As far as relaxing spa treatments go, fish pedicures have to be dead last in the running. But, as they say, desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ve been wearing the same pair of patent leather flip flops every day for the last four months while traveling through Asia. They’ve walked in cities, on beaches, up mountains, and once, almost through Elephant poop. But while my trusty old flip flops are super cute and go with everything, they aren’t exactly great for my feet.
Around week three of my travels, I started getting nasty calluses, which I’ve affectionately started calling my “sandpaper feet,” that have been impossible to fix. I’ve tried everything from peels to pumice stones to pedicures, but no matter what I do, the cracked, dead skin on my heels and toes just won’t go away. So when I got to Thailand after three and a half months of abusing my feet (which at that point were genuinely unrecognizable) there was one thing left that I knew I had to try: A fish pedicure.