The medical one
For a pedicure that goes beyond the average file and polish, Margaret Dabbs is your woman. A podiatrist first, Dabbs’s clinics offer safe surgical (and pain-free) removal of hard skin as well as an intensive treatment for your nails. It’s ideal for runners, high- heel lovers or anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet — and you will always leave with a perfect paint job.
From £80. 7 New Cavendish Street, W1; margaretdabbs.co.uk
The bargain one
For a bargain-basement pedi that won’t scrimp on results, hot-foot it to the Cheeky Parlour. The Cowshed’s little sister provides more than a lick of paint with its Toe Shine Pedicure, offering the full works — from cuticle removal to scouring-off calluses — for £26.
64-66 Redchurch Street, E2; urcheeky.com
The double whammy one
Treat toes and talons to equal indulgence with Hersheson’s new Salt of the Earth service. Available at the Harvey Nichols and Conduit Street salons, two therapists overhaul feet and hands, first soaking them in water enriched with extracts from Utah’s Great Salt Lake before applying a scrub, creamy clay mask and finishing with a massage. You can also tailor your scent and booster treatment — choose from anti-ageing, hydrating hyaluronic acid or anti-inflammatory to deflate swollen summer feet.
£130, 4th Floor, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, SW1; hershesons.com
The lazy one
If your feet are in such a state that the thought of getting them out in public is unbearable, whip them into shape at home. A CitySwish therapist can be at your door with an hour’s notice to perform a Power Pedi, which includes an exfoliating AHA peel, moisturising massage and 10-minute reflexology session.
The new mum’s one
Finding a spare hour is impossible for most mums — a fact that the people at Notting Hill’s Coco Nail Bar knew all too well when they came up with the Mummy and Baby Mornings. Every Tuesday a trained nanny is on hand between 10am-2pm to keep wee ones entertained while you enjoy a signature paraffin therapy pedicure in a massage chair. The bad news is the treatment only lasts an hour…
£48, 267 Portobello Road, W11; coconailbar.com
The healthy one
It may not help with your ‘beach body’ diet plan but Bliss’s Maca & Cacao pedicure has enough superfood power to keep even Gwyneth Paltrow happy. Enjoy a custom scrub, coconut milk and honey foot soak and a relaxing massage. Just add green juice.
£75, 60 Sloane Avenue, SW3; blissworld.co.uk
The bespoke one
Aveda is at the forefront of holistic beauty. Now it’s tackling time management too, as its Covent Garden Institute champions treatments designed to fit around you. Simply select your time frame — between 15 minutes to one hour — and your technician will customise your pedicure to suit your needs. Genius.
£15-£48, 174-177 High Holborn, WC1; avedainstitute.co.uk
The blokes’ one
Mayfair’s resident men-only grooming salon, Gentlemen’s Tonic, offers a menu of pedicures designed to deliver subtle your-feet-but-better results. Its bespoke foot treatment cleans and shapes nails before tackling dry soles and softening skin with a glycolic mask wrapped in hot towels. There’s no excuse for socks and sandals this summer.