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NOW CLOSED: Toes out? Sandals on? How do you prepare? Share tips and experiences with Clarks and you could win one of ten pairs of their gorgeous summer sandals!

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 14-May-13 14:52:13


We've been asked by the team at Clarks to get you talking about the (sometimes) dreaded first time you get your sandals on for spring/ summer....if it's not here yet - it is coming!

Share your thoughts on this thread and you'll be entered into a prize draw where ten lucky winners will get a free pair of shoes.

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all? grin

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?

And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?


Clarks have a bigger promotion running at the moment and there are chances to win some lovely prizes by checking out their comps on instagram and Facebook. On Instagram they want you to tweet a picture of your sandals with the hashtag #FreeYourFeet and you could win £500 worth of Mr & Mrs Smith vouchers and £150 worth of Clarks shoes, whilst on FB you could win one of five pairs of shoes simply by answering their sandal survey. Check out the links for full details and T&Cs.

In the meantime please do share your experiences on this thread.

Thanks and good luck.


HamletsSister Tue 14-May-13 14:55:23

I just put my sandals on when the weather is nice enough. At past 40 I don't think anyone is actually looking at my ragged toenails and dry skin but I do have a good look at the legs for stray hairs. I like a bit of a heel, even though I am tall as I find very flat shoes really uncomfortable. I am happiest in in Fit Flops - still going strong after 6 years but also have a couple of dressier pairs. I hate shoes with just toes out - all or nothing for me!

Tee2072 Tue 14-May-13 14:59:46

Are you sure it's coming? I wore my sandals, Clarks, BTW, once last year...

I file my nails and remove dead skin. Can't be bothered with polish etc.

Of course, I'm heading to California for 2 weeks in July. I may get a pedi for that! grin

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 15:03:50

Nail polish, a good scrub.

Prior to that I try and use foot cream every day so my heels aren't too bad.

I love wearing sandals. I like my feet to be free smile

Favourite styles are pretty flat, strappy and with some inner support.

Oh, and wide fit is good if I can find some.

elQuintoConyo Tue 14-May-13 15:13:37

Home-done pedicure, splash of nail varnish - could be black, could be red, could be turquoise, can't be bothered with fashion.
5-year-old Camper sandals still going strong. I prefer low wedges, strappy, plenty of toe freedom - as soon as the sun comes out!

starfishmummy Tue 14-May-13 15:18:12

I like slip on mule type sandals and have already started wearing my favourite Clark s pair. At the moment all I can say about my feet is that they are clean! I have started on the dead skin removal routine (pumice stone and flexitol cream) and will probably get round to polishing my nails.
When we go on holiday I like walking barefoot on the beach which acts as a natural exfoliator.

HappyHippyChick Tue 14-May-13 15:27:31

I get my feet out as soon as possible and keep them out as long as possible! I usually wear a flat strappy sandal, the prettier the better! I am trying to get my feet in shape this year so have been using a foot file and flexitol. I haven't any varnish on at the mo, but I usually wear a dark red or dark purple but do use other colours depending on my mood/outfit!

CMOTDibbler Tue 14-May-13 15:36:12

Its far too cold atm for sandals! But as I don't have hard/dry skin on my feet, all I need is a slick of nail varnish and then I do rub some oil over the nails every day to make the cuticles look softer.

My favourite sandals are my FitFlops, but for dressier events I have some nice tan and black patent kitten heels from Next, and have just got some Clarks wedges to wear with 7/8th jeans or capris

justmuddlingalong Tue 14-May-13 15:41:41

I use Sudocrem on my heels throughout the year, it keeps the skin soft and smooth and ready for sandals at the slightest hint of a sunny day. I tend to wear flats during the day, but love to wear wedges in the evening so that my legs look longer and a bit leaner. (I'm only 5'2") I like to wear pale nail varnish but occassionally go mad and wear a pop of colour. My feet are ready...we just need some sun to show them off now!

TiredFeet Tue 14-May-13 15:48:38

My feet aren't too bad but I do find a slick of nail polish looks smarter with sandals, although I don't always bother. I like pretty flat styles that go with anything. I don't like heels in hot weather as I find my feet swell a bit. Love gold sandals with a sun tan!

I love wearing them if the sun is shining

parabelle Tue 14-May-13 15:49:07

I start in Feb, ped egg every day and expensive norwegian foot cream twice a day. They're looking lovely now. Am saving up for my Clarks sandals, liking the browny wedgy ones. Don't bother with nail polish, I suffer with hairy toes so it does look a bit like my feet are in drag.
Like others, just waiting for the sun!

CambridgeBlue Tue 14-May-13 15:56:41

I can't stand unkempt feet so I keep mine half decent even under my boots in the depths of winter. As soon as there's a chance of them being on show I do a home pedicure so they're ready if and when we get the odd sunny day <looks at grey sky outside and rolls eyes>.

My pedicure consists of a good old buff with the Soap and Glory foot file, a soak in warm water (and maybe a scrub) then drying, trimming nails, pushing back cuticles and applying moisturiser (and sometimes an overnight heel cream). I then do a clear base coat followed by coloured polish, sometimes just natural looking but often quite bright - I'm really into neon at the moment.

I haven't bought new sandals for a few years as we get so little chance to wear them so they don't really wear out! My current favourites are a pair of tan ankle tie flats, some neon trimmed wedges (actually I did get them last year but they were a sale bargain for £10 so don't count smile) and a pair of sparkly silver flip flops. I haven't seen what Clarks have got on offer but I usually get my winter boots that I'm still wearing there so I'm sure they'd have something I'd like.

EauRouge Tue 14-May-13 15:58:33

I can't really be arsed to prettify my feet that much- does anyone really look? I do have a go at some of the really tough skin if it's sore or cracked but I'm worried about scrubbing too much in case I knacker my feet- running is more important to me than having pretty feet. I'll chuck on some nail varnish but probably not in fashionable colours- I like colours that don't show up the chips that badly. And I wear Birkies, so there grin

Monty27 Tue 14-May-13 15:59:07

Must must have nice toenails and no dead skin.

My feet (incl of toes) come out once the temperature hovers just around the 18 - 20 degrees celcius mark. (so they were out last week, in fact grin) Definitely no special occasion needed, when the weather turns warm enough to wear short sleeved tops I also go into summer sandals!!

Every year I promise myself that I will look after my feet all year round, but every spring I end up having a mad panic where I spend an evening (usually after I have spent all day sweating in winterboots, I don't do inbetween, straight from winterboots to sandals for me) soaking, rasping, creaming and trimming. Then a quick lick of varnish on the nails and we are ready to go (eventually)

Being over 6ft tall, my favourite sandals are definitely flat ones. I currently live in Birkenstocks Gizeh in the summer and have three pairs of differently coloured ones to coordinate roughly with what I am wearing.

I do not like enclosed-toe sandals as they make my feet smell too much. I need air around my feet to keep things fresh grin

I love wearing my Birkenstocks in the summer, my feet like being free when it it warm. As soon as the weather turns autumnal though I am back in my warm, cosy Clarks winterboots.

I don't buy sandals (nor boots) for style, purely for comfort grin

cavewoman Tue 14-May-13 16:11:06

This is my first year doing anything to my feet and I've got a bit obsessed - my legs are awful so will stay hdden, my feet will be the only bits on show so I want nice 'Benetton' feet - all soft and lovely! Soap and Glory foot cream is working wonders, cuticles softened, trim nails + clear polish. I love them!

Spirael Tue 14-May-13 16:17:41

It's very rare that all the conditions are met for me to be able to wear sandals!

Firstly it has to actually be very warm, otherwise without my feet snuggly wrapped up in socks and shoes I get Raynaud's phenomenon and my toes go numb, turning white then blue.

Secondly, I have terrible trouble getting any sandals to fit in the first place! I've inherited the flaw of flat, narrow feet. They're so slim and shallow and I walk straight out of most shoes. With closed shoes I can mitigate this with innersoles, but that's not an option for sandals.

So if the stars happen to align right so I have fitting sandals and nice enough weather to wear then, the only thing I tend to do is make sure my feet are clean, not too hairy and my nails are trimmed!

Dolallytats Tue 14-May-13 16:25:04

I've been wearing my sandals for ages. I really hate enclosed feet and, apart from when it snowed, I've been wearing then since about February!! I wear them even when it's raining.

I do occasionally get the foot file out to get rid of dry skin (although because I wear them all the time and never wear shoes indoors, they really need it done more regularly!!) and I put foot cream on to try and make them softer. My beauty therapist daughter despairs of the fact that I don't put nail varnish on-she really hates bare toe nails in sandals!!

Now I am 30 weeks pregnant and can't reach my feet very well and also have one swollen elephant foot, so they are going to look extra unattractive in the Summer. My daughter has offered to do them, but I hate people touching my feet, I am really ticklish and fear I may accidentally kick out!!

cornypedicure Tue 14-May-13 16:56:03

I like to get a really good pedicure at this time of year (hence my name change) and then I'll sort them out myself for the rest of the summer.

I wouldn't wear open toe sandals pre-pedicure though.

cornypedicure Tue 14-May-13 16:58:10

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?

I love havianas because they are so comfy and don't rub, but also I like a small wedge in summer

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?


Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)

pedicure - wouldn't get them out without

Mumelie Tue 14-May-13 17:20:46

I tend to go straight from my winter boots into sandals! Nothing in between! So far the weather has not been good enough to make the swap.
I like a flat but strappy sandal. Or a small wedge for evenings out. I cant do heels as I have very high arches and you can see daylight underneath!
I do go for a pedicure to start me off at the beginning of the summer. I like a gel on my toe nails - it lasts for weeks and weeks so great value.

Allthingspretty Tue 14-May-13 17:37:05

Flexitol on my feet a couple of werleks before the time where. Summer is expected.

Dry skin filed away.

Toes cut before polish is applied.

I like a wedge that is comfy and stylish and makes it look like you have made an effort and that complements the outfit you are wearing.

Allthingspretty Tue 14-May-13 17:37:56

Oh and shoes taken to the cobblers etc before wearing again of needed

whattodoo Tue 14-May-13 17:41:35

I love wearing sandals. Particularly flats such as birkenstocks.
In fact, once I'm in the sandal wearing zone, I generally keep wearing them until November!
I try to get rid of hard/dry skin on heels, get a little bit of self tan on and have a nice pedi.
I only discovered wedge sandals last year and loved wearing them with skirts and dresses. Made me feel feminine for a change.

SunshinePanda Tue 14-May-13 18:42:46

Love wearing pretty sandals but hate cold feet! Start to get feet ready in Spring as I look longingly at my Summer clothes. Flexitol cream, foot file and body scrub are essential. I usually have my toenails painted all year round often in bold colours, which I would like to wear on my fingers but somehow never suit me.Would love some pretty flip flop style sandals that I could walk a mile or two in without rubbing etc.

VenusRising Tue 14-May-13 18:55:15

I wear sandals as soon as the temp goes above 15 degrees!

I have a year long routine of scrub every week and intense moisturise and then I trim my nails and oil cuticles.

When the sun shines, I apply a fab pop of coloured nail varnish, and I'm good to go.

