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The $140 Pedicure, Explained

I just read a little blurb about pedicurist Bastien Gonzalez, who works on celebrities including Naomi Campbell and Gwyneth Paltrow and flies around the world to tend to the feet of the filthy rich. This translates to "18,688 miles traveled per week; 3 passports owned; 10 clients per day; 3,000 pedicures in 2006; 18 pedicurists trained last year; 10 pedicurists fired last year; and 1 buffing chamois used per month."

His fee for a pedicure? ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY DOLLARS. Plus tip. Now, I'm not the sort of girl who goes super-cheap on pedicures; I think it's worth paying a little more to ensure clean instruments and a safe environment for your feet. But $140? That seems pretty high, so I decided to investigate to see what this pedicure entails. To find out,

A friend joked that for $140, she wanted her feet to be soaked in diamond-filled water. No diamonds here, though. According to Gonzalez's pedicure concept, the procedure is a medical pedicure that removes corns and calluses using sterilized tools (such as scalpels, lancets and drills). From there, he shapes the nail, applies a buffing paste and rubs it with chamois. (It's a polish-free pedi.) Finally, there's a leg and foot massage.

I'll admit, that does sound pretty relaxing. But aside from the scalpel scraping, I think I could do much of this at home for next to nothing. Would I say that if I were able to afford his services? I like to think I'd still be frugal, but of course, most people who can afford a $140 pedicure wouldn't even blink at the cost. If that high-roller type is you, you can get on Gonzalez's waiting list here.


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beautfan beautfan 9 years
I'd pay this as the usual price in Ireland for a good pedicure is about 70 euro upwards. So for another 30 euro at least you know you are getting a really good one.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I don't think so. My money could be better spent elsewhere.
screammylungzout screammylungzout 9 years
well if he's flying around this often i'd HOPE he's getting paid that much!
PoohBare PoohBare 9 years
The article said he tends to "the feet of the filthy rich". It should have said "the filthy feet of the rich"! LOL If people are stupid enough to pay that much, I say he should go for it.
PoohBare PoohBare 9 years
Those scalpel things that shave off the calluses are banned here in Texas. I was getting pedicures and the gal was using a Dremel to buff the rough parts of my foot. I realized I had one at home and now give myself the best pedicures!
sugar-and-spice sugar-and-spice 9 years
me, this might sound strange - but i dont want my callouses removed --- cause i need them as my 'buffer' and 'cushion' when i wear new shoes :p lol :D
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Maybe if someone else was paying for me so I wouldnt feel as bad. Otherwise, the most I paid was like $60+ and it was the best pedicure I have ever received because it lasted for weeks! I had the red door signature and it was the longest, but the best.
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
does he have feet fetish? lol dude. for $140, those massages better be at least 3 hours long!
onesong onesong 9 years
jeepers creepers that's a lot of money.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
Pedicures are only $50 here with the polish.
crazygirl93 crazygirl93 9 years
$140 for a pedicure with no polish!!!
Trixie6 Trixie6 9 years
That's crazy. There is no way I'm letting someone anywhere near my feet with a scalpel or drill unless I'm completely knocked out. I have nightmares about the bottom of my foot being sliced open with the callus scraper thingy. I'd stroke out on the spot if someone came near my toes with a drill.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
it is a stupid branded gimmick to rip off rich pple and rich celebs who have nowhere to spend their money on. more ex doesnt mean better.
DollyDolla DollyDolla 9 years
Well. I live in Greece where mani's and pedi's are pretty popular and a must, especially during the warm months, which are most of the year. I pay about 30 euro for my pedicure, 25 for manicure and it includes all of the above services plus polish! So I think that this guy is laughing all the way to the bank!
sam-botanical sam-botanical 9 years
Well, I feel kinda weird to admit but ... I did get that famous pedicure from the "famous" Bastien. It was 7 years ago and I was living in Paris, making way too much money to spend in the little time I wasn't working. I am a runner and an ex-dancer and I had taken the habit of getting a pedicure once a month. I do have points of comparison in several countries and I can say it was totally worth it! Once a year is enough though. One important point to understand is that he does not need to apply polish as the rubbing paste he uses on the nails (made of marble dust) gets them so shiny that you do not need to apply nail polish for a month. They look like they are painted a clear coat of polish. The massage was awfully painful though but my legs felt lighter than ever for several days after that. He started getting famous with Ballet dancers in Paris and when I went there he already had Madonna as a client.
pattyxxcore pattyxxcore 9 years
I used to be in track in high school and my feet are torn up by it. I've got some awful callouses and rough spots i have yet to get rid of and I'd probably pay the 140 to get them smoothed out. I'd like a coat of polish though...
emososays17 emososays17 9 years
$140 and no painted toenails??? no thanx
sailing-chick sailing-chick 9 years
I'm tending to agree with everyone here. My mum is a beautician and she pretty much does what he does (except with the scalple, ect) and I think hers are around the $60 and her clients still whinge at the cost.
quesera79 quesera79 9 years
Wow, that is crazy expensive! It seems like so much for what you get.
BelleRose BelleRose 9 years
$140 & you don't even have pretty painted toenails afterwards. No
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
nope, i want a dr drilling on my feet not a pedicurist
KAEB06 KAEB06 9 years
Yea there's no way I'd pay that much...
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 9 years
NO ONE should be using a scalpel, lancet or drill on your feet w/o a medical license-PERIOD!
Porsche Porsche 9 years
Even if I was super wealthy, I would have a hard time paying that much especially since pedicures are typically done once a week or every other week. Unless....they travel to you and bring everything with plus aromatherapy, candles, and a bunch of goodies to top off. I have heard that a medical pedicure costs around $225.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I pay $30 and I'm good with that
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