Emjoi Foot Sander
Product Review

My feet have been described by everyone around me as cartoon like. I mainly took this as a compliment and in fact strutted a little bit at the thought of it, showing off my feet every chance I got.

At one point I even took to pointing at things with my toes instead of my fingers to ensure everyone got a chance to marvel at my Betty and Veronica type feet. Betty and Veronica were hot. Cartoon feet were hot. Ergo, I was hot.

And then one night at dinner the fella commented on my cartoon feet. Just as I was about to pass the gravy with my right foot, I heard something about Fred Flintstone.

FRED FLINTSTONE? People were referencing FRED FLINTSTONE and not the hot Archie comic girls when they said I had cartoon feet? This changed everything.

Frankly I knew I had wide, square, unattractive feet. That’s why it was so exciting to think everyone around me was so stupid they couldn’t see it. They thought I had the slender foot of a rich, snotty, dark haired vixen who starred in her own Double Digest.

To make matters slightly worse I not only have square feet, I have the feet of a highly ranked African distance runner. Someone who has trained by running through the thorn and rock filled bush for decades, completely barefoot.

My heels and toes have thick, hard calluses with enough dead skin poking out of them that scraping my feet through a pair of leggings is as horrifying as the sound of nails on a chalkboard, my feet catching and pulling on every fibre of the material all the way down. There are certain rugs in my house I can’t even walk on for fear my feet will snag them like super powered velcro and I’ll be stuck on the rug forever.

This is how I imagine my feet.





These are my actual feet.




It used to be that this medieval device was the tool of choice for those of us with farmer feet.




A razor on the end of a stick. The callus shaver.

And if you leave it in the bathroom cabinet long enough it’ll even turn into a rusty razor blade. The idea is you carefully level the razor blade  with your heel and then … start swishing it across your heel as quick as you can, shaving off all of the dead skin in the process. You just keep doing it until you get too queazy to do it anymore. You’ll think you did a good job until you realize you’ve shaved off all of your skin and you’re unable to walk for 3 days.

Having the cast of Duck Dynasty shoot at your heels with their favourite 12 gauge seems more reasonable.


Which brings me to my product review. (I went out and bought the thing myself because I was genuinely curious about it … I wasn’t paid to write this review and no one gave me any free product.)


The Emjoi MicroPedi. I passed it a couple of times in my local pharmacy but never bought it because I wasn’t convinced it would work and it’s not cheap. At Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada it’s $49.99.

So when I walked past it last time and saw it was on sale for $29.99 I held my breath and grabbed it. I could handle wasting $30. Not $50. So imagine my surprise when they rang it up and it came up as the original price, $49.99. I misread the price. It wasn’t on sale. But it was too late now. I was attached to it. It was mine.


The Emjoi Micropedi is a battery operated foot sander. So a hypercharged emery board. The unit has a tube of sandpaper that sands your feet by spinning around at a ridiculous rate.

In the box you get the device, an instruction booklet and a completely and totally useless plastic brush thing.


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This is the business end of the device.




It runs off of 2 AA batteries and you can buy replacement sanders for it, including finer and extra coarse ones.





This is my heel before. And I have to tell you. It’s actually looking pretty good. But you can see that I’m not the owner of beautiful heel skin. I have wrinkles on the bottom of my feet just like a baby. A baby elephant.



The instructions say to turn on the foot sander and run it over your skin for no longer than 3 seconds in one place. So I did that.




I did it again.




And again and again and again. It took about 15 minutes for me to get my feet to where I was happy with them. So it wasn’t finished in the seconds that the box claims. Mind you, they probably weren’t counting on Fred Flintstone buying their product.

It was amazingly easy to use and dare I say, kindda fun. Really fun in fact, because it worked.  This is after one use.





That’s what the little useless brush you get is for.  Throw it away, it’s stupid.

The device itself is water resistant so you can rinse it under water.

The sanding roll is removable so I just popped mine out and brushed it the remaining dead skin with an old toothbrush the rinsed it under water.

It’s not the same as getting a pedicure, because obviously no one is nipping your cuticles, pulling your toes or massaging your calves, but the result is pretty good. Plus there’s the bonus that you can do this whenever you have a second and you don’t have to wait for an appointment.

Which brings me to my next point. Who is this sort of device for? Well. For people like me who imagine they’re gonna get pedicures but never do. Or people who always get pedicures (Veronica for example) but want something to do little touch ups in between them.

So basically it’s for everyone.

Do I recommend the Emjoi MicroPedi? Does Fred Flintstone wear a dress?