I have never worn any shoes which were uncomfortable, and always buy leather shoes, so my feet are very soft, and toes all straight, no hard skin, and no bunions. I'm lucky to have two feet, and love all my sandals: flats, wedges, and strappy ones.

scarlet76 Tue 14-May-13 18:58:31

My feet are rather ruined by my long distance running. My feet have been called 'gnarled old trotters' on more than one occasion.
Therefore getting my feet sandal ready is a bit of an operation!!
I moisturise and use a foot file to ensure the soles of my feet and soft. Holiday strolls on a sandy beach also help.
I keep my toenails neat and painted. This summer I am all about neon pink polish.
As soon as it is warm enough, I like a peeptoe low wedge shoe. If it ever actually gets hot then I wear low wedge strappy sandals. This year I am tempted to give the block heel sandals I've seen a go.

Fairylea Tue 14-May-13 19:03:13

When I dare to bare my feet I soak them in a bowl filled with hot bubble bath and a drop of lavender oil. Makes them smell really fresh and feel lovely. smile

Then I use rimmel nail rescue on all the nails first and then a really bright summery coral or pink colour on the nails.

My favourite sandals are ones that are flat and hold my feet well so I can do loads of walking with ds enjoying the sunshine in the buggy... if we ever get any sun!!!

KristinaM Tue 14-May-13 19:40:14

I am also a runner but try to take care of my feet so no black toe nails here

I use the soap and glory foot file and felixitol cream, both recommended here on mumsnet. And always a bright polish, even though I wear a tasteful nude on my hands.

So I'm all set for summer , when it finally arrives here in Scotland

majjsu Tue 14-May-13 19:40:24

Exfoliate and moisturise feet, add a dash of fake tan so not glaringly white, followed by a bright colour on my nails. I love flats for casual and wedges for being more glam.

LittleBallOfFur Tue 14-May-13 20:16:07

It has to be pretty warm and dry for me to wear proper open/strappy sandals, I hate having cold feet. That said, when (if?) it warms up I live in mine (flat, normally erring towards gladiotor style but not full-on, if that makes sense. I want them to be secure and comfortable but not too boring).

Main things for me to get my feet 'sandal ready' are:

- smooth dry skin on my heels (i've started using a scholl foot file thing before showering and then lots of moisturiser after, and it's helping a lot)
- keep toenails short and paint them with a nice bright colour
- shave my hairy toes grin

My Sandals are the clarks kestral soar in tan bought them last year and never had them off, I've been getting my feet ready these last few weeks again, I've been using my foot file and flexitol heel balm, currently have bright pink toenails but change them on a weekly basis.

sharond101 Tue 14-May-13 21:09:41

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?

I rarely bare all and have not done this year yet, it's too cold.

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?
I like a strappy number with a heel but not always practical so usually opt for fit flops instead.

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?
I last wore mine at my Sister's wedding but if it's warm I will wear them all the time.

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)
Scrub and lather with lotion as soon as it looks like the sun might shine. Never lotion between the toes though.

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?
There is no sun!

And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?
They are not out all year but a good foot cream is vital.

CurlyKiwiControl Tue 14-May-13 21:19:32

Its warm enough now to get my feet out - currently pregnant so running hot!

I like my toenails to be the same colour polish as my finger nails, looks neater.

I don't think my feet are too bad, a bit moisturizer and regular trim and polish is enough.

I like sandals to be comfy, eg sole not too thin as my foot hurts, able to walk far, yet also drive in them.

Never worn Clarks shoes before, but I think they have a reputation for being comfy - and I think there are some quite stylish ones available nowadays from links on here I've noticed - at 25 I think most of my peers would be pleasantly suprised by this! Would love to win and see the reactions anyway smile

Oodsigma Tue 14-May-13 21:24:16

I alternate between DMs and fitflops and not a lot else. If its warm I'm in fitflops & cold/raining DMs. I need to make more effort with my feet. Dh used to do my nails but webgot put of the habit.

lupo Tue 14-May-13 21:28:47

I use moisturiser and foot scrub to prepare my feet for summer. For me, sandals are a sign that summer has finally begun. Love love Clarks wedge sandals in tan or brown, go with everything dressed up or down.

MyFunDay Tue 14-May-13 21:32:39

I lived in hot countries for a few years and loved wearing sandals all the time. When I came back to Britain, my feet felt so confined in having to wear shoes for the most of the year.

Before I get my toes out for the first time in my sandals, I get a professional pedi for an extra boost of confidence and an excuse for a pamper session. I do DIY pedi for the rest of summer.

I have a favourite pair of Simple sandals that I bought about twelve years ago. They come out every year and they are admired by all, younger and older women. Despite being so old (the shoes, not me!) and being abused (walking in streams, getting stuck in a muddy field etc), they still look good and are comfortable to boot (see what I did there?).

domesticslattern Tue 14-May-13 21:38:32

oooh the possibility of winning some new shoes!

No-one in their right minds has got their feet out for summer today. But, when it comes, I'll be wearing something flat and comfy which I can run for the bus in. Birkies probably but not averse to something from Clarks. I was once evacuated from a 28 story tower block and believe me, the only kinds of shoes or sandals I wear now are comfortable ones. I'll get a proper pedi at the start of the season or before holidays- red, always red- and try to keep it going myself at home.

VerySmallSqueak Tue 14-May-13 21:46:43

Sandals come out the minute it is warm enough.I've been wearing them a few weeks.
I don't do anything special footcare-wise - just the usual toenail cutting and hacking off the dry skin with a cleaver. I also walk around at home bare foot to get my soles accustomed to the sudden exposure.
I wear mainly footbed sandals or walking sandals because I am on my feet all day,either working or walking.I believe that there are plenty of nice looking but practical sandals.

fie181 Tue 14-May-13 21:56:43

Epiderm skin cream. Like lard but with some socks overnight feet are lovely and soft. Always always always have polish on. Any colour and make but currently Chanel in pinky cerise is petered choice for my 3 year old and I. Currently sporting a pair of flat Clark sandals (brown flat comfy with a couple of jewels on) need a wedge to up date and upgrade.

jackstini Tue 14-May-13 22:04:11

A good foot filing then gel polish on - lasts for weeks meaning I don't need to worry even if we only get 10 nice days in a couple of months - my toes are always ready!

Had sandals on a couple of times this year and then ended up back in boots for a few days

I like a low wedge - flat are not comfortable at all for me

CabbageLeaves Tue 14-May-13 22:05:40

I nearly always where footwear I can walk in and in winter that means boots so my feet are kept in good nick. Summer is when I develop rough skin.

I paint my nails then don sandals.... That's about it really.

I've never in my life worn stiletto sandals. Mid heel at most. I'm currently looking for walking sandals

I feel I should point out I am quite feminine (honest) but footwear must fit my active life.

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?. Because its a myth that we have sun in the uk

YoniOno Tue 14-May-13 22:10:30

I think I have lovely feet smile I do my own nail polish and do so all year round - red all winter and various coral / turquoise / bubblegum pink shades in the summer. I had my very first salon pedicure last week, a surprise from my lovely SiL, and curse her because it might be an addiction.... not sure the polish job is any better than I'd do myself tbh and all the sandpapering stuff was just confused but it was so luxurious, so relaxing I actually cried in there. Therapist must think I'm a bit mad but hey ho.

I think of my feet the same way as underwear I think - a bit private and a bit sort of naked - I wouldn't only do my bikini line in summer so why only sort your feet out then?

scottishmummy Tue 14-May-13 22:15:37

I regularly use soap and glory foot products,apply diprobase then socks
I like Sandals if hot but it's too wet and chilly
I like flat,strappy types

Nehru Tue 14-May-13 22:17:41

go to a chiropodist - really
Use fleixitol thereafter

then use the Lloyds corn remover ( aka cheese slicing razor) as its AMAZING

TSSDNCOP Tue 14-May-13 22:22:36

I've already bought Clarks Deva in white.

I've got my toenails painted with Nails Inc silver polish to compliment them!

A quick swipe with exfoliator once a week, followed by daily dose of Nivea body lotion all through the winter. As soon as the temperature reached "tights off" I bought Sally Hansen Air Brush legs on recomendation from S&B.

That's me good to go!

Nehru Tue 14-May-13 22:28:28

id like clarks to address the AGONY that their shoes the angelica slice left my fee in!

A refund would be nice - worn once

IrritatingInfinity Tue 14-May-13 22:34:27

My feet come out in the warm weather.

I have super wide feet so am quite restricted to which shoes I can wear. Some wide fit shoes can be a bit granny'ish (no offence to the grannies) but I can get nice ones from Clarks.

I treat my feet year round for hard skin (pumice plus elbow grease) so they are usually presentable at anytime. I also use a foot cream. I don't varnish my nails so there is no special prep needed for the warm weather.

I love high shoes and think wedges look much better on wide feet rather than heels. I also dress fairly casually so wedges are suit my stlye. My favourite shoes EVER were from a few years back. They were wedges with beige suede, they were amazingly comfortable and high.

I also like flats for when I am walking a long wat. My DD has the same size shoes so she has started borrowing mine. She buys trendy cool ones then sneaks mine because they are comfy ....

SmileItsSunny Tue 14-May-13 22:35:27

Prepare? I don't.

eyestightshut Tue 14-May-13 22:35:43

I moisturise my feet every day, for fear that Cod will be behind me on an escalator, sneering at my dry, cracked heels.
I prefer a flat sandal, and painted toenails -I favour corals, red or bright pinks.
In terms of foot prep, it's a very unglamorous affair - getting rid of my corns and shaving my toes grin

Nehru Tue 14-May-13 22:38:05

i really DO look at peoples feet and EW EW EW at hard skin

scottishmummy Tue 14-May-13 22:39:56

cod behind you on escalator?what a fishmonger who interest in podiatry

Nehru Tue 14-May-13 22:43:34
Turnipvontrapp Tue 14-May-13 22:48:59

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all? grin

No its too cold!

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?

comfy for day and flat, wedges for evening or special occasion

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?
It needs to be warmer than it is now!

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)

Paint my toenails

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?

It never shines? They do but not as often as I'd like.

And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?
They aren't

Cherrybright Wed 15-May-13 07:38:30

I wear flip glops or sandles above 15oc. I have had to put them sll away again as its so cold and wet!
I usually bare all and go full sandle straight away then realise my feet need some tlc
I like flat and relaxed and strappy but I am not stable enough to wear wedges smile i like sandles casually and dressed up smile

Mehrida Wed 15-May-13 07:48:18

I'd live in sandals if I could. High wedges, low wedges, simple Havaianas, sparkly flip flops... The first hint of a dry day and they're on. I'm in scotland so there's no use waiting for sunshine. Lack of rain is enough.

I lived in sparkly flip flops when I was pregnant as my feet were so swollen. Got some funny looks at work in mid February snow right enough!

Only preparation is a wee moisturise and nice toenails and pluck the one stray hair off my right big toe There is just no excuse for bare/cracked/manky/uncut toenails.

LaVitaBellissima Wed 15-May-13 08:54:48

I get really dry skin on my feet as I like to walk barefoot, so before I get my feet out I go and have a medi- pedi they shave off all the dry skin, it is rather disgusting but you do get left with lovely soft skin. I like a dark or bright colour on my toe nails.

