Type 1 Dana Davis Melds Orthotics Into High-Heeled Style
By Mike Boyle

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7, Dana Davis became an elementary school teacher after getting a master's degree in education from USC. After long hours on her feet combined with diabetes-related foot problems that led to eight corrective foot surgeries, Davis eventually had to stop teaching. But she soon got back on her feet - pardon the pun - by creating her own successful line of high-fashion footwear for women with special orthotic needs.

"For 20 years, I destroyed my feet because I wanted to wear pretty shoes," Davis tells the Los Angeles Times. "I was supposed to wear these really unattractive shoes while still wearing a Chanel suit, and that just didn't work."

Read more on Davis' incredible fame to fortune story here.