Ladies Heel Heights Explained

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This page gives examples of different styles of women's heels/shoes and the actual height they give (rather than advertised height). I measured these heel heights using a girl with UK shoe size 5 and 6 (US Size 7). If you have bigger feet then you would typically get a few mm more for each example.
The truth is, with women's heels, many don't give what you might imagine. Its all to do with the pivot point of your foot. If you measure yourself barefoot and then go on your tip-toes, you'll probably find you can get close to 3 inches of height. So to get 4 inches of actual height you need a high angle shoe and a platform at the front that is at least 1 inch.

Here is a video talking about heel height in more detail...and also below this video are examples of how much actual height each type of heel size gives the average ladies foot.

Large Platform Heel: 10.8cm (4.25 inches)

The platform on this heel is a solid 1.5 inches.
Black Platform Heel: 9.9cm (3.9 inches)

The platform on this heel is a 1.25 inch style.
Wedge Platform Sandal: 8.8cm (3.47 inches)

The platform on this is around 1 and 3/8ths inch.
Black/Silver Smaller Platform Heel : 8.4cm (3.3 inches)

The platform on this heel is in 0.6-0.7 inch range.
Wine Suede Heel: 8cm (3.15 inches)

The platform on this heel is in 0.6 inch range.
Light Pink Smaller Platform Heel : 7.7cm (3.03 inches)

The platform on this heel is in 0.5-0.6 inch range.
Silver standard Heel: 7.35cm (2.9 inches)

The platform on this heel is a typical flat style around 0.3 inches.
Red Boot : 6.6cm (2.6 inches)

The platform on this heel is in 0.5-0.6 inch range.
Thigh Boot: 6.5cm (2.56 inches)

The platform on this boot is small, about 0.3 inch.
Average Ladies Heel: 6.2cm (2.44 inches)

A typically average type of heel.
Suede Wedge Boot: 6cm (2.36 inches)

The platform on this boot is around 0.5 inch.
Black Boot: 6cm (2.36 inches)

An average boot size with barely any thickness at the front/platform area.
Low-Medium Heel: 5.6cm (2.2 inches)

A heel that would be in the low-medium range.
Small Heel: 5.1cm (2 inches)

An average boot size with barely any thickness at the front/platform area.
Small Clarks Sandal: 4.8cm (1.9 inches)

A sandal that gives near enough 2 inches.
Small Clear Sandal: 4.6cm (1.8 inches)

Example of heel that gives just under 2 inches.
Thick Ladies Shoe: 4.3cm (1.7 inches)

An example of a shoe that gives nearly 1.75 inches in thickness.
Low Ladies Heel: 4cm (1.57 inches)

Example of heel size that would give just over 1.5 inches of height.
Comment on Ladies Heel Heights Explained