I like flat sandals in tan but also like wedges to wear in the Summer evenings with jeans

Pascha Wed 15-May-13 09:17:10

Can't remember the last time I wore sandals in Britain. Must be at least two years ago.

I will make sure my feet look clean and fresh, I might stretch to some polish if it ever warms up to the point I take my socks off.

I only brave sandals if it's above about 25C out, and dry.
I don't do anything with my feet, they look great as they are, and when at home I'm generally barefoot all summer, so my feet get more tan than my (blue, pasty) legs!

ArcticRoll Wed 15-May-13 09:29:16

My favourite type of sandals are good quality flip flops , have bought some Swedish wooden strap heels this year and usually alos wear wedges.
Has to be pretty hot otherwise I wear cotton canvas shoes or leather hi tops.
I neglect my feet all winter and before I expose my feet in sandals I have appointment with proper chiropodist who transforms my horny hooves into soft cushions!
I try to always wear bright nail varnish but sometimes it looks a bit grotty and chipped.

MarjorieAntrobus Wed 15-May-13 09:30:27

I live in a hot country and wear sandals every day. I keep my toenails clean and short. Sometimes I paint them.

I really don't want to buy into the idea that women's feet need a special "pamper ritual" before they are fit to be seen.

I seem to go from boots to fitflops , ( back in boots at the moment ! Brrrr )
I try and remember to put cream on my heels , and I like to have a pedicure .
I never have bare toenails , even in the winter with opaque tights on , I have painted toe nails
I love my fitflops , I think it's their 4th summer now , and have recently bought some black espadrille type wedges from Clarks to use this summer .
I want some of the pastel pumps , but can't get my size in Clarks ( apparently made in Spain , so sizes are different ? )

The weather is too abysmal usually for sandals in the UK so it is lack of opportunity to wear them, but I do wear them for a good six weeks when in Italy. Even though my feet are covered most of the time, I do look after my feet. After a bath I use my electric rough skin remover on my feet, then I massage in peppermint foot cream and put socks on. In the Winter, I leave the socks on in bed and put extra cream on, which makes my feet nice and soft. I always have nail polish on my toes, my feet don't look finished or 'sandal-ready' without. I like sandals to look good, not frumpy, but comfortable though as I walk a lot. I am flat-footed so completely flat are a no-no. Something with a wide, low wedge is good for walking and always leather.

Piemother Wed 15-May-13 09:49:50

I don't wait for simmer I swim all the time so my feet are out.

Ped egg and scholl cracked heel cream. Pedicure about every 3 weeks but I can do it myself as good as a salon. Strong bright colours usually but the taupe polish that was free with Marie Claire looks v chic.
I wear Birkenstocks, flip flops and my favourite sandals are v minimal single strap types. I am currently favouring some flat Zara sandals with a single t bar strap that's leopard print. It's much more understated than it sounds!

Rosehassometoes Wed 15-May-13 09:50:37

I favour flat sandals with thin straps as I'm tall but have slim ankles (thick straps don't look right).

However, I must find some with a supportive sole (if poss) as I ended up with cracked heels last summer.

Lazy/busy tip- buy a new polish esp for toes and stick to it eg coral or red. Then you can do quick touch ups rather than always taking old plush off and starting again!

Willemdefoeismine Wed 15-May-13 10:08:16

I love wearing sandals in the summer but only if I can find pretty enough ones in which I can do lots of walking without getting blisters and rubbed bits on my heels/toes....

I tend to do the change from shoes to sandals slowly. I will ensure that I get my legs out in the sunshine for a few outings before I venture out in public in sandals - just to take off the white 'glare'! I also treat my feet with loads of body lotion slapped on under socks for over-night moisturising.

I do find that the secret to presentable summer sandalicious feet is regular care and attention and freshly applied nail varnish in cheery colours. Also think that "a change is as good as a rest" as far as footwear is concerned and that to prevent unsightly blisters and sore bits one needs to rotate sandals/summer shoes around, once one has 'worn them in' in the house.

I love wearing sandals. My favourite pair are a really simple design from Clarks, they've lasted for yonks and go with everything.

Before I show my feet to the world, I do beautify them, starting with a pedi egg, then good scrub with exfoliating cream, trim my nails down, and then put on a dark red polish.

I really don't like dry skin/cracked heels showing in public - it makes me feel a bit icky - I must be of a sensitive disposition. But can anyone tell me why these people are always at eye height when I'm going up escalators?

dahville Wed 15-May-13 10:14:24

I can't stand dry skin so I try to keep a regular routine all year long of exfoliating and moisturising. I'm terrible applying nail polish so I try to get a few pedis in spring summer when I want a splash of colour.

I prefer flat sandals because I need to be able to run after my 20 month old! Plus I'm 8 months + pregnant and heels are a serious no for me right now!

thebestpossibletaste Wed 15-May-13 10:41:06

When the weather improves I live in Birkenstock or similar.

I always wear nail varnish in the summer, file my heels at least once a week and rub in foot cream every night when I go to bed.

I've just discovered M&S's new open toe tights, as I'm going to a wedding this weekend and it's too cold for bare legs, hoping they'll look good with sandals.

LippyDiDooDah Wed 15-May-13 10:45:49

I try and keep my feet in good condition all year round by regularly removing hard skin and rubbing cream into them (just cheapy E45 tbh) but when I first bear my feet to the public they have to be freshly painted. The debut this year was last weekend but as my nail polish was a bit flaking off and I wanted to give my toenails a breather from polish I removed it and just had them clean - fortunately I was just seeing my family and so no one noticed I hadn't painted them but I'm on a hen do this weekend so they'll get polished up with gems etc so I'll start the season with a bang grin

CheeryCherry Wed 15-May-13 10:57:46

I am diabetic so take care of my feet all year round. After a bath or shower I slap a ton of body butter/thick moisturiser in them. I usually have my toenails painted all year round too, as I go swimming with my job on a regular basis. So I dont really need to do anything different if/when summer arrives. I did have a flip flop day last week, and another on Monday (though they were a bit cold...) U don't have sandals, just a variety of fit-flop type flip flops.

My poor old feet are quite neglected. I value comfort over style so my summer shoes of choice are either Birkenstocks or Havanas. I'll slap a bit of flexitol on for a few days to remove hard skin, a slap dash coat of polish and then just go for it!

BellaVida Wed 15-May-13 11:23:35

My feet haven't been out of my boots yet this year! I have started to prepare my feet for the grand occasion when they can go into sandals though.

I have a little whizzy gadget which files of dead skin. Nails are cut and shaped. When it really looks like summer is finally here, or we go on holiday (whichever comes first!), I will be overnight moisturizing and painting my toenails.

As I am constantly on the go running around with my rather large brood, my sandals have to be comfortable and stay on if I have to break into a run! My favourite 'go with anything' sandals are some medium wedge tan leather strappy buckle fastening ones, funnily enough from Clarks. I seem to always be in there getting one or the other measured up for new shoes, so I tend to have a browse around.

I do like sandals which go with lots of outfits, especially as I don't tend to get much of a look in when it comes to suitcase space and holidays. So sandals which can be used from day to evening are also handy.

spooktrain Wed 15-May-13 11:41:13

Definitely a two-step process. I have a chunky pair of mules (Clarks actually, great sale purchase about 4 years ago) to do The Transition. Toes out when the weather permits and I have got round to varnishing.
Heel grating daily followed by cream once my feet become a visible part of my body; otherwise, out of sight, out of mind.
This year I want red or yellow wedge sandals and turquoise nails.

TisILeclerc Wed 15-May-13 11:53:21

I only ever buy Clarks sandals! Apart from my Birkenstocks... In fact 90% of my shoes and boots are Clarks, they are an investment.

Re preparation, I always have painted toenails, even in winter. It just makes me feel better - I guess it's the same as some people feel about matching underwear. I've discovered a wonderful cream though - Flexitol Heel Balm - as I get unsightly and painful splits and cracks on my heels and the side of my big toes. This cream has totally solved it and my feet look beautiful (sunsinepanda you sound like me!)

So, a little application of that plus a lovely nail colour (currently sporting Chanel's Pirate, a lovely bright red) makes my feet look gorgeous.

Sandals-wise, I love all sorts. I love a good solid flat to walk to school in, but I adore wedges currently and I really like colours. I'm much more likely to wear a fairly monochrome wardrobe but then funk it up with colourful shoes. Clarks range this year will be great for that!

moonbells Wed 15-May-13 12:10:05

There comes a day around mid-April when I go from boots or walking shoes to sandals if I think it warm enough. I tend to change then freeze for a while if the temperatures go down again and switch back in about October. This year however I have gone back to my boots for a while!

I am desperately trying to get some more flat buckle sandals. I have stupidly wide feet and the old 'Jesus sandal' types with very padded soles were lovely - but now they're all blooming velcro fastening! I only need to go over on an ankle and pop goes the velcro! I need sandals with proper adjustable buckles across the instep looks very hard at Clarks and Rohde

BornToFolk Wed 15-May-13 12:19:43

I usually start with the footcream about this time of year. I like a good thick one for overnight and a lighter one (I love the Body Shop peppermint one) for daytime. I file my heels when I remember to do it but generally find that regular moisturising keeps my feet looking better than trying to get rid of all the dead skin.

I love painted toenails and my feet feel naked without them!

I always wear Birkenstocks in the summer but I love the look of the Clarks Originals sandals.

Hasitfallendownagain Wed 15-May-13 12:24:14

I cut my toenails and paint them. Sometimes I use shimmery pale pink varnish, but usually just a colourless one.

I'd love to flit round in pretty, strappy sandals with a nice heel, but they always end up shredding my feet to bits sad. So I usually go for something practical that I will feel comfortable in.

EarnestDullard Wed 15-May-13 12:42:17

My feet aren't great looking at the moment - very dry skin round my heels - but I've started preparing by filing with Soap & Glory foot file and then slathering with foot cream (also S&G, Heel Genius). I'm also trying to get rid of a verruca that I've had for three years (don't ask).

I did wear sandals over the bank holiday weekend when the weather was good, I prefer comfortable leather strappy or gladiator style with a very slight wedge. No nail polish yet but I tend to go for opalescent blue/purple or sometimes a pinky brown.

Alligatorpie Wed 15-May-13 13:24:34

I get pedicures every three weeks all year round, so my feet are usually in pretty good shape.
I am pretty boring with my clothes (lot's of neutrals) so I wear brightly coloured shoes / boots / sandals. Right now my toes are painted fluorescent orange.
I love flip flops, and sandals and have a pretty large selection of them. I wear strappy sandles or gladiator sandals to work, and have a pair of wedges that I love for evenings. I am big on comfort and I show my feet as much as I can.

firawla Wed 15-May-13 13:50:09

I just go for it, I dont really have that much time to carefully prepare my feet in advance! I love when its hot enough to wear flip flops, puts you in a better mood

I generally don't 'prep' my feet for summer because wearing sandals isn't really practical in the UK grin.

I put cream on my feet but can't seem to get rid of the hard skin properly. If I do wear sandals, I prefer flat and comfortable or wedges. I'm yet to find a pair of wedges that don't hurt my little toes though.

The only occasion I can think of is when it's warm enough.
I'm too lazy to have a pamper ritual, I might go for a pedicure if I have the money.

