I'd been having all kinds of foot problems which drove me to a podiatrist. He diagnosed me with all kinds of afflictions ranging from painful bunions to calluses and even hammertoe -gasp! I really can't believe I just admitted that publicly! I tearfully tried to explain that my feet are actually very pretty and they don't look anything like the google images I've found for people with these conditions. He took one look at my Gucci pumps (these ones) and asked me if I normally wore those shoes. I said not those specific shoes everyday, but he asked if I normally wore high end shoes made of leather. When I said yes, he explained that was the reason I have "pretty feet." Real leather "gives" and adapts to your feet while man made shoes typically don't have any "give" and make your feet adapt to the shoe as well as trap sweat. When you have these foot problems they manifest as actual pain and not physical deformities.
I was delighted to come home and share the news with my then Fantastic Boyfriend!
Me: My doctor said I need more expensive shoes!
Bewildered, Mr. Fantastic asked: Do you need MORE expensive shoes? Or just shoes that are more EXPENSIVE?
Me: What's the difference? (Giddy at the prospect of shoe shopping!)
Mr. Fantastic: Is that really what he said?
Me: Yes! Here are the notes, the bill AND the prescription for nice shoes! (I had told the doctor my boyfriend wouldn't believe me, so he gave me a prescription for high-end shoes.)