How to prepare for sandal season
When the sunshine finally appears our seasonal wardrobe is never quite complete without a new pair of sandals to slip into. While open-toe shoes are a blessing when the weather gets warmer; allowing our feet to breathe and accessorising our favourite summer dress just nicely, months of neglect mean those feet are ready for some well needed TLC.
It’s more than likely your feet are rough, dry, and callused after hibernating under tights, socks, and boots during the colder seasons. Here at Rieker, we’re on hand to take you through a few simple tips and techniques that’ll have your feet smooth, hydrated, and polished in no time. We put foot care at the forefront of our designs, it’s time for you to do the same with your feet.
How to get rid of dry skin on feet
- Pumice Stone
A pumice stone is a natural lava stone that helps you remove dead skin and calluses from your feet. You can buy them from Pharmacies, Health and Beauty stores, and most supermarkets.
- Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes to soften your skin in preparation.
- Dip the pumice stone in warm water.
- Delicately move the stone in a sideways or circular motion around your feet to remove any dead skin. It’s important to work on the whole foot, not just the dry patches, as this will promote healthy cell turnover.
- Apply a foot balm, lotion, or oil to moisturise your feet. We love peppermint and tea tree scented ones as they keep your feet smelling fresh.
- Foot scrub
Foot scrubs are essential for removing dead skin from your feet, in particular ones with granules. You can find these in most Pharmacies and Health and Beauty stores. If you fancy a bit of DIY or can’t access a store, you can create your own foot scrub by diluting two tablespoons of sea salt into equal amounts of baby oil and lemon juice.
- Apply the scrub directly to your foot and rub gently with your palm.
- Take a foot scrub brush or sponge and scrub gently to remove dead skin.
- Rinse your feet thoroughly with warm water until clean.
- Oatmeal scrub
You can make your own at home exfoliator using oatmeal to remove dead skin. This technique should be applied every other day for the best results.
- Mix equal parts oatmeal with milk or rose water to create a paste consistency.
- Apply the scrub to your feet and leave to set for up to 20 to 30 minutes.
- Take a foot brush and rub against your feet to exfoliate.
- Rinse with cold water and let your feet dry.
- Apply foot cream.
- Epsom salt soak
Soaking your feet in Epsom salt dissolved in water is a great way to smooth and exfoliate dry, cracked feet.
- Pour half a cup of Epsom salt (available in drug and health and beauty stores) into a footbath, or a full cup into a bathtub.
- Soak and relax for up to 20 minutes.
- Use a pumice stone or foot brush once you remove your feet from the soak.
- Dry and apply foot cream.
- Vinegar soak
Vinegar soaks work well for pre-exfoliation as it softens the skin, allowing you to remove dry, dead or cracked skin. Only apply this treatment a few times a week as it can be further drying for your feet.
To create your vinegar soak at home you can use any type of vinegar, however we find that apple cider vinegar or white vinegar work best.
- Take 1 part vinegar and 2 parts cool water. Hot water may dry out the skin more.
- Soak your feet for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Follow the soak using a pumice stone and following the guidelines above.
- Apply foot cream or coconut oil.
- Put on socks to seal in moisture after the vinegar soak.
- Foot peels
Foot peels are available in most health and beauty stores to remove dead skin and smooth your feet. These foot peels consist of plastic ‘socks or boots’ that you place on your feet for up to one hour. They have a gel solution of fruit acid that helps dead skin ‘shed’ from your feet.
- Wet your feet and secure the plastic socks to your feet following the package instructions.
- Leave the socks on for up to 1 hour.
- Remove the socks and wash your feet gently with soap and water.
- Wet your feet daily for the peeling to occur over the next 3 to 7 days.
How to prevent dry skin on the feet
- Moisturise your feet regularly.
- Avoid lotions that contain alcohol as these may dry your feet out more.
- Soak your feet a few times a week and use a pumice stone to gently exfoliate dead skin off.
- Avoid hot showers and rinse in warm water to prevent skin from drying.
Dead skin is usually nothing to worry about as it can often be resolved and removed at home. However, it’s important to see a doctor or podiatrist if you have an excessive amount of dead skin, calluses, cracked skin, or rashes that don’t go away on their own or with home remedies.
What is a pedicure?
Originating from the Latin words ‘pedis’, meaning ‘of the foot’, and ‘cura’ meaning ‘care’, a pedicure is a cosmetic treatment of the feet. A pedicure is a comprehensive treatment for both men and women, it generally consists of cutting, trimming, and shaping your toenails, removing excess cuticles, exfoliating, hydrating, and massaging feet. A pedicure can be finished with a smooth brush of nail colour, but it’s not essential.
A pedicure can be done for cosmetic, therapeutic, or medical reasons. Your feet endure a lot of pressure, whether that’s from ill-fitting shoes, walking daily commutes, or daily exercise such as jogging and running. A pedicure is the best way to pamper your feet, you can get them done professionally but equally are just as easy to complete at home. Pedicures get your circulation moving as well as removing unwanted cracked or dry skin.
Keeping on top of the tidiness and cleanliness of your feet is essential for your foot health as it can prevent nail disorders such as ingrown nails as well reducing the chances of hardened skin or athlete’s foot.
How to do a pedicure at home
- Trim your nails using nail clippers to cut length off your toenails.
- Shape your nails using a nail file. File straight across to prevent ingrown nail growth.
- Cuticles are the dry skin surrounding the nail plate. Use a cuticle remover cream to soften the cuticles and remove any excess with a cuticle remover tool.
