Introduction: Shaving Your Feet: a Guide.

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So the hairs on my feet are getting caught in shoes and socks, it's mighty painful, I need a solution, I also got a new razor for christmas meaning I had one spare.

This is not an aesthetic problem, it's a practical issue however it comes with two benefits:

- Socks take on a new level of comfort with no hairs being stuck in them
- I don't resemble a hobbit in any way now.


There was no horrible comeuppance from shaving my feet, though I did get a complaint about not touching her legs or feet with mu stubbly toes, I didn't do this again, yet because umm I haven't bothered myself, though a word of warning, the hairs definitely grow back longer and there seemed to be more of them...

Step 1: Prep Time.

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Have a shower or a bath beforehand, the hair on toes is very wiry and needs to be softened before shaving it off. Don't use the same razor, your face will invariably take on a foot based odour.

In the photos you can see that I ended up covered in foam - partly because it was a tricky task when taking a photo. However lots of lather is the way to go, my feet have no redness etc. from shaving them.

Step 2: The Spine of Your Foot

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Take the razor in hand - not as awkwardly as shown and gently run it down the flatter side of your foot first, don't put pressure on it, especially near veins, you nick one and it'll bleed for ages.

Once you've got that using the same motion gently run it down the more curved side of the top of your foot. Now that you can see shave the remaining hair off with gentle pressure.

Step 3: Toes.

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Start with your big toe, it's the easiest.

In a similar motion keep the razor flat and run over the top of your big toe, then tidy edges up gently after. This shouldn't be too much of an ordeal. Don't bother shaving against the grain to remove that last bit of stubble, it'll be uncomfortable and cause the hairs to grow in more erratic directions next time round, plus you could force them to become ingrown.

Next try your hand at the little toe, it's not too fiddly as your foot sort of smooths in to it, same process except it usually takes the one swoop only.

The rest of the toes are fairly simple aswell.

While shaving your toes, lift your foot on to something then lean to one side so you can see whats going on easily.

Step 4: Thoughts.

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This is definitely a good idea if you know the pain of losing a toe hair.

I did a side by side comparison for a few days before shaving the second foot, it is great for comfort reasons and I haven't had a single problem so far.

The razor I used wasn't all that sharp after its previous life but that may have helped matters somewhat, really sharp could be a liability.

End results below:

Toe was the most problematic area.


Test Subject (author)2015-10-20

There is a device called the Phillips Lumea- supposed long hair removal. I think I'm going to try it on my toes!

Thundertydus (author)2009-11-16

Also realize that part 1 is important where it says Use a different razor, or your face will take on a foot-odor..

My face smells like pubes

Punkguyta (author)2009-07-07

Aha! So I'm not crazy. I do this aswell because I'm out cutting grass all day and I get really itchy feet sometimes. It's just plain uncomfortable.

Only problem is if you do it you have to keep on top of it, for some reason the hairs now grow much much longer than before...

Awww come on, I think that's still a myth

I would say it's mostly myth but for some reason anywhere I've ever shaved gets unruly, which was bad for the bit on my arm I foolishly tested a razor on, my wrist...

A way to fix that problem is to wax it. It won't come back long anymore. It will be finer too.

skunkbait (author)2009-04-17

I had the "hair pull" problem on my feet too. I used the "beard trimmer" part of my electric razor to take care of it. Thick socks are much more pleasant now.

That's probably a lot smarter than my random plan...

By the way killerjackalope, I wouldn't say the shaving cream is necessary, the hairs on your feet are coarse enough and so few of them that you should be able to shave without the cream sans razor burn.

I reckon the first few times it might be a good idea because you'll be less likely to catch the skin.

Don't bother using one of those 5 blade shicks or whatever, thats for your face, not body hair lol. I've never used shaving cream, just do it while I'm in the shower.

Well it only has four lol... Since it was an experiment I decided shaving foam and not getting a dedicated razor would be better off as said, though oddly I shave my face after the bath without foam mostly...

I use an electric razor mostly, I'll tell you now, only use those things on your FACE

vivamexico (author)2009-01-21

i got hair on my hands a knuckles, kinda itchy

Rishnai (author)2009-01-08

Hey, I'm a hobbit too! The other day I had a little flash-fire up my pantleg and accidentally fire-shaved all the hair off my left foot. Worked like a charm, and less getting it caught on my socks now. Can't say I'm liable to do the right one any time soon, though...

killerjackalope (author)Rishnai2009-01-09

I test shaved one foot to see how it would feel and it felt weird not doing the other so I 'ibled it... Next week I'll be able to do the fire shaving one at this rate of going, I don't mind doing it once more for comic value, granted I doubt I'll make it a habit if they stay uncaught from now on...

Kryptonite (author)2009-01-08

...Hey what's wrong with being a hobit? I'm not, but I want to be...

Pazzerz (author)2009-01-08

Dude! You don't have hair on your knuckles, do you?? ;o)

killerjackalope (author)Pazzerz2009-01-08

I do, though it's been burnt so many times it grows like wire, no need to shave it though...

gmjhowe (author)2009-01-07

You are so gonna regret that...

killerjackalope (author)gmjhowe2009-01-07

I've been considering it for a while... It seems like a good option, plus it'll make me run faster, the foot hairs are everywhere in the bathroom though...

Isn't that what dogs are for?

The cat fur's bad enough it looks like really worrying activity has been going on...

AnarchistAsian (author)2009-01-07

ewwwww... teheheheheheh, 5 stars anyways...

First pic ain't exactly charming huh?

well there's that and the title... and everything else, but really just those two

i think you should change the pic to shaving implements, and the title to
How to shave: the lowest end of your legs

Doctor What (author)2009-01-07

Waxing would be painful, but it would probably last longer.... Nice technique though!

Err... Not happening...



Also I'm trying to avoid them getting pulled out!

Lithium Rain (author)2009-01-07

Nicely done. However, I have found it's best to shave in the opposite direction on the ankle, and spine as you call it, so as to get a slightly smoother result.

I don't need perfectly smooth though, just shorter hairs and scissors looked slow. Thanks monk - It's funny for me, I don't shave anything but my face...

True, you probably don't care about silky smooth skin do you... Haha. You're fortunate. If only I shaved my face and nothing else.

Hmm, not really, I got in to the habit of dry shaving my side burns every morning a good while ago, other than that nope.

KentsOkay (author)2009-01-07

I like my hobbit feet... Sorta... Could do wihtout the leg hair... 5 stars for shear craziness!

You won't like them when you pull a toe hair out. Next time I'll fire shave them kay?

How did yours get pulled out? And fire shaving your feet seems like a really good idea, with all the awkward places and angles.

Getting caught on shoes, socks and some how on getting in to bed, think it was under my other foot, that one was really annoying...

INdeed, I think I might just for kicks....
but not mah legs, that could get very uncomfortable...

I draw the line at my ankle, it was quite amusing, like laughing at yourself only funnier.


fwjs28 (author)2009-01-07


=SMART= (author)2009-01-07

Haha so random :P

=SMART= (author)=SMART=2009-01-07

Best line : "your face will invariably take on a foot based odour"

killerjackalope (author)=SMART=2009-01-07

Random but a necessary evil, cutting them with scissors seemed like a chore in comparison. That's a true statement - I think...

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