Georgia said on 15/Nov/15
Hi rob! I'm 5"8-5"8 and a half, how tall would I be in the Jeffrey Campbell damsels? (6.5inch heel 2inch platform) thanks!
[Editor Rob: you will comfortably clear that 6ft mark and be in the 6ft 1 range with them]
newdude said on 13/Nov/15
hey rob, how much do normal mens 6 inch timberlands give in height
[Editor Rob: can give over 1.25 but not quite 1.5]
newdude said on 13/Nov/15
hey guys... how much height would these heels give to a girl? Click Here
[Editor Rob: should give nearly 4 inches of actual height]
Jewel said on 28/Oct/15
Hi rob, hw tall would i b in this if im 5'6 Click Here
[Editor Rob: you should measure a good 5ft 9 when wearing those heels, so to a man (who for instance wears a 1-inch dress shoe) you would look a good 5ft 8 person]
Jewel said on 28/Oct/15
Hi rob, i have flat feet so if i wear 4'' heels will i still b the same height as someone with normal feet and same height and shoe size, i am 5'6''
[Editor Rob: pretty much so, there won't be any real noticeable difference because your ankle bone is being raised up the same amount]
Bay said on 28/Oct/15
How tall would these heels make me? I'm 5'7 or 5'8. The heel is 5 inches with a 1.5 inch platform.
halloween is near said on 24/Oct/15
how tall would i be in these heels?? Click Here i'm 5'6 1/2, size 8 shoe
[Editor Rob: you should comfortably measure over 5ft 10.5 and probably close to the 5ft 11 mark in those boots.]
Allie said on 18/Oct/15
Thanks Rob! Also, is there any difference between shoe sizes? As in, a friend of mine is a size 6. If we both get the same shoes, will I get or more height, etc? Or if someone has size 12, exact height as me and we both wear the same shoes, will she get more height? Or is this just a myth?
[Editor Rob: due to the pivot point of the ankle and length of foot, the longer your foot, the higher you effectively can go on your tip-toes. The same applies for high heels, some larger sizes of similar brands can be made a bit taller compared with smaller sizes.]
Allie said on 11/Oct/15
Hi Rob! I have this big party coming up and I bought a dress so I decided to find some platform shoes to match it. And while shopping online, I found these, luckily I got them in my size before they ran out! They claim to have the following specs on the heel: Back heel height: approx. 5.5 inches and a Platform height: approx. 1 inch. Now, my older brother who knows jack squat on heels wondered if I'll be taller than him or as tall as he is. He's, I think he said 6'4.75 in the evening and will be wearing standard dress shoes of course that give around 1 inch - 1.25 inches. Of course, it's obviously I don't be as tall as he is. But how tall do you think I will be? Here's a link: Click Here Btw, I'm 5'10.25 (if the quarter inch really matters haha).
[Editor Rob: you should measure around 6ft 2 in those heels, especially since I doubt you have a small foot size and likely above average foot size, so your brother should still have a comfortable few inches on you. you may find him walking taller though, I have seen this when a female sibling puts on heels beside brothers, I noticed a few suddenly stood taller than normal, maybe they didn't like the height difference being much smaller!]
Asees said on 10/Oct/15
Hey Im 5"3 which heel would suit me .l??
[Editor Rob: depends on how high you want to be. I'd always say it is better to have a thicker platform rather than too high an angle, because wearing heels a lot can do damage, and the higher the angle the more stress on joints/bones in feet/ankle.]
plus said on 9/Oct/15
How many mms do give ballerina flats?
[Editor Rob: they might give 0.2 or 0.3 range...but some shoes that are designed in a similar style and females wear out and about can give 0.3-0.4]
Shonny said on 8/Oct/15
Hi I'm 5'2" and I am looking to buy heels that are 19 cm with a platform height of 9.5 tall will these make me??!
[Editor Rob: you could end up standing 5ft 8.5 range in those heels, which I imagine look huge.]
Becky said on 30/Sep/15
Wow nw i can shop for more heels
Maddy said on 21/Sep/15
Hey if I'm 5'6 or maybe a little more how tall would these make me? They're labelled as 5" heels with a 0.3" platform! Click Here
[Editor Rob: quite high angled those, but not a big front, I think 3.3-3.4 range for them.]
grizz said on 19/Sep/15
@Rob, Click Here how much height do these "18 cm" heels give? Thanks!
[Editor Rob: they push your feet a bit higher an angle than you get just going on toes, so you might get closer to 3.5 inches if size 7.]
May said on 12/Sep/15
I'm 5'6, how much taller would these make me? Click Here
[Editor Rob: they will get you over 5ft 8, probably between 5ft 8.3 and 8.4ish]
Alicia said on 12/Sep/15
I am 5'9 what if i wear 6 inch heels
[Editor Rob: if the platform was 2 inches you might reach 6ft 1.5 in them.]
ashley said on 5/Sep/15
hi, can you explain to me how you determine how much height a platform heel would give you? take for example Cray's question below me. If she's 5'6" and the heels are basically 6" with a 2" platform, how will that make her reach 5'10"-5'11"? thank you :)
[Editor Rob: if you have a 2 inch platform then knowing for many women the maximum height they can get on high tip toes is around 3 inches (or with long feet a bit more) then looking at how high the angle of the shoe is, you can get a sense whether the heel gives 4 or nearly 5...if nearly 5, the angle would be quite steep, just like your maximum tip-toe angle.]
Cray said on 29/Aug/15
Hi rob, hw tall would i b in these shoes if im 5.6". Click Here
[Editor Rob: you should be able to reach 5ft 10.5 range in those.]
jessie said on 28/Aug/15
Should tall women wear heals
[Editor Rob: entirely up to them, how confident they feel looking even taller than they normally do.]
J.Lee said on 18/Aug/15
Rob how much taller is Jenny than you in the pic that says don't take height too seriously
[Editor Rob: 3.9 inches]
May said on 16/Aug/15
How much would these give? Thanks Click Here
[Editor Rob: look like almost 3 inches]
amelie said on 11/Aug/15
How tall would you be if you are 5'7,and wore a shoe which has a 6.5 cm heel. Thanks rob
[Editor Rob: a little over 5ft 9 is possible]
Cata said on 5/Aug/15
how much taller would these make me? Click Here
[Editor Rob: I think right around the 2.9-3 inch range]
helia said on 1/Aug/15
Hi rob. I'm 5"6.5 so how tall would these shoes make me?Click Here
[Editor Rob: look a good couple of inches]
CathyE said on 28/Jul/15
I am 5'3" - how much taller would a platform wedge make me if the wedge heel height is 4.5" and the platform is 1.5"?
[Editor Rob: probably oer 5ft 6, maybe not quite 5ft 6.5]
Hannabanana said on 23/Jul/15
How much taller do the heel on male dress shoes make a guy? (Dress shoes that they wear to prom)
[Editor Rob: really can be anywhere from 0.75 to 1.25 range, generally about an inch is a good indicator.]
Hannabanana said on 23/Jul/15
How much taller do the heel on male dress shoes make a guy? (Dress shoes that they wear to prom)
vfpswiftie said on 22/Jul/15
Ifna 5ft10.5 woman wore a 6.2 inch heels with 2 inxh platform, what would be her height?
[Editor Rob: she could be in the 6ft 3 range in that type of heel.]
J.Lee said on 20/Jul/15
Rob this request is a little different, can you check this out? How tall if you had to guess is this girl in the link? I don't have any clue, but based on body proportion would you have a guess? And how high do her heels look? Here is the link... Click Here
[Editor Rob: at first glance I was thinking over 5ft 9, like 5ft 10 range...but the heels are quite big, they could give nearly 5 inches...maybe 5ft 9.]
Stacey M. said on 14/Jul/15
Hi Rob, I'm between 5'9" and 5'10" and my date is between 6'0" and 6'1". My feet are in the larger range as well. If I buy these shoes, Click Here how much taller than him will I be? Thanks!!
grizz said on 14/Jul/15
Click Here How much do these heels give in height for 5'9 girl, size 8?
[Editor Rob: look a little more than 4 inches, possibly close to 4.2]
CuriousBride said on 13/Jul/15
Hi Rob! I'm about 5'5 3/4" with a size 8-8.5 foot. About how tall would these shoes make me? They have a 4.5' heel & .5' platform. Click Here
[Editor Rob: they should make you measure around the 5ft 9 mark.]
Alison said on 12/Jul/15
Hey Rob, I'm 5ft10.5 and I want to wear a 5.5 inch shoe with a 1.5 inch platform size8.5,how tall would I be in them?
[Editor Rob: you might find you are over 6ft 2 but not quite 6ft 2.5, somewhere in between that zone.]
Insey said on 29/Jun/15
Hey Rob, if I'm 179cm in 7.4cm heels with no platform, approximately how tall would I be barefoot?
[Editor Rob: probably 185-185.5cm range]
Kayla said on 29/Jun/15
Hi Rob, what's the maximum amount of height I can get from a heel with no platform?
[Editor Rob: just with a 1/4 inch at the front? If you have a size 6-7us foot, about 3 inches is the limit, possibly 3.1-2 if it is pushing you to your maximum tip-toe range.]
tallgirltalks said on 24/Jun/15
Hi Rob Im about 5'8 and I want to wear heels with a platform of 2.5 and the heel is 4 inches how tall would I be?
[Editor Rob: maybe between 5ft 11.25 and 11.5 you would measure in them.]
Lalaaa said on 23/Jun/15
Hi rob i`m almost 5`3-5`4" with a size 7.5 shoe how tall would i be in 6 inch heels
[Editor Rob: 5ft 7.5-8 range likely, if the platform of the heel was 1.5 inch range]
Cray said on 20/Jun/15
Hi rob, im 5'5", hw tall would i be in 6" heels
[Editor Rob: if the platform was around 2 inches, then you might be around 5ft 9.5 in them]
Makayla said on 17/Jun/15
