Women love stilettos. They look great with a pair of jeans, are a handy way to add inches and always seem to complete a night-on-the-town outfit. But most of the time, heels are a pain to wear.
Enter two students from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver who hope to end the pain: they've created an adjustable and interactive pair of heels. Nasim Jahangiri and Pantea Shahsavani created the shoe as part of their final project at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology.
"We learned about the health issues and how heels affect women. When we designed the shoe, we wanted to create something interactive for the future of textile," Shahsavani says, adding Jahangiri approached her with the initial idea in 2011.
The five-inch heel can easily be transformed into a 2.5-inch heel if you feel foot pain. How? The bottom portion of the shoe's heel easily detaches and can be stored inside the remaining heel -- sort of like Matryoshka dolls. The green "pocket tongue" (check out the above picture) has sensors that will vibrate after two hours, alerting individuals to change the height of their heels (this is all in an effort to stave off foot issues).
"Adjustable heels have been done before and our focus is on the interaction. Before you develop health risks, the shoe is basically talking to you," Jahangiri says.
At the moment, the prototype of the shoe isn't complete and the girls plan to work with experts and designers to see where the design can go in the future.
Here are other five products that aim to save our lovely feet.
In 2010, two Ryerson University students designed a pair of folding flat shoes that allows you to take off your hurting heels when you want to.
A tiny shell for your pointiest heels, SoleMate High Heelers are designed to protect your heel from grass, mud, cracks and cobblestone.
Heel cushions are designed to prevent blisters and bleeding.
Foot spray does exactly what the title says. A few sprays of this product will have your feet smelling fresher than usual.
Similar to "Head Over Heels," designer Tanya Health's line includes shoes that can be easily transformed from a flat shoe to a pair of stilettos.