How to treat dry feet: 5 ways to show your soles some love after sandal season

how to treat dry feet

how to treat dry feet
Photography by Peter Stigter

We consider ourselves caring and appreciative people who would never, say, walk all over someone. But the truth is, when it comes to our feet, we’re total jerks. After spending the balmy months imprisoning our toes in strappy styles and marching around the streets until blisters, sore arches, and squished toes got the best of us, we’re now forcing them into whole other styles making them break in new stiff picks for fall.

Now, we both know that in order to successfully work in a new pair of boots, your feet are required to be in decent shape. That means those dry heels, achy calluses and sore toes could use a little attention. Otherwise, you’ll be ditching your new stompers and walking around in your socks before you even check your morning emails.

And so, to get your feet back in shape and ready to successfully break in your new fall footwear lineup, we’re sharing how to get them looking and feeling great. From a raved-about foot peel to pads that prevent future blisters, flip through for five ways to reboot your feet.

how to treat dry feet

Tip #1: Treat yourself to a foot peel
Take cue from your facial skincare regime and use a deep exfoliator on your feet to effortlessly reveal super soft skin. Baby Foot is a much-loved product among editors and beauty buffs. Made in Japan, this peel is a foot gel made with seventeen natural extracts and fruit acids, including lactic and glycolic acids. Why is it so great? Baby Foot easily removes that hard, dead skin on feet (it will basically crack and peels right off), to reveal a smooth and rejuvenated new layer of skin.

Baby Foot Deep Exfoliation for Feet Peel ($19,

how to treat dry feet
Tip #2: Maintain them with an exfoliator
To maintain those super soft baby feet you achieve from the peel, use a scrub once or twice a week. It will help keep that layer of scaly, dead skin that develops on your feet at bay. Try Burt’s Bees exfoliating sugar scrub with pomegranate oil, cranberry seed, and shea butter. It’s a gentle option for polishing your feet and conditioning skin to promote a healthy, smooth and glowing surface.

Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub ($15,

how to treat dry feet
Tip #3: Moisturize (a lot)
As soon as the cool temps roll in, you probably notice a greater need to moisturize your hands–and the same goes for your feet. The skin on your feet is coarser and lacks oil glands, so it requires hydration on a regular basis. The Body Shop’s Hemp Foot Protector is a heavy-duty option that soothes and hydrates even the driest skin. Plus, it conditions nails too.

The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector ($18,

how to treat dry feet
Tip #4: Embrace cuticle cream
Sure, your mom’s taught you the importance of wearing socks in the colder months of the year, but just because few will see them bare doesn’t mean you should neglect your nails. Whether or not you choose to add polish, keep your cuticles clean to help them look their best while ensuring they don’t get dry and brittle. Use a cuticle oil like Formula X’s Quench Cuticle Oil to nourish and soften the skin. This formula boasts a blend of cottonseed oil, soybean oil, apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, almond oil, and vitamin E, which works to prevent nails from cracking and peeling.

Formula X Quench – Cuticle Oil ($18,

how to treat dry feet

Tip #5: Keep blister pads on-hand
Finally, prevention is key. With any pair of shoes your feet aren’t used to–new or old–blisters are basically a given. Apply a pad that’s targeted to act as a friction barrier between your foot and the shoe to any blister-prone areas. Our pick? Try Polysporin’s Blister Treatment. It’s an active gel with moisture-absorbing elements that basically cushion your sore spots to relieve pain, protect against rubbing, and offer faster healing time.

Polysporin Blister Treatment ($6,