The reason it didn’t get 4 stars is because of the cost of the unit and the replacement sanding rolls.

Take a look at your Battery Operated Foot Sander options on Amazon here.

If your feet are anything like mine, buy one.  You’ll love it.  Yabba Dabba Doo it right now.

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  1. Rondina says:

    OK, they’re duck-like. But look at the rest of you. Most of us would love to look like we were a got-it-together-twenty-year-old again.

    Which Dremel have you tried? I have one about eight inches long with a small drum-sander on it that fits in the drawer with my hair dryer and brushes. The ideal time to use it is after a shower when your skin is are more pliable. There might be an ideal time for this new tool also. I’m recommending this one to my daughter who thinks the Dremel is stupid. She just turned 30, so isn’t lavishing on the lotion for dry skin yet.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hahahah – we share the same feet – the prettier-looking first pic though. My ex-husband used to call me Fred Flintstone feet all the time. They weren’t calloused or anything (thank you regular pedi’s), but it was the shape of them. He said my toes looked like they were perfectly chopped off at the right angle (no long second toe for me) and they are all chubby little things and the top of my foot is rounded …. yup thanks Fred!! Did you notice I said “ex”?

  3. Shirley says:

    Okay, whose deck is that? I know it’s not yours because you could have had that deck sanded and either stained or painted before breakfast, and that would be on one of your slow days. Or are your pre-Emjoi-ed feet to blame for all that peeling paint?

  4. Suanne says:

    Are those your feet “after” your in-home treatment, in the first picture, Miss Karen???? I’ve gone back and forth between the two pictures, several times, and they look…..quite….similar. (sans the dirt and mushoom) :)

  5. susan w says:

    My sister uses her Dremel on my 90 year old mothers toenails Hers is cordless. It is probably easier than doing it on your own feet. I wonder about a a small finishing sander as well.
    The Emoji is 25$ on Amazon for battery operated and 55$ for rechargeable. (Someone may have already mentioned this – I didn’t read through all comments.

  6. zippy says:

    Dremel has a pet nail grooming tool that my friend uses on her heels – it’s cordless and easy to handle. The dog doesn’t like it but she does!

  7. frozenmama says:

    And yeah, I meant emjoi. Not smiley faces.

  8. frozenmama says:

    Also, could we talk about the smell? Surely, I’m not the only one.

  9. frozenmama says:

    Not that I want to brag, but I purchased that gizmo and burned through one cartridge and almost a brand new.set of batteries on just one foot. Seriously. The sandpaper was almost smooth and I easily could have used significantly more grindage.

    Now I’m looking at buying the more “extreme” refills: which aren’t local here or cheap on line.

    I don’t love my emoji: but I think this is the “girly” version. I need industrial: bigger motor, plug in (not batteries) and ultra coarse grinder.

  10. Janice says:

    My heels look like yours…maybe worse. You actually have cute feet. Any freak with a foot fetish will post the pretty painted toe nails pic on their creepy website. Trust me, they will….you might want to start lurking foot fetish sites just so I can be proven correct. My question, oh Queen of everything wonderful….how long did the sand roll last? I saw the price of the refills on the Amazon link and my jaw dropped. Have you tried a belt sander?? I assume you have one of those already.

  11. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    The photo of fungi between your toes, please, give me something else so I can lose that visual.

  12. MindyK says:

    Not that I wish foot-appearance challenges on anyone, but I’m so glad to know there is a battalion of women around the world attacking their feet with drugstore finds, kitchen gadgets, garage tools, and assorted potions. I wish we could have a convention–every time I read the comments on Karen’s posts, I think, “These are my people!” :)

  13. Karen says:

    I’ve had this for a couple years now; firs time I used it, my teenage daughter actually FELT my heel, it looked so amazingly soft and smooth. Up until that point, she wasn’t crazy about being the same room when my heel skin was visible. However, you need to do it constantly because that skin is gonna come back pretty fast. But worse than that, the batteries die really quickly. At first they run down and you don’t necessarily notice it until you place the roll against your heel and it slows waaaaaaay down, making it pretty useless. However, they do offer a corded version which I may spring for someday.

    • Pam'a says:

      I have two words for you: Rechargeable Batteries. Honestly. You pay a little more up front, but when I think about how many things of mine use AA batteries, it has paid for itself a hundred times over. Oh, and I don’t have to toss a bunch of used batteries in the trash, so I’m just sure I’m saving the planet.

      • Karen says:

        I have them, but for some reason, they don’t provide the same amount of power as throwaway batteries for this application. This thing really demands some power.

