Sandal-wearing weather may be a long, long way away yet, but that’s no excuse to let your feet fester. In winter, feet can be the last thing on our beauty to-do list (between biker boots and slipper socks no-one sees them anyway), and the neglect shows: from cracked heels to ingrown toenails via the remnants of a hurried NYE polish job. Get your tootsies back to their former glory with a pampering pedicure. Read on to see six of the best...
1. Cheeky Toe Shine Pedicure
New kid on the East London beauty block Cheeky had us raving about their cheap and chic manicures, and they’ve just extended the fun to feet. For just £8 you can treat your toenails to a lick of paint, but we’re opting for the full Toe Shine pedicure: feet are filed, shaped, de-cuticled, buffed, exfoliated, moisturised and varnished for the less-than-lavish sum of £20. And you get a pot of polish to take home too. The Toe Shine pedicure costs £20 for 45 minutes.
2. MW Nails Two Weeks to Tahiti Pedicure
Join the File High club with a trip to MW nails, which features an interior furnished with salvaged Boeing 747 upholstery and beauticians decked out in full air hostess attire. Take a pew in a First Class aeroplane seat for the Two Weeks to Tahiti gel pedicure, £44 for 45 minutes. A member of the crew will buff your nails and groom cuticles, before applying your choice of Shellac or Artistic gloss gel and finishing off with a relaxing foot massage. Disembark safe in the knowledge that your twinkly toes will stay chip-free for 14 days, even if your final destination is somewhat closer to home than Tahiti (if only).
3. Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure
For soles in desperate need of salvation, only a medical grade pedicure will suffice. Enter Margaret Dabbs and her crack team of professional podiatrists, who clip, buff and file their way to feet as good as new. With a focus on overall foot health and a menu which includes reflexology and feet detox, a visit to Margaret’s Sole Spa at Liberty is less about relaxation (though the treatments are luxurious) and more about a thorough sole overhaul. Your feet will thank you for it come Spring. From £80 for 45 minutes.
4. Urban Retreat Custom Pedicure
Treat winter battered feet to a trip to the decadent Nail Loft at Harrods’s Urban Retreat spa, where they’ll be soaked in a relaxing foot spa while a beauty technician consults you about your foot-fixing needs. After an hour of shaping, filing, exfoliation and massage, you’ll be wishing for warmer weather just to show off your newly soothed and smoothed paws. The Custom Pedicure costs £57.
5. May Fair Spa Himalayan Pedicure
For the ultimate in top-to-toe pampering with the emphasis on toes, look no further than the Himalayan pedicure, £95 for 75 minutes, at the swanky May Fair Spa. While your feet are wrapped in hot towels and soaked in a blend of natural Himalayan mineral crystals, you’ll be treated to a soothing head massage. As you relax on a couch, therapists perform a crystal journey trail around your body, ending at your feet with cuticle work, a reflex foot massage and a slathering of hydrating balm. We defy you not to feel like you’re walking on air after that lot.
6. Hand and Foot Spa Hot Stone Pedicure
London based Hand and Foot Spas focus on hand and feet health as well as appearance. The indulgent Hot Stone Pedicure uses sea salt and oil exfoliation along with gentle filing to buff away dry skin, before therapists place soothing heated stones between your toes and perform a tension-relieving foot massage. Ideal for runners, high-heel addicts or after a long day’s shopping, the treatment soothes and revives aching feet, and can be customised by taking advantage of the spa’s menu of add-ons which target specific problems like gnarly nails or calluses. From £62 for 60 minutes (available from October to March).
By Sarah Royce-Greensill