One of My Best Beauty Buys. Ever!

Thu, 22 November 2012 12:02PM

I feel the need to rave about this contraption:


You’re thinking it’s a particularly chubby toe separator, right?

Well, you’d be wrong. Although it does do a brilliant job as a pedicure aid. (Speaking of which, I’ve just quickly slicked on the Bourjois 1 Seconde nail polish in Lavande Esquisse, one of the pretty new shades out in December, watch this space for our review!)

The correct answer is: it’s a toe stretcher.

Let me explain: Designed to be worn half an hour or so each day, toe stretchers are a prop that some yogis use to help them spread out their toes, and in turn realign feet, which makes for better balance. A handy thing if you’re hanging around in tree pose all day.

And they certainly do help with yoga practice. I started using toe stretchers when I was at my most yogic (ah, those were the calm old days, pre juggling full-time work and a family of boys), and I definitely felt that they helped me plant my feet more firmly on the ground.

Yogi-speak aside, toe stretchers have some very pleasant spin-off benefits.

From a health point of view, they help to strengthen the feet’s muscles (which are usually under-developed thanks to our big, bulked-up trainers which, some experts say, overly cushion – and weaken – our feet). They’re also meant to help with foot pain and bunions.

But the thing I most love about these rubbery numbers is that – at the risk of sounding super-superficial – they have made my feet soooo much prettier.

Every summer, I kiss the ground toe stretchers walk on. Because as I find myself gazing fondly down on my pedicured, sandal-clad feet, I realise how great they look compared to their former state.

You see, I spent many years squishing my feet into shoes that would make podiatrists run for the hills in horror. My feet looked fabulous when in said shoes. But come summer, when all I wanted to do was flip-flop around, I was almost too embarrassed to bare all.

My feet looked swollen and angry, and my toes were gnarly and pudgy, and squished together in a way that reminded me of my grandmother, whose toes have been so squashed throughout her long life, they actually sit one atop another. (Uh, sorry Nana, I hope you don’t mind me sharing that one).

And then toe stretchers walked into my life. Well, hobbled at first. Because I could only wear them for a few minutes a day at first. The exercise was really intense on my poor toes, which had never thought to stretch before. But after a few weeks, I was wearing my toe stretchers for half an hour or more a day. And after six months, my toes had totally straightened out. They looked like digits. Not peanuts.

So happy am I with my toes (really, who would have thought an extremity could bring joy? But ’tis true) that I don’t really need to wear the stretchers anymore. But I do because they feel so amazing on. You know how fabulous a good old-fashioned stretch is? Well, think about the last time you stretched your toes. Can’t remember, I bet? So, let’s do it together. Start by wiggling your toes to warm them up. Okay, now spread them out and apart, as far and wide as they will go. And say ‘Ahhhh’ … See! How nice does it feel?

My toes stretchers are called Yoga Toes and you can buy on the American website, Yoga Pro; I’ve also seen another version, Healthy Toes, which is available on an Australian site, EMP.

I highly recommend them. As I’m sure would your podiatrist and yoga teacher. And probably my nana, too.

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  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 12:13pm

    I know exactly what you are talking about Kat, my poor mum has those toes that nearly sit atop one another and she finds it very hard to find sandals that dont hurt.
    I think this is a fantastic idea and you could also do a pedicure whilst you are stretching out your

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 12:13pm

    Wow, never heard of these before, but if the benefits are real, they sound awesome!

  • Posted by: manhattangirl // Thu, 22 November 2012 12:21pm

    at the beginning, i was laughing. by the end i was sold.
    nice one Kat!

  • Posted by: louweeez Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 12:35pm

    Oh wow, I would use these! Gnarly toes is hereditary in my family, my grandma made my mum wear sensible shoes so she wouldn’t ‘ruin her feet’ therefore my ma ALWAYS wore feet friendly shoes. Her toes went gnarly anyway and now has rods in her toes to keep them from curling, so I figure I’ll wear the pointiest shoes while I still can… Toes stretchers!!!

  • Posted by: lindylou // Thu, 22 November 2012 01:37pm

    they are half price on the american site at the moment so total with shipping is about $32

  • Posted by: meedee Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 01:38pm

    hhmm now this sounds like something I would be interested in giving a go. I have never heard of them before.