  14. Susan Preston says:

    I’m on my feet all day everyday. A friend years ago said she was going for a pedicure and I thought and said oh how lucky was she! Thinking it was only for a privileged few. As she pointed out…without my feet being looked after I would be not able to do my job. Therefore…I splurge on a pedicure winter and summer every second month. Worth every single penny and so nice to be forced to sit for a little while!! As my Nana used to say…if your feet hurt you hurt all over! I can see that thing being pushed to the back of my bathroom cabinet along with all the bottles of hand lotion I’ve been given over the years.

  15. jainegayer says:

    I tried to hold my coffee in like Christine but NO, out it came out my nose all over the keyboard. Thank goodness for keyboard skins!!! LOL
    I use a cheese grater on my feet (I have a separate one for the kitchen). Works well but I think I need to check this product out.

  16. Lyn says:

    I keep just the little grater part of my PediEgg in the shower and use it for a few seconds every day. Cheap and easy. I do also get a pedi every month. And those Heeltastic sticks are amazing. Obviously I have to work hard to keep my feet at an acceptable level, sadly…

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I use a foot soak made of 2 cups warm water, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup mouthwash. You soak your feet for ten minutes or so. The dead skin all turns a highly entertaining blue ( or green) and just sloughs off when you rub it. And smell all minty.

  18. Mary says:

    I have terrible caveman/woman feet as well. They’ll crack at a whim and cause no end of misery. I do, however, keep them in check by using a foot file after every shower. Quick, cheap and effective.

    • Pat says:

      Mary’s right, everyday scrubbing in the shower (I have a natural pumice stone I bought at The Body Shop years ago) keeps rough feet in check. Just work it into your shower routine. And I work in my yard every day after work and all weekend in flip flops. Nothing gets ground in dirt off your feet like my pumice stone. A quick moisturize after the shower also helps. We’re on a tight budget at our house and no trips to the foot salon are in my future.

  19. BTW, you have cute feet, even with the dirt on them!

  20. Hubby needs this tool. He is definitely getting this for Christmas. Unfortunately the Costco link is for Americans only. Going to check out your Amazon link. Thanks for your honest review. Muchly appreciated!

  21. Lisa says:

    Good thing you had a white towel under your foot so you couldn’t really see the mound of dead skin you’d sanded off

  22. Sherry (BTLover2) says:

    I think a lot of people have Fred Flintstone feet. My husband does. I actually call them his “Fred’s”. I’ll say, “Get those filthy Fred’s off the table.” Or “Hey, George (a reference to his George Washington teeth), take your Fred’s and march your cradle-cap ass (reference to his milia) out of here!” Huh. That doesn’t make my hubs sound very attractive does it?

    Anyway, I’m so buying this thing. My hooves are screaming to be sanded. I haven’t found a thing I can use at home that works. Thanks for the review, Karen. Always very informative and honest. And funny!

  23. Caroline says:

    I have the exact same wide stumpy feet! I used to think they were cute but as the years go by they are just looking nastier and nastier! I have the added benefit of dark hairs growing out of them so if I am not careful about shaving them they look like Hobbit feet!

  24. Leslie Zuroski says:

    Costco online has them for $29.99. We have them in our warehouse too, now I know I can recommend them to people because Karen showed me. Thanks for the review!

  25. Karol says:

    At first glance, my thought was, Dear God! look at the pitiful picture of feet she found on the internet. After I realized those were your actual feet, I laughed that in your head you thought your feet looked like Betty/Veronica.
    Yabba Dabba Do!

  26. paula says:

    I use my little palm sander, works like a charm but the friction sometimes heats up the bottom of my feet which scares me. I am quite adept at using the little razor blade on a stick too, but once left it in the bathroom and my hubby thought he’d give it a try. He literally hacked his feet to pieces and really almost couldn’t walk for 3 days. I now have to hide the damn thing.

  27. Marie says:

    I love my Emjoi! I got mine from QVC when it was on sale and had free shipping. They have a 30 day return policy but mine is a keeper. Cost of replacements still less than a pedi. You won’t wear out rollers so quickly now that your feet are smooth, the hard part is done, just keep it up.

    • Angela says:

      I bought mine from QVC too! What is it about wearing sandals in the summer that makes heels get all cracked and rough?!!!

  28. Darlene says:

    My dremmel works just fine! And it does not take long to use!

  29. Karen says:

    There is nothing wrong with “Fred Flinstone” feet! I have the same condition. Just think how quick we can get the car started! Seriously, after you sand the heels down you should put some neosporin on your heels and they will feel great. Throw Dino in the backseat, it’s time for a road trip!

