I will warn you now that this isn’t a blog post dedicated to beautifully curated product photos and luxury recommendations. But, I do promise to tell you everything you need to know about getting the pesky hard skin off the bottom of your feet. If you are still with me (and haven’t vom vommed into your cup of tea) we shall proceed…
I first tried Footner Exfoliating Socks many years ago when I worked for a magazine in Bristol. I was sold on the idea that my trotters would be transformed from drab to fab with very little effort. I’ve re-purchased them a few times since, and the most recent time I thought to myself, as gross as this is, I really need to blog about it (and show you the results!). So here is exactly what to expect.
The first thing to note here is that the socks themselves aren’t exactly cheap. Usually retailing around £19.99, I would definitely recommend keeping en eye out for a discount if you are in the market for these. Sometimes I’ve picked them up in Boots and Superdrug with a third off. However, that being said, once you see the long-lasting results, you will probably see them as worth it.
Warning this post contains (kinda gross) foot pictures
The socks themselves are essentially plastic bags filled with a clear liquid. You cut the tops off and pop your feet in, securing them onto your feet with a small tab which is attached (but you could always add extra cello tape for peace of mind). The reason you want to ensure they are nice and secure is the fact you have to leave them on for 60 whole minutes. And although I dedicated some evening pamper time to do this beauty admin, I still found myself wanting to get up for a cup of tea etc, so I had to shuffle around the flat with these unsightly bags strapped to my feet (much to Arthur’s hilarity).
After the time is up, you simply remove your feet from the bags (being careful not to now spill the liquid everywhere), and wash off your feet. This bit is quite important as you do not want to leave the chemical on for more than one hour.
Warning: Stop scrolling now if you don’t like feet pics!
Now, I’ll be honest with you. This bit is the thoroughly disappointing part as your feet will look NO different. And this dissatisfaction will continue for a few days, then when you least expect it the magic will happen. Trust me. And by magic, I mean the endless shedding of your manky foot skin…. tada!
Here’s my super-gross-but-kinda-satisfying peeling foot…
The process is DISGUSTING (and a little bit fascinating). The only thing I can compare it to is horrific sunburn when you shed like a snake. Fully expect to take off your socks each day and find shavings of your former feet inside (yes I warned you it was gross). This shedding will continue for what seems like an eternity, so please, whatever you do, don’t make plans for a yoga class for the next week. I’d say the process starts around 4 days after you’ve applied the socks and it lasts for around 1.5-2 weeks after.
Once you’ve tolerated the horrific process of flaking skin falling off EVERYWHERE, you will be utterly amazed by your baby-soft feet. Honestly, I smoothed the bottom of my feet thinking that I actually couldn’t remember the last time by skin felt that smooth.
It’s been over a month now since I used the socks and my feet still feel pretty smooth, and I think it would be much easier to stay on top of the usual pumice stone/foot file upkeep now, when my feet are not too bad.
These exfoliating socks feel like you’ve had a team of beauticians working on your pedicure – I cannot stress enough how amazing the results are. I will definitely be using Footner socks as part of my pre-holiday preparations to ensure I have silky-smooth footsies for the beach.