Dressing to look taller?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by imperialism, Feb 27, 2003.

  1. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Most heels + soles on average shoes are about an 1'' in height total, so what you describe with the bucks is only a half inch in 'height increase' since the full one inch in the heel is already on par with other shoe-wearers. Elevator shoe companies mislead customers by not explaining this point.

    The easiest way to add height is just to put a 1'' (maybe 1.5'') insert inside a boot or chukka... but even then it becomes slightly difficult to walk and you have to take care not to twist your ankle, because of the high angle of your foot. Anything more than that will obviously be an 'elevator shoe' to observers, and any chick will certainly notice once you're barefoot inside.
     
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    1" insert is too much, you'l kill your feet. Regular supermarket Dr. Scholls gel heel insoles + a decently heeled shoe will make you feel quite tall as-is and give you a bit of cushion whilst, I wear them all the time just for the comfort factor. Not much you can do there without looking like you're trying though.
    In Japan, Red Wings with the crepe sole, boots in general - those are perennial classics because they give you a couple inches of height. R. M. Williams and a heel cup would work too.

    A lot of guys shy away from longer coats but as long as they're not too long, they can work well too. Depends on the coat I guess.
     
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    Doesn't necessarily have to, they make good lightweight inserts and when combined with an ergonomic boot, it can be comfortable. I would only recommend using it when the lady is in heels or whatever, not on hikes or anything that requires dexterity. By going the insert method, you also get the assurance you're indeed raising your height by a net amount, without having to have a giant heel.
     
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    I'm five feet five. Don't worry about your height. Stay away from complex patterns and a lot of detailing up of your look, especially horizontal lines. Keep it simple, and rock who you are. Elevator and Gaucho shoes are fucking pitiful, they show everybody that you hate yourself.

    Dig yourself. Go get 'em.
     
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    This thread was from 2003.
     
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    Pass on the laughable elevator shoes, but you may be able to find a nice pair of shoes that gives you a little extra height. Possibly two inches? (using a little rough math, a normal pair of shoes makes you maybe an inch taller so you gain an extra inch on everyone) I believe that's the max before it looks like you have stilts on. Good luck!
     
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    Can anyone link to Holdfast's posts on "overall proportioning"? I'd be interested in those. I've tried searching around and haven't found anything comprehensive. Thanks.
     
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    Hmm, you're right. I was comparing to my loafers, which have just a tad over a half inch heel+sole. Of course, sneakers like chucks have essentially zero.
     
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    I mean, I love and support the concept of the "dig who are you" people. And in the end, digging who you are is a requirement: tall or short, insert or no insert. But let's face it: women love height more than they know. I'm already tall enough (5'11"), but I threw in 1" inserts in a pair of boots for a few weeks and ended up with my gf one week later. I'm not saying there is necessarily a correlation between the two, but it felt like it was definitely easier to get female attention. And best yet, once you get attention, you don't need inserts to keep it.

    Now, that said, I think inserts are ironically better for guys of average height like myself. It gives us a slight edge to push us into the "tallish" category. If you're below 5'8", you're going to be fighting a losing battle anyways.
     
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    What kind of shirt and pants color combination should one wear to look taller?
     
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    Wait..wasn't that the original question 9 years ago?
     
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    agree. stop sweating about it.
     
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    uh, yup
     
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    Clothes that fit really, really well. Narrower lapels can help, but they can also make you look like a hipster - use them with caution. The idea to both of these points is keeping things in proportion. If your clothes look, on you, the same as an average man's clothes look on him, you'll look taller, until you get up close. I'm 5'7", and people are never going to mistake you for being tall. So, instead of looking tall, look fantastic.
     

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