  30. This winter, I wore hand knit wool socks. I swear it was the wool socks and the lanolin that saved my heals. they are so soft. When spring and sandal season came, I was ready without doing anything, but a adding a coat of nail polish.

  31. Dagmar says:

    I have a feeling you made a whole lot of people with a foot fetish incredible happy today, Karen. Your feet are definately adorable. I spent almost 20 years of my life covering my feet up, because I thought I had the ugliest feet on the planet, what with that second toe being longer. My mom also convinced me that that they looked too large for my small body. So from about 9 until 17, I had shoes that literally had the soles cracked down the middle of the shoe, because they were bought too small-so they would crack in half when I walked. At least one good thing became of that, because I didn’t walk in sandals or barefoot, I don’t have a callus in sight, and I have read that the second longer toe comes from royal blood lines in Eastern Europe-I just might be a princess.

  32. Sue says:

    Thanks! Btw: meat cleavers, not stars.

  33. Bonnie G. says:

    Hmm, sounds like I need this device! Is the No! No! next on the review list?

  34. G says:

    I use a Dewalt Sander on my feet; it has a vacuum so the dust gets sucked away.

    • Karen says:

      You’re making that up G. ;) ~ karen

      • G says:

        I really use my DeWalt sander. I previously used a little handheld sandpaper on a paddle (surface area about the size of three fingers) or an emory board. Then I started using my Dremel (the rotary one with the rechargeable battery) because it looked to me like an industrial version of what they use in the nail salon. I’m a “poor grad student” so I can’t afford pedicures as often as I need them, but the cost of a couple pedicures bought me a Dremel. Then I realized that my DeWalt sander had a vacuum attachment so I wouldn’t have this white mess on the floor to clean up. Even when I put a towel down the stuff gets everywhere.

        I’m diabetic so footcare is vitally important. The DeWalt sander sounds harsh, but I don’t apply a lot of pressure. It vibrates the dead skin right off and the vacuum holes suck away the dust before it can fall to the ground. Prior to the sander, I had a horrible habit of trying to clean up loose flecks of skin then inevitably pulling too much loose and getting into the live skin. The sander keeps everything smooth so there’s nothing to pick at. That, and I wear socks as a barrier to remind me not go searching for dead skin and to keep lotion from drying out and I choose black socks because that color doesn’t stain from the lotion.

        I’m actually almost completely healed (finally! it’s taken years!) so I could drop down to a simpler product like the one you reviewed, but I’ll probably stick with my DeWalt sander at least until I finish grad school next year.

  35. SeaDee says:

    That’s funny! I always told my sister when we were growing up that she has Fred Flinstone feet! Flat and square yes, but it’s because she (and you) doesn’t have that longer 2nd toe. You both have cute feet. Women are paying serious money to have those toes shortened!

    And no for a $50 foot gadget! I use a pumice stone in the shower, then a paddle-like foot sander out of the shower. And when it gets to the point when I can scratch an itch with my crusty heels (ha) I use the cheese grater thingy, then the pumice, both in the shower, then the paddle sander after. Then Vaseline with socks.

  36. Debbie says:

    On Amazon for about $25-$28 US dollars. Haven’t checked out shipping. It’s not Prime. Which one do you have? There is a newer version. Both have the same rating. Could be worth a try! Thanks, Karen!

  37. Gale says:

    After getting pedicures, and cringing when they bring out the “cheese grater” for my heels, I was thrilled when I got a MicroPedi for Christmas. I had used a foot file at home before and liked the result, although it works best on dry feet before you get in the shower or bath, and this is just faster. I love it.

  38. Jeanette says:

    A Dremel would take forever, ladies; I was thinking “belt sander” the whole way though this.

    Also, we have a (voluntary) code for scanning, and if it comes up at the register more than the shelf, you get it free, or if over $10, you get $10 off the sale price (I think that’s how it works).

    • julie says:

      Are you in New Brunswick Jeanette? Cause that’s how it works here… My husband loves that code! One day something scanned incorrectly, and he said “I guess I’m getting that free” and the clerk said “Oh, that would be nice wouldn’t it” sarcastically, not believing him…luckily once he refreshed her supervisor it all worked out!