MrsMarigold Wed 15-May-13 14:02:03

I love red shoes and I always have a pair of simple red patent sandals on the go in summer - mainly wedges or a low heel. My best buys have been Hobbs and Stuart Weitzman, (sorry no Clarks, I look every year but they just never seem to suit me). I have to be able to walk a good distance in them.

In terms of my feet, I'm obsessed. I always joke I'll get old and my face will be wizened but my feet will be perfect. In the past as a treat I've used Creme de La Mer face cream on them blush! But in terms of routine maintenance I give them a thorough massage with Vaseline Intensive Care (god I love that stuff!) every night, I also always soak them and clean them with a hard scrubbing brush daily. I use a pumice twice a week. I hate my toe nails because they are ridiculously small and hard to paint - so I always go for nude shades. I keep them trimmed and cuticles sorted.

Unfortunately I've had a few issues with my toenails since I visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar in India and got a fungal nail infection which was difficult to treat while pregnant/breastfeeding. I almost didn't go in to see the Golden Temple because I didn't want to wash my feet in the same water literally thousands of others were washing their feet in. I also saw some real horrors there but my husband convinced me to stop being so prissy hmm. Anyone got any tips apart from curanail and Lamasil on dealing with this problem.

bluebump Wed 15-May-13 14:21:14

I paint my nails and take care of my feet all throughout the year not just in the summer. I like to wear nail polish, bright colours in the summer and whatever I feel like in the winter as it's not seen as much. I am currently using the Liz Earle foot scrub and foot cream, it smells nice.

I have invested in some cheap sandals this year but that will probably be a false economy. As someone above does I tend to go from winter boots to flip flops, this is one of the first years where i've worn flip flops one day and boots the next!

The best flip flops I had were £1.50 from Primark, they lasted a few years and were so spongey on the bottom and sparkly on the top. I never spend much on flip flops as I chop and change them all the time.

As for sandals, I usually go for flat ones so that I can walk distances in them and drive in them. I'd quite like to try a wedge heel though.

ChocolateMama Wed 15-May-13 14:24:10

Love wearing sandals, but will only do so when I have painted my toenails (DIY job) and exfoliated. Strangely, I have very ugly toes but I think when they have nail polish on them, and a nice pair of high wedges, nobody really notices (I hope....)!

NappyHappy Wed 15-May-13 14:44:26

Another Birkie wearer here. Ill start about now with the S&G foootfile and cream and go for bold shades of polish. Love supportive comfy shoes as Ive been in DM's, Vans and Wellies all Winter. That makes me sound old!

IloveJudgeJudy Wed 15-May-13 14:55:31

I have a daily routine for my feet. Buff them and cream them every single day after I get out of the shower. Sometimes I put nail varnish on, sometimes I don't. The colour varies from vibrant to pearly. I quite like a flip-floppy type of sandal with a very small heel. If I have a strap, then I like about 3-4 cm heel. Don't like Birkenstocks at all. I don't like to have my foot flat on the ground. When I wear them I feel like my heel is going into the ground!

threepiecesuite Wed 15-May-13 14:58:44

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?
I did get them out for a couple of weeks but back in boots now that the rain is here again. About a month ago I switched from boots to ballerinas (and applied fake tan to the top of my pasty trotters!)

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?
I love a flat strappy sandal in tan or metallic. Can't do wedges as I've got spindly legs and ankles and I feel like I've got lumps of concrete on the bottom of my legs. It's a shame because I like the look of them. I had some fab yellow t-bar sandals from Clarks last summer.

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?
Usually when we go back to work (school) after the Easter hols, everyone seems to switch to more lightweight footwear, like ballerinas or even sandals.

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)
I can't stand people touching my feet. So I use a Soap n Glory Cracked Heel cream myself, lots of moisturiser (slather it on then wear socks in bed), and a bright neon varnish.

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?
They do - I try to wear at least ballerinas, if not sandals, for as much of Spring/Summer as I can manage. I love my feet being free.

And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?
I hide them away in my Clarks work shoes bought for September new term, for most of winter, as I can't cope with cold feet - makes all of me feel cold.

heronsfly Wed 15-May-13 15:32:41

I have worn mine a few times,but winter has returned, so I'm back in trainers now.
I like flat sandals, but they have to have straps cannot wear anything between toes they are so painful.
I will always wear sandals if its warm enough.
I use a hard skin remover,and apply nail varnish to my toes.

DifferentNow Wed 15-May-13 15:54:13

I'm already in sandals because I'm 33 weeks pregnant and I can't do up laces etc anymore but I think it's too early really because my toes are chilly.

I like wedges as at 5"3, I need the height but I can't be bothered tottering around in heels when I'm running about after the kids.

I'm wearing super-comfy Birkenstocks at the moment but in the proper summer, I alternate between flip-flops if I'm in the house and pretty strappy flats when I'm out and about.

My basic ritual for preparing my feet for sandals is shaving my hairy toes (!), keeping my feet supple by filing hard skin and keeping my nails short and neat and painted in a nude or shimmery colour (so that chips and little painting mistakes are less noticeable). I think that feet in sandals look so much better with painted nails.

Bert2e Wed 15-May-13 16:12:10

My feet are too cold to be wearing sandals! But I've got my toes painted and the dry bits are gone. I love the look of strappy sandals but they always kill my feet so most of the time I'm found in my clumpy Birkenstocks which are just so comfortable I can walk miles in them - they just look terrible!

Ashoething Wed 15-May-13 16:44:58

I love pretty shoes and will find any excuse to wear them!
My tips are-

A good soak in the bath to soften skin
Do a pedicure and use pumice to remove hard skin
lots of foot/heel cream
Paint your toenails always!-you can never go wrong with a classic red.
Enjoy your lovely shoes!

My favourite sandals are definitely wedges-fashionable but you can still walk comfortably in them.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 15-May-13 16:54:08

My feet are always in good nick after being tucked away for the winter. They only get dry and battered after a summer being exposed in sandals. Just a lick of nail polish and they're good to go.

zzzexhaustedzzz Wed 15-May-13 17:12:52

I am not too fussy as long as my legs are shaved and toe-nails cut. My feet are quite long-toed and unattractive so I don't attract attention eg with nail varnish! Love a good bit of footware though and sandals represent that lovely time of year....

ozymandiusking Wed 15-May-13 17:26:22

I have just had my first pedicure of the season this afternoon.
It's so cold only 4 degrees here!
I try and look after my feet all year. File the heels with a Scholl foot file,
and use Liz Earle foot scrub and the foot cream.Today I had an OPI polish in a colour called" Chicago Champagne Toast" which is a dark pinky brown.
Last year I bought a pair of Clarks Santa Roc sandals in a lovely shade of turquoise, and I love them.

aristocat Wed 15-May-13 17:29:04

I also wear sandals/open toes at every opportunity, I hate having my feet covered.

My feet are looked after throughout the year (not just for summer) they are creamed/moisturised daily and toenails always painted. Flexitol is a miracle cream and perfect for my cracked, dry heels.

My favourite type of sandal is definitely a wedge smile I love them. I also like strappy sandals and flip-flops, but wedges are the best.
I was only thinking today that it is always comfort over style for me lately - usually with Clarks shoes they are both stylish and comfy.

yawningbear Wed 15-May-13 17:39:22

Too cold here for sandals until at least late July and then only for a couple of weeks. I have some some fly wedges that I think would pass as sandals that I love that I have been known to wear with tights because its so blooming cold. I also had some Clarks retro sandals a few years backs that I loved. I would make an effort with painting toe nails etc if I was going to be wearing sandals but tbh the other day I was thinking that I could really do with another pair of winter boots, to get me through the next few months, not sandals, very sad!

DrHolmes Wed 15-May-13 18:45:48

Exfoliate, a nice coat of shellac polish so as not to chip whilst away on hol and then the sandals go on!

I think a good pair of sandals are hard to come by. There always seems to be something digging in somewhere whether at the backof the foot, top of the foot or on the toes.
I did actually go in to Clarks yesterday for some work shoes and I saw a lady trying on a pair of these fancy new sandals. I tried them on too and they were great but they only had white left! I wanted black and the woman i saw trying them on took the last pair sad

They were lightweight but very comfy and looked pretty cool. I need a decent pair for walking around the theme parks in Orlando later this year.

Witchesbrewandbiscuits Wed 15-May-13 18:58:33

i usually start with ballerina shoes as the weather warms up then move onto sandals. i prefer flat and strappy ones for during the day, and wedges for evening/going out. i prepare with a footscrub and moisturise followed by a nail cut and buff, and a splash of nail polish. never wear sandals in winter. i have cold feet.

NorbertDentressangle Wed 15-May-13 18:59:58

In the lead up to summer I start thinking about the state of my feet but other than using a pumice stone on the dry skin on my heels in the shower I don't tend to do much until the sun suddenly comes out and then its a mad panic!

I then go from boots/converse to Birkies or flip-flops after I've painted my toe nails. I can't stand wearing summer footwear with unpainted nails - it somehow makes me feel naked!

Once this has happened I start the proper attack at my dry heels - regular gentle rub with the pumice stone followed by Heel Balm (smells foul but does magic things!)

Nail colours tend to be bold and/or bright as I can't be doing with pale pinks, nude etc. Last year was a gorgeous grey one that was recommended on MN. Haven't decided on this years colours yet.

MrsMaryCooper Wed 15-May-13 19:35:23

It has to be properly warm before I move to sandals. Soap & Glory foot file and Heel Genius a couple of times before lift off. A pale- ish colour usually . I have birkenstocks and I'm looking for a smarter pair to wear to work.

ThePskettiIncident Wed 15-May-13 19:36:23

Cracked heel balm first and not much dressing up! I don't like nail varnish!

I prefer practical sandals that I can wear on the beach and plod about in all day long. Evening sandals are wedges with a strap preferably. Comfort is key!

Awks Wed 15-May-13 19:54:05

I do prepare but being a lazy cow it doesn't involve much effort. I'm lucky enough to live by the sea so from May onwards I walk the dog barefoot on the sand. It isn't as hardcore as it sounds, I leave my shoes on the slipway and just wander along the beach barefoot. The salt and the sand help and rough skin. I paint my nails quite often as I like toes looking pretty and I slather moisturiser on every night.

Sandals have to be easy to get on as I cant bear sweating in the holiday heat trying to fasten complicated ones on. So the low block heel, t bar type are my current faves. In tan.

I rarely get my feet out - they're always too cold! (I wear 2 pairs of socks most of the year). If I'm somewhere hot, or it gets really hot here, I like wearing sandals or flip flops. I don't do anything more than trim my toenails in preparation though. (too lazy/given up - I've accepted that my feet are never going to be attractive!)
I like practical sandals that I can walk a god distance in, but I want them to look good too - nothing too clumpy or orthopaedic looking.

I've had ballet flats without socks on a couple of times and sandals twice so far this year. I'm back in boots this week though!

Favourite sandals = a small wedge and ideally a bit of cushioning. Tan is my favourite colour for summer, or a non tarty red.

Pampering chez Remus = copious amounts of Flexitol and the Soap and Glory foot file and red, grey or blush toe nail polish.

I have some lovely sandals from Clarks that I wear every year when it's nice enough weather. I go for comfort every time as a back problem means I always wear flats.

