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Friday Find: Happy Feet

When I was a fashion editor, trotting around various cities in silly shoes, Paris Fashion Week was not complete without a visit to Carita (House of Beauty, no less) where they performed the most devastatingly effective medical pedicures. With the aid of various blades and files they transformed toughened heels and sore toes into pretty, baby soft feet.
Though these days I’m not hoofing around fashion capitals sporting the heel of the moment, striding about with a dog – even in relatively sensible shoes – still takes its toll.
Recently a friend treated me to a visit to Margaret Dabbs where I discovered London’s equivalent of the pedicure medicale. I sat down with podiatrist Yvonne Mattis, who proceeded to take me through the essentials of maintaining foot health. “Prevention is better than cure,” she told me, as I explained what I ask of my feet daily. “You need to be able to walk your dog, so you need to maintain your feet. Ten minutes a week is all it takes.” Her advice: Use a foot file once a week and concentrate the filing on wherever skin feels tough (border of heel, ball of foot, etc). Use oil every night to keep skin soft. (I invested in the un-greasy and effective Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil, £22). Finally choose footwear that allows toes to move and is attached to your foot by laces or straps above the instep so that you don’t end up scrunching your toes to hold on your shoes.
While they are not so heart-stoppingly desirable as a pair of giddy heels, I’ve spotted some neat trainers – old-school, pale blue with mid-blue suede details and punched suede around the toes – that will go some way to making me (and my feet) feel happy while still paying a nod to the fashion pack.

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