Summer Feet

Jul. 7, 2011 11 Comments Posted under: My Vox

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?

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    JJ said:

    Jul. 7, 2011

    Don’t know the answer, but have been having the same problem recently. Hate it.

    Erin said:

    Jul. 7, 2011

    I have this problem too. I pumice. I get pedicures. And still, my feet catch on carpet and stuff. It’s monstrous, really. The best thing I’ve done is pumice after soaking in bath-salted water. But still, there’s no cure that I’ve found.

    Marissa said:

    Jul. 7, 2011

    I also have this issue. When I lived in VA the pedicurist had this razor thing that really got rid of all the nasty dead skin –seriously I would literally slip out of my shoes after a pedicure – but those are illegal in NY. Now I use the PedEgg followed by a giant foot emery board — first the coarse side and then the finer grain side. The PedEgg is a pretty good substitute for the razor tool and safe for klutzy me to use at home. After I slather on Bath and Body Works True Blue Spa Super Rich Foot Cream – Shea It isn’t So. This will keep my soft for about 5-7 days and then I repeat.

    I have also heard that slathering your feet with Vaseline or shea butter and then sleeping with cotton socks on helps –but who wants to sleep with socks on in the summer!

    Jenb said:

    Jul. 7, 2011

    I fight the exact same problem. The Pedi-egg helps, but doesn’t solve the problem. And I think I have tried everything. I hope someone gives you a good new idea I can try.

    Shelly said:

    Jul. 7, 2011

    OMG – french manicures on toes completely gaks me out. Why why why?

    If you don’t mind sleeping in socks, you can slather vaseline on your heels and sleep with cotton socks on.

    I don’t know of any magic solution and I say just do the best you can. It’s sort of the drawback of summer, right? At least you make an effort to tame the beast. It’s the people whose feet are so appalling they shouldn’t even be let out in public I have an issue with.

    Jane said:

    Jul. 7, 2011

    Is this post for me? I’m learning a lot about your feet lately. I don’t think I have that problem, but I rarely look at my feet. Now you’re going to get me all foot crazed and looking for things wrong with my feet.

      anonyvox said:

      Jul. 8, 2011

      You got me thinking about my feet, so you only have yourself to blame. :-)

    kathy said:

    Jul. 8, 2011

    I have the same problem, too. The Ped-Egg really does help, but it doesn’t make it go away completely–my heels and the outside edges of my feet are still rough, but I don’t get the deep and painful cracks that I used to get so much anymore.

    So yeah, my routine goes like this: Ped-egg, soak, pumice, dry, foot emery board, vaseline or Aquaphor, and socks. I do this about an hour before bed at least once every week to 10 days year-round (more often in summer). But since I absolutely cannot sleep with hot feet, I end up kicking the socks off before I fall asleep pretty regularly.

    Rita said:

    Jul. 8, 2011

    I have the same problem, but absolutely no solution. I’m just grateful that the tops of my feet look presentable :)

    Toni said:

    Jul. 11, 2011

    Try Bag Balm. It’s like vaseline with antibiotic in it.

      anonyvox said:

      Jul. 11, 2011

      Oh, I love Bag Balm. I’ve not really ever used it for moisturizing, though. I’ll give it a crack–thanks!

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