I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but New York really effed my feet up. I mean, I think I remember way back when I thought my feet were actually not so bad. But yeah. Not the case anymore. The worst is trying to smooth out cracked heels or hardened areas. No pedi-scrub or foot buffer proved to be effective enough. I swear, I always thought in my head that there needs to be some sort of automated file made for feet. And now, I can pretty much say I was robbed of millions because Emjoi freakin beat me to it!
The brand, probably better known for its hair epilators, is now coming out with its Micro-Pedi this September. They sent me one to test out myself (I really hope they didn’t hear how badly I needed something like this — that would just be embarrassing). When they told me I was one of the first they were going to send the battery-operated foot buffer, I was elated. Mostly because I knew my NY-ridden feet would be the real test for how well it works.
First things first, it’s so easy to use: Pick the magenta roller for coarse or blue for extra coarse (I went with the blue), pop it in, and turn it on. It safely starts buffing away, and without any harsh metals to speak of. And can I just say, it does one thorough job. I was really impressed! I’m actually not even sure if I really need to go to the salon in search for the same smoothness. I used it around my heel, ankles, and balls of my feet and it left it so soft. I felt like I was granted my old pair of soft soles again. Amazing.
If I didn’t live in the city where I walk everywhere, I wouldn’t necessarily consider wearing high heels that bad of an addiction. But I do, and my feet seem to agree that it is.
HI Heels. Nail Polish: Essie Tart Deco
Shoes: Steve Madden
I’m in heels most of the time at least, from work to events to dinner, up and down subway stairs. It’s not very New York-ery of me to not side with flats, I know. And I’m really not trying to purposely ruin my feet. I’m just a little lazy when it comes to changing my shoes in the middle of the day. I do sometimes throw in a pair of more feet-friendly shoes in my bag, but with all the stuff I keep on me — my camera, iPod, phone, small notebooks, chargers, etc. — it doesn’t leave too much room. And when I’m holding a clutch, carrying an extra pair of shoes is just out of the question. Until I discovered these:
Kushyfoot Flats-To-Go in snake print
I might be late to the party, but I wish I knew about Kushyfoot’s Flats-To-Go five years ago. They are simple ballet flats that are so thin you can fold them up and carry them around easily. They have a wavy rubber sole too that cushions the feet and they fit in my smallest purse. It’s good for a short-term solution though, don’t plan on walking around in it all day because they are REALLY thin and not the most shock absorbent. And of course be extra careful if you’re walking around pebbly areas. I’ll just slip into them on the way back home if I need to, and then just throw them away when I feel like I wore them out. I kind of have a lot of them though…
Kushyfoot flats in black and perforated white.
Folded up flats
I just had to get this in there while flip-flop wearing season is still around for a little while longer!
SO, I’m going to preemptively let you know that this may gross you out, but ANYWAY. I used to live a lovely 10 blocks away from work so on my way home one day, the strap of my flip flip completely broke off. It was miserable. I couldn’t maneuver the strap any which way to make it stay on, and I tried limping my way on until I decided that this is not happening. I tried to grip the strap between my big toe and smaller toe…didn’t work. I couldn’t take even one more step, and had no cash for cabs (this was pre-credit card machines in cab days) so I decided to pivot my way to the Duane Reade a block away.