Runner’s Feet And Kushyfoot


Runners talk a lot of about having “runner’s feet”.

And, according to my father, you can actually have something called “runner’s toe” which he often complained about although we never quite understood but we let him have his “runner’s toe” anyway because it sounded like having such a condition made him feel more like a runner. 

I don’t have the traditional runner’s feet. I still have all of my toe nails, none of them are black, no blisters to speak of and really, just looking at my feet would never lead you to believe that I run an average of forty miles a week.

I actually ran close to fifty miles last week and I don’t know how that happened but it’s a little bit cool to think I am capable of such a thing.

I am not sure if non-runner feet are part of my genetics (inherited perhaps from my mother’s side since my father has a runner’s toe) or if it is because I am insane when it comes to my shoes, socks and proper foot care.


We have spoken before about finding the right running shoes for your feet and when to replace your running shoes.

While pedicures are often viewed as a want rather than a need, I count pedicures as a critical component in my good hygiene routine.

And not just for the pretty polish selection.

nail polish

Regular pedicures, as in once a month or even more during the summer, help to keep my toenails short, cuticles managed and feet scrubbed just enough to remove the dead skin yet still keep some calluses for protection.

Money-saving pedicure tip: Most nail salons offer special pricing for pedicures and even mani/pedi deals certain days of the week. Do your research on the salons in your area and plan your visits accordingly.

We need the skin on the bottoms of our feet to be smooth but not too smooth. We need that certain level of toughness as a barrier between us and the ground.

As Janae recently discovered, when the bottoms of our feet are too soft and completely lacking in the callous department, running and even walking around can be really painful.

Have you ever done the whole cover your feet in Vaseline and socks overnight? I would never do it again. Way too softening.

Recently I was contacted to review Kushyfoot athletic socks and a few of their other foot goodies.


ABOUT KUSHYFOOT: Kushyfoot legwear products are made by Doris International, one of North America’s finest hosiery manufacturers and suppliers of prestigious private label programs for retailer. Available in over 10,000 doors around the nation and online, and in more than 50 styles, they deliver unheard-of comfort and high-end quality at affordable price points ranging from $3.99 to $9.99 retail.

Although I get crazy about leaving the house in a possible wrong sock/shoe combination for a run, I took one for the team in order to review the socks for you today.

Guess what?! I really like the Kushyfoot athletic socks.

Super soft and comfortable, high enough in the back to avoid a blister situation, moisture-wicking because my feet weren’t sweaty and the socks were dry when I took them off. They even stay put while running without bunching and getting annoying.


I know for sure that I like these athletic socks because I completely forgot that I was running while wearing something different.

The hot pink foot covers were really comfortable too.

kushyfoot foot covers

I actually wore them over the weekend with sneakers because I got excited that they matched my Saucony Kinvara even though I usually wear peds like this with ballet flats or loafers back in the day.


You can’t see the hot pink peds but that’s the point.

You should know that I broke the #flatsfriday rule last week when I wore wedges the day before a long run.

kate spade wedges

I did have my Flats To Go with me just in case my feet hurt.

flats to go

It’s always good to have such a clever item (foldable/thin ballet flats) with you for emergency situations.


I was all sorts of excited to see that my package of socks to review included Yoga socks.

yoga socks

Unfortunately the one size fits all did not apply to my toes because my baby toe couldn’t peek out of the sock at all, not to mention, getting your toes into socks that are like gloves isn’t easy as you can see above.

The toes are not as smart as fingers when it comes to naturally finding where they belong.

It’s a shame these yoga socks didn’t work for me since I was just contemplating signing up for some Pure Barre classes at the new location that recently opened near my house.

I want to add something different to my cross training routine this summer, either Pure Barre or Spinning.

I need to choose one, which should I pick?

Kushyfoot sent me the above-mentioned socks in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are mine.


Do you have “runner’s feet”?

How often do you treat yourself for a pedicure?

Have you tried Pure Barre?

Favorite athletic socks?




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  1. says

    Tee Hee, I will forgive you because those flats are HELLA CUTE. As in, I want them. I wear a lot of Feetures and Balega socks for running, and then I have some Brooks training socks for lifting. But I tell you what, well fitting socks are worth their weight in gold–like a good bra or good underwear. Just don’t invite problems. Just. Don’t.
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  2. says

    Great post Meri! I actually had my third ever pedicure the other day, I kept apologizing to the girl saying my feet were discussing, but she told me they were not as bad as I thought….I think she was just being nice. Although I have decided that I like going into the sketchy looking salons where they will go at my callouses hard with what looks like a cheese grater (or even once a drill looking cheese grater ahahah), rather than a nice american girl who is just going to make them look pretty. 80 miles a week packs on a pretty hard callous!

    Interesting that you have tried the vaseline thing though, I had always wondered, and thanks for the tip about pedicures! Will check that out! Kushy foot looks great, would love to give them a try sometime soon, will look them up for sure!
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  3. says

    I’m a big fan of Pro Compression and Balega socks. That’s pretty much all I wear. I need to get a pedicure desperately except it’s always so embarrassing because I have disgusting toes. Oh well, it’s the price to pay for the sport we love 🙂
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    • says

      I feel like the manicurists encounter all kinds of feet all day long and rarely notice which ones are worse than others lol…I love my Pro Compression socks and sleeves but the socks are almost too thin for my sneakers. Yes, I am insane.

  4. says

    Can you believe that I’ve never had a pedicure? I’m honestly not sure how I’d feel about someone touching my feet, even though I don’t think they’re that bad since I’m not a runner. I’ve only ever had one manicure too… I dunno — I feel like I’m missing out 😆 And I NEED to invest in a pair of cute foldable flats… I can’t even tell you how many time I’ve hated my life when I was stuck out and about with no comfy shoes…
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  5. says

    My feet get a lot worse when I am marathon training, but since I have been off running for almost 4 months now, they are looking pretty normal. I am still missing a nail on my left foot that turned black and fell off two years ago…just doesn’t want to regrow I guess! haha

  6. says

    Yeah, I’ve got runners feet going on. Down two toenails. 🙁 But, it was all from one bad pair of trail shoes I had for a trail half marathon I did. I never wore them again after that. It’s my own fault for buying the cheapest ones I could find. Lesson learned!
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