I Tried the Foot-Softening Gel Socks That Everyone Raves About

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Let's face it—foot products aren't glamorous. This is most notably evidenced by cult-fave product BabyFoot, which literally sheds the dead skin off your feet like a snake for weeks until ultimately revealing a new, silky-smooth pair of tootsies. And for those of us too frightened to peel off dead skin, callus removers, pumice stones, and balms are generally the name of the game.

So when we caught wind of another popular foot remedy that's not exactly—how should we say this?—the chicest means of caring for one's feet, we weren't surprised. But the contents of the product greatly intrigued us.

BelleSha Spa Moisturizing Socks
BelleSha Spa Moisturizing Gel Socks $20

Enter: BelleSha Spa Moisturizing Gel Socks, a set of hospital-style socks. They come in various colors and have treading on the bottom. When you hold them in your hands, they're shockingly heavy. That's because they're lined with a moisturizing gel layer of oils to tend to your tootsies. They're definitely not sexy (my boyfriend saw me putting them on and asked me what on Earth I was wearing), but they're going to be your new favorite product.

Keep reading for more about these gel socks and how they improve the texture of your feet.

What It's Like to Wear BelleSha's Gel Socks

If I was going to give these bad boys a shot, I really wanted to do it right and up the ante by applying a thick moisturizing product to work in tandem with the spa socks (as BelleSha recommends). I reached for some foot butter, slathered it on thick, and then slipped my feet in. (You can also wear the socks on their own without any additional foot product, as the gel's vitamin E and jojoba oils will seep into the skin while the socks themselves create a warm, moistening environment.) They felt super weird, like I was sticking my feet into squishy silicone sacks, but it was a good kind of weird. I was into it.

A Medical Expert's Take on the Product

According to Alan Bass, DPM, a podiatrist based in New Jersey and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, water-based moisturizing creams and lotions are the best bet to thoroughly moisturize the feet. And while Bass hasn't used the BelleSha socks before, he notes "the vitamin E and jojoba may, in fact, come out of the socks and provide softness to the skin, but I am not sure how much they moisturize it." In other words, the jury is still out, at least from a professional standpoint. Bass does say, however, it's unlikely a pair of moisturizing socks would cause negative side effects. "[The socks] are most likely harmless to use and will most likely provide the user with feet that look and feel good."

The Results

I woke up the next morning, socks almost suctioned to my feet, and peeled them off. What was underneath was shocking: My feet felt incredible. They were so soft and moisturized, unlike any other time I'd put foot cream on and slept in a pair of traditional socks. There were still some calluses on my heels, and the balls of my feet but much less noticeable than the night before. I'm sure with several more uses they'll soften right up. 

The Final Takeaway

If you're going to purchase these socks (which I totally think you should), beware of imposters. BelleSha warns customers of purchasing counterfeit products from third-party sources. If you want the good stuff, buy direct. Additionally, if you make the spa socks part of your routine, make sure to wash them between uses. You can throw them in the washing machine or give them a hand wash in the sink.

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