Perfect Feet for the Lazy or Impatient: The Micro Pedi

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Well this was twenty-four quid well spent; the Emoji Micro Pedi is the most fun I’ve had with my feet in years. (There’s some kind of rude joke in there somewhere but I haven’t the energy to eke it out.) A sort of miniature sander that you run over dry foot skin, it requires virtually no physical effort yet has the distinctly satisfying effect of kicking up clouds of dead-skin-dust. Gross, but – as I said – distinctly satisfying. When you think about how long you have to sit with a manual foot file to even make a dent in a hard, shell-like heel….well. This Micro Pedi gadget achieves smoother skin in mere seconds. If you’re constantly battling with bits of dry foot skin or hard, calloused heels then this is one gadget I can highly recommend.

I was never convinced by the “Ped Egg” or any of these cheese grater-style foot files; in fact, when I attended the Margaret Dabbs Clinic (post here) the podiatrist was quite vocal about staying well clear of them, saying that they removed skin unevenly and ineffectively. Much better to go for the good quality sandpapery files and do the filing routine little and often. Which I never do because it’s so bloody boring. Where’s the fun in sitting on the floor sawing away at your heels? It’s almost as painfully dull as using a foot scrub. (High up on my list of the most pointless body products ever invented. There are good ones, admittedly, but tell me: in which situation is it convenient to use one? Not in the shower, as you’d put your back out and/or break your neck slipping over in the tray, and not in the bath, as you’d have to do some weird yoga move and it would completely kill your relaxation vibes. No, the only way to use a foot scrub would be as part of a full pedicure routine, sat in your dressing gown on the bathroom floor with a towel beneath your feet. And, quite frankly, there are other things I’d rather be doing.)

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If you’re getting the impression that I’m rather lazy when it comes to foot care then you’d be right: that’s why the Micro Pedi is one of my best Amazon purchases ever. A whizz over hard skin once or twice a week keeps my feet smooth and soft (don’t remove too much at once, you need some kind of hoof unless you only ever stroll on sandy beaches or bouncy castles) and the whole process takes approximately thirty seconds. Switch it on (you need batteries but they last for ages – I use rechargeable) and simply run the filing roller over the hard skin, being careful to keep the roller moving and not keep it one place for too long. You don’t want to set your feet on fire! There are different rollers that fit into the handle so you can give your feet an “extreme” makeover (watch the sparks fly) or stick to a regular, sensible coarseness for tackling normal “horniness”. (Again, joke here somewhere but I don’t have the energy.)

Since I bought my Micro Pedi they have introduced a “Premium Gift Set” – for a pound extra you get a pink Micro Pedi, spare extra-coarse rollers, scissors, toe separators and some other stuff that I stopped trying to identify because, to be quite honest, a pound extra even for the spare sandpaper things is a total bargain! Find that set on Amazon here.

Your own “perfect feet” tips? Any particular creams or lotions? I really want to try those treatments that peel off your whole lot of foot skin at once, they sound both gross and brilliant. And I do very much like the Diamancel files for manual foot-sanding…

PS: apologies for the dead skin in the photos. I should really have ordered a new roller for the picture, but I’m about to give birth and so thought I’d just make do with what I had. It’s not even my dead skin, it’s Mr AMR’s! Ha. Sorry to those who may never, ever tune in for another post again. Oh – and the nail polish shown is Shifting Sands by Deborah Lippmann and it’s amazing. Perfect summer nude. Applies beautifully, stays on for an age, is a brilliant “skin tone” that makes your hands look like mannequin hands. You can find it online here – £16.

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  1. T
    June 18, 2015 / 9:16 am

    The title sold me! Haha. So cheap as well!

  2. Lynne
    June 18, 2015 / 9:23 am

    I have the mains operated version (because all the batteries in our house are always dead!) and love it! I would add that Margaret Dabbs does THE best creams for feet which means I use the MicroPedi much less than I expected. Now your feet are lovely and smooth put them up and try to relax in whatever time you have left, best wishes for you and Mr AMR!!!

  3. Katie F
    June 18, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Very timely post Ruth, was just feeling quite self-conscious about the state of my feet in Pilates class. Felt very sorry for my poor teacher when she was correcting me! Have ordered and can’t wait for it to come. xx

  4. Francesca
    June 18, 2015 / 9:53 am

    Just what I’ve been looking for! I’m usually very lazy when it comes to footcare, but recently I’ve been somewhat obsessed with achieving soft feet. I’ve been applying thick moisturisers and scrubbing with a pumice stone constantly in a desperate attempt to reverse the damage I’ve done to my neglected feet throughout the years. I’m definitely ordering this ASAP!