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 01:50pm

    Oooh, I like the look n sound of these!

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 01:57pm

    I have a terrible case of “ballerina feet” which sounds cute but it’s SO not. My poor toes still show the effects of 20+ hours a week dancing on pointe, and I would never ever wear flip-flops or open shoes anywhere. I have to admit I do love a good toe stretch though, my fiance jokes that I have monkey feet because my toes are so agile, I can hold a pen and write my name lol

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 02:28pm

    On another note. I love that nail colour…

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 03:21pm

    I thought it was for when you painted your toes haha.
    A nifty thing tho, my partner needs this as his footy boots have squished his toes in.
    I will have to look into these now.

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Thu, 22 November 2012 07:15pm

    Wow never heard of these! But 2013 is going to be my yoga year I’ve decided. I miss proper yoga so much since being pregnant and going to get right back into it next year, love the concept of these. Now if only they could help me reach my free headstand goal……..

  • Posted by: Gayle Bull // Thu, 22 November 2012 08:03pm

    I’m about to jump onto ebay and do a search for these. Great info on something I have never heard of but I’m completely sold on them now and I’m going to get some for stocking fillers for my besties! Ta Kat :)

  • Posted by: brinsley Master Fan // Fri, 23 November 2012 10:52am

    Just ordered some of these from the US site ($31 delivered with their 1/2 price holiday special of $19 plus shipping of $11) Can’t wait to receive them and try them out … sound just so good Kat, I’ll keep you posted :)

  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Fri, 23 November 2012 10:59am

    Wow, they look interesting. Would love to try them!

  • Posted by: Katrina Lawrence Devotee // Fri, 23 November 2012 11:36am

    Hi brinsley. I’m so excited for you and your feet! Do keep me posted. K xx

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 23 November 2012 07:44pm

    this chubby toe separator looks amzing

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Sat, 24 November 2012 09:49pm

    Ooohhh I love that!! Perfect for doing the toe nails though too….I also love the new Bourjois Lavendar nail polish…this will be on my wish list!

  • Posted by: Caz // Sun, 25 November 2012 11:13pm

    I have weird toes from years of ballet dancing too…also thought these were for pedicures and am almost jumping for joy at what they really are. Definitely going to hunt this down. Thanks for the post!!!!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Mon, 26 November 2012 09:52am

    Cant wait to read the review on the new bourjois polish. They are the best!
    I so need one of those toe seperator for applying polish. They would be very handy indeed.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Mon, 26 November 2012 12:03pm

    very amusing article kat :)

  • Posted by: leemurr Enthusiast // Tue, 27 November 2012 10:32am

    looks interesting and like it would be comfortable.

  • Posted by: aprilmcr Supporter // Tue, 27 November 2012 10:41am

    I definately need those. I’ve been wearing the wrong shoes for years and now I realise the damage I’ve caused. My little toes are out of alignment.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 28 November 2012 06:43pm

    hahahah love the chubby toe separator!

  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Thu, 29 November 2012 10:49am

    This is probably the strangest thing Ive ever seen on Primped. Haha

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Thu, 29 November 2012 07:48pm

    I don’t know if my toes would be able to stretch like yours! Lol, nice read!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Thu, 6 December 2012 07:42pm

    i have never heard of these or seen them around! they look so cool though! love the colour on your nails, its so pretty and summery :)

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Sun, 9 December 2012 01:17pm

    Wow that sounds so interesting… could you just walk around with a toe separater in instead?

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 15 December 2012 04:03pm

    I have never heard of this contraption before and as you so pointed out I thought that it was just another version of the pedicure aid.
    The benefits does sound great and I think that I will keep an eye out for them.

  • Posted by: crystal Enthusiast // Sun, 30 December 2012 07:07pm

    How wonderful. I’ve never heard of them before. I too have horrible feet so i must have a look for them.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 09:28pm

    sounds great

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 9 June 2013 03:00pm

    i have to get one of these

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 14 July 2013 02:57pm

    This is a wonderful idea, I definitely need one.

  • Posted by: brinsley Master Fan // Thu, 3 October 2013 03:35pm

    I have yogi toes and they are great! I leave them on for about half and hour while I watch TV and I find them relaxing. Give your toes a good stretch :)

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