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Boldly Kick off Your Shoes

Posted on July 19 2017

Boldly Kick off Your Shoes

Summer is here and the time has come to show off your feet in those bedazzled sandals (you know you want them!). So stop hiding and start prancing. Take those beautifully polished toes to the beach and kick up some sand. Go to the park and enjoy the cool grass between your toes, or go swimming and make some waves in the pool. Whatever you do, don't spend another day hiding your feet from the world due to dry and cracked feet. - Insert poop emoji! 

When I first set out to write this blog, I heard a radio voice in my head belting out the advertisement above - "don't spend another day hiding your feet from the world".

As I committed the words to screen, I began to wonder how many of us hide our feet because of dryness. I certainly hope not many! Take it from someone who usually purchases a pedicure for special occasions only, we are all welcome to show off our feet proudly, regardless of the condition. But how many of us do it comfortably? 

I am shameless when it comes displaying my feet. I'll take open toe and open hill sandals over the opposite, any day. Mostly because I rarely thought about the dry skin that flaked from my heels, or the calluses that formed on my small toe or the ball of my foot. Even when wearing hills caused me pain, I ignored the throbbing. My small toe pressed against the inner shoe regularly, shocking my foot making it difficult to walk. To me this was normal, so I'd adjust the shoe until it didn't press so tightly against the callus. I never thought I could stop the discomfort, enjoy my shoes and not agonize over my feet, until my grandmother told me otherwise. 

Now I know what you're thinking, and no! I'm not about to give you an ancient remedy for foot calluses. My grandmother is not that old!

This recipe for self love was lost to me until earlier this summer. I visited South Florida for a wedding and my Grandmother visited from Illinois. We happened to be sitting in the living room, talking and laughing when she noticed the heels of my feet were dry. She deviated from our conversation and told me bluntly, "Honey, you should take care of your feet." She stood from her position and walked to her luggage bag, which leaned against an armed chair in the same room. She handed me a purple pumice bar and I thought, I've seen this before, it's the same pumice bar used in salons. You know, the one they use to tickle the soles of your feet. She handed me the bar. "You can use this to remove the dead skin". 

I began to refuse the gift, knowing I didn't have time to soak and scrub my feet, but before I could finish a sentence she schooled me. "Leave the bar in your bathroom and just scrub your feet for a few seconds when you shower". 

Huh. "Ok". I admitted, I hadn't thought of that. I accepted the bar and laughed at myself, because I suddenly felt the urge to take another shower just to see if this miracle bar would actually heal my cracked heels. And if it did, why hadn't I thought of it before? After getting over feeling a bit silly about only learning how to tend to my cracked feet at the age of 34, I unwrapped the bar and stored it in my travel bag. 

Cracked dry dehydrated feet

So I used the bar. I scrubbed the heel of each foot, and mid process decided to also tend to the calluses on my toes and under my feet. Efforts from the first day didn't leave any visible results, but after a few days I began to notice the change. Dry skin no longer fractured my heels and I walked in closed toe shoes painlessly. 

I was always shameless about my feet, but now I'm also comfortable with my feet. Comfortable prancing in boots, sneakers, sandals, pumps, or on barefeet. My grandmother taught me how to love myself a little bit more, and now I'm sharing this recipe of self love with you.

 

 RECIPE FOR SELF LOVE

RENEW YOUR FEET

 

Prep Time: 5 mins Total Time: 10 mins

 

Easy, step by step process toward renewing your feet. Feel comfortable with your heels and toes, wear shoes without feeling the sting of calluses and display your feet with pride. 

Materials
  • Pumi Bar or Extra Coarse Pumi Bar
  • Hot Water
Instructions
  • Store the scrub in a dry location in the bathroom. Preferably where it is visible and easily accessible. 
  • Follow your normal shower/bathing routine. 
  • Toward the end of your shower (after your feet are warm and soft), scrub the affected area(s) of each foot for 10-15 seconds. 
  • Do not over scrub. 
  • Repeat daily.