With warm weather finally here, it’s time to get your feet flip-flop ready, ASAP. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a trip to the salon for an expensive pedicure to soften your heels and smooth out your feet. We’ve rounded up the best callus removers you can use at home, whether you’re looking for a low-effort gel, an electric device, or if you require something more intense to remove the hardened skin.
And once your heels are as smooth, soft, and callus-free as you want them to be, remember to maintain and moisturize your feet to prevent another round of stubborn calluses.
Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best callus removers, so you can slip into summer sandals without a second thought.
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Callus Remover Gel
Best Callus-Remover Gel
For the price of two fancy lattes, you can get summer-ready heels at home with Lee Beauty Professional's extra-strength callus remover gel. Be warned: This product, which is used in salons and spas, is so powerful that you need to wear gloves while using it. Start by soaking your feet in warm water for a few minutes, then gently rub calluses with a pumice stone. Apply the callus-removing gel and let it sit for three to five minutes. If you feel the need, you can further exfoliate your foot with your pumice stone. After you rinse, dry, and moisturize your feet, you'll notice your callus have disappeared.
"I have the driest heels and this is the ONLY product that has ever worked," reviewer Key2Del wrote on Amazon. "Before I used this my heels had some pretty deep cracks and now they're almost baby soft again."
Where to buy: $11.05, Amazon
Callus Remover Electric
Best Electric Callus Remover
Scrubbing calluses can be time-consuming, especially if you're trying to remove layers of dead skin. Lucky for us, there are electric callus removers — like the Electric Foot Callus Remover by Care Me — that get the job done and require minimal effort. This easy-to-use callus shaver comes with two coarse strips that rotate to smooth and soften cracked heels. Oh, and did we mention that it's rechargeable? One charge lasts up to eight hours, meaning you'll never have to frantically search your house for batteries again.
Where to buy: $23.99, Amazon
Callus Remover Tool
Best Callus-Remover Foot File
If you need a heavy-duty foot file, thousands of satisfied customers recommend this callus file for feet from Rikans. It works on dry or wet skin to wear away even the deepest heel cracks. But be careful, this file is like a cheese grater for your feet! People with milder foot calluses may prefer using a gentler method for smoothing and softening their heels.
Where to buy: $8.99, Amazon
Callus Remover Cream
Best Callus-Remover Cream
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a cream for removing calluses on your heels? Good news: PurSource's callus-removing cream will do the trick. It has a high concentration of urea, a compound that aids the breakdown of skin cells. Simply apply the lotion after showering and head to bed, and overtime your calluses will shrink and your heels will become buttery smooth. Some Amazon customers recommend donning a pair of thick socks to avoid getting cream all over your sheets.
Where to buy: $15.99, Amazon
Callus Remover Blade
Best Callus-Remover Blade
A blade may be your best bet for removing thick calluses on your heels — but be careful not to injure your foot tissue or cause an infection by cutting too deep. This two-in-one tool from ZIZZON comes with a sturdy wood handle to reduce the likelihood of your hand slipping while shaving. It also comes with a handy file to use on thinner calluses.
"My feet look like I just came from the salon. Super soft and dry spot free," Amazon customer Jewel wrote. "I used to go get pedicures professionally but this was just as good. Razor worked beautifully and smooth. Easy to use and switch out. Soak feet for about 20 mins or straight out of the shower, dry off, the dry skin shaves off so smooth...don't use on non soaked skin. Meant to use on soaked skin."
Where to buy: $9.99, Amazon
Callus Remover Salicylic Acid
Best Callus Remover With Salicylic Acid
Using salicylic acid on calluses is effective because it increases the skin's moisture levels and dissolves the substance that makes skin cells stick together. The body can then more easily discard the old skin cells, revealing smooth new skin. This powerful corn and callus remover comes with a tiny brush so you don't end up with any on your hands, which could lead to peeling. Soak your feet in warm water, dry them off, then apply the liquid to your calluses to speed up the shedding process.
"I give this five stars because it removed a very stubborn callus on the sole of my foot that had been bothering me for months," David Martini wrote. "Just apply it faithfully and use a pumice stone and you will get excellent results."
Where to buy: $24.60, Amazon
Callus Remover Stone
Best Callus-Remover Stone
There's nothing wrong with using a good, old-fashioned pumice stone to remove calluses. This sole smoother from Tweezerman comes with an easy-to-grip handle so you don't have to worry about it slipping out of your hand in the shower. One side has a coarse stone for scrubbing, while the other side is smoother for softening and polishing your heels. You can even use the gentler side for full-body exfoliation.
"I can’t say enough good things about this callus stone! I initially bought it for my feet; the coarse side, used while my feet are softened from a shower, is the most effective tool I’ve used for smoothing rough, callused feet," Alexa wrote. "The Tweezerman Pedro is ten times better than the old plastic mesh loofah, and infinitely more environmentally friendly! I anticipate that it will have a long lifespan, and I plan to purchase many more as gifts in the future."
Where to buy: $10.24, Amazon