For much of the year, you can get away with keeping your feet at the bottom rung of the beauty ladder, but come summer, there’s nowhere to hide.
Few of us take care of our feet in sneaker season, save for the cursory polish change every few weeks, idly done while watching Netflix. And then all of a sudden, summer arrives, and the shoes of the season leave little to the imagination. This year’s crop of sandals are perhaps the skimpiest yet, with styles from No.21, Jacquemus and Rejina Pyo putting your feet in déshabillé.
Firstly, assess the condition of your feet. For anything troublesome that goes beyond the odd bit of hard skin or unloved cuticles, head to Margaret Dabbs Sole Spa for a medical pedicure. This comprehensive service includes a full assessment from a qualified podiatrist who can check everything from your gait to any worrisome lumps and bumps, before working on cosmetic concerns. If a standard pedicure is like doing a quick dusting, this is a full spring clean.
If your feet are crammed into cleats or trainers multiple times a week, look to the new Sport Pedicure that uber-chic salon DryBy is offering. Designed to counter the effects of running, boxing, spinning and what have you, the experts there can restore the most sorry of feet into Cinderella-esque beauties. It’s especially good for anyone who is out pounding the pavements or working up a sweat daily (both of which wreak havoc on nail and foot health), and is performed by a specialist with a holistic health focus. You can expect all the usual DryBy perks, from plush armchairs to sink into to exquisite polish add-ons and general pampering.
Margaret Dabbs Foot File, £24
Rather handle things yourself? No problem. Now is the time to get into the habit of exfoliating your feet, so add a daily foot file into your pre-shower routine (never, ever file a wet foot!). A few swipes with the Margaret Dabbs Foot File ought to do the trick, after you’re done body brushing. A generous dollop of foot scrub, applied with a foot brush, is a good once-a-week addition to clear any remaining dead skin and give you that powder-fresh feeling. Try The Body Shop Soothing Peppermint Foot Scrub. Then, when you’re done showering, slather your feet in Ameliorate Foot Cream, which has a proprietary blend of six moisturising extracts, exfoliating acids and a deodorising ingredient to transform feet overnight. It’s particularly effective on cracked heels.
Your toes need cuticle work, too. CND Solar Oil and L’Occitane Cuticle Oilboth come in a hand brush-on applicator, making it easy to quickly dab over. It may sound superfluous, but a healthy nail bed is the key to healthy, happy nails that feel strong and look expensive. If you have wider feet, or are fond of rather narrow shoes, invest in one of these slightly strange-looking jelly toe separators from YogaToes. Pop them in for twenty minutes every evening to relieve the pressure between your toes and help the feet stretch somewhat. Thank us later.
Shea Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil, £14
As for polish, look to the newly-launched colours from Rouje. The edited range of four shades has Insolente (a deep burgundy), Nostalgique (a shimmering, frosted pearl), Effrontée, (your pillar-box red) and Bohème, a pleasingly warm coral to enhance tanned toes – or indeed, fingers.