone. I carefully shave off the appalling amount of hair that sprouts from my big toe knuckle. Everything looks just smashing.
It’s when you get to the underside and edges that it all goes to hell.
Something about walking in sandals or flip-flops makes the edges of my feet get all rough and cracked. I can’t even put my feet on the sateen of our bed comforter without worrying that I’ll turn the surface into a shredded mess. The skin is like 30-grit sandpaper.
I pumice and I loofah exhaustively. I sit with my feet in the tub as Freya takes her bath and soak my dogs, trying to soften up the skin so that I can get my giant foot emery board out and scrape away. Then I slather them down with shea butter afterwards. That helps until I put sandals on and walk around again. Then I’m back to having dog pads at the end of my legs.
Is there any cure at all for this? Some wonder-product that will slough off all the nasty and make them feel buttery soft? Do I have to go for weekly pedicures and get some poor woman to haul out a belt sander and buff my dogs down? What do you all do?