BUCHAREST, Romania — Mihai Albu, a designer known as Romania’s “shoe architect,” has come out with a new pair of sandals that increase a woman’s height by 12 inches (31 centimeters).

The new shoes are being compared to skyscrapers because of their towering heels. But the price also may have something to do with it. In a nation, where the average salary is euro450 ($575) a month, the hand-crafted sandals are selling for up to euro1,200 ($1,525).

But the designer believes his shoes are worth the high price.

“Heels have an advantage because (many women) don’t have long legs,” said Mr Albu. “They reposition the waist.”

Mr Albu, a former architect, blends math, architecture and art in his creations. He uses French leather and encrusts it with jewels, feathers and mirrors.

His latest creation, the 12.2 inch heel sandal, is a construction of three black wedge sandals. SEE IT IN THE GALLERY BELOW!

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