In terms of preparation, I have very dry feet, so use cracked heel cream all over the soles to get them presentable. I always have painted toenails and use a top coat, which not only makes my nail varnish dry in seconds (yes, really), it also ensures it lasts for about 3 weeks (I'm far too lazy busy to do them every week).

No ritual at all. If it's warm, I wear sandals. Anyone doesn't like it, that's their problem. Got dodgy feet, so sandals need to be comfortable and supportive. If they can also be not ugly, that's a bonus!

beanandspud Wed 15-May-13 22:37:32

I love the first day of the year that my flip flops come out. I have a pair of Rockport sandals/flip flops that I have worn for years as well as several pairs of leather flip flops in assorted colours. For work I have some heeled sandals and wedges. Given a choice I'll be wearing them through to November.

I try to look after my feet and have regular pedicures with mostly red polish all year round.

birdsofshoreandsea Thu 16-May-13 08:48:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I just put my sandals on with no care in the world about my crusty unpainted toes, unless I'm feeling particularly joyful I will paint them a nice shade of pink and stick a bit of foot cream on.
I like flip flops, pumps, gladiator sandles and strappy flats, no good in heels as I walk like a penguin in themgrin

TisILeclerc Thu 16-May-13 09:49:55

This is a conspiracy... Clarks get me talking and thinking about sandals and then email me a 20% off code... grin

Consils Thu 16-May-13 11:12:11

I don't think about my feet although I had a pedicure a month ago and they looked ok.

Hopezibah Thu 16-May-13 11:45:36

Comfort is number one for me when wearing sandals. So I prefer them to be quite supportive as possible with a proper heel.

I like to paint my toes in the summer months but don't really do much else. Thankfully once the sun gets to my feet that bit of colour helps them look and feel better anyway.

I tend to save sandals for really warm days or to match particular outfits.

Now come on sunshine - where are you!!!

I really don't "get" all the stuff about preparing your feet. Not sure whether I'm just lucky not to have much trouble with mine, or what? I just don't see what is so hideous about my feet in their normal state. Yes, I make sure my nails are kept trimmed (but all year, not just specially for the summer confused) and if they're getting particularly dry I might slap on some moisturiser (but again, that's all year round), but I really don't see the need to do more and don't think there's anything particularly scary about them. I do insist on only wearing comfy footwear though (not ugly stuff, but comfortable cool boots or nice trainers rather than painful heels), so maybe that helps.

I can't say I usually tend to notice other people's feet particularly either, unless they have something really unusually bad about them. Do people really wander round checking out other people's feet?

Wilding Thu 16-May-13 13:00:34

My toenails are polished all year round (fluorescent pink, normally!) and I occasionally use a Ped Egg to get rid of dry skin, but that's it. I don't do anything special for summer. I know this is a bit boring!

I normally just wear flatties in the summer as I do a lot of walking around, but I do love massive wedges!

BringOn2014 Thu 16-May-13 13:32:53

I love wearing sandals but rarely have the chance to being in Scotland!
I went on honeymoon last year to St Lucia and got about 5 new pairs of sandals to take.
I only wear flats during the day but heels for evening.
I like to smother my feet in foot cream and put on socks overnight, feet are always baby soft in the morning!
I think sandals always look nicer with polished nails but I often stick to clear because Im not very good at applying nail polish.

Puppypoppet Thu 16-May-13 13:50:10

My pedicure consists of file with scholl foot file, then I use their hard skin remover it is like a scrub and it works pretty well. I then apply moisturiser put cotton socks on and leave overnight. Then I paint nails the next day.
I like all sandals but if I had to chose I would probably go for comfortable flatties.

Blatherskite Thu 16-May-13 14:26:59

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?

I've worn flip flops once already this year. I'd love to say I did a full file and pedicure beforehand but a) I just don't have the time and b) I always find myself surprised by nice days and have never remembered to prepare anyway. I keep my toenails tidy and apply Flexitol when I remember - nails are even varnished and chipped at the moment but it's a rare luxury.

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?

I'm only 5'1" so high boosting are always good but day to day, flats are best for running around after the children.

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?

I don't really like my feet so I tend to avoid sandals whenever possible. I'll only resort to them when it's just too hot for shoes.

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)

If I remember, they'll get a scrub with a foot file, a nail trim and file, cream and varnish.

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?

My feet are yucky. I broke a toe as a child and it never set right so now it's bent and ugly. I also <shame> have to make sure my big toes have been plucked blush #hobbitfeet

Belo Thu 16-May-13 14:36:25

My feet are normally in good condition after a winter of wearing socks and shoes. So, all is needed for me is to make sure my nails are trimmed, cuticles conditioned and some colourful nailvarnish is on. It is when I start wearing sandals/flip flops that the heels dry out and start to crack if I don't regularly give them a good file and moisturise. I like to use the scholl foot scrub, then put cream on before bed, and then sleep with socks on. My feet always feel a lot better in the morning.

Fillybuster Thu 16-May-13 14:39:45

I got far too excited about the nice weather in early May and got my toes ready already....appears to be wasted effort now that the woolly tights have come back out smile

After years of ignoring the parlous state of my feet, I now treat myself to a 'proper' pedicure at the beginning of summer - it takes nearly 2 hours, but once they've removed the hard skin from my hooves feet, cut the claws back into nails and made everything look tidy, then I can manage a reasonable level of maintenance with a good scrub, some nice polish and a pumice stone for quite some time after.

As for which sandals, and when - anything that doesn't have a high heel, preferably something with a wedge, at any point!

is1 Thu 16-May-13 14:41:28

I use scholl heel repair on my feet pretty much all year round which keeps them soft then just paint my nails when it is time for sandals. I only like wearing them when it is really warm weather though as my feet get too cold! I like all types of sandals, but usually go for flats in the day and wedges at night.

supergreenuk Thu 16-May-13 14:58:45

Moisturise heels at night.
Lovely nail varnish.
Yes pretty flip flops if I'm not doing too much walking but i have clarks sandles for the pre school walk.

Teladi Thu 16-May-13 15:32:32

I've graduated to flats without socks at the moment, it's still too cold for sandals, my feet would freeze!

Sandals only get worn if my toenails are painted. Other than that people can deal with the sight of my feet!

I don't do heels, and as I don't drive, any footwear HAS to be comfortable for walking... with the exception of days where I am cycling, then I change at the office. Heels are OK then but I only own 1 pair of heels really.

feelthis Thu 16-May-13 15:47:28

Even though I live in the brisk north of Scotland I've already had my feet out. You got to any chance you get here.

I quick coat of varnish on the nails is about all I can run too - feet feel naked without varnish so wouldn't get them out without it!

Favourite sandal is a leather flipflop style with a small heel - much easier to walk in than a totally flat shoe.

elizaco Thu 16-May-13 16:18:27

I'm afraid I don't do much foot prep for summer! Usually just apply some nice nail varnish, and hope people don't look too closely at my feet!!

curryeater Thu 16-May-13 16:20:44


Erm. I take off my shoes and socks. Unless I have bare feet already, in which case... no prep needed?


Erm... I shave.


I exfoliate.


I apply fake tan. I apply nail varnish. I moisturise. I diet. So much time has elapsed I now have to shave again. I worry. I look at my legs and feet and feel sad and inadequate. I put trousers on. I think about not going out after all.


CarrieDon Thu 16-May-13 16:28:48

Gabor Jollys and FitFlops for me.

I need to work hard at softening my heels - the Soap and Glory foot file is good, plus some heavy duty cream at night. flexitol is even better but I really cannot stand the urea smell in it. Wish they would include a strong perfume to disguise it.

Can't stand being cold so it has to really hot to flash my toes.

keely79 Thu 16-May-13 16:47:47

Love a bit of colourful polish - normally treat myself to a pedicure from the local nail bar - always a bit shocking the amount of skin that comes off during the first one...

Wolfiefan Thu 16-May-13 16:54:03

I love sandals. Flat for days out with the kids. Wedges for work.
Horrid hard skin is a no no. Scrub and moisturise. ( Not just for summer!)
I love bright colours on my toes. Last year I switched mostly between red and fushia. Always makes me feel summery!

StrangeGlue Thu 16-May-13 16:57:00

I love sandals! It's sandals of boots for me generally - cant find many shoes on between which are both comfy and nice.

I tend to always have my toe nails painted and I use nails inc polish as its my favourite and frequently cheap in tk maxx. This always surprises people as I rarely have my finger nails painted or wear makeup.

I like a flat but supportive sandal. I really liked the Clarks ones which had ankle and cross toe straps with large rectangular beads on. I currently have a lovely white and neon pink office pair.

Never flip flops! I cannot abide shoes which don't stay on or things between my toes! Flip flops give you chimp toes!

lottietiger Thu 16-May-13 17:03:11

Best thing about hot weather is wearing sandals &/or flip flops! My legs are rubbish so crop trousers and flats are more my style. i keep my toenails painted all year long but make a special weekly effort in the sandal wearing months. I love high heeled sandals too but dont get so much chance to wear them these days as i was pregnant throughout last summer and ill be walking with a papoose this year smile

Princessdivaaa Thu 16-May-13 17:09:54

I try to look after my feet all year long..

I aim to scrub dead skin once a week (more likely monthly) and give feet a good moisturise each day after the shower (more likely weekly).

I try to do a home pedi once a month consisting of; cut and file nails, cuticles and polish.

I treat myself to a professional pedicure about twice a year; before summer holidays and before Christmas.

ftm42 Thu 16-May-13 18:08:58

Painted my toenails dark pink and added sparkly flowery stickers on top. Put my sandals on, and it rained!

TeaAddict235 Thu 16-May-13 19:30:20

Hurrah for summers! freedom for my toes!
I prepare my feet all year round really by doing a weekly scrub with an amazing vulcanic stone. I do this mainly on sunday evenings in the shower as it actually helps me to sleep better. Then by spring I step up the work and try to scrub my feet at least twice a week. I also use a thick cream like cocoa butter or shea butter on the skin of my feet before going to bed to get rid of rubbing marks and scratches.

Okay, so where I let my feet down is on the polish front. In winter, I don't really care about the polish chipping off. But in by spring I take off all old polish and let my nails breath before the summer attack!!! Then (to my husbands annoyance) I apply polish on either a thursday or friday evening for the weekend (making sure to clip nicely), and do an extra and quick pumice scrub on saturday.

I know, I sound a bit like a freak, but, I have to look after my feet as when we were little we used to make fun of my mum's feet. And, bless her, now I know how much hard work it takes to look after the feet of a commuter. Nowadays I get her a Clarkes voucher for her summer birthday, and always put a little joke into the card about wearing nice shoes.

I don't get sandals every summer, but the ones that I do get tend to be medium wedges with straps. I have some just like that (an investment) that I got from Clarks before I got married, and I apply a small amount of olive oil to the leather to take care of the straps. They are the bees knees, and I always get complimented on them. I think that they ecentuate my calves and ankles. For everyday running around I wear flat Birkenstock copies with silver straps that are rusting. The soles on them are really comfortable and my calves look okay in them.

serendipity1980 Thu 16-May-13 19:40:09

My feet are in pretty good condiiton - I do use pumice stone and I love painting my nails in the summer. I've painted them once this year but it's turned so cold again! It feels like a long time before I'll get them out again! For sandels, birkenstocks are really comfortable, but I do like pretty simple flip flop style too.

