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High heels might not be the most practical of footwear, but there”s something about them that keeps people coming back for more. They make people feel instantly fancier, more fashionable, and maybe a little like they can command the universe.

Filipino designer Kermit Tesoro wants to elevate heels even more. His sculptural shoes with unexpected twists have earned him the attention of celebrities and the world. His shoes range from fairly straightforward platform heels with some artistic twists to full-on wearable abstract sculptures that demand your undivided attention.

The Pisa shoe features a well-known landmark as its heel — just without the precarious angle.

The Pisa shoe features a well-known landmark as its heel -- just without the precarious angle.

Tesoro”s inspiration is drawn from many places, including architecture, biology, and psychology. In an interview with StyleBible, he explains that his designs, which include clothing as well as shoes, often come from a desire to manifest the interior qualities of a person. “It”s like a fashion interpretation of the biological or psychological deviation of a person,” he says. “I”ve always been driven to create clothing articles based on inner conflicts or the inability to control one”s inner impulses or failure to structure one”s behavior in an orderly way.”

Tesoro certainly doesn”t shy away from the range of reactions that people might have to his designs and collections: “If my collections have violated one”s conventional control or if the collection amazed people, either way I”m very grateful with the outcome.”

This heel-less shoe takes its inspiration from hooves.

This heel-less shoe takes its inspiration from hooves.

This one, which is for display only, evokes an oil spill with its shiny, oozing black surface.

This one, which is for display only, evokes an oil spill with its shiny, oozing black surface.

Many of Tesoro”s shoes take on slightly dark, challenging themes.

Many of Tesoro

When he”s not creating these staggering heels, Tesoro can be found roaming through hardware stores for inspiration, collecting books and plants, and hanging out with his cats. He”s also involved with various organizations and workshops.

The Hypertrophy Heels call to mind internal processes.

The Hypertrophy Heels  call to mind internal processes.

(If you didn”t know, hypertrophy is when an organ increases in size due to its cells getting larger.)

Shoes like this always look impossible to walk in, but they can actually be worn!

Shoes like this always look impossible to walk in, but they can actually be worn!

We don”t recommend a lot of running, though.

This shoe”s design takes cues from the Japanese geta shoes, which feature a tall platform

This shoe

(via BoredPanda, StyleBible)

Though he acknowledges that the economy in the Philippines is at a low point, Tesoro says that he is confident that designers can “come up with the best resources to create something without compromising quality and vision,” and possibly help boost local economies there. As for aspiring designers, he also offers this advice: “Study, research, learn, identify the craft and avoid subverting or revolting without a cause.”

You can see more of Tesoro”s designs, which include clothing, on his Facebook page. Be sure to check out some in-progress photos of his projects and some of his drawings on his Instagram.

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