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Available in an array of colors and styles, Heath’s convertible shoes can be paired with an assortment of heels, from a chunky two-inch platform (for hopping on the subway) to a dizzying four-incher (for a high-powered powwow or drinks with the girls after work).

Heath’s convertible shoes can be paired with an assortment of heels with different heights.

It took 14 engineers and shoe technicians, more than $40,000 in research costs, and the sale of her family’s apartment to pull off, but Heath finally honed in on a mechanism that requires only a secure click of a button. The result is one of the best technically executed examples of convertible footwear we’ve seen.

“I created this shoe so that women would have a shoe that reflected their multi-facets: smart, pragmatic, pretty, and sexy all at once,” Heath tells Ecouterre. “Above all I want the notion of having to suffer to be beautiful to disappear and I hope my shoe will be as liberating as when women left the corset behind.”

Her shoes don’t come cheap—they run for $370 plus tax—but each starter pair includes two sets of heels. They’re available at Printemps Lyon in Paris, but if you’re not in France, you can also order a pair through her website.

+ Tanya Heath