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Romanian fashion designer releases 12-inch heels

on Thursday,May 06,2010 21:05

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Mihai Albu, a Romanian shoe designer, has released a new line of sandals that will make women who wear them a full foot taller, the Associated Press reports.

Albu launched the collection of extremely tall shoes, which have been dubbed skyscraper sandals, in Bucharest this week. They are composed of French leather and include a variety of decorative elements, including jewels, feathers and mirrors.

The designer, who is a former architect, told the news source that his creations are intended to appeal to Romanian women's affinity for high heels while integrating elements of math, architecture and art. For this collection, he drew inspiration from Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi and Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

Industry experts believe that the sky-high shoes may inspire a trend.

"This is unusual, but I think we can expect many other fashion houses to be doing this," Marcellous Jones, editor-in-chief of Fashion Insider.com magazine, told the media outlet.

Although the shoes cost more than twice the country's average monthly salary, the designer says he has already received many orders for his innovative creations.

Albu has been making shoes and accessories since 1989, when he founded his first company AMI Design, according to his website.
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