Footner Exfoliating Socks Review – laziest pedicure EVER

It’s not often that I would dedicate a blog post to a week in the life of my feet – but they have had a fairly exciting time recently as I decided to try a pair of exfoliating socks. That’s right – socks that pedicure your feet. How genius is that? The experience went something like this….. (warning, there may be ucky foot pictures ahead!)

Last Saturday:  Pop my feet into the socks. They’re made of plastic so it’s kind of like sitting wearing a carrier bag full of nasty smelling gloopy gel. Said gloopy gel includes a mix of milk enzymes and hydroxy acids that break down the bonds that stick dead skin cells to your feet. You wear them for an hour, rinse things off,  then over the next two weeks you start to flake off the old dead skin and reveal new baby soft feet.

Not a great photo I admit, but you try and get your leg at the right angle!

Not a great photo I admit, but you try and get your leg at the right angle!

Wednesday. I went to London wearing plimsols and tights – it was a bit warm for that. I then got home, went to rinse my feet off and realised bits of skin were peeling from the soles. My brain of course has erased all memory of the sock wearing hour. A brief scream and quick brain scan of the symptoms of athlete’s foot/leprosy, I then remembered. Peeling had begun.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Attempt not to pick at peeling feet – fail miserably. Resort to setting a ‘you are only allowed to pick for two minutes – and you mustn’t pull anything that doesn’t flake off easily’ rule. Discuss peeling feet with other journalists on twitter – seriously, if there’s a meeting of beauty journos in the next few days, there will be a lot of closed heel shoes.

With apologies to squeamish folk!

With apologies to squeamish folk!

Sunday – peeling is nearly complete other than a tiny bit of really hard skin at the base of my heels which should fall off in a day or two according to the instructions. I am virtually sandal ready! Easiest. Pedicure. Ever.

The Downside……

I have however found a list of things that you can’t do while peeling is in process….

Wear any kind of sandal, unless you want people to think you have leprosy

Go swimming or to a spa – see above

Go shoe shopping – seriously, they will throw you back out into the High Street before you can say ‘it’s cosmetic honest’

Diet – you spend a lot of willpower trying not to peel off the skin. This uses up any you may have required to cut calories.

Stay at a friend’s house or visit people who make you remove your shoes – you will leave traces of yourself on their carpet!

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Despite that, I loved them. They probably aren’t right for you if you normally keep your feet sandal ready (just in case you need to don a slingback or jet off to Bali or something) as there won’t be enough of a build up to warrant the acid attack – but, if like most people you develop a hoof-like heel build up over the winter and only confront the horror when there’s a chance that you might actually have to reveal your feet  it’ll save you endless initial scrubbing (which can make things quite sore after all). You can then use products like the Ped Egg, or my personal fave the MicroPedi to keep things under control afterwards.

I likeee. If you want to see if you do too, you’ll find them out at boots.com – and at amazon Footner

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16 Comments

  1. Miz

    Im embarrassed for me how I WANT THESE NOW 🙂

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  2. Jonelle Patrick

    Ooo, badly badly want to try, but I’m not going to be in Europe anytime soon, so I googled and discovered there’s a similar product in Japan called Babyfoot. (Is it just me, or does that name strike you as slightly creepy?) Anyway, will try, and report back!

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    1. healthehelen

      Excellent. We need pictures. I also need you to translate some bath salts packaging for me. I’m not sure if it’s going to make me cold or turn meinto a penguin.

      Reply
  3. Rose horan

    Can you buy them on line

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    1. healthehelen

      Boots.com sell them online in the UK.

      Reply
  4. Bridget

    Helen I see you are a runner – did you feel ok running while your feet were peeling?

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    1. healthehelen

      Yes, it’s not at all uncomfortable. Although the sweat does make it flake more. Admittedly I wasn’t going very far at that point. Not sure I’d want to do an hour+ mainly as your socks would never recover!

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      1. Bridget

        Thanks Helen – I’ve bought the footners but might save using them until the depths of winter!

  5. Mooks

    I’m on day 6 at the moment and my feet are not a pretty sight! Amazing though, didn’t think ANYTHING would remove my horrid heel skin!

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  6. Clara

    hey! i tried the pedegg and it was rubbish – just tried the footner stuff, better work as it’s not cheap! thanks for the review

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    1. healthehelen

      I hope they do – they did on me. Let me know – remember it takes a couple of weeks.

      Reply
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  8. Claire

    Hello Helen. Can the socks be used over and over again, or just the once?

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    1. healthehelen

      Just the once.

      Reply
  9. Sharon Jackson

    Hi, these sound great, do you get a new pair for every day, or do you use the same pair xx

    Reply
    1. NotYourNormalHealthBlog (Post author)

      You use each pair once then throw them away – but you only need one pair every few months.

      Reply

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