There’s no denying that stilettos are super sexy. And these lace-up sandals? Beyond. But, there’s more to great heels than just looking good. And while Thesis Couture heels do look good (see above), that’s only part of the story behind these stilettos and their label: Thesis has big plans to create “a longer-wearing stiletto.” So far, they’ve enlisted an astronaut and a rocket scientist to help. Not too shabby when it comes to engineering something to be more ergonomic, don’t you think?

Creator Dolly Singh, who spent time as a recruiter in the rocket industry, explains, “It’s a stiletto. It’s never going to feel like a tennis shoe. But it doesn’t have to feel like a torture device either.” To up the shoe’s comfort levels, Singh worked with former astronaut Garrett Reisman and rocket scientist Hans Koenigsmann on the shoe’s patent-pending architecture that redistributes pressure across the foot, rather than resting it all on a “flat metal plate,” which most other heels do, as she describes in the video below. Watch and learn more about the heel of the future now—think we’ll be commuting in stilettos soon?

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