Skyscraper sandal, with price to match
Romanian designer and "shoe architect" Mihai Albu, pictured above, has come out with a new pair of sandals that increase a woman's height by 12 inches. The new shoes are being compared to skyscrapers because of their towering heels — and their cost. In a nation where the average salary is the equivalent of $575 a month, the handcrafted sandals sell for up to $1,525. Albu, who's had a 20-year love affair making stilettos, said, "Heels have an advantage because (many women) don't have long legs." There are other benefits. Marcellous Jones, editor-in-chief of TheFashionInsider.com, says, "They are impractical, but there are women who are brave enough to wear them. They get attention for the wearer and the designer."