Okay so although I love summer…somehow my feet always take a beating by the end of the season. I love breaking out my favorite little sandals or floral heels, but forget how much they scrape up my feet. I am guilty of opting for heels that I know will leave my feet achy by the end of the night, but hey, they look cute! This past summer in particular my feet have really started to show their pain, unfortunately with lots of blisters and cuts. As a result I have started rocking my Nikes (similar, similar, similar) to get around the city. I find it really funny walking to work in my nice “career” dresses and sneakers.
Now that the season is winding down, I’ve been doing a little research to find the best ways to take care of my feet by the time it truly feels like fall. I have a feeling my toes will thank me! So I thought I’d round up all the tips and tricks I’ve found and that I will be testing out in the weeks to come!
1. Wear Comfortable Shoes
First and foremost, I know that I need to start opting for more comfortable/supportive shoes this season. The main reason my feet have been in so much pain this summer is that I constantly choose shoes rub and leave blisters or are probably too small.
2. Wash your feet daily
This is something I have done religiously since I moved to NYC, especially this summer. I am not going to lie this city can be pretty gross (have you looked at the ground in the subway?! Ick!). So as a result, whenever I wear open toed shoes I make sure to really wash my feet when I get home. I don’t want to track in all that gross city dirt into my apartment.
To keep your skin soft and smooth, don’t forget to moisturize your feet. Rub a thin coat of lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not in between your toes because it could cause an infection.
4. Keep band aids nearby
Inevitably you will get blisters, especially when breaking in new shoes, so keep bandaids and antibiotic cream handy! I always have bandaids in my purse, which I have used far more times than I ever expected.
5. Try soaking your feet
This always reminds me of a pedicure, but try soaking your feet in warm water with a little soap. Epsom Salt actually dries out your skin, so you’re better off using liquid soap to help soften your skin.
6. Exfoliate with sugar scrubs
Going off of #5, there is conflicting advice out there about soaking your feet vs. exfoliating them. I think it is best to test both out and see which you prefer. Using a light exfoliator once a week and keeping a pumice stone nearby can help remove that regular roughness your feet inevitably experience.
7. Keep your nails bare
Although I LOVE having my nails painted, I try to take a break every few weeks for a couple days. It lets my nails “breathe” and keeps them healthy by ridding them of chemical residue. It also helps to prevent discoloration (especially when you use dark-colored nail polish!)
8. Donate shoes that no longer fit
There is nothing worse than wearing shoes that do not fit. Somehow in the last few years I have gone up half a size in shoes, which has forced me to purge my closet of the ones I can’t bear to wear because of the pain. Set aside time to tackle your closet by trying on ALL your shoes and doing a few laps around your room in them. Cleaning out your closet will not only free up space, but may help you rediscover pairs that you completely forgot you owned.
I hope these tips will help me take better care of my feet as we move into my favorite season! Although I don’t always make them a priority, I am going to try and really focus on taking care of my body, from head to toe! Have any tips to keeping your feet looking pretty?