This Valentine's Day, Don't Play Footsie with Bad Tootsies

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New survey shows neglected feet a turnoff, top pedicurist offers tips.

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No matter the time of year, calluses and dry, cracked heels are never a good look

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Before you slip out of those socks for a little footsie this Valentine's Day, Gina Eppolito, pedicurist to the stars, says that you better make sure your feet are in top form. According to a new national survey conducted for Microplane Foot Files, more than a third of women (37 percent) and a quarter of men (25 percent) feel that poorly maintained feet are a "toe-tal" turn-off.

Here, pedicurist Gina Eppolito offers her tried and true tips to get feet ready:

  • Let Your Toes do the Talking: "To really make a statement with your feet this Valentine's Day, you can't go wrong with sexy red nail polish," Gina Eppolito says. "My go-to nail polish color is red. Try Essie's Fishnet Stockings - it's one of my favorites."
  • Soft is Sexy: "No matter the time of year, calluses and dry, cracked heels are never a good look," Eppolito says. "For the many people for whom scrubs and pumice stones just don't cut it, the Microplane® Foot Files are a great find for home use or to bring with you to the salon. They use tiny, bi-directional files to remove the roughest, driest skin gently and effectively without tearing or cutting the skin."

Gina Eppolito says to stay away from razors or any pedicurists that use them, as they are dangerous in the hands of anyone but a licensed podiatrist.

For more ways to keep feet feeling soft and smooth, visit

*Survey Methodology
This foot care survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Microplane Personal Care Products between December 26-28, 2007 among 2,254 U.S. adults aged 18 and over.


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