  39. Sandra says:

    I never had the stomach needed for sanding my own rough heels with those little sandpaper wands. Every attempt results in gagging like a child forced to eat liver. In fact I don’t have the stomach to watch anyone else have their rough heels sanded (or worse, shaved). Yep, actually got really light-headed and nauseous when I looked over and saw the lady’s feet in the chair next to me being shaved off like fresh parmesan cheese. Had to put my head down and everything. Now when I go in for my weekly pedicure my nail-tech always shouts out, “you going to be sick today San-ra?” Every-single-time! For the record, I have never actually gotten physically sick. Green and woozy, yes. vomity sick, no. Pathetic. I’ve birthed four children, worked as a nurse (in the ER no less), cleaned up animal and human vomit, and I can’t bring myself to scrape my own feet. just plain sad.

  40. Maria says:

    I thought the same thing: A dremel! They come in a cordless model ladies, rechargeable :) Karen, if the price did say $29.99 on the shelf, here in the states, by law, they have to let you have it at that price. Trust me, they’ve had to sell ‘it’ to me :)

  41. Gini says:

    A couple of things:

    1. Your callouses are WIMPY. You do NOT have inches of callouses hanging off your feet – *I* have inches of clauses hanging of my feet. Yours are smooth by my standards. Just saying’

    2. That Emjoi thingie reminds me of an instrument of torture that was used to sand away the scars on my forehead after I was in a horrible auto accident at the age of 13 (year 1968) (I snuck out of the house with a friend who was spending the night, walked, smoking cigarettes, up to the local bakery and got picked up by two boys who incited us to party with them – they quickly high-centered their 64 Mustang on a fire hydrant and I went through the front windshield from the back seat. )

    Anyway – in order to remove scar tissue – they used an instrument just like this – roll of sandpaper. I was awake for the procedure but numbed up. Can you imagine the sound?

    Even with all that, I’m ordering gone.

  42. Laura says:

    What about a palm sander? Wouldn’t that be the same thing? I think I’ll go try it! I wonder what grit paper I should use.

  43. Kimberly says:

    Karen! I believe our feet were separated at birth. Everything you said is exactly my story. From thinking my feet were the cutest things ever down to my boyfriend saying I had Fred Flinstone feet! Don’t they realize the lasting psychological damage they cause? My feet snag everything also. I’d love to get this but you’re right, $50 is too much, $30 is doable. Your feet look marvelous. Maybe one day…

  44. Cathy says:

    Wait!! You can always plane wood with those feet! Then sand them down.

  45. Amber says:

    Wow. Your toes look like a bunch of hungover Irishmen propping themselves up in the church pew.

    • Pam'a says:

      ROFLMAO!! That’s such a winner I must find some way to use it.

      Oh, and Karen? I’m a Flintstone too. Our feet are practically twins, you poor thing…

  46. Christine says:

    My sister inlaw gave it to me this past Christmas after I stated that I couldn’t wear pantyhose because of my feet. I LOVE IT! Changed my dry summer flip flop cracked heel feet’s life!

  47. Call Me Patty says:

    Sounds fantastic. I get a regular pedicure every 4-6 weeks. My feet aren’t Fred Flintstone feet but at my age, I’m thankful I even have feet that work, bunions and all. But I need one of these devices for in between touch ups. I don’t know where all that skin comes from on my heels, but it grows faster than the hair on my legs.

  48. Sharon says:

    Constantly amazed at how honest your reviews are and what you will review. I want/need this . The price isn’t great but if it works that well, then $50 is well worth it.
    You do manage to make me laugh every single time.
    Thanks for that :)

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sharon, lol. Maybe Fish Pedicure will read this post and give her opinion too! As soon as she saw mine she went out and bought one! ~ karen (agreed on the price, but I really do like it and love that my feet don’t catch on anything anymore!)

  49. Lesley Williamson says:

    I used to go to a little salon in Selkirk, Manitoba for pedicures. To buff my heels (and everyone else’s) they used a Dremel Moto-tool with a little cone-shaped sandpaper-covered attachment that’s normally used for small wood sanding jobs. I was a little startled the first visit but it was amazing! Cost is about the same as your little doohickey here but it does double duty as a carpentry tool and a beauty tool. Also it plugs in, so no batteries.

    • Karen says:

      That was my sister’s first thought, lol. Use a Dremel. I have 2 dremels and I actually find them really poorly designed. They’re bulky and someone has to do something about the cord. Hate it! (sorry … bit of a rant there) They just aren’t easy to maneuver and I would never, ever trust myself using one around my foot, lol. Maybe the newer Dremels aren’t so bulky tho. ~ karen!

  50. Grammy says:

    I don’t need it. Seriously. My feet are my best feature.

    Now think about how sad that statement is. And it’s true.

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