Oh god my feet are like trotters at the moment. If i'm doing my feet i rely on a bath first to soak them for ages, because i've been having quick showers they are dry cracked and revolting.

That said it takes no time to get them tip top again and i wear sandals/flopflops as soon as a dry day arrives. I soak my feet either in the bath or in a bowl. I use a foot file to get all the dead skin off my heels. I moisturise with a urea based cream and always always have polished toes otherwise they really do look like trotters! If i'm treating myself i do gel polish with my uv lamp so it lasts longer.

Off to fill a bowl!

sixp Thu 16-May-13 21:23:21

Wish it were hot enough for sandals! I like comfy ones and once I find the right pair, I wear them with everything, regardless of whether they match or not.

Punkatheart Thu 16-May-13 21:33:21

Have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?

No feet out yet. Too cold and of course socks and sandals a screaming no-no!

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?

flat and relaxed

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?

Never worn sandals for a special occasion

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)

Never worn nail varnish on my feet! Have chickens who would peck it!

shellandkai Fri 17-May-13 08:38:12

I don't get my feet out very often at all for a few reasons number 1 I can never find a comfy pair of sandals they all rub or are just plain uncomfortable and 2 I have such ugly feet long toes and the ugliest ever scar on my foot from where I dropped a mirror on my bed years ago when I was drunk sad

Substandard Fri 17-May-13 10:30:38

Sun out - flipflops on. No time for faffing around getting feet ready, the sun will have gone back in!

think curryeater should win grin

HannahLI Fri 17-May-13 16:26:34

I have got my feet out already and I did nothing to them in preparation. In an ideal world I would paint my toenails but I didn't have time this year. I like flat sandals with a toe bar.

YoniMatopoeia Fri 17-May-13 16:56:21

grin @ curryeater

I don't own any sandals at the moment.

I am trying to treat my nails as they probably have fungal infection.

Then I will go for a pedicure and buy some sandals before going to Bali later in the year.

lorisparkle Fri 17-May-13 20:41:57

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?

I had a new summer dress and went to a naming ceremony and wore it. Wore a new pair of sandals and just went for it!

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?

I do a long walk to school everyday so need a fairly flat, comfortable sandal that looks good. I prefer fatter straps

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?

This time it was an occasion

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)

In the days before children then it used to be a good soak in the bath, a rub with the pumice stone, lots of time with the nails. Now it is a coat of varnish if I am lucky

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?


And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?

They don't and I have not got the time to worry about it!

WafflyVersatile Sat 18-May-13 02:19:59

In April I despair that my hobbit feet will ever be summer-ready so I get a pedicure to start me off then lavish them in flexitol before bed (wee for the win!) When summer peeps round the corner I'm into cropped jeans, a hint of fake tan to take down the glare of white and some bright red polish for my toenails. When I remember I trim the hair on my toes! I like wedge-heeled sandals for comfort and height. I like the liberty print wedge from Clarks last year. You never know with shoes which will end up being comfortable or not so I usually end up buying two or three pairs of sandals. Those ones won out in the end even though the buckles are a bit fiddly.

QueenofWhispers Sat 18-May-13 12:13:42

I spend the year moisturising myself, and every night I make DH give me a foot massage with lubriderm. I also pedicure every two weeks--sometimes at home, sometimes at the local spa. Toenails are always polished and filed a seasonably justifiable red. Red-orange in the summer (monsooner or later by opi) followed by opi on collins avenue, then red my fortune cookie during the summer, deeper reds for fall and winter. I wear all types of sandals, but make sure my feet look as good as they possibly can. Also, I do a light exfoliation to my whole body every time I shower/bathe and oil right out of the shower.

This summer sandal lineup is fit flops, flat flip flops by havaianas, juicy couture gold gladiator sandals, blowfish pewter and bronze gladiator sandals, juicy couture wedged flip flops with studs and for dressy evenings a pair of dior peep toe mules. Not to mention a few daringly high pairs of wooden wedges. I wish I could dress my hands up as much as my feet.

madamegourmand Sat 18-May-13 12:27:54

I only consider putting on my summer shoes once I've fully removed all hard skin, shaped and polished my toes and applied a moisturising cream. I prefer a flat sandal and really like a flip flop.

Dancealot Sat 18-May-13 13:29:13

Foot file, flexitol and nail varnish! I love wearing sandals- usually low heel, brown leather- as they are so easy and go with everything. I tend to buy alot of Clarks footwear as i need my feet to be comfortable!

hotbot Sat 18-May-13 13:34:43

File, scrub, moisturise, every day post shower, makes me feel summery. I still have feet like a troll. Also treat myself to new summer polish. I like Birkenstock styles, tho I hate my feet.

DontMeanToBeRudeBut Sat 18-May-13 15:36:45

I don't have any special ritual, although I did get a full pedicure when I knew I was going to bump into my horrible ex boyfriend grin

I wear fancy flip-flops and open-toe wedges, although it's canvas pumps at the moment due to having two small children to run after. Tripping over a flip flop and landing flat on my face would not be a good look...

My feet have been out this year, both in open clogs and sandals - I find sandals with jeans is a good summery look that is still quite warm. My feet are always ready to be on show - the only difference is that I am more likely to be wearing nail varnish in summer.

My favourite type of sandal is flat and comfortable, and with some sort of buckle arrangement to keep it on while cycling.

No special occasion required to get my feet out.

Moisturising every day of the year means that there is no panic when the sun comes out! For the last two summers I have had Minx foil transfers on my toenails which have lasted around 4-6 weeks, so that has been a brilliant alternative to tatty polish. I will do it again this year in mid July.

Jamdoughnutfiend Sat 18-May-13 22:42:07

I have a pedi every six weeks religiously, so my feet are always nice (shame about the rest of me!) sadly, I wear a UK 10 / 44 so I have no hope of buying sandals from Clarks or anyone else on the high street (sigh)

Orianne Sun 19-May-13 09:32:51

I always have painted toenails, they look odd now if I don't. I also use Sudocrem to keep my heels soft and all in all my feet look pretty good. I love wearing flat open sandals as I hate sweaty feet and feel much more comfortable when my feet can breathe.

issimma Sun 19-May-13 11:42:00

I go all out straight away, and have worn flip flops or glads a few times this year (no special occasion). I prefer flat and relaxed sandals - birkenstocks are my favourite - as they lend themselves well to toddler chasing.

Every so often I foot file, scrub and moisturise, but I don't do this often enough so my feet aren't great. I always wear nail varnish - a glamour/nails inc freebie right now (hot pink). This thread makes me want to book a pedi pronto!

ParsleyTheLioness Sun 19-May-13 19:01:28

I am pretty good at looking after my feet all year round. If you have a quick buff with a pumice once a week, saves it needing a major job come the nice weather. I prefer my toes with varnish on, so keep them like that, with a basecoat as I like red smile. Sandals with a small heel, but comfortable for work as I usually doing that or shopping. Too old for v high shoes now!

JoyceDivision Sun 19-May-13 19:24:41

As soon as it's remotely warm enough my summer shoes come out.

I luff wearing flip flips as I only overcame my toe post phobia last year so once I'd cracked it, I bought a few pair of havianas and lived in them all summer!

Foot care wise I used to get a pedicure every couple of month, it is the only beauty treatment, salon or home, I had. Well kept feet with v neat and tidy toenails (a bright or rich colour) looks fab.

As dh is being made redundant I now do my own footcare at home with a rich moisturiser and a foot multihandled tool thingy. My toenail painting is no where near as good as a salon, and dh once or twice doies it for me.

Never wear heels, and I havemy eye on the kestral soar sandlas in white, but budget issues due to dh and not sure if I can carry off the retro look or fall into frump mode, and daren't risk the money if I look a frump!! blush

Clawdy Sun 19-May-13 22:53:59

Once I'm in sandals,that's it,I wear 'em till Autumn. Don't bother much with pedicures or cream,but always wear shiny red varnish through the summer.

I love the summer as I love wearing sandals/flipflops.

I do have a routine though - my feet are hidden away in boots all winter although every couple of weeks I use a pumice stone to try and stop the skin getting too hard. I also take off nail varnish and give my toes a break from it for the winter.

I do have a full ritual before I get my feet out - I use a foot bath and soak them first, then remove the hard skin using a scrub and a pumice stone, then slather them in moisturiser and wear cotton socks overnight. In the summer I use a bladed footfile every week and moisturise my feet as often as I remember. I always have my toenails painted, usually red or a coral colour. I use a foot deodrant as well most days.

I love flipflops, and also birkenstock type sandals. I much prefer flat ones to heeled ones. I am quite tall so tend to stay away from heels as much as I can. Sometimes I wear a small wedge.

LittleMissMedium Mon 20-May-13 13:07:27

Best thing ever for manky nails is Barry M's 3 in 1 nail hardener, bottom/top coat. It strengthens them so they grow a little longer and can be painted or filed. That and some Vaseline slathered over my feeties, pop some old socks on before bed and the next morning they are heavenly soft.

BumpyS Mon 20-May-13 13:09:44

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? No
Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Straight away

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?wedge

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?i need good weather!

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? depends on hoiw much time i have. Ideally out for a fully outsourced pedicure. If not, scrub, filing and polish at home

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?they are but is not good enough!

cshimmon Mon 20-May-13 13:56:31

I wear my sandals- especially flip flops- all year round! I find that it's only when I've had to resort to a few days of 'proper shoes' that my feet need attention.

miluth Mon 20-May-13 21:06:55

I try to keep my feet looking good all year round but make extra effort at the first hint of sun. I always think so long as toe-nails are trimmed and painted it goes a long way to creating the illusion of well kept feet even if the heels are a little dry and cracked! When moisturising my legs I also do my feet to keep them soft too.

ellesabe Mon 20-May-13 21:31:45

I LOVE it when I can finally get some air between my toes!

To prepare I usually have a nice hot bath (any excuse) and then when my feet are nice and soft I use a pair of tweezers to dig out all the old dead skin from under my toenails. Nice!
Then I push the cuticles down, trim my toenails, moisturise my feet and put on some nail polish.

I love wearing sandals but struggle with any sort of heel or wedge at the moment as my dc are still little and so I spend a lot of time kneeling down and in pursuit!

Amma2010 Mon 20-May-13 23:17:19

Love wearing sandals as I feel my feet are finally free! Being able to wear sandals is one of my favourite things about Summer. I love wearing both flats and ones with heels. Love wearing wedge heels with skirts and dresses. Very femininesmileI generally go for open toed sandals and strappy ones.

I usually scrub my feet well and apply some extra layers of foot lotion a couple of days prior to start wearing sandals. I also love to wear nail varnish.

GoEasyPudding Tue 21-May-13 18:03:02

When the summer sun makes an early and brief visit in May I spruce up my toes by popping on some nail polish and make sure I choose a colour with a great name. This year I chose paparazzi because of course that's sounds very glammy!

Inevitably I am back in boots quite soon after this but as soon as the temperature is above 20c again then its back to the sandals. I like a nice easy flat sandal that I can walk and walk in as that's is what the good weather is for, exploring and getting out there.

