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

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by arctansusan, Apr 15, 2019 at 11:12 AM.

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

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  1. arctansusan

    arctansusan Member

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    Articles like https://flowfeet.com/blog/16_hsa-reimbursment-diabetic-shoes-inserts.html gives me the impression that I can reimburse myself after I place an order for bespoke shoes. Have you ever used HSA/FSA funds to buy bespoke shoes if you are in USA and have a foot problem that is verifiable by a podiatrist? I think bespoke shoes are the best shoes for those with flat feet.
     

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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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