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Published May 08, 2013, 11:35 PM

Thursday review: Pedi-Jams gel booties help your soles, heels stay soft

FARGO – After years of barefoot walks to my car, countless runs, high heels and not enough pedicures, my feet are pretty rough.

By: Anna G. Larson, INFORUM

FARGO – After years of barefoot walks to my car, countless runs, high heels and not enough pedicures, my feet are pretty rough.

Since sandal weather is finally here, I decided to try Earth Therapeutics’ Pedi-Jams Gel Booties. The squishy, stretchy booties claim to soften soles and prevent callus formation.

The booties felt weird when I first put them on. The gel lining infused with jojoba oil, vitamin E and olive oil felt cool and wet, although they are not wet.

I wore them about two hours the first time. The directions recommend wearing them two or three times per week, and removing the booties at least three or four hours a day to allow skin to breathe.

Walking with the booties on was comical because my feet looked ridiculous and felt squishy. The packaging claims that “You will feel like you are walking on air.” I didn’t feel quite like I was walking on air, but it did feel comfy and soft.

The appearance of Pedi-Jams is less than fashionable – the pair I picked up at Target for $9.99 was sky blue with grippers on the bottom.

My size 8½ feet didn’t quite fill out the booties. I don’t think the one-size-fits-all booties would work well on smaller feet.

After one treatment, my feet actually were softer. My soles didn’t look as worn out and callused – no more hiding my bare feet!

I typically put lotion on my feet and then socks for a nighttime foot treatment, but Pedi-Jams are an easier, less messy way of achieving a similar result.

The directions note to avoid wearing the booties if you have open wounds, psoriasis or eczema. They can be washed with water and hung to dry.

Bottom line: Try Pedi-Jams if you want a simple, affordable way to soften your feet without getting a pedicure or purchasing rich foot creams. And, for the love of fashion, do not wear these booties outside of your house.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525

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