Theimpossiblegirl Tue 21-May-13 19:14:05

I love wearing sandals or flip flops but my feet are too cold right now.
I slather my feet in moisturiser then wear cotton socks to bed, it really softens my feet. A splash of nail polish and I'm ready to go.

I also alternate shoes so I don't get a tan line on my feet. smile

Rexy Tue 21-May-13 20:26:44

I visit a Chiropodist in Spring then use Flexiol nightly plus that fab Soap & Glory foot file.then I get my nails MINX'ed which lasts or months.would love some new sandals to show off all my hard work.

Aethelfleda Tue 21-May-13 21:44:40

I live in walking-shoe-type-sandals as soon as its warm enought for me to feel my toes! No beauty tips, but My current pair are Merrels. Having said that they are well worn so a Clarks pair would be lovely!

Confused40 Wed 22-May-13 13:10:29

I use a foot scrub throughout the year and file feet after a bath or shower. I also use almond oil to soften my feet throughout the year. If feet are particularly dry, then I smother in either vaseline or almond oil at night and put on a pair of cotton socks. In the morning feet feel like heaven. To keep nails clean and fresh, use a mix of tea trea oil and almond oil on a cotton bud and rub over the nail. Leave overnight and wash off in the morning.
Professional pedicure twice a year is a treat, but using the above method keeps feet perfect.

Eliza22 Thu 23-May-13 08:51:25

Sandals? You're joking yes?

In the event of weather permitting me to wear my Clarks Onslow Holly's I have:

Buffed my feet with the Soap & Glory Foot Buffer (the best IMO)
Moisturised at night with Boots Adavanced Footcare Intensive Foot Softener
Painted my nails with Mavala polish

That's it. As I type this I'm looking out at the swaying trees and rain. The heating is on, too!

Aussiemum84 Thu 23-May-13 11:59:13

A bit of polish on the toes always makes me feel like it is summery, even when the weather disagrees with me! As the nights are still cold enough, I lather my feet in moisturiser then sleep in cotton socks to help my dry feet. Very low maintenance - all the work is done while I sleep! I love peep toes shoes, whether they are flat or wedges so a nice little bit of polish always looks good peaking out. Once it's warm, I'm straight into thongs, whether it is a quick trip to the shops or a day out with the family!

And being pregnant means that in a few short months I won't be able to clip my toenails anymore, so what better excuse for a pedicure?!

fabinacab Thu 23-May-13 20:46:56

I have been wearing flip flops all thru the winter.apart from when it snowed , when I resorted to boots.I alternate between flip flops and high wedge sandals.
No special occassion needed. And as long as I remember to paint my toenails , I really dont mind baring my feet.
Infact I really dont like closed in shoes much atall.

peronel Fri 24-May-13 14:50:28

Flexitol is great, then a few dabs of polish and it's on with the flip-flops!smile

vic1981 Fri 24-May-13 19:40:32

Flat sandals for me, hoping the weather will improve enough to wear them soon... A coat of nail polish in a bright colour is a must for me.

herecomesthsun Sat 25-May-13 08:11:55

I like sandals which have closed toes, so I don't have to bother about the state of my toes!

500internalerror Sat 25-May-13 11:40:12

Winter: boots
Summer: flipflops

Nothing in between. Nail varnish the same regardless of season. But I might shave my legs a bit more in summer, even though I still wear the same leggings alll year round!

BrokenBanana Sat 25-May-13 19:16:28

I like to wear flat sandals in summer. I prefer something sturdy that holds my feet in cos I'm quite clumsy!

I paint my toenails various colours throughout the year but I like to wear bright, happy colours in the summer. I use a ped egg and soap and glory foot cream to keep my feet feeling smooth and looking good smile

absolutmum Sun 26-May-13 08:16:26

As a finger nail biter, I love to get a pedicure and have painted toe nails. I keep the dry, hard skin under control as much as possible, but really enjoy sitting in the massage chair having my toes attended to!
I move straight from boots to sandals as soon as the snow has gone. My large feet are happiest when sandal season starts grin

Mummystoodz Sun 26-May-13 14:02:55

I love wearing flip flops I'd wear them all year round if I could! I like a good old fashioned spongy oak normally worn only on the beach as they are comfy and can throw away and replace often. I have a few pairs of pretty sandals when I'm off out and just invested in a nice pair of edges. I actually like my feet doesn't matter what I weigh they always look good. I prepare them with a pumice stone a exfoliating scrub and then a good tip is to put E45 or any moisturiser on your feet and keep socks on asking as you can for soft feet. Toenails are always painted in a bright colour :-)

Nehru Sun 26-May-13 14:03:29

will this thread never ever end?


skyeskyeskye Sun 26-May-13 14:41:50

I go to a chiropodist every 8 weeks, so my feet are usually looking quite nice. I always paint my toenails in summer.

I wear mules as I cannot wear high heels.

Pinkpiglet Sun 26-May-13 23:41:20

I love summer and finally managing to wear shoes without socks!
My nails must be painted if they're being shown to the outside world. My feet require moisturising and a pumice stone to sort the heels out.
I generally prefer flats, mainly some clarks leather flip flops that a bought a couple of years ago in tan leather and loved them so much that I bought them in red as well.
I don't need a special reason to get my toes out, just the sun! They've been out all weekend and long may the sunny weather continue!

sickofsocalledexperts Mon 27-May-13 09:39:48

A blue home pedicure and a few nights of socks and cracked heel balm. Also some serious filing of hard skin. Then my trotters are good to go.

AtYourCervix Mon 27-May-13 18:21:02

If it ever gets warm enough to take off my socks I'll give the old heels a filing and steal some of DDs nice nail varnish.
My faithful Habiasnas have btoken so i'm on the lookout for something new.

timidviper Mon 27-May-13 20:50:48

I have never manged to be organised enough to prettify myself but a friend of mine went to work at a beauty salon recently so I now go for a pedicure once each month, I really enjoy it and it makes a wonderful difference. I usually have nail polish put on my toes but have twinkletoes done before holidays as it lasts so much better.

My favourite sandals are fitflops. I'm sure I have a bum like J-Lo but, sadly, mine is encased in a thick, protective coat of lard blush

Turquoiseblue Mon 27-May-13 22:04:58

I keep my feet sandal (or slipper) ready all year round. It cheers me immensely to see lovely polished toenails especially in winter! I generally i file and buff off the hard skin around the heels, moisturise (just normal body moisturiser -whatever I m using), if I have an event or something on I know I m going to be getting my feet out or say at the start of summer, i ll do full pedi - soak feet remove hard skin and I ll smother feet in 8 hour cream and wear moisture socks overnight then finish with fixing up the cuticles and nails next morning.
I m loving the orange and purple wedges I se on the clarks ad beside me .. might have to investigate those further.

DuelingFanjo Mon 27-May-13 22:57:52

First sign of good weather it's socks off, flats on. No preparation. Obviously pretty soon after it's flats off boots back on.

DoTheStrand Tue 28-May-13 01:28:26

I do a lot of walking so I always have a pair of sandals I can walk distances in, as strappy and pretty as possible bearing in mind what they will go through. Plus some less robust metallic or sparkly ones for other times. I have to have some back support or my feet fall out of them so no flipflops for me.

I try to keep my feet reasonable throughout the year with foot cream and exfoliating then have a professional pedicure once the sun appears, with a couple more pedis over the summer. (Not good at doing nail varnish myself). I think a pedicure is the best value beauty treatment you can have as they last for ages.

Bertrude Tue 28-May-13 05:46:37

My feet are out all year in one way or another, either in sandals at weekend or open toe, slingback shoes for work. My feet overheat and really stink get very sweaty in closed shoes.

I have a pay-day pedicure every month to manage the worst of the dry heels. They used to be very cracked, but I do now slather them in moisturiser (just a cheapy normal supermarket one, not even one for feet) and put trainer socks on overnight in the middle of the month to get them softer.

Polish colour is always dark, either dark purple (done last night actually!), a dark blue the same colour as the Red Bull Racing F1 cars may or may not be a link between this and my Mark Webber obsession or a nice deep red. Never anything that the majority of people would class as summer colours.

Lent1l Tue 28-May-13 15:19:48

I try to keep my feet nice all year round. I use a footcream every night and keep an eye on hard skin etc. When it gets too bad I treat myself to a visit to my choropodist for a natter and a tidy up. Nail polish is generally only for special occasions.

I find it hard to find sandals I really like and are comfortable for walking in. Many seem either to be form or function and not often both.

mummy1973 Tue 28-May-13 21:37:40

Bit of polish and then just wear my sandals with confidence! Not socks!

snowymum12 Wed 29-May-13 14:20:48

I love toepost sandals and have them on as early in the year as possible. I make sure my feet are looking their best by painting my toenails (usually a pretty pink or pearl) and getting a decent heel balm to ensure my heels are ready to face the elements.

JS06 Wed 29-May-13 16:49:27

Bought myself a micro-pedi - it's wonderful and very easy to use. Great result, no more snagging the bed sheets (what an admission!). Have been doing lots of extra moisturising after evening shower/bath and am noticing smoothing/plumping of skin. Occasionally I use a heavier type oil like almond oil on top of foot which is deeply moisturising, leaving a lovely glow.

I love my fit-flops or bejewelled sandals and paint nails in bright tango orange or deep fluorescent pink. It needs to come off or be retouched as soon as there's a chip though or you're drawn to looking at the blemish.

I like to get my feet out as soon as the weather is warm and usually am always barefoot at home. Roll on Summer, we're missing you.

I visit a podiatrist every 3 - 4 months for an overhaul and the only downside is she's very thorough with nail cutting. What she cuts off though I paint over, even it's my toes! From a distance, it's all good!!!

BonzoDooDah Wed 29-May-13 17:49:15

Sandals on as soon as it is warm enough and off when I start getting frostbite. Either sandals or barefoot as much of the year as I can be.
Prefer cushioned soles so can walk far with no pain.
No particular "foot" routine as feet are feet and mine look okay.

racingheart Wed 29-May-13 19:53:28

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet?
Only once or twice. Weather's been too changeable.

Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?

Full sandal straight away - I go from boots to sandals depending on the weather.

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?
I love a medium height wedge strappy sandal or a flipflop style with very padded sole. Can walk in both of these all day and still feel cool and comfortable. I avoid any sandal with thin, hard soles.

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?
No - just a lovely sunny day. As soon as the summer dresses come out, the sandals do too.

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out?
Yes. I think it's unkind to others to flaunt hard, cracked skin.

What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)
I do a proper home pedicure with pumice, hard skin remover and gritty scrub then apply lots of foot cream, trim , clean and file nails and add a pale natural polish or a bright one, depending on where I'm going. Then moisturise every day and pumice feet twice a week to make sure they stay soft.

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?

