8 Miracle Products That'll Banish Cracked, Dry Feet For Good

Flip-flops and thong sandals are the epitomes of summertime footwear, but they cause cracked heels, calloused soles, and blistered toes. Even if you’re an avid year-round foot buffer like myself, reptile-esqe feet happen to everyone after a day of stomping around Concrete Jungle.
Since I spend each and every single day hoofing around the city, I decided to conduct some unscientific research of my own to help find a cure for this crusty epidemic. I tried two dozen foot creams, balms, and mousses and picked the top eight that survived a day of flip-flopping without causing any irritation. See which all-stars will keep your feet soft and smooth for those open-toed steppers, ahead.
Photographed by Guang Xu.
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The nail polish queen was smart enough to know that cracked heels can buzz kill any stellar polish, so she created a cream loaded with açai, kokum butter, aloe vera, and olive oil. My feet were still soft after a day of flea market shopping in Brooklyn.

Deborah Lippmann Steppin' Out Nourishing Foot Cream, $34, available at Nordstrom.
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The name says it all — no frills, yet effective. My heels were in mint condition after four market appointments, a lunch, and an event later in the evening.

Sally Hansen Pedicure Collection Cracked Heel Repair Cream, $7.47, available at WalMart.
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This botanical-based line held up after six hours of family barbecuing and an endless game of tag with my 9- and 5-year-old nieces.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Comfortable Foot Cream, $22, available at Nuxe.
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The idea of a foot mousse seems ludicrous, but it wasn’t as watery as I expected. It felt satin-y thanks to its sunflower, echium, and argan oils. I went from Brooklyn to the Bronx, Bryant Park, Flatiron, Midtown, and to the U.E.S. before returning to Brooklyn without a crack in sight.

LCN Foot Care Mousse Sensitive, $29.90, available at LCN Boutique.
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The company claims that this foot cream “cools, soothes, and relaxes tired and achy feet," which I didn't find to be true — my feet were still hot and tired after a 12-hour day. But, the tea tree leaf, peppermint, and spearmint oil trifecta mixed in with a bit of seaweed did keep dryness at bay.

Repêchage Sea Spa Foot Cream, $24, available at Repêchage.
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This bargain option is just as effective as its pricier counterparts. To test it out, I used Desert Essence Organics on my right foot and an expensive option on my left. After a day of running errands, the cheaper option prevailed. My left foot looked prehistoric by the end of the day.

Desert Essence Organics Perfect Pistachio Foot Repair Cream, $8.99, available at Dessert Essence.
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It oozes out the tube like fancy Vaseline, but feels silky upon application. This worked so well, I probably could’ve walked the gritty NYC streets barefoot (I know, gross).

Votre Vu Très Magni-Feet Crème Pour Les Pieds, $29, available at Votre Vu.
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Name an oil or butter and this balm has it. Thick and rich, this salve kept me well moisturized after eight resort previews.

Kimberly Parry Organics Soft Lavender Hand & Foot Balm, $28, available at Ayla.

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