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These Gel Socks Saved My Dry, Cracked Feet

Ditch the pumice stone.

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BelleSha Spa Moisturizing Gel Socks ($19.99)

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For my whole life, I have struggled with the vile bottoms of my feet. I don't mean they're a little rough; I mean I wouldn't do feet-snuggly things with guys because of them. I shouldn't have worn mules because of them. I did anyway because I love mules. The dirty bottoms of my feet were a constant running joke at work; they were borderline my trademark.

Then, last week, something amazing happened: I got a pedicure and was not asked if I wanted callous remover. This was a true milestone moment in my life. I needed to reflect.

It’s been quite a journey to get to this place. I’ve used various other products up until I found my gel socks. I’ve used feet razors, exfoliating creams, and even a product called Baby Foot (suggested by Racked’s own Julia Rubin) that sheds the skin from your feet like you’re a snake. All of these products have worked for a time, but after a week or two my feet would usually return to their regular horrid state.

These gel socks are the only things that have kept my feet consistently normal and touchable. The company suggests you wear them seven days in a row and then three nights a week after that. I wear them every night to be safe. This may sound annoying, but it’s much less annoying than using a razor and/or pumice stone every night for 15 minutes.

Perhaps you hate wearing socks to bed? Keep them in the fridge so they’re more comfortable. I keep 10 pairs in the freezer to make them extra bearable. I now actually look forward to putting them on before bed, and I kind of think they’re cute! I alternate colors. (They also come in a just-for-the-heels version if you’re really averse to the whole sleeping-with-socks thing. I started with this version and they are totally comfortable.)

I’m not saying goodbye to Baby Foot forever; these socks do work well with, and prolong the effects of, other products. If, however, I had to pick one foot product for the rest of my life, it would be these. I think they’ll change your life, but if they don’t, they’ll at least save you five dollars on callous remover on your next pedicure!