  5. Emma
    June 18, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Hi Ruth
    When you talk about wanting to try the foot treatments that peel all your foot skin off in one go, are you talking about the ones that come in a foot shaped plastic bag, that you put your feet into & they peel off a few days later? If so, I’ve tried 3 different brands & they’re not all they’re cracked up to be. The peeling process can sometimes take over a week so you’re left with very dodgy looking & uncomfortable feeling feet for quite a few days. Not great if you are wanting a nice pedi for an up & coming event. They also seem to only take a very superficial layer off.
    The one thing I have tried which is really amazing is a product called Pedikur. It’s a liquid that you soak into cotton wool, put on your feet & wrap with cling film. You leave it on for about 15 mins & then use the plastic scraper to scrape all the dead skin off. The dead skin turns into a gel like consistency & comes off really easily. It’s both completely gross & totally amazing. I’m plagued by dead skin on my feet & have tried it all, pedi egg, files, blades, the lot & this is the only product that works & works really well for me….even if it is really disgusting :) x

  6. Francesca Harris
    June 18, 2015 / 11:10 am

    I must try this, I have absolutely no patience for manual foot files (although good secondary effect on the biceps?!). I’ve tried the bliss softening socks, which are good for regular maintenance, but you should definitely try the Footner exfoliating socks (you can get them from boots) for really satisfying effects. They are borderline disgusting, a bit like those face masks that start like a jelly and end up peeling off like grubby cling film, but oh so satisfying – like shedding a snakeskin.

    Really hope you’re enjoying your last few weeks of pregnancy and all the very best of luck with the next stage of baby AMR – I know I should be wishing you a restful maternity leave, but I’m enjoying your blog sooo much and am distinctly selfish… Xx

  7. Kate
    June 18, 2015 / 11:52 am

    I just tried the Footner mask thing. I used it 2 weeks ago and peeled from day 6 to day 12. It felt like an age! I did it mostly as an experiment to distract me while revising for my MSc, thought I’d be trapped indoors revising while the peeling happened, but wasn’t expecting it to start so late.

    Instead I went to my viva slathering moisturiser onto the tops of my feet so I could wear proper shoes for an hour without looking like I had a debilitating skin condition!

    I would use it again, but I’d protect the top of my foot more to avoid peeling on top, and I think I’d be a bit generous with the time – I erred on the side of caution and have heard it works better if you leave it a little longer (now I know my foot won’t fall off!) The peeling for days is a bit of a drag.

    My feet did come out looking very nice, but then they weren’t too bad in the first place. I agree with Emma, it doesn’t seem like a really hardcore treatment if you have lots of hard skin.

  8. June 18, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Urgh feet – the bain of my beauty life! Needless to say I had clicked through and bought this before I got to the end of the post lol xxx

  9. June 18, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Yikes haha, I think I’d be too nervous about accidentally sandpapering off half my foot! I had a mandatory woodworking class in middle school where the teacher told horrendous horror stories about previous students who hadn’t been careful around the power tools…

  10. Darina
    June 18, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    I have the very much hyped about Scholl device for feet which works in same spinning motion. I found I have to spend an HOUR filing my feet with it, cause it’s not abrasive enough! ( 30 min each foot minimum) no one has got time for that stuff.
    And it only works with fresh new batteries – any older than 2 weeks- and it is just too slow.
    Eurgh why make such a useless device Sholl and shove it down all youtubers mouths?

  11. Lili
    June 18, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Judging by the looks of that roller Mr AMR must have some super smooth feet by now! ;-)
    I’ve yet to try one of these pedi tools, they look kind of scary. Remind me of a belt sander! But they look to be quite effective. One of the absolute BEST foot creams I’ve ever tried is from Aveda. Their Foot Relief cream is truly amazing. It has lactic acid as well as salicylic acid (great as exfoliants) plus peppermint oil, tea tree oil and a few others. A little pricey but definitely worth the splurge.

  12. June 18, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    You can make me laugh while talking about dead skin and pedicures, you really are brilliant.