Hi Rob! I'm about 5'6.5" with size 8/8.5 feet. How tall would these heels make me? Will I reach 6'0? Click Here on a size 9 foot, the heel is 6" high with a 2" platform. :) thank you!
[Editor Rob: you wouldn't hit 6ft. You might get near 5ft 11 in them]
bella said on 16/Jun/15
Hi Rob, How tall would I be if I'm 5'6 and wore these heels? Click Here
[Editor Rob: 5ft 9 on the nose or a tiny bit more is likely]
Editor Rob said on 16/Jun/15
Alex, they should get you 2.2-2.3 inches
Natcat, actually on second look at those heels I'd say more like 5ft 10.5 range in them, they are quite a big platform.
Alex said on 14/Jun/15
Hey Rob,
I'm a 6'1" male with size 11/12 feet (UK). I'm buying some Beatle Boots with a 2.75" Cuban heel. How much taller do you think they'll actually make me? Thanks
natcat said on 11/Jun/15
Hi Rob, I'm 168cm (so a little under 5'6) and wear a 10. How tall will these make me? Click Here
[Editor Rob: those might get you to 5ft 10.25 range...]
Heidi said on 9/Jun/15
I want shoes that are 1" platform, 4.25" espadrille wedge, how high is the actual heel? I am 5'8 and usually do 3-3 1/2
[Editor Rob: one like This would push you near 4 inches taller. This one has the kind of dimension you are looking at. Those should get you very nearly 3.5 inches.]
alex said on 7/Jun/15
im 5'8 and my prom date is 6'1, whats the tallest heel height i can get without being taller/same height as him?
[Editor Rob: you can easily buy a platform heel (if they are advertised in the shop as 5.5 or 6 inch) and still be shorter than him, they might give you 4-4.5 inches but of course your date would likely be standing 6ft 2 in his shoes, and you at most 6ft 0.5, so still a bit shorter. The only heels that might make you same size is 2-3 inch platform 'stripper' type heels...and those aren't recommended for a prom! ]
Sam said on 6/Jun/15
If im 5'7 and i wear 4.5 heel how talk would i be?
[Editor Rob: somewhere over 5ft 10 mark, close to 10.5]
Tallgirltalks said on 5/Jun/15
Ok, Rob I'm about 5'8 1/2 and I want to wear these 6 inch heels on my first day of Freshman Year at my Highschool I don't want to seem gigantic to the Seniors or anyone so... How tall would I be in 6in heels.
Meee said on 4/Jun/15
Hey I'm 5'8 how much would my height be in this type of heel Click Here
[Editor Rob: should get you over the 3 inch mark close to 3.2-3.3 range I believe. So you'd measure almost 5ft 11.5 in them.]
izzy said on 1/Jun/15
my date to homecoming is 6'1 and i am 5'7 wearing 4 inch platforms with a 1.25 platform base. Will i be taller than him???
[Editor Rob: no you'll still be a couple of inches smaller.]
zoe said on 31/May/15
Im 5'7, how tall will these heels make me approximately, thank you :) Click Here
[Editor Rob: could be roughly 2.75 inch range]
syd said on 31/May/15
How tall will a 5'1/2" girl be if she wore these sandals: Click Here
[Editor Rob: in the 3.25-3.5 range, somewhere between that.]
glam said on 30/May/15
Hey! I'm 5'1 if I wear a shoe with a platform of 3 inches and a heel of 6 inches how tall should I be?
[Editor Rob: you should be in the 5ft 6 range.]
grizz said on 28/May/15
If a 5'8˝ girl (size 8) wears this Click Here , how tall is she then?
[Editor Rob: she should measure between 6ft and 6ft 0.25 range in those type of heels.]
Laur said on 26/May/15
Hi. Im 5'4 and I want to get prom shoes that have a 4 3/4 inch heel (no platform). My prom date is 5'8. How tall will the shoes make me because I'm super scared to purchase them and end up being taller him!
[Editor Rob: if they don't have much platform then you won't really get that much over 3 inches. Maybe 3.3-3.4 inches so you aren't going to be taller than him, he'll still be a bit taller. I wouldn't worry about buying a heel advertised as 5 inches because really it will be somewhere between 3-4 inches of actual height it gives.]
anon said on 26/May/15
Hey Rob, how much height would these extreme heels add over barefeet? Thanks a lot. Click Here
[Editor Rob: they should get you 6.5-7 inches, or very close to that range.]
Bant said on 24/May/15
Hi I'm 5'4" and I'm a size 4, what height would I be if I wear 4.5 inch heels? My prom date is around 5'11"/6'0" and I still want to remain quite a bit shorter. Thank you
[Editor Rob: you might only be around 5ft 7.5 in them, so he will still be several inches taller than you.]
Gabby said on 23/May/15
Hello! I watched your video but I'm still a lil confused, I'm sorry, but I am 5'10. How tall would I be if I wear 4" heel with 1" platform? Thank you very much!!
[Editor Rob: if the very back of the heel measured about 4 inches, then you might manage to get about 3-3.25 inches from the heels. So you could be 6ft 1-1.5 range, something around that zone.]
Sage said on 19/May/15
If I'm about 5' 7" and I wear a 5 1/2 inch heel with a 1 1/2 inch platform about what height would that make me?
[Editor Rob: you should clear that 5ft 10 mark comfortably and I would say even measure close to 5ft 10.75 in the heels.]
Gen said on 18/May/15
Btw I wear a size 10 shoe
Gen said on 18/May/15
I'm 5'7 3/4 and my prom date is 5'9. How tall heels can I wear without being taller than him? *Please note that he will be wearing dress shoes too, which should give him a bit more height. I don't know how tall the heel on dress shoes are but I'm guessing it would make him about 5'10.*
[Editor Rob: your heel can't really be that big, if it gives 2.25 inches you will be the same height, so This size for instance is called I think a 2.75 style but gives about 2.3-2.4, so you won't really look much taller in photos or anything.]
reddress said on 18/May/15
Click Here I'm 5'9 and a half how tall will these 4" heels make me?
[Editor Rob: they should put you in 5ft 11.5-11.75 range]
Zhen Zhen said on 18/May/15
hello thank you for your video. If I am wearing a pair of heels with no platforms about 10cm (4inch) measuring the heel, how much height will I get from it?
[Editor Rob: somewhere in 3-3.25 range is common with a low (small amount of platform at the front) but a reasonably high heel at the back.]
Maia said on 14/May/15
If I wear these and I'm 5'6, how tall would I look?
[Editor Rob: should give you a little over 2 inches]
Claudia said on 12/May/15
I am 6'1" and my prom date is 6'3". I have 3.25 inch heels with no platform, how tall am I going to be?
[Editor Rob: since your foot is likely long, then you might actually get 2.7 inches from the heels. I'd expect you are probably going to be very similar to him if he wears a standard approximate inch dress shoe.]
Bee said on 12/May/15
Hi there - I'm about 5' 8 and 3/4 tall and wondering how tall I would be in these shoes: Click Here
[Editor Rob: 5ft 11.5 range, maybe a tad more.]
Rifle said on 11/May/15
Rob, If I wear a sneakers with a 1.4 heel would it look awkard ie people would think on looking at the shoes that they have a too high heel?
[Editor Rob: things like air max 90 or 360 are like 1.3 range, nike shox are 1.3-1.4 (for the thicker style of shox). I see many people wearing them...they sell a lot so it's not daft or silly. If they are comfy that is the main thing really, I wouldn't worry about what others think...most people won't give them a second glance!]
Ash said on 11/May/15
Hi I'm 5'7 and I'm wondering how tall my heel and platform should be in order for me to not be over 5'10
[Editor Rob: really I would buy a heel that was called 4-inches but the platform is thin. One like this size with small platform would put you 5ft 10-10.25 range and This height of heel would not put you over 5ft 10, possibly just a smidge underneath that 5ft 10 mark.]
RiRi said on 9/May/15
Hi I'm 5'8 and if I wear some heels that are 4.5 inches tall how tall would I be?
[Editor Rob: could be 5ft 11 and change]
Beth said on 4/May/15
Im 5'4 and wear a size 7.5-8 how tall could my heels be without going over 5'8
[Editor Rob: a heel like This one is going to put you around 5ft 8 mark.]
syd said on 2/May/15
I'm 5'1 1/2. How tall would I be with a 5.5 inch heel (it's a wedge sandal) with an 1 inch platform? Thanks!
[Editor Rob: you might get around 5ft 5 in them.]
Engineer said on 2/May/15
Hi Rob, How high are these heels?.How tall she looks over her height in stockings? Click Here
[Editor Rob: they should give her between 4 and 4.25 range of actual height.]
Ali said on 1/May/15
I'm just shy of 5'5" and have to wear heels for my wedding dress so I don't have to get it hemmed at the bottom. My fiance is 5'7" but 5'8" with dress shoes on. I need to be 5'7.5" - 5'8" so I'm not taller than my fiance and so my dress doesn't need alterations.whats the tallest inch heel I can wear to make this happen? My shoe size is 8-8.5
[Editor Rob: I'd buy a heel with a thin platform at front. If you wore similar style to this Here, it has a thin bit at front, and although it's called 4.5 really gives you more about 3.1-3.2 inch you would be very similar to your fiance.]
Hi :) said on 30/Apr/15
Do platforms add to your height? Say if you had a 6 inch heel with a 2 inch platform, how much height would it give? If heels without a platform lift you up the height of the heel with one inch shaved off, how much will a platform add? Thanks. :)
[Editor Rob: it depends on the angle of the heel. With 2 inch at front you are already sitting 2 inches if the heel part is making your foot go nearly as high as you can on your tip toes you might then be getting another almost 3 inches, so about 5 in total. If the angle isn't as harsh with a 2-inch platform type heel then you might get somewhere in 4-4.5 inches of actual height.]
Jen said on 29/Apr/15
I am 5'6 1/2 if I wear 6inch heels with a 2.5 platform how tall would I be?
[Editor Rob: you should comfortably measure 5ft 11 in them.]
