So it’s finally time (except maybe if you live in Melbourne) to let those tootsies breathe again. After a winter of woolly socks and ankle boots, sandal season has arrived and I, for one, could not be happier. Because new season = shoe shopping!
If you’ve been neglecting all your little piggies for the past few months, here’s all you need to know about prettifying those plates of meat. And the cutest sandal styles out there to show off that peachy pedicure. Hot foot it, ladies.
Chances are, like the rest of your parched winter self, your feet are a bit dry. It’s time to slough off the dead stuff and reveal the smooth, baby-soft feet of your dreams (but seriously, if you’re dreaming about feet, we need to talk…).
Step 1: Give tough skin, corns and callouses a good going over with a foot file or pumice stone. We love Manicare’s Dual Sided Wooden Foot File.
Step 2: Dry, tough skin can be a stubborn bugger. Give it the flick once and for all with Baby Foot 1 Hour Treatment. Soak your feet, pop on the plastic booties, and cover up with cosy socks. Wait for one hour, then rinse the gel off. Within a week, thanks to the wonders of fruit acid, all your icky dead skin cells should have disappeared and your tootsies will be baby soft.
Step 3: Now the hard work’s done, it’s time to keep feet soft and nourished with regular use of a luxurious foot scrub. We love Coffee Organics Peppermint Scented Coffee Body Scrub, which smells ah-mazing. Bye bye smelly feet.
Now it’s time to lather up with a hydrating foot cream. We love Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème, which also contains peppermint oil to perk up tired feet.
If you need to bring in the blazing guns, Eulactol Heel Balm Gold has been around for yonks and is the bee’s knees when it comes to tackling seriously dry, cracked heels.
Cutting nails 101. Do this when nails are dry, using a proper toenail clipper. Cut straight across only, as curving at the edges can lead to painful ingrown nails. Leave a bit of length to avoid inflammation.
I’m mad for long-lasting Shellac on my toes as I am lazy, but I kind of regret it as half the fun of sandal season is matching your pedi to your outfit.
Butter London has a great range of fashion colours for all year round. Atm I’m loving their Fruit Machine colour, which reminds me of fairy floss.
Whatever you do, make sure you apply a good quality base coat to protect the nail and prevent discolouration, and a hard-wearing top coat like INM Out The Door for durability and shine.
If you’ve invested in a new shoe-drobe for spring, you might be in the running for a fresh set of blisters. Keep them at bay with a spray of Dermal Therapy Blistop.
1. ‘Francie’ Gladiator Sandal in Tobacco, Wittner 2.‘Montana’ Knot Sandal in Gold, Seed Heritage 3. ‘Chantelle’ Snakeskin Sandal, Witchery 4. ‘Azalea’ Fringed Sandal, Country Road 5. ‘Cuckoo’ Metallic Sandal, Bared Footwear 6. Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cumbria’ Sandal, Zomp 7. ‘HELLO’ Micro Gladiator Sandals, Topshop 8. ‘Myra’ Metal Sandal, Rubi Shoes 9. ‘Don’t Judge’ Silver Sandal, Nine West 10. ‘Ramona’ Slip On Sandal, Tony Bianco