There are dainty toe-polishing spas services. And then there are these no-holds-barred approaches to finessing the feet with tools worthy of a general contractor or a samurai or Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill." Would you dare to bare your feet for one of these treatments?
Pedicure with a Power Tool
Bastien Gonzales isnt a pedicurist. Hes a podologist, a French nursing degree that focuses on the feet. Hes also an advocate of all-natural nails. His technique: buffing nails to a high shine with a shammy and Black-and-Decker-like set of whirring and spinning tools for toes. The hour-long effort (price varies; about $200) leaves you with the hardest-won look ever won naturally gorgeous, perfectly au naturel toes. Available internationally. www.bastiengonzalez.com
Pedicure with Exceedingly Sharp Knives
Sharp knives, wielded by confident therapists. Thats the gist of a Shanghai pedicure (CNY300), which is technically a Chinese medical treatment. The variously sized stainless-steel knives used to scrape and scour your soles quickly create a small pile of debris (and mortification) where your calluses once were. Its likely illegal in most countries and not recommended at most hole-in-the-wall places that do offer it. But the results of this treatment surpass by light years pretty much any pedi with a pumice stone on the planet. Feet remain soft and smooth for weeks. Available at the Yuan Spa at the Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai, shanghai.bund.hyatt.com
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