dan said on 27/Apr/15
I'm 5'8 1/2 how tall would these make me? Click Here
[Editor Rob: near 6ft flat in them]
Anonymous said on 26/Apr/15
I find it rather funny that many people/women seem to think that you gain the height of the full heel height, which is absorbed. Unless you are walking with frankestein platform style shoes, then you will most likely gain the full height of the platform, but if that's not the case, then no! I am just saying this based on an experiment that I conducted with my girlfriend who is 5'10" on the dot, and even though she is already pretty tall for a girl herself, she still wears pretty large platform heels. She usually wears 6 inch platform heels that make her close to 6'3 (190cm), which is close to my 6'3.5" height (192cm), but not 6'4" as someone would have expected her to be. And that is simply because platform heels, stylleto style, are angled, and not flat, so you dont gain the full height of the heel. And yes, my girlfriend is confident enough to wear big platform heels because she knows that even she wear 6 or 7 inch heels I will still be a bit taller than her. That's the advantages that she gets for having tall boyfriend like me! ;)
dan said on 26/Apr/15
I'm 5'8 1/2 how tall would these make me? Click Here
[Editor Rob: 3.5-3.6 maybe around that zone.]
Lily said on 21/Apr/15
Hey rob, I'm like a 5'2 and I don't know if 5.5 inches heel and the platform being 1.4 inches is actual good for me to wear or not. Or too even handle, is it? Love to hear back from u
[Editor Rob: big heels can certainly cause foot/leg pains after a while and to be fair I wouldn't recommend wearing them a lot.]
Marc said on 20/Apr/15
Hey Rob, how much height would these add over barefoot? Many thanks in advance! Click Here
[Editor Rob: they are pretty big, I think those can get you near 4.5 inches of actual height.]
Marc said on 20/Apr/15
Oh and they would be in size 10
Marc said on 20/Apr/15
Hey Rob, how much height would these add over barefoot? Many thanks in advance! Click Here
[Editor Rob: those look like 4.5-4.6 inch of actual height]
Ess said on 19/Apr/15
Hi Rob! I'm 5'8.5 and have a size 9 shoe that's 3.5 inches. How tall would they make me?
[Editor Rob: probably near enough 5ft 11.5, maybe a smidge less]
Lucy bim said on 15/Apr/15
Hi rob I'm 5'8 1/2 and I'm a size 9 if I wear these wedges Click Here that have a 4 1/2" heel; 1" platform how tall would I be
[Editor Rob: probably almost 6ft, like 5ft 11.75 range]
Ashely said on 14/Apr/15
I'm 5'11 how tall will I be if I wear these? Click Here
[Editor Rob: in those particular ones I'd say 6ft 2 and a bit, like 6ft 2 and 1/3rd.]
Ashely said on 14/Apr/15
Hi, I'm 5'11 and I have a louboutin pointed toe stiletto heel. How tall do you think I will be?
[Editor Rob: those can have a sharp high angle so if your foot size was like 8-9 at least I'd think you might measure about 6ft 2.5 in them.]
Cierra said on 12/Apr/15
Hi, I'm about 5'6 1/2 close to 5'7 and I have some heels that are I say about maybe 6 inches or so with a 1.5 platform almost two inches. How tall would I be in those? They're for prom and I don't want to be taller than my date. He's 6ft.
[Editor Rob: if he wears 0.75-1 inch shoes he's going to be almost 6ft might get 4 and a fraction out of your heels so not quite 6ft...I think he will safely appear taller by an inch or so.]
J.Lee said on 12/Apr/15
Rob can u make an image on what a 5 foot 10.5 man with 1 inch shoes standing next to a 5 ft 9 girl with 5 inch heels (1 inch platforms) would look like?
[Editor Rob: I'm not sure what you are asking, I'd need to think of 2 actors that size and find image of that? She should be looking 1.5-1.75 inches taller than him with that scenario. ]
Brandon said on 11/Apr/15
How much would these Nike Air Max 90s give you Rob? Click Here
[Editor Rob: anywhere in 1.1 to 1.3, I believe larger sizes like 11US give slightly more than the smaller 8-9 size does.]
Aloognon said on 11/Apr/15
When I wore timberlands I went from 5'9.25" to 5'11"
Sara R. said on 9/Apr/15
If I'm 5 10 I wear a shoe size 10 and I wear 3 1/2 heels with a 2 inch platform how tall will I be?
[Editor Rob: likely measure 6ft 1 in those.]
Kelly said on 7/Apr/15
I'm 5'5 and wear a size 8 sometimes 9 how tall would I be wearing wedges?
[Editor Rob: wedges vary a bit, some can be really thick and high giving near 4 inches, but a lot are 2.5-3.25 range I found.]
Melanie said on 7/Apr/15
How tall would a 5'7" girl be in these? Click Here
[Editor Rob: you should be 5ft 11 in those]
Rae said on 5/Apr/15
How much height would these give? Click Here
[Editor Rob: although the platform isn't quite 0.5 inch, it's still a high enough angle that it should give maybe 3.1-3.2 inches if your foot was 7-8, maybe around 3 if size 3-4]
Shel said on 2/Apr/15
I'm 5'3" size 7.5 shoe. How tall would I be in a 1.5" platform with a 5" heel?
[Editor Rob: you might be right on the 5ft 7 mark with those.]
Kat said on 26/Mar/15
Hiii, I'm 5'6.5", feet are size 8/8.5. How tall would I be wearing basic party pumps? Or in other words, the 5" heels with a 1"-2" platform? Thanks :)
[Editor Rob: you should reach that 5ft 10 mark, possibly a tiny bit over the mark. ]
Bishop said on 22/Mar/15
How much would this give?: Click Here
[Editor Rob: I'd be expecting a girl to get in the 4.5 inch range out of those.]
Jose said on 22/Mar/15
If this is true, I wonder how my girlfriend looked taller than me in high heels. It measured me at 1.80 barefoot. My girlfriend measured herself at 1.67. We were both barefoot, my girlfriend put on some high heels that did have a platform on the front, she made me stand up, we were in front of the mirror, and she looked an inch taller than me and started laughing. The high heels were her sister's and she already took them back. I was kind of shocked so later I looked at the shoes and they seemed to only have a 5 inch heel (estimating) in the back, I really think that they were 5.5 inches tops, the heel was real thick, and there was a platform in the front. My girlfriend does have big feet, she wears a size 10. I was up a long time that day, since early in the morning, I am wondering if I lost height during the day. I even tried to stand up straight and as tall as possible when we compared heights. She has worn really high heels around me and has not seems so tall but they didn't have a thick platform in the front. Do some girls get more height based on their bone structure, foot size?
[Editor Rob: a longer foot can mean the pivot point is further back and they can get more (if size 9-10 compared to a female with size 3-4) might in some heels be like half inch difference. From what you say, she would need at least 13cm out of those heels to match your height - her eyelevel might be higher so it might have felt she was taller, but it was just eyes and you were nearer? For 13cm I'd expect a heel with 2-inch platform at least to push it up that high.]
zazz said on 17/Mar/15
I'm 5'6 and my heels are 5.5" and the platform for those heels are 1.75" How tall will I be?
[Editor Rob: could be 5ft 10 on the nose]
J.Lee said on 16/Mar/15
Rob, how much height do these heels add Click Here
[Editor Rob: could be 9 or 10 inch, really big things...]
Destiny said on 14/Mar/15
i'm 5'3 inches tall and wear a shoe size of an 8 or 8 1/2. for me to be about 5'5 in them, what is the recommended heel height?
[Editor Rob: if you buy a heel in a shop that is called 2.5 inches then you'd be around 5ft 5, if you bought one that was called a 3-inch you might measure somewhere in the 5ft 5.5 range.]
Mary said on 14/Mar/15
Hi, If I am 5'10", shoe size 9 and a half, and I wear 2.5 inch heels (no platform).. How tall would it make me?
[Editor Rob: probably 6ft or a touch over it]
PromGirl said on 12/Mar/15
Hi, I am 5'9 and I want to wear: Back heel height: approx. 5.5"; Shaft height from high point heel: approx. 3"; Platform height: approx. 1". How tall will I be?
[Editor Rob: I think you would clear the 6ft mark, probably 6ft 0.5 range.]
Bishop said on 11/Mar/15
Rob, if a woman wears a 2 inch heel and the other a 4 inch heel, what would the heel advantage be? I ask because of pictures like these: Click Here Click Here
[Editor Rob: Katie might have about 1.5 inch more heel...Middleton might have only about 1-1.2 inch more heel than Michelle in the other photo.]
Barbra said on 11/Mar/15
If I am 5'11 How tall would I be in 3 in heels?
[Editor Rob: probably in the 6ft 1.5-1.75 range]
shmily said on 7/Mar/15
im 5'8 without heels. how tall would i be if i wore a 6 inch heel with 1.5 inch platform?
[Editor Rob: possibly 6ft 1/4-1/3rd]
Blaire said on 4/Mar/15
if I am 5'9" and I wear 4 inch heels without a platform how tall would they make me?
[Editor Rob: around 6ft - 6ft 0.25 range]
Insey said on 26/Feb/15
If I'm a hair under 6ft in 4.5 inch heels/ .5 inch platform, approximately how tall would I be barefoot?
[Editor Rob: possibly a fraction over 5ft 8 towards 8.5]
Carter said on 25/Feb/15
are lita boots completely out of style or could I still wear them? and how tall would they make me if I'm 4'11"
Mackenzie said on 25/Feb/15
how much height would I get from shoes that have a 4.5 inch heel and a 2 inch platform?
[Editor Rob: probably 3.75 inch range]
Moonkitten said on 24/Feb/15
I'm 5'4 an I'm wearing 4in wedges how tall would that make me?
[Editor Rob: probably just over the 5ft 7, maybe 5ft 7.25 range]
Teetee said on 21/Feb/15
Hey rob. I'm 5'7, and I mostly wear 4.5" or 5 " heels with no platform everyday similar to the Christian Louboutin "un bout" heels. The heel placement is far in the back of the heels. How tall would that make me, I feel close to my 5'9" peers when I wear them.
