Quite a few people are so head over heels for their fancy footwear that even if the shoe doesn't really fit, they'll still find a way to wear it, according to a New York Times story observing the upsurge of cosmetic foot surgery in the U.S.
Determined to strut their stuff in stylish pumps or super-chic designs, women (and men) have been taking advantage of surgical procedures to correct problems like “toe-besity” (fat toes), hitchhiker's toe (a curving near the big toe) and short toes, podiatrists say.
One surgeon told the Times that his practice had “exploded” thanks to high-end shoe purveyors like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Nicholas Kirkwood. Another noted that he had renamed procedures to make them sound more pleasant. For example, instead of undergoing the daunting “hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation,” one can ask for the “Cinderella” surgery.