  13. Sarah
    June 18, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Hi Ruth – all the best from Sydney for your baby’s birth & getting to know each other, SOOOO exciting! My favourite foot cream is from Aussie brand Moogoo – Shea Sorbet Intense Moisturising Butter Balm. Actually, if you’ve not tried any Moogoo, you should check them out – I’m sure they are available in the UK. They are especially good for kids or if you have particularly sensitive skin, any dermatitis etc. I don’t have any skin problems & neither do my kids but I wouldn’t use anything else on my kids. The best products (I think) are the Mini Moo Bubbly Wash, the Milk Wash, & the Shampoo & Conditioner (which smell DIVINE). Really cool brand with a great philosophy. LOVE. x ps you write so so well, your blogs are an absolute pleasure to read.

  14. Katie
    June 19, 2015 / 12:37 am

    Great post! I’ve had a very good success with these pedi tools as well. Btw, just bought some new rollers to be ready for my summer holiday! I remember when I was buying my first eletcric pedi, I wasn’t sure which one to choose. A few of my friends recommended Micro pedi so I ended up with the same. You can check some of these electric hard skin removers here: Each of them has pluses and minuses, but I guess if you stick with major brands, you will be satisfied and never get back to a manual foot file. Katie

  15. Angeline
    June 19, 2015 / 3:25 am

    I’m yet to try any Pedi items, my feet have been pretty dry these days

  16. amanda
    June 19, 2015 / 8:45 am

    forget foot creams, olive oil is the thing to use! in the evening after soaking the feet, rub them well with a quality olive oil. put on a plastic bag on each foot and put on socks and leave it on for an hour or 2. if you can sleep like this even better… try to do this at least 1-2 times/ week and you will have baby soft feet in no time :-)

  17. June 19, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    I’m so scared of using gadgets like these on my feet but on the other hand I still want to try them. Haha. I think I’ll just stick to a pumice stone for now x

  18. marymary
    June 19, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    The scholl foot file is good but I like the sound of this.
    I use yoga toes to stretch my feet, I think those toe separators would work too

  19. Shana
    June 19, 2015 / 11:37 pm

    Hahaha your writing really makes me laugh! I’m sort of curious about this now as well. Thank you for the review of it!

  20. Helen Tonkin
    June 20, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    I’ve just used the Footner peel thingie and Yes, when the skin starts to comes off after a few days and continues to do so for about a week, it’s a bit weird. But, it really does work brilliantly. Well worth it to get your feet back into excellent shape then maybe start using this afterwards to keep up the good results!! It’s around £20 in Boots but so worth it as still chaper and way more effective than any pedicure I’ve EVER had!!!!

  21. Suzie
    June 23, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    I think I would be a little scared to use the electronic file, I prefer a glass foot file that I discovered lately. It’s gentle but still effective and I don’t need to be worried about hurting myself. If you have sensitive feet, I highly recommend it.

  22. June 25, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    I have this it’s great! I just forgot to give my feet TLC sometimes. I should really use it more xx

  23. June 25, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    I just received one of these to review from Emjoi. I got it a day or two after reading this post. I haven’t post yet, but let me just share that Ruth is spot on as usual. I immediate sent the pr person a link to her review. This thing is brilliant. It isn’t painful or scary in the least. To give you some perspective–last summer I did Babyfoot–that acid peel in booties. You wear them for an hour and over the next week or two your feet peel like a molting snake. This tool gave me the same result in less than 10 minutes without all the gross peeling and shedding. It is so much easier than a manual file. The only thing is, it does kick up clouds of dead skin. I sat with me foot over the edge of the tub to catch the powder. May sound gross, but not as gross as molting.

  24. Annie
    June 29, 2015 / 4:00 pm

    A thick layer of Soap and Glory’s Heel Genius with some cotton socks on top over night is one of the cheapest but best foot routines I can recommend!

  25. July 1, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    This was really helpful. not been too sure about trying one of these. Defo will now! xox

  26. Fabulous Fabs
    July 6, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    I bought mine almost 2 years ago and it has been one of the best $CAN 40.00 invested ever. I have limited flexibility and this tool is so easy and quick to use. I have very hard toe nails that are difficult to cut and when I do succeed to cut them I’m never able to achieve a nice ’rounded square’ shape to the nails. But with this Micro Pedi I can file the tip of my toe nails gradually and straight and they looks great, especially the big toe nail.

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