Brides Want Their Wedding to Be Perfect, All the Way Down to Their Feet

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For spring and summer weddings, open-toed and sling-back style bridal shoes are a popular choice. To carry off the look, feet must be attractive. Brides, and their mothers in particular, are concerned about the appearance of their feet and the problems of dry, cracked heels or discolored, yellow toenails.

Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows it's a lot like staging a full-scale theatrical production. The details seem to be endless. Though it's usually the gown that takes center stage for the bride, shoes are an important part of the bride's ensemble.

Brides have been paying more attention to detail, including shoes. Choices in bridal footwear continue to expand, with many brides preferring open-toes and sleek sling-backs for spring and summer weddings. Fred Hord, of the bridal shoe boutique My Glass Slipper in Alexandria, Virginia, advises brides to buy shoes early, in order to break them in before the big day. He says, "In addition to traditional designer styles for the ceremony, we offer comfortable styles for the end of the day, including bridal flip-flops."

According to Hord, brides, and their mothers in particular, are concerned about how their feet will look in open-toed or sling-back styles. He says, "Dry, flaky heels are a concern for some women, since obviously they want to look their very best for a formal occasion - especially a wedding."

Foot appearance tends to be a greater concern for mothers-of the bride and older brides marrying a second time. However, Dr. Jack Morgan, a Monterey Park, California podiatrist, says, "Whether young or old, my patients care very much about the cosmetic appearance of their feet. If you wear 'open' shoes, you must take care of your skin, since you greatly increase the chances of it becoming dry, flaking or cracked."

For dry, cracked heels, Dr. Morgan recommends Xenna Corporation's CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment. He says, "Among the many products for dry feet, only one contains natural enzymes, which have proven to be remarkably effective for softening and thinning thick areas and exfoliating dry cracked heels." The product's petrolatum base complements this exfoliation by moisturizing dry, scaling skin.

Newly patented, acid-free CalleX Ointment is recommended by Dr. Morgan and other podiatrists around the country, and has been shown in consumer studies to significantly reduce thickened or dry, flaking skin and cracking on soles and heels within 15 to 30 days. It is also diabetic-friendly.

Another cosmetic concern for brides and their mothers is the problem of yellow or discolored toenails. In addition to making sure that stylish shoes fit properly, to keep feet looking attractive podiatrists recommend NonyX® Nail Gel for yellow, discolored toenails. Dr. Bret Ribotsky, a Boca Raton, Florida podiatrist says NonyX Gel cleans nails "from the outside in." NonyX Gel cleanses nails by exfoliating the dark, yellow or thick granular material called keratin debris, which can build up under nails over time, making them unattractive. Patented NonyX Gel softens, breaks down and then clears out unsightly keratin debris using natural ethanoic acid. NonyX Gel is also safe for use by diabetics. Dr. Ribotsky says "Using NonyX Gel is like brushing your teeth; it's a cleanser for toenails."

A recent clinical study confirmed NonyX Nail Gel significantly improves toenail color and clarity by exfoliating yellowing keratin debris from under the nail in 5 to 9 months. To view a recent TV news release on NonyX Gel featuring use of the gel and comments from Dr. Ribotsky, go to

Of course, it is also a good idea to check with your podiatrist, physician or dermatologist, should you have any questions about the appearance of your feet. One last piece of advice: Since getting feet ready for the wedding day (and honeymoon) can take one to six months of daily pampering, brides and their wedding party are advised to start their foot beauty regimen well in advance of the wedding - in fact, as soon as the wedding planning starts.

NonyX Nail Gel can be purchased in the footcare section of Walgreens, Rite Aid, Longs, Drug Emporium, and most Medicine Shoppe drugstores, as well as Roundy's and HEB grocery stores. It is also available from podiatric physicians, independent pharmacies and online at and CalleX Dry Heel Ointment is now available in the footcare section at Longs Drugs and Roundy's grocery stores, from podiatric physicians and online at and

Xenna Corporation is a privately-held company which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails.

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