And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?

zipzap Thu 30-May-13 01:20:44

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?
COMFORTABLE!!!!! Is the absolute top priority - if it's not comfortable then there's no point in wearing it otherwise you're going to be hobbling around, wincing in pain and it's just not worth it. I've had comfy high strappy sandals and uncomfy flat ones - so it's not just a height thing. But for every day in the summer (assuming we actually get one with sun in!) I go for a nice squidgy sole that's relatively flat. And since having dc I've ended up with ones that I can adjust across the toes just because my feet swell now (didn't before!) so they have been more sporty than I'd have liked. I like the Clarks ones with the comfy soles and pretty metallic shades with maybe a bit of beading or something pretty up the middle. Not too strappy, solid enough to know you're not going to run out of your sandals or break them the next time you have to charge after your headstrong 5 year old who can out run you and is heading towards the road... But there again, not boring and sporty.
Have just had a look on the Clarks site at their sandals and I mean a cross between the front of the Renver Shine and the back of a Renver Band. PReferably with an Originals sole. I like to have a nice coloured pair of sandals - black, nude or navy or white can get very boring. The mixes of pink, purple and orange are nice at the moment but it's also good to have a soft pale denim blue or a gentle mid green colour (ie not out and out girly colours) which also go with lots of things. Metallics can be good too so long as they are not too shiny or bright.

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?
Won't be a special occasion - will be once it gets warm (and dry) enough to not need to wear socks. I often go through an intermediate phase of a comfortable (see a theme emerging?!) shoe that can be worn without socks before getting to sandals - a few years ago I had a fab Clarks pair called something like Hyacinth or Hydrangea that were fantastically soft leather on top, in a range of pretty colours and squishy soles. They were on sale for at least two years - but rapidly sold out as they were so popular so I didn't have as many pairs as I would have liked. I've also had several pairs of clarks trainery things that were like mary jane trainers with an elastic strap across - great to wear but tended to get very stinky very quickly.

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)
I try to keep jolly coloured nail varnish on my toenails all year round - slosh it on before I get in the shower, it's dry by the time you get out and any bits that get on your skin whilst sloshing it on come off easily when you dry your feet. Winter shades tend to be a bit darker, maybe aubergine or silver or dark red. Summer - coral, bright red, turquoise, ice green...
I also try to use a pumice stone once summer approaches to help keep my feet nice and to use cream on any dry bits, a little work with intensive cream really helps. I used to have a great Scholl pumice stone that was a manmade one, wasn't too harsh, rubbed dry skin off easily without hurting but they don't seem to make them any more which is a real shame, so I just use whatever is on offer in Boots or TKMaxx.

(and can I just say that I have a pair of Clarks Originals slip on shoes that are at least 4 or 5 years old and are currently the most comfortable pair of shoes I have, but they are beginning to wear out, the soles now have holes in sad. Every season I hope against hope that you will do something similar, I'm still getting compliments on them even though they are battered beyond belief and get very little in the way of love or care. But nothing - they are all either lace up or ballet pump styles. Please please can you bring back the slip on that you can wear with socks and trousers - they are so great. It's a real pain when you have young kids to be faffing around tying laces - I just want to be able to slip on shoes (or even slip on boots) and go. Not mess around with laces!)

thornrose Thu 30-May-13 02:01:19

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet?
Once or twice I've worn flip flops,

Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?

Straight from boots to flip flop.

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?
Flat and relaxed combined with a strappy number if that's not too much to ask.

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?
No special occasion, just wam and sunny.

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out?
Oh yes, scaly, hard feet with long unpainted toenails make me feel sick!

What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)
I use a Ped egg followed by a good exfoliater. I smother my feet in max strength moisturiser or very good hand cream then wrap in cling film and wear socks overnight. Next day rinse, moisturise and paint toe nails.

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?

And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?
Not all year round in the UK but ready to bare when going swimming with regular use of PedEgg, exfoliater and good toe nail polish.

manfalou Thu 30-May-13 10:08:14

I live in sandals from April-October. A nice pedicure to start the sandal season and some beautifully painted nails throughout is the way to go. I generally only really wear flat sandals but do have a couple of pairs of wedges for those special occasions or when I want to feel particularly girly.

Fakebook Thu 30-May-13 13:59:52

I keep my feet scrubbed all year with a pumice stone once or twice a week in the shower. It removes dead skin and keeps my feet soft. A quick moisturise with Nivea lotion is enough to keep away dry skin. I usually file and buff nails in the summer and only use nail polish on special occasions.

About 99% of my shoes are Clarks. I can't wear any other shoes. I bought some Clarks wedges last March for the summer (had an inkling it may not be hot this year) that are not too high and comfortable.. Normally I buy flattish or strappy flat sandals. I absolutely love Clarks Active Air sandals and shoes and so does my husband.

I only get my toes out if its very warm. My feet are cold all year round, so it needs to be pretty hot for me to bare them.

Eliza22 Thu 30-May-13 14:27:46

I bought the Soap & Glory foot buffer file thingy, after seeing so many recommendations here on MN. It's absolutely THE BEST for your feet and I've tried 'em all. Mine are now sooooo smooth smile

Had sandals on yesterday morning. Had shoes and tights on my 2pm, when it started chucking it down! Great. June tomorrow?

eteo Fri 31-May-13 16:30:22

i had been wearing sandals since last week. cant wait to get it out!!! love my flat huge feets. They look like flippers. lol. I love to wear flat sandals with lot of colourful flowers but i cant find them.

halcyondays Sat 01-Jun-13 16:27:51

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?

i've worn sandals a few times when the weather has been good enough, but its been very changeable. Usually full sandal straight away.

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number? Flats of any kind.

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?
no particular date or occasion, just when it's warm enough for me.

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!)
It depends on what state my feet are in. Its been a long time since I had a pedicure and I"m not great at doing it myself. If I have dry cracked heels then I'll use foot scrubs and creams, and put some nail varnish on. Pluck any hair from my big toe.

And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?
I only wear them if its sunny, I'd be far too cold to wear them all year round.

gazzalw Sun 02-Jun-13 16:52:01

I hardly ever wear sandals for fear of being mistaken for a lentil-eating, bearded Leftie (I sort of am anyway but still....). I should air my feet in the Summer though, even if only at home, because I've always had really bad Athlete's Foot which I'm assuming is entirely caused by having my feet encased in socks and enclosed shoes all year round.

ChablisLover Mon 03-Jun-13 11:53:54

so sandal weather - it comes so rarely now

If it is i tend to get the footfile out and scrub away dead skin, then moisturising cream with socks overnight and tend to repeat this process until the feet are ready

By that time the sun is away and its raining again

If it lasts, then a quick coat of polish - as chosen by my 6 year old DS - its currently orange one from NYC Cosmetics as orange is his favourite colour.

If I'm picking its generally my go to pinky neutral chanel favourite.

am wearing lovely peeptoe m&S today as I am awaiting my Clarks sandals (sarina Bowes) to arrive (purchased on friday in light of impending good weather)

but am looking longingly at last years navy Dolly's - so comfy and my Kestral Soars for casual weekend wear - again excellent shoes.

would love the serin wedges but cant justify £79 on them - should have got them in the sale - maybe this summer

Clarks shoes have got so much better in recent years - just need to sort our the sizing - can vary from a 5 to a 6 1/2 depending on the style - there needs to be consistency. Am hoping my order is the right size.

Nehru Mon 03-Jun-13 14:45:52


nowaistatall Mon 03-Jun-13 17:49:43

Have to wear open all round sandals to allow the bunion to live happily in the sun!grin

Pumpkinette Mon 03-Jun-13 23:34:14

I am a cold person so it takes a really hot day for me to get my feet out. I almost had them out a couple of weekends ago but I knew I would be out until the evening time when it gets a bit chillier so I changed my mind.

I generally look after my feet all year round and don't suffer from any foot problems so I dont do any extra preperation for summer sandals.

I use a sugar scrub on them once a week and moisturise them with body butter or coconut oil 3-4 times a week. I keep my toenails trimmed and tidy. I do sometimes paint my toenails but a lot of the time I leave them natural. I don't wear high heels as I find them impossible (can just about handle a small heel if the shoe style is right) and I don't wear flats as they give me foot cramps. (Slightly high arch) I think this may contribute to my nice feet and I don't force them into uncomfortable shoes. If I am wearing strappy shoes I make sure I use my boots or avon anti blister stick before putting them on as it stops rubbing and blisters.

I own a couple of pairs of sandals. My Birkenstocks are my favourite. They are not the classic style, they have cross over at the toe and an extra strap : these ones
I have week ankles so need a shoe that won't flap about or I will fall over. I have owned these shoes for 6 years now and they are still going strong.

My other sandals are wedges / platform wedges. I have 3 6 pairs in different colours . Again I like them to have a ankle support so I opt for shoes with an ankle strap. I have found that for some reason the style of shoes I like always have a corkscrew effect platform / wedge and I really dislike that look.

My ideal summer sandals would be lower height wedge platforms, have ankle support and a built in arch support rather than a flat sole. Colours red or black or maybe a mustard yellow or a green. Oh and available in 1/2 sizes too.

TrickyWoo Tue 04-Jun-13 08:37:25

So, have you got your feet out for summer yet? Is it a 2 stage process for you (tops of feet and then toes) or do you go for the full sandal straight away? Or do you NEVER bare all?
Full sandal straight off... Birkenstocks first then more strappy delicate ones

What's your favourite type of sandal? Flat and relaxed, a height-boosting wedge or maybe a strappy number?
Flat, leather straps, leather lined, leather sole; soft soft soft, and goes with anything!

I do like a wedge though, but I don't like a suede bed to the sandal as I think they get grubby from my toes...

What date or occasion did you you/ will you do it? Does it need to be a special occasion?
It's the weather not the occasion; every day at work if possible, as long ad toenails are BRIGHT

Do you have a pamper ritual before getting your feet out? What it is? Full scrub, pedicure or a quick slick of a nude varnish? Share your tips (please!).
 Ideally it's: scrub, file hard skin, cream (flexitol -amazing stuff), cuticles, bright polish and done. 

If your feet never see the UK sun, why not?
If ever have cracked heels that's a bit of a bugger and puts me off baring 

And if they're out all year round and look ok how do you manage it?
flexitol and socks at night, plus bright varnish 

cather Mon 10-Jun-13 12:10:09

Once it gets warmer I get my sandals out. I have a few different pairs for work, navy, black, brown and pink. I like a sandal with a heel as they look dressier, I really don't like the completely flat sandals as I find them uncomfortable to wear.
I don't do anything different to my feet other than paint my toenails in summer.

MTBMummy Mon 10-Jun-13 15:37:42

As soon as it starts getting warm enough I get my sandals out

I tend to wear heels for the office and wedges, flip flops or flat sandals for weekend and home, but it really depends on what we're doing.

I never used to bother with pedicures or foot scrubs, but I've noticed my feet are looking quite rubbish this year so have painted my toe nails and have invested in a good heel scrub.

littlemonkeychops Mon 10-Jun-13 20:15:57

As soon as it's warm i switch to sandals, i do a lot of walking so they must be comfy, but still with a bit of style. I have a low maintenence routine, moisturiser, a lick of polish and trimming my nails.

Clarks have a sale on at the moment which i got emailed about today, so was looking at their sandals, weird coincidence!

ChablisLover Tue 11-Jun-13 12:00:41

And so my summer is over!

The rain has descended again

oh Clarks bring back the sunshine please!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Jun-13 12:01:10

Sorry for the delay but am pleased to say the following MNers all win a pair of summer sandals from the Clarks collection!

Turnipvontrapp, TiredFeet, DifferentNow, feelthis, Dolallytats, TravelinColour, skyeskyeskye, Pumpkinette, JoyceDivision and QueenofWhispers

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