"They are beautiful," gushes the Dancing pro of the Iraq war vet. "Good toes, good pedicure"

By Michele Stueven
Updated September 17, 2011 12:00 PM
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It looks like combat boots can work wonders.

Two weeks into Dancing with the Stars rehearsals, Karina Smirnoff has found her favorite body part on partner J.R. Martinez, the All My Children actor and Iraqi war veteran.

“J.R. has girly feet and they are beautiful,” Karina gushed during Thursday’s waltz rehearsal. “Good toes, good pedicure. Much nicer than my feet!”

Martinez, 28, who was severely injured in the war burns over much of his body, says he’s overjoyed to be taking orders from the ballroom pro.

“I’ve learned so much, Karina is an amazing talent,” he says. “She has shown me that it’s all posture, and framing and being elegant. It’s all about fingers and toes. Being a guy, I tend to move all over the place.”

Season 13 of Dancing begins Monday night on ABC.