Kayla said on 21/Feb/15
How much height would these 3 inch heels give? Click Here
[Editor Rob: probably around 2.5-2.6 inches]
Tom said on 5/Feb/15
Hey rob in your original post on this you said you having size 8 feet you would get 2.5-3 inches on barefoot height by standing on tip toes. How much do you think i would get for a size uk 11?
[Editor Rob: maybe 3.2-3.4 inch range]
Savvy said on 28/Jan/15
I'm shopping for heels on Amazon. The platform size is 1.75 inches, so how tall is the heel itself?
[Editor Rob: it sounds like the kind of heel might be described anywhere from 5.5 to 6 inches....and how much you get, that could be 4.3-4.5 inches of actual height. A 1.75 inch platform is quite thick.]
Ty (again) said on 26/Jan/15
I am 5'5 back with another question, you were right about the other hell! the heel height is: Outside Heel Height:4.75"Inside Heel Height:3" this a tall heel? Please help!:)
[Editor Rob: I can't quite understand the inside bit - maybe it is talking about the stem part? But if the very back is 4.75 that should still get you into the 3 inch range, maybe a bit more like 3.25ish]
Ash said on 26/Jan/15
Hi im 6ft 2in if i wear 8cm heels how tall would i be
[Editor Rob: you'd be just under 6ft 5 ]
Gail said on 23/Jan/15
Which heel is taller a 4.5 or a 4 & 1/2inch heel.
[Editor Rob: it's the same amount.]
jmac said on 23/Jan/15
I'm 5'10", so if I wore a 5" heel with a 1" platform in a size 11 how tall would I be?
[Editor Rob: you should measure right about 6ft 2 in them.]
Kbaby said on 21/Jan/15
Hi there I'm about 5'7 1/2 how many inches would these add to my height? Click Here
[Editor Rob: probably 2.2-2.3 inch]
Izzy said on 16/Jan/15
I'm around 5'6 1/2, and when I put on my 4.5 inch heels (1/2 platform) I come out to exactly 5'10. How much height would the shoes give me without the platform? or would it be pretty much the same?
[Editor Rob: you'd probably be in between 5ft 9.5 and9.75 range if the front of the shoe was quite flat, but still the same back part.]
Precious said on 15/Jan/15
I'm about 5'7 - 5'8 and I'm wondering of a 5inch heel with 1" platform would be to high of a heel for my height
[Editor Rob: many young women wear higher heels than that, but the sharper angle on your foot the more problem it might cause to your feet if you wear them a lot. You might be better off with maybe a 2-inch platform and not as high an angle at the back...]
Lia said on 12/Jan/15
Hi, I'm 5'7 in height and was wondering how tall I would be in 3''/8cm heel and a 4''/10cm heel and it the size of the shoe matters as I am a 7 or 8
[Editor Rob: you should get about 2.5-2.7 inches from the standard 3 inch heel so you would measure almost 5ft 9.7 in them I beleive. In a 4-inch heel maybe 3.4-3.5 inches so about 5ft 10.5 in them.]
Holly said on 12/Jan/15
I'm 5'5 and I was wondering how tall I would be if I wore heels that were 6 inches with a 2 inch platform ( i.e - Steve Madden's Deja Vu pumps )
[Editor Rob: they look like they might give close to 4.5 inches of height, so you might stand almost 5ft 9.5 in them. To other people (like men) you would appear like a 5ft 8.5 person...if that makes sense, since they might be in 1 inch shoes...]
madi said on 4/Jan/15
if im 5'6 & i buy heels that have a 4inch heel, around how tall would i be?
[Editor Rob: somewhere around 5ft 9]
Chantel said on 31/Dec/14
Im looking at some shoes for my wedding they say it is a 3.9 inch heel. I was wondering is that true heel height if its a size 7
[Editor Rob: I think most companies just measure the very back, so I'd expect that heel to give you more in the 3-3.1 inch range rather than 3.9...but there are always exceptions, maybe one company actually measured the true heel height!]
Lauren said on 28/Dec/14
If I'm already around 5'7 and wear a pair of heels with a 5.5" heel how tall will I be then?
[Editor Rob: you might measure 5ft 11 in them.]
Molly said on 20/Dec/14
Thanx Rob, but she's an 8.5 so is it more than 3.5 or less?
[Editor Rob: she might squeeze a little bit over that 3.5, but not much. I've seen a size 5 heel and compared it to a uk9 and they looked a 1/4 inch different, I seen it in a few heels in shops.]
Molly said on 18/Dec/14
Hi rob, my sister is getting married and we were wondering how much height these shoes give her. Click Here
[Editor Rob: those should give you almost 3.5 inches I believe if you are size 5-6]
veer boparai said on 14/Dec/14
i am 19 yrs old hieght is 5'0 .. i need much more plz tell me suitable one which helps in showing fine hieght thx
[Editor Rob: if you want a big amount you need a decent platform at the front, see This style that will give you near 4.5 inches, so you would measure about 5ft 4.5 in them.]
Sarah said on 13/Dec/14
Hey Rob, Could you please advise me. My boyfriend is 6' and I am 5'3 (ya I know huge difference). Also I have a shoe size of US 7. To be about 5'7 what pair of heels do you recommend. thx, Sarah
[Editor Rob: you really need a heel that has between 1 and 1.5 inches at the front platform. Something like This shoe has a smallish platform, even though the heel is called 4.5 inches it won't give you too much more than 3.2-3.3. This one gets called 6 inches, but has a 2 inch platform, this is a kind that will definitely get you to 5ft 7 range.]
Tania said on 8/Dec/14
Rob, how many inches/cm do you think these heels (Click Here) give? My friend lent them to me for a party and I'll be wearing them in 2 days - how much of a lift will they give me? They've been advertised as having a 6.5 inch heel height (woah). I'm 162 cm and wear a US size 5 shoe.
[Editor Rob: 4000 and sold out? I'm in the wrong business... Yes, those have a big enough platform to get you near 5 inches of actual height from them.]
Ryan said on 10/Nov/14
I am 15 and will be attending a sweet 16. im going to wear black heels that has a 4.5 inch heel, 1 inch platform. i am 5'4 so how tall would i be? also, would those heels be too obnoxiously tall? i will be wearing these: Click Here
[Editor Rob: 5ft 7.5-7.75 range]
Cyn said on 1/Nov/14
Hi i have a heel of 14cm and platform of 6cm, i am 173cm myself. what is my height after wearing the heels
[Editor Rob: you should be able to get somewhere in 4.6-4.7 inch of actual height from that type of heel.]
Sam said on 15/Oct/14
Hi Rob, I am 5'4. What would my height end up being wearing a 3.5" wedge and 1.25 platform shoe?
[Editor Rob: you would be a solid 5ft 7-7.25]
184.3cm said on 9/Oct/14
ive noticed that heels are getting bigger and bigger. Its true that men love a woman in heels but sometimes i see women almost falling over and they look ridiculous.I would say that anything more than an actual 5 inches of heel height is too much.
ER said on 24/Sep/14
Im 5ft 11 and im buying heels that are 4.75 inch heel with no platform, how tall will they make me?
[Editor Rob: women's heels described as 4.75, might give you about 3.25 inches if there's only a small bit at the front and no platform.]
Ty said on 17/Jul/14
I am wanting to buy heels, but this is the height info: Outside Heel Height:5"Inside Heel Height:3.5"....will that make me pretty tall??? (i do not want to be overly tall) I am 5'5 myself
[Editor Rob: it's not a huge height, still it's more than your average heel. You would probably appear like a 5ft 7.5-8 girl beside a boy]
J.Lee said on 16/Jul/14
Rob they were those shoes. But she said she was 5 ft 4 but really looked 7 feet. Do some girls lose less height than the height of the heel?
[Editor Rob: you can't get as much height as the back of the heel because your ankle (the pivot point) sits not at the back of your foot but a few inches from the back.]
J.Lee said on 14/Jul/14
Rob there is this girl who says she is 5 ft 4. She wore 8 inch heels and was about 6 feet tall. Is that possible, that some girls shrink less in heels and get most of the heel height?
[Editor Rob: these must have had like mega platforms at the front to get anywhere near 6ft...I mean they need to be A bit thicker than these ones to really get into the 7 inch range!]
jewel said on 23/Mar/14
thanks Rob - for taking the time
J.Lee said on 4/Mar/14
Rob how high are these heels Jennifer is wearing? Click Here
[Editor Rob: maybe between 3.3-3.4]
Rob Please Answer Me! :) said on 20/Feb/14
here is the link :)
Click Here
Rob Please Answer Me! :) said on 20/Feb/14
Jewel says on 1/Oct/13 Rob how much heel height is there is 5 inch heels without a platform. I ask because of statements like these: Average Joe says on 26/Mar/13 No way she is 6ft, she is around 5'10-5'11 range peak. That would have made her 6'1 in heels. (Brigitte Nelson) Kidd says on 24/Mar/13 She barely looks taller than 6'1.5 djimon in her 3 inch heels so perhaps she's 5'11 barefoot (Kimora Lee) Click Here
[Editor Rob: probably between 3 and 3.5 inches for her actual heel height]
angieNJ said on 27/Jan/14
Hi! Can you advise...I want to purchase a pair of heels, 3.9" with a .78" platform...what would be the actual height of the shoe? Also if I am 5'8" how much taller would I be wearing these? Thanks!!
Pedro said on 23/Jan/14
How much taller does someone become with these shoes with around 5 inch heel and 1 inch platform: Click Here
[Editor Rob: she should be around 4-inches taller when standing in those]
precise said on 13/Jan/14
We need to define Heel Height. Displacement of the heel above the foot pad plane-6inch heel, 5inch platform=one inch heel elevation. A size 4 US foot could not have a 6inch heel even in a ballet boot.
tayla said on 22/Dec/13
I'm 15 is a wedge height of 4.25 too high for me? I'm 5'3"
heavyhitter said on 29/Oct/13

