How To Ditch The Sandals This Summer

There are many alternatives to sandals for summer footwear.

It happens every year, doesn’t it? You were just saying how you couldn’t bust out your big puffy jacket ONE MORE TIME and then you looked up, and it was June. “Summer’s just getting started” you thought, and then you looked up again, and it was July!  Time isn’t working properly! A problem to address for another day, perhaps, but more immediately you need to address something that hits closer to home—the little something happening south of your kneecaps. There…you see them? Dry, flaky, and in need of some T.L.C., stat. What the heck are you going to do with your feet?

You could do nothing, of course—your feet, your decision. If you want to polish them up, we’ve got a solution for that. Even if you prefer to cover your toes, a good pedicure is important. And even if your feet are in tip-top shape, there will come a time this season where you’ll want to cover up anyway. Maybe it’s raining. Maybe you’re at an outdoor concert and you need to protect your feet from errant stomps. Or maybe you just don’t like sandals. Whatever the reason, here are some examples of summer footwear to cover your toes during the summer heat.

If You’re Into The Sporty Look

Combine two trends into one, with a pair of Tevas and tie dye socks. These platform Tevas feel a little more elevated (sorry) than the traditional Tevas we all know and love. Or swing for a pair of sneakers. Brother Vellies makes a breezy linen option for an even more casual bent on athleisure.


If Mules And Slingbacks Are More Your Style

Say you just want to cover up your toes, but you still want a cool breeze to hit the back of your ankles. Mules and slingbacks are just the answer. Or, if you’re more concerned about jazzing up the look (or concealing your cracked heels), throw on some socks in a vibrant color. That way, when people point to your feet, asking why the heck you’re wearing socks in July, you can confidently quip that it’s “fashion,” instead of “function.”



If You Don’t Know What Your Vibe Is

When in doubt, queue up a pair of huaraches. Part sandal, part slipper, they’re the best of both worlds in footwear. And you can carry them into fall—they’re essentially a three-season item. Not bad for a woven approach to shoes.

Happy summer!

Sandal season is coming!

Sandal season is coming! Here’s how to get your feet ready for freedom

Spring is just around the corner and open-toe shoes are calling, my friends. At long last, winter is fading, which means it’s high time to ready your feet for sandal season, and all of the cute strappy footwear you’ll undoubtedly be rocking soon. Need a few pointers? Say no more — we’ve got five tips for getting your tootsies gorgeous.

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

This may look like three tips, but rather it’s one really important pointer. Make this your pre-summer mantra: “Exfoliation is my friend.” You know that thick layer of seemingly powdery skin on your heels? I mean, you know, hypothetically of course. Well, hypothetically, that’s a whole lotta dead skin cells just waiting to be sloughed off so you can unveil the smooth steppers hidden dormant beneath.

Luckily, exfoliation doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. Mix some kosher salt and oil in a bowl for a great DIY scrub. Or, if you simply have to get your feet to the beach, take a long walk along the shore — sand is a fantastic natural exfoliator. If your feet are in need of more, ahem, intensive attention, you’ll likely want to look into purchasing a mechanical exfoliating tool or a chemical foot peel utilizing fruit acids.

2. Consider a nice, soothing soak

If you’re anything like me, you long ago invested in a brilliant — albeit probably overpriced — heated foot bath with which to pamper your tired toes. If not, just grab a large bowl or basting pan and fill it up with warm water and essential oils. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try the viral 1 cup of Listerine, 1 cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water soak courtesy of ol’ Pinterest. A less alternative option would be the solid stand-by of warm water and Epsom salt, though. Either way, incorporating soaks into your foot-care routine — either before exfoliating to soften skin or afterwards to rinse off the slough — will ensure your bare feet stay beautiful year round.

3. Make moisturizing a priority

All that time spent exfoliating and soaking will be for naught if you forget to seal in all the moisture. And really, who has time to waste like that? Especially when beach season is right around the corner. Your best bet for super-soft, sandal-sportin’ feet is using a thick emollient cream on a daily basis. In fact, one of the most popular tricks of the trade is slapping said foot balm on at night, slipping on a pair of heavy socks and sleeping your way to pretty tootsies.

If you favor more organic foot moisturizing methods, coconut oil works wonders for achieving that baby-soft feel. Just slather it on your feet after bathing. Bonus: You’ll smell like a tropical paradise, too.

4. Pay attention to detail

Once you’ve established a regular routine of exfoliating, soaking and moisturizing, you may be tempted to call it a day and slip your feet into your sandals already. Sure, you’ll be just fine if you do — it’s not as though the pedi police are going to alight on you and cart you off to the clink for having ragged cuticles. However, your feet will look better, feel better and hold pedicure polish longer if you stop by TSPA for a pedicure. This is also a good time to be on the lookout for any lingering callouses that could use a little extra TLC, and to shape your nails in preparation for some punchy color.

5. Polish ’em up

No pedicure is complete without a little toe dazzle. It’s a law of nature — feet just look better in open-toed shoes when said toes are coated with a plucky polish. Bright pinks, corals, reds and oranges are classic summer hue choices, but don’t be afraid to pull inspiration from your outfit or from your surroundings. A blue as deep as the Adriatic Sea? Yes, please! Don’t skip a base coat, lest you dig that whole yellow toenail look once you remove the polish, and add a top coat to prevent chipping. Look for a high-quality polish with a decent brush for easy application and enduring results. When you have a pedicure at TSPA, we send the polish home with you, at no additional charge!

Lastly, have fun! Your feet will thank you later.