Gucci slip-on thongs? Yes, AmEx will never let you forget that purchase.
But what to do with those feet? Between the neglect they got last season (only the select—or stupid—few can get away with open-toes in winter), and the blisters and corns from the first sandal days of spring, your toes are a mess. So if you’re going to let those dogs out, you’d better make sure they’re perfectly groomed.
That’s why DailyCandy has compiled this list of the best mani-pedi places in town. (Print it out and save for summer!)
Sleekest spot in town? The renowned SkinCareLab. This is serious foot care. Impressive design, too. Chat with Brad; he’s a gem! Occasionally Bastien Gonzalez, renowned French podiatrist rock star, makes an appearance, but he’s in Europe at present time. Stay tuned. SkinCareLab, 568 Broadway, at Prince Street, Suite 403 (212-334-3142).
Can’t get a foot in the door there? There are plenty of places to indulge:
The Hot Lava Rock pedicure at Estee Lauder Spas uses warm stones (the rocks separate your toes Fred Flinstone-style). Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue (212-705-2318).
Or try the Hot Paraffin Pedicure at Helena Rubinstein (135 Spring Street, 212-343-9963) or the Warm Wax Wrap pedicure at Bliss 57,19 East 57th Street, third floor; (212-219-8970).
Rescue Nail Spa’s (21 Cleveland Place; 212-431-3805) paint jobs are a work of art, and will bow to any trend you wish-even Barbie-meets-G.I. Joe-style pink- camouflage toes).
Jin Soon Spa (56 East 4th Street; 212-473-2047) does a great summer oasis foot treatment: Plink your toes in a foot bath filled with glass marbles, cucumbers, mint leaves, and peppermint. We also dig the Milk & Honey pedicure.
Want a serious rub? The Chinese acupressure, reflexology, and tub of Chinese herbs make the pedicure at Karen Wu Beauty & Wellness Spa (1044 Madison Avenue, between 79th and 80th Streets; 212-737-3545) downright therapeutic.
For those who want to make foot grooming into a shared experience, plan the date of all dates with a Tete-a-Tete pedicure at Warren Tricomi (16 West 57th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, fourth floor; 212-262-8899).
On the run? No time? Hit the Buff Spa (at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street; 212-753-7300). No waiting- room hassle there. Sign in, grab a beeper, and shop until your number is called.
Or, if your feet have it so bad you can’t make it out of the house, Nails on Cue will come to your place with sea salts, marine masks, and essential oils. (Call 212-758-5147)
When all else fails, lay low—there’s no place like chez your tub. Get nekked, hop in, and DIY.