I've got some 1" lifts that are very comfortable. I can only wear them in my High-top Converse All Stars (like the ones you show up there).

I'm getting a pair of boots (maybe Timerblands or Ariats) to wear with my lifts. This seems to be an easy way to gain almost 3 inches over my barefoot height. Yet it seems like you say this would be very impractical.

What do you think?
[Editor Rob: well in boots it's easier to put an inch lift than a shoe...but getting 3 inches you really need 1.5 inches of lift and walking about a lot in that high a lift won't be that comfortable. I guess you could always get used it, afterall women walk about in high shoes all the time.]
SAK said on 13/Oct/13
Click Here How many inches of added height could a girl get with these. My sister wants to get them.
[Editor Rob: looks like close to 3.5 inch ]
Clubber said on 7/Oct/13
This article seems to say high heels don't make people as tall as we would think.

How much height would these heels add? My wife and I are going to a wedding and these are the shoes she got. I am 5'10" 1/2 and she is 5'7" and I'm wondering if she'll be taller than me if I wear standard dress shoes at the wedding.

Click Here
[Editor Rob: those are genuinely large heels. They get described as 6.25" and with a 2.75" platform a girl would get 5 inches total height in them. She'd probably appear taller by 1/2-1 inch (assuming you wore 1 inch shoes), depends if her eyelevel is a bit higher than yours to begin with.]
Jake said on 6/Oct/13
I'm 5'11-5'11.25 barefoot, solid tall for a man.
In normal shoes i'm about 5'11.5.
In my dress shoes i reach a solid 6ft.
I have special elevator shoes at home, with them i'm even 6'1.25
well above avg.
Jewel said on 1/Oct/13
Rob how much heel height is there is 5 inch heels without a platform.

I ask because of statements like these:

Average Joe says on 26/Mar/13
No way she is 6ft, she is around 5'10-5'11 range peak. That would have made her 6'1 in heels. (Brigitte Nelson)

Kidd says on 24/Mar/13
She barely looks taller than 6'1.5 djimon in her 3 inch heels so perhaps she's 5'11 barefoot (Kimora Lee) Click Here
Tall Girl said on 21/Sep/13
Im 5'9 if I wear a 5.5' heel with a 1.5 platform will I be taller than 6'1?
[Editor Rob: you might measure 6ft 1-1.25 range in them]
Tall guy said on 16/Jul/13
Rob, If a man wears a standard dress shoe and a woman wears a pretty standard heel, what would the height difference be between them? What would be an example of two equally heighted people? Thanks
[Editor Rob: about 2 inches difference, although if the women has a heel with say 1 inch platform it might be closer to 3 inch difference.]
Sarah said on 13/Jul/13
Hi Rob :) These shoes Click Here claim to be 6 inches with a 1.5 inch platform. Just wondering do the platforms add height too?
[Editor Rob: those should give 4.5 inches, they are quite big]
Lorne??? said on 6/Jul/13
With such an amazingly clear and detailed explanation on heel height, it amazes me that people actually think, for example, That Pitt could be 175cm!!!
buzz said on 23/Jun/13
I'm a guy who wears cowboy boots with an honest 6 inch heel, and I've been wearing them for years for working, hiking, etc. I always like very high heels on cowboy boots because honestly they're much easier to walk in since they have such thick soles that refuse to bend. I'm 6'0 tall, 6'6" in these boots which is very impressive. In the summer, mostly for hiking, I wear them with very short cutoff jeans.
SAK said on 9/Jun/13
How many cm/inches would these heels give? Click Here
[Editor Rob: they should give very near 4 inch flat]
anthon117 said on 14/Apr/13
Rob, how about adding these platform pumps to your list. Nowadays they are very common among women and they can add like 4-5 inches in height, as a result of the platform front.
Click Here
J.Lee said on 12/Apr/13
Rob I have a question. If 2 girls are the same height and they wear the same exact heel, is it possible for one girl to be 1/4 taller in the heels depending on their foot structure or do heels give the exact height increase to everyone?
Mr. P said on 7/Apr/13
If you want body height, platforms do more than heels. For comfort, get platforms with a heel that adds no more than 2 inches more than the platform. Trying to get more than 2 inches from heels is going to exponentially increase your pain, especially if you plan on wearing them for more than an hour.
jimmy said on 3/Apr/13
I wear this kind of shoes.How much do u think they add to barefoot height Rob?I think 1.1"-1.2".
JB forever said on 21/Dec/11
M 5.9" in grade 9... i feel great to be tall and i luv wearing heel epecially the one with a 4 or 5 inches high..
PomW said on 10/Dec/11
I'm 6'2, and my wife is 6'0. At school, she was more conscious of her height, but over time that has gradually disappeared. Now she usually wears heels, and I certainly don't mind if she wears some boots that bring her to my height or even taller - in fact it feels pretty good when she does. When you're already taller than everyone else in the room, there's no way you feel any less 'manly' when the only other contender is already with you ;-)
SAK said on 29/Nov/11
What is the highest amount of xtra height females can get from heels. I know some heels are advertised as 6" heels, but I doubt they get actual 15cm/6" of added height.

