We all know that pedicures are mostly a girly routine and that no man’s man would be caught dead getting one. But, recently a number of high-profile athletes, including former Denver Bronco Tim Tebow, are helping to bust this “girly little secret.” For guys, it’s more about keeping their feet in great shape and less about luxury or frilly spa treatments.
For men with an active lifestyle, or who regularly engage in sports, pedicures are almost a necessity. Dwayne Wade, shooting guard for the Miami Heat, gets sports pedicures and the Washington Wizards include pedicures as part of their training regimen. In fact, even Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth were known for getting pedicures.
And, pedicures aren’t just for professional athletes that depend on their feet for their livelihood; pedicures also make sense for the rest of us who are on our feet all the time. After all, we rotate and balance the tires on our car for a smooth ride. It only makes sense to take care of the feet that take us everywhere we want to go.
Top 5 Reasons to Get a Pedicure
5. Happy feet. Our goal is to have clean, healthy feet, not painted pieces of art on our toes. Pedicures make our feet look and feel fantastic. The process begins with a warm foot soak in marine salts and skin softeners that leave your feet feeling silky smooth. Along with trimming your nails and filing away calluses, you also get a foot and calf massage. Plus, while you’re having a beer, catnapping or taking in the tunes, a beautiful and talented cosmetologist toils away on your feet. And, while it’s pretty relaxing and definitely decadent, it’s also good for you.
4. It’s sandal season. You’ve got those great leather Tevas but, unfortunately, your feet look like gnarled, nasty tree roots. Get those nails trimmed, have that winter callus buildup filed down and get your feet ready for public viewing. (Believe it not, some guys even get their toes waxed.) Then, go out and put your best foot forward.
3. Foot odor. This is a huge issue for guys and a major turnoff for women. And, foot sprays and pads are like spraying Febreze on dog crap. Get a pedicure. The washing, sanitizing and exfoliation you get during a pedicure removes layers of dead skin, dirt and bacteria from your feet that create odor.
2. Healthy feet are manly feet. Because there are more pores on the bottoms of your feet than anywhere else, it’s easy for infections to get in your body through your feet. Getting pedicures regularly reduces the chance for infections and fungus. In addition, the foot and calf massage improves blood flow and reduces inflammation pain. Getting rid of callus buildup and blisters also reduces pain.
And, the number one reason to get a pedicure: She’ll thank you in ways you’ll appreciate. Trust us, no woman wants to sleep next to nasty, scratchy feet. And, we hate sleeping alone with our own stinky feet. Seriously, she won’t think you’re less manly because you got rid of your dragon feet; she’ll think you’re considerate, sophisticated and self-assured in your masculinity. It’s a sexy way to impress her.
Don’t buy a Groupon deal and head down to Nancy’s Nail Palace. Instead, go to an upscale barbershop like GQ Barber Lounge in Denver, Colorado. It just feels better getting your feet detailed into shape in a male sanctuary where you don’t have to feel bad because you’re not sipping a “bobo” drink and getting sunflowers painted on your toenails.
Make certain the place is clean and sanitary. Pedicures are no place to cut corners with respect to safety and sanitation.
Whether or not you get polish is up to you. A lot of guys get clear polish and some sartorially inclined gents opt for black polish. We recommend skipping polish altogether. However, if your nails are soft or prone to splitting, ask for a nail hardener.
We recommend a pedicure at least every four months with sensible home care in between. Home care includes occasionally sanding your heels with a pumice block (take the one they use home with you and purchase a couple more) and using a nightly foot cream or moisturizer.Google+