Heels that promise an extra 12 inches! Unbelievable, isn't it? But that's what a Romanian "shoe architect" promises.
Mihai Albu's shoes are twice the height of the highest heels available, and the handcrafted sandals do not come cheap, selling for up to 1,200 euros, which is more than twice the average monthly salary in Romania.
Advertisement"Heels have an advantage because (many women) don't have long legs," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"They reposition the waist," he stated.
Albu, a former architect, who draws inspiration from Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi and Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, blends math, architecture and art in his creations.
He uses French leather and encrusts the shoes with jewels, feathers and mirrors.
But the designer believes his shoes are worth the high price, and he says he has received dozens of orders for the new sandals from Romania's well heeled.
"I am creating a constructed chaos," he said, describing his extravagant sandals in architectural terms.
In addition to their breathtaking height, his footwear features special effects and its appearance varies, depending on the angle.
One sandal featured an emerald heel topped by a skull mask out of which bursts a shock of peacock feathers, while another featured three heels, two of which are decorative.
There are boots that resemble a glass vase and unicorn-like boots with a heel in front, and his latest creation, the 12.2-inch heel sandal, is a construction of three black wedge sandals.
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