I have noticed that super-high heels are in fashion nowadays. All the celebs seem to be wearing them. How Annoying for us guys.

[Editor Rob: big 6-inchers which have 1.5 inch platform or even up to 2 inch platform will give 4.5-5 inches, many of the ones I see celebs wear are around 4-4.5 inch, they are very high angled.]
heather said on 15/Nov/11
i am 5'3 3/4 . I have heels adertized at 4 1/2 heels actually make my height 5'7 1/2, not 5'8 1/2 as you would think. So they give me 3 3/4 height difference. I also have a pair of 5 inch heels but when i wear them im 5'8 which gives me a height increase of 4 1/4 height. If you want to ballpark how tall you will be with a certain pair of high heels, take about an 3/4 off the height of the advertized heel, 1 inch if you like rounding : )
Model_Babe said on 8/Nov/11
I'm 5'10. I reached my height at age 14-15 and stayed the same. I'm 23 now. I was always the tall girl at school but it never bothered me. It wasn't until I reached 17 and put on weight that I became self-conscious, never wearing heels. If you're tall and fat you stand out more & feel like a giant! So I only wore flats then. Since losing the weight I have no issues wearing heels which put me at about 6'1. I'm not masculine looking at all! I have a small frame, long legs which I love, don't have big hands or feet. I've seen very short girls who were masculine looking, so that's not a height issue, it's all about proportion & your features. My last bf was same height as me, so when I wore heels around him I felt uncomfortable cos he did. I'd love to find a super tall guy 6'4 plus! So I could wear my highest heels and not worry hehe ;). Most guys want to be the taller one, something to do with wanting to feel "manly". I wouldn't mind dating a guy my height or slightly shorter if he was confident with it, something I once would never consider. Recently I saw a gorgeous couple at the movies, the girl was taller than the guy & in heels & looked stunning, like a supermodel! The only time I feel self-conscious about wearing heels out, is if my gf's aren't wearing heels too cos I don't like towering over them. Oh, and I'm European, most people from Europe I find are taller. Americans & Aussies seem to always be shorter!
kayla said on 19/Oct/11
i wear 6 inch heels everytime i go out and im just fine. ive been walking in heels since i was a baby so im use to it ands im perfectly healthy with no injuries.
rommel said on 3/Sep/11
guys i saw a woman with a couple of almost 6 inches(!!!!!) heels walking in street like a foot injured person... everyone in street was watching her can u imagine ? heels are good for ladies and make them sexier but not a good way to be taller
Ruff said on 29/Aug/11
Anyone know the heel height for nike lunar glides? How do they compare to the air max.shox?
BobG said on 25/Aug/11
I can share a personal story about how much height heels really add. Rob is correct, but it really all depends on the platform. My very tall friend who loves heels was also curious about this and being a good natured girl, she agreed to do these measurements. We went to a doctor's office that had one of those really good stadiometer height rods. In her bare feet, she was 5'10 1/4". In her highest heels, Colin Stuarts with an advertised (and confirmed as measured by me) heel height of 5.5" and a 2.0" platform, she was 6'3 1/8". So the heel actually gave her 4.9" of added height. To verify it, I had her stand barefoot again and then stand on her tip toes as high as she could. I measured that quickly with a ruler, and sure enough it was about 2.9" or so (definitely between 2.75" and 3.0"). So that makes total sense if you do the math. 2.0" platform + 2.9" angle of the foot on the heel equals 4.9", or the difference between 5'10 1/4" and 6'3 1/8". We then tried it with another pair of heels where the advertised/measured heel was 4.5" but the platform was only 1.0". In those, she stood 6'2" spot on the nose, for an added height of 3.75". We expected a gain closer to 3.9" based on the other data, but the small difference is likely due to the fact that the 5.5" heel made her foot angle as steep as it possibly could go, while the 5" heel allowed her to use a very slightly less steep angle. But the difference was very small. We actually repeated it and got the exact same results (I have an engineering backround, so insisted on precision). I hope this real life story helps. It all comes down to the platform. I would recommend to ladies who want to get the maximum height, to buy 5.5" heels with a platform of at least 2". That should give you nearly 5" of real added height. My friend says the heel makers are starting to come out with heels where the platform is over 2" and is even a little more concealed so they don't like stripper shoes. If you found a 2.5" platform, I think you could get close to 5.5" of real added height (using the math above). I can tell you, my friend was looking absolutely stunning standing over 6'3" in the bigger platform shoes. She was taller than even the tallest male doctor in the office!
Kris said on 22/Aug/11
I am a very solid 5'9", probably closer to 5'9 3/4". I am much taller than every woman I know. I always wear heels and then seem to tower over everyone. I have a pair of 4in. heels and they make me a good 6'1". I don't understand all this talk about tall women being unattractive and masculine, or that men don't like tall women. I have never met a guy who was turned off by my height, and I have dated guys that are 2-3in. shorter than me. My height has never been a problem. Interesting genetics: My mom is 5'2" My dad is 6'1" My older brother is 5'9" I am 5'9" Although my brother swears he is 5'11"!
Maximus Meridius said on 19/Aug/11
Rob I've heard that men can carry on growing until their late 30s like 37 because male bones don't reach their maximum height until 37 is this true i've heard that men in their 30s have grown taller.

[Editor Rob: very rare for anybody over 25 to grow.]
r3v001 said on 13/Aug/11
Rob I too am curious on Maximus question how are people growing taller in thier 20's 30's going from 5'7 to 6'???

[Editor Rob: I don't know many who have grown early 20's, it's still quite rare.]
AS said on 13/Aug/11
It really depends on genetics and your eating and exercise habits. On my 18th birthday i was 5'8" flat. I started exercising a lot and changing my diet. i turned 19 4 months ago and am now a tiny bit taller than 6 ft. trying to hit 6'1" but I am pretty sure I am done growing now.
Maximus Meridius said on 12/Aug/11
@MARY you like to be 5ft 7in is like me saying i would like to be 6ft 1in what's wrong with the 5ft 1in it's a nice height for a woman men like short women if you were tall men won't like you you won't get a man.
Grga said on 7/Aug/11
I'm 16. 6'2'' and im overweight ( 330 pounds )i've recently changed my calories intake i walk / swim alot in other words im trying to lose weight.I get from people alot that if you lose alot of weight you drop the pressure from your spine and you gain some height , so i've got 2 question if someone would be nice to answer them 1 ) since im 16 and half has my growth stopped or i may grow a little bit more and 2 ) is it true that when you lose weight you look , feel and are taller by an inch or less. i'm hoping to lose around 90 pounds untill the next summer :)
Maximus Meridius said on 5/Aug/11
@ano why would you want to date a woman taller than men regardless of their own don't like tall women or women close to their height same height or taller i'm male of tom cruise unlike tom cruise i wouldn't even dream of dating a woman close to my height the same height or taller i prefer short women because it makes me manly 5ft women 5ft 1in women and 5ft 2 women are very common i feel manly when i see women around those heights.
Maximus Meridius said on 5/Aug/11
Rob is height increasing surgery only recommend for men that are 5ft 5in and under.