- Use a deep exfoliation scrub to remove and excess skin. Follow the steps above.
- Hydrate your feet by soaking them in a bowl of warm water.
- Dry your feet thoroughly.
- Massage your feet and lower legs with foot lotion. Not only will this relaxing step leave your skin hydrated it will boost the circulation in your lower leg.
- Buff your toenails for a healthy and shiny look. This also prepares the nail surface for a consistent and smooth nail polish coating.
- Apply a clear base nail polish to your toenails so the polish colour sticks better. This also creates a barrier to protect your nails from damaging, staining, peeling, and brittleness.
- Apply two coats of your desired nail polish. One coat will not supply you with a salon-quality finish, too many coats will result in a clumpy texture. Adding colour to your pedicure provides you with the opportunity to experiment, get creative, and show off your personality.
- Apply a clear topcoat; this will seal and provide a glossy appearance.
How to stop toe post sandals hurting
After months of comfortable boots, slipping into our summer sandals can take a bit of adjustment time, in particular, if they are toe post sandals. While flip flops are a holiday staple their lack of structure can cause heel or arch pain, as well as unwanted blisters between the toes. If you can relate, but love the look here are a few tips for combating toe post sandal pain:
- Avoid getting your flip flops wet or walking long distances as this is more likely to develop irritation.
- Opt for a fabric flip flop rather than plastic ones.
- Invest in some silicone toe post protectors which are available in most pharmacies, as they protect you from some of the friction.
- If you do develop a blister have a break from your flip flops. Wash the blister and then apply antiseptic. Exposing your blister makes you more likely to pick up an infection.
Alternatively, choosing a more structured sandal, or one that doesn’t have a toe post. Here a Rieker, we have a whole host of open toe ladies sandals and walking sandals in a variety of stylish designs. Our super comfy sandals contour the feet and hug your arches like a natural footprint, ensuring you can explore and endure endless hours of walking, pain free! A thermoplastic elastomer sole means they are flexible and fatigue resistant, so you don’t need to worry about any tears or abrasions.
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How to stop sandals rubbing
Choosing the right pair of sandals is important, but even the right pair can feel a little uncomfortable at first, especially if your feet have been used to trainers or boots. Breaking in your sandals won’t take long at all, but there are a few things you can do to ease the process:
- Wear your sandals for short intervals at first, until they are broken in.
- Wear a thick pair of socks under your sandals and walk around your house.
- If you’ve got leather sandals, rub a tiny amount of soap (saddle soap works well) with a damp cloth on the areas that rub against your feet. This will reduce friction.
- Apply moleskin or band-aid to places that are hurting or rubbing. Moleskins are thick but are sure to purchase one with an adhesive.
- Heel grips can be added to the back of sandals to prevent slipping. They are available in suede, sponge, and rubber.
One of the best ways to prevent sandals from rubbing is by choosing the right sandal for the right activity. Choosing or wearing the wrong sandal can make the wearing experience very uncomfortable.
A walking sandal should have rugged outsoles, stiff midsoles, and tough toe boxes. The straps of hiking or walking sandal should tightly cover the feet. Getting out and exploring the great outdoors is an important mood, health, and fitness booster. Here at Rieker, we love outdoor activities and only create shoes that enhance the experience, which is why our range of ladies’ walking sandals offer comfort, stability, and support to make sure you can enjoy the outside for hours on end.
A fashion sandal shouldn’t be worn for extended periods of exercise. Sandals are the go-to shoe for holidays abroad and warm nights out when you want something comfortable but fashionable to match your outfit. Rieker ladies’ sandals give you amazing style and support. We have a mixture of women’s heeled sandals and flat sandals which include a range of heel sizes, patterns, materials, and details to choose from.
A wedge sandal is the ultimate stylish summer shoe that also works perfectly as a dressy day or evening option throughout the year. Our Rieker women’s wedges are available in a range of fashionable styles and colours, so you can match them with any outfit in your wardrobe. Comfortable and reliable, these ladies’ wedge sandals are a must-have accessory for fashion-conscious women.
How to stop sandals smelling
An odor remover spray
An odor remover spray is a quick and easy way to remove natural sweat smells. Spraying straight after wear is the most efficient time to do this.
Alternate your shoes
We all have a favourite pair of sandals we could happily wear every day, but wearing the same pair of shoes for two days in a row does not give your shoes enough time to completely dry out from the previous day’s wear. So simply rotate your collection and give your shoes time to breathe.
Apply foot powder
Sometimes, prevention is key. Applying a foot powder to the soles of your feet can reduce foot sweat, therefore reducing the smell.
Place your shoes in the freezer
This may seem a strange one, but we guarantee it works! Place your shoes into a large resealable bag and place overnight in the freezer. The minus temperatures remove the bacteria, leaving you with a scent-free pair the next day.
Charcoal insoles help your shoes breathe while eliminating odors. Charcoal deodorant foot cream also helps eliminate odors, while leaving your feet super soft and smooth.
Are you sandal season ready?
After following these tips we’re sure that your smooth, freshly polished feet are well and truly sandal season ready – now you just need the perfect pair of sandals to finish off your look!
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or fanatic about fashion, you’ll find a variety of sandal styles to choose from. Here at Rieker, we effortlessly fuse comfort and style to bring you the most wearable sandals to keep you cool season after season. You’ll find an extensive selection of ladies’ sandals, from walking sandals to wedge sandals, we’ve got every eventuality covered.