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For USA bespoke shoe wearers, have you ever used HSA/FSA funds to buy bespoke shoes?

Have you used HSA/FSA funds to buy bespoke shoes for yourself?

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breakaway01

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Do you mean trying to pay for a pair of JLP or other high end bespoke shoe with FSA/HSA funds? Besides this being highly dubious from an ethical standpoint, I believe you will need a letter of medical necessity describing why those specific shoes are necessary for your foot condition. A letter stating that you have flat feet won’t cut it.
 

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Yes, I'm thinking of buying high end shoes with FSA/HSA funds, even with an order for a production of a handmade last.
 

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It would be difficult to justify bespoke shoes as a medical expense. It's definitely unethical. But, I have no idea how well the IRS audits expenses so I can't speak to the likelihood of you getting caught.
 

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The issue is not so much the IRS but rather your FSA/HSA administrator -- they will absolutely need a letter of medical necessity (so you will need to find a similarly unethical physician or podiatrist to write one for you) and I think they will look quite closely at such an expense before approving it.
 

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I doubt it. About 25 years ago I had plantar fasciitis I had some inserts made and some custom work boots. It was about 800$. I paid for the whole thing. Diabetes may be different.
I now have some other foot problems. The doctor offered surgery, which I am terrified of. I have to tape toes together due to metatarsal bone problems. When wearing shoes I have to do it on both feet. I now buy overly large shoes that are pretty clunky. If I thought I could get assistance in the price of some fitted shoes, I would do it. I doubt the shoes would;d look very stylish.
Not to sound like a whiner because I am in great health. Other than that.
 

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After that try pushing for vicuna suits due to sensitive skin
 

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