If you’ve ever played basketball for more than an hour, then you know the kind of beating your feet can take. All that running, jumping, sweating in to socks that get rougher and rougher the wetter they get, and getting your toes stepped on can lead to some seriously damaged tootsies. Play for a little bit and your dogs are barking, as all of our dads like to say.
So what’s an NBA player to do with feet so hurty? The answer is obvious — get a pedicure. A little foot massage, maybe some paraffin wax and some toenail shaping and you’re good to go. At least that’s what the Wizards do. From the D.C. Sports Bog:
Trevor Booker admitted that he goes about once a month.
“It makes my feet softer,” he explained. “I usually go to the Pentagon Mall. They always put on gloves when I come in.” [...]
Soft feet are a great reason for a pedicure, I’m guessing. Why wouldn’t you want soft feet? That’s certainly better than some dried-out, crusty hooves that you can slide around on on hardwood floors.
But having soft feet isn’t the only reason to go to the salon. Just ask Andray Blatche, who usually goes to the spa with his mom.
Blatche admits that there is some vanity involved, too.
“I like to wear open-toed sandals in the summer and let my feet breathe,” he explained. “My toes can’t be looking busted.”
OK, I am momentarily distracted by trying to figure out what kind of sandals Andray Blatche wears in the summer. Odds are they’re probably just slides, but maybe he goes for something more gladiator-esque or like a cool bro sandal. There are a lot of options — and that’s before we get in to the wet and wild world of AquaSox — but I just really love the fact that Andray Blatche always makes sure his toes look good so that he can keep wearing sandals. That is great planning.
However, you have to be careful when you are getting pedicures. Very careful.
[Blatche] does have one rule.
“No polish. You can get clear, but don’t be getting no colors.”
“If you’re getting colors, there’s a problem,” chimed in Roger Mason.
Seriously guys, DO NOT get colored polish when you get pedicures because that would be “a problem.” Dwyane Wade completely disagrees and is one of the best-dressed guys in the NBA, but we obviously can’t trust him. He wants us all to be painted-toe pansies who aren’t real men. Nice try, Dwyane Wade. Roger Mason and Andray Blatche are on to you.
Painted toemophobia aside, let’s all make a concerted effort to take care of our feet. A lot of people are grossed out by feet, so let’s make things a little better by keeping our nails trimmed, calluses softened and scent minimal. After all, if the Wizards are doing it, then it must be important.