Tip Top Toes

There are too many fashionable gladiator sandals and open-toe wedges this spring to hide your toes for long. But before you reveal your winter feet to the world, enjoy a little pampering and polishing at one of these top spots for pedicures.

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Polished NailBar South End
2041-F South Blvd., 704-954-0004
Hip-hop plays in this modern converted warehouse space, where comfy pedicure chairs line an entire wall. Plenty of Essie and OPI, including OPI's hard-to-find La Collection de France line. Enjoy the All-Out Pedicure ($35) complete with a milk-and-oatmeal soak, sea salt exfoliation, and paraffin dip.  Last month the salon opened its second location at Manor Shops in Myers Park.  On Wednesday nights enjoy complimentary martinis while your feet get scrubbed. A basic pedicure is a mere $25.
Ballantyne Nail Spa
14815 John J. Delaney Dr., Ste. 280, 704-369-5188
Soft, white leather chairs face a wall of windows in this quiet spa on the second story of Ballantyne Village. You'll find OPI polish with favorites like Chick Flick Cherry, Siberian Nights, and Vodka & Caviar. While the spalike environment and extra-long treatments makes this small spot feel like it should be expensive, it's definitely not. Wine and soft drinks are offered while your feet soak. Monday through Wednesday the usual spa pedicure and manicure for $45 is discounted to $35. $45 for a basic pedicure. 
Modern Salon & Spa at Metropolitan
1133 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 150, 704-339-0909
From the scent of the Aveda products when you walk through the door to the trickling fountain in the spa area, this is the ultimate in relaxation. The Spa Ritual polish is made using eco-friendly, biodegradable products, and stays on smooth and fresh for days. This location features new Murano spa tubs and soft chairs complete with foam that melds to your body as you sit. The location — it just opened last fall.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the least busy and therefore the best days for soaking up some relaxation in peace and quiet.  A basic pedicure is $35, but for $50 you can have an extra-long foot and leg massage.  

Emerson Joseph in Uptown
221 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100, 704-343-3443

This old-school barbershop meets new luxury salon is meant for men, and the masculine interior makes it obvious. Men don't polish. They just sit back, relax, and get toes and feet that are totally maintained. You can sip a cold beer and have your shoes shined while you're pampered. Last fall it opened its newest shop at SouthPark (the third location is in Ballantyne).  The waiting area is the perfect spot to watch a game, but know that once you're in the pedicure chair the environment is TV free. $50 for a basic pedicure. 
Charles Grayson European Spa and Salon
6401 Morrison Blvd., 704-364-2944
Tucked away in the Specialty Shops on the Park, this relaxing spa features a secluded upstairs pedicure room.  Pick from the entire line of Essie polishes. Choose from seven different pedicures including the Hot Lava Mud pedicure, which uses Dead Sea mud to leave your feet soft.  It's got the trendiest, newest plum-colored polishes for an up-to-date pedicure.  Since it's open until 9 p.m., it's the perfect stop after a busy afternoon of shopping at SouthPark.  The classic pedicure is $35, and you can add a paraffin treatment to any service for $10. 
The Spa at Ballantyne Resort
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., 704-248-4141
This is a destination spa, so expect soft robes, fresh mimosas, and even fresh fruit kabobs on the weekends.  After your nails have been painted with a Creative Nail Design polish, you get to take your bottle home. Add a reflexology treatment upgrade for an extra $35 and let your whole body relax through your feet. Embracing North Carolina's wine culture, the DiVine Wine Signature pedicure ($75) uses Champagne grapes to hydrate the skin.  Last month the spa began opening at 7 a.m., making it a great spot to start your day.  The basic pedicure is $50.

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