To be honest I think elevator Shoes are a big part of some men's lives, In certain parts of the world the population is taller. ( Holland for example). I dont think it has anythng to do with insecurity its just trying to fit in etc.
For me nothing can compare to JM Weston. I bought a second hand pair of Tuxedo shoes from ebay and they are the best shoes Ive ever worn. I dont think there is a better French shoe maker. They are the oldest for sure.