[Editor Rob: I wouldn't recommend it to anybody]
MARY said on 4/Aug/11
I am short,156 cm(about 5'1- 5'1/5 I think?). It ' s really nice to be taller like 5'7,however I feel comfortable about my heigh. I have a friend who is 176-177 cm & every time hugging for a greet, we both laugh at this hiegh difference ;)That's funny to me, but not at all bothering. By the way, I usually wear sneakers or flat shoes which are great for walking.Despite my height, I'm not interested in heels.I don't know why.
Mr. Tempus said on 3/Aug/11
@Maximus Meridius Well i am 5'10 and thats fine, altough i would like to be 5'10.75 always, because thats my morning height:)
Renee said on 20/Jul/11
I have never worn any heel higher than 2 inches. I am still able to walk quite well. However, I wonder how well young ladies of today will be able to walk in 20-40 years wearing shoes over 2 inches and these high heel stiletos? Wisdom is good for the soul and the feet, too.
Maximus Meridius said on 19/Jul/11
Rob can people taller after puberty there is men out there in late 20s and early 30s who went from like 5ft 7in to 6ft how is this possible.
Charles White said on 19/Jul/11
I am 5'5" tall and that is probably stretching it some. Why is it that more people have a problem with my height than my spouse and myself. I have been successful both financially and spiritually over the years. I have high- self esteem, but a lot of people don't feel the same as I.
Hank said on 12/Jul/11
My girlfriend has what some would call "stripper heels" with a 7 inch heel, the platform is about 3 inches. Without them on, she measures 5'7", with them on she measures close to 6'1", so they give her a good 6 inches.
Maximus Meridius said on 26/Jun/11
Hey Rob are men 5ft 9in and under jealous of men that are 6ft and over because they wish they were taller.
Maximus Meridius said on 23/Jun/11
I heard you can grow taller after puberty is this true i'm a similar height to you Rob i could use 5 inches it would be to nice to be 6ft 1in.
Lee said on 4/Jun/11
hey rob, I was wodnering how much heel do you think air jordan 7's have?
Tony Greene said on 25/May/11
Why would some people wanna be shorter? You don't need an operation, just slouch all the time as my grandmother once called me "Slouchie". Slouching takes off about 3-5 inches. I'm about 5'3"-5'5" when I slouch but when I stand up perfectly straight, I'm only 5'8.5" One thing for sure, you'd figure that being very muscular and very buff should be a bigger deal than height. And to those who wanna be taller, stop slouching.
Brazilian Fellow said on 24/May/11
Now, when it comes to 5in platforms, how many inches do they add to a girls height whose shoe size is USW 11 or smaller? 4in? Maybe even more?
Schteen said on 23/May/11
I'm a 6'3, 18 year old male. And ive been out with girls who are 5'0 up to girls who are 6'0, and it really doesn't matter.
Kaneda said on 17/May/11
I have classic Timberlands (with the big sole). How much height do they actually give? I think it's 1.5 inches but I'm not quite sure.

[Editor Rob: it is around that mark.]
Steven Far said on 16/May/11
Does anyone have any recommendations on how to acheive a solid 3.5 - 4 inch increase? I am 5.6 and 3/4 in and I wear 1.5 in cowboy boots with a 1.5 insole lifts inside, with an additional 2 normal insoles from some other generic shoes. It seems like a whole lot, but its actually quite comfortable and I dont walk funny and people dont notice at all. I gain about a little over 3 inches exactly putting me at 5.9 3/4 . It's alot of height increase as it is, but I am curious to see if anyone has achieved a consistant 3.5 - 4 in increase with a cowboy boot styled shoe. Brand names of boots and insoles would be a nice help. thanks

[Editor Rob: there was a poster, I think Ziggy his name, that had custom boots with a very big insert that gave him something close to 4 inches he said.]
Maximus Meridius said on 14/May/11
@Anonymous I know there is surgery to grow taller there is also surgery to get shorter it does exist but if your bf is the same height as you he should order supergrowth it will add 5 inches to his height at least he will be taller than you.
Heightgirl said on 9/May/11
What about those 5 or 6 inch heels with the mega platform? How much added height do you get with those fancy red bottom shoes? Seems that you would get 4.5 - 5 inches at the very least and then what about people that use lifts too?

[Editor Rob: you do get heels which have the platform bit 2 inches thick and they can give 4.5-5 inch range for sure.]
Aly said on 6/May/11
This is the most important thing - everyone on this site - when they see girls in platforms - they say OMG THAT'S LIKE 6 INCHES AT LEASSSTTTTT and it's yes most often celebrities aren't as tall as they would like to be, but they aren't as short as we would like them to be!!
k pizzle said on 29/Apr/11
hi, great website rob, i am a 5'9 guy who goes for the skinny jeans and cuban heels look often but am confused by the illusion of height given by such heels compared to the true height they give.
can you give me a rough idea of how much height a standard "smart" dress shoe you might wear with a suit would give you? and how about a cowboy boot-style cuban heel? thanks, kp

[Editor Rob: 0.9-1.1 inch I think for a normal style heel and a cuban or cowboy thick heel usually gives 1.5-1.75 inch.]
Eclipse said on 15/Apr/11
What would you say is the height addition of a standard pair of flip flops? I measured myself in flip flops with a tape measure right before bed last night and was 6'1 1/4". I measured myself again when woke up today in the same flip flops and was right at 6'2". I would also imagine that measuring oneself with a tape measure not standing against anything isn't a great way to get an exact measurement, though.

[Editor Rob: it's harder to measure that way.

you'd be better holding a tape or rule against the sole of the flip flop to get a good idea of how thick it is, sometimes 0.5-0.6 inch is typical for them I find.]
Anonymous said on 10/Apr/11
i am around 5'6" - 5'7" and i am 16. i hate that i am so tall and wish i could shrink about 3-4 inches. is there anyway i can get shorter? maybe surgery? or something. me and my bf are around the same height and i dont like it even though he thinks its cute and likes it :/ so... can i get shorter?
wedge said on 9/Apr/11
"only 2 1/2 percent are over 6-2" You're saying that in a random sampling of 40 American guys, only one is over 6'2"? That sounds low to me.
Madi said on 18/Mar/11
"Women over 5-9 look mannish and disproportioned, I would say she should be no taller than 5-10, anything above is a male height." wow, thanks
R said on 13/Mar/11
Can someone explain how the '4in heels' shown above give 3.15in, even though the supposed maximum is 2.85in ??? The point at where the line is drawn doesn't look right, as it looks to far up compared to the lines drawn on the other shoes.
the height doctor said on 11/Mar/11
the 95 bell curve range of height for women (in bare feet!) is 5 ft 0 to 5 ft 8. in other words, 95 percent of american women fall between this height range. only 2 1/2 percent of women are over 5 ft 8. only 1 in 1,000 is over 6 ft. for men, the 95 bell curve range of height (again, keeping it honest in bare feet) is 5 ft 4 to 6 ft 2. only 2 1/2 percent are over 6-2. only 1 in 900 is over 6 ft 5. this is why collegiate and pro basketball are such "elite" sports. a typical NBA team represents, with a mean height of 6-7 1/2, 0.001 percent of the general population. that is an ultra elite group of tall people. what is amazing is the increase in average male height (in the U.S.) over the past 150 years. in the mid 1800s, only 1 in 90 men was taller than 6 ft. today, 1 in 7 is taller than 6 ft. in other words, 150 years ago, 6-1 was 99th percentile height. today, 6 ft 4 1/2 is 99th percentile. and you wonder why abraham lincoln was considered so freakishly tall in that era, at 6-4 1/2. he was the equivalent of a 6 ft 8 man today.
Keaton said on 2/Mar/11
SolidSnake, I kinda agree with you. Women over 5-9 look mannish and disproportioned, I would say she should be no taller than 5-10, anything above is a male height. My theory is that unusual tallness in women is mostly caused by hormone-ladened foods and possibly hormone medicines, I doubt it's got much to do with genetics. In fact, most girls never get to 1.72 and over. Many wear high heels, lifts and high hair, even get their bodies in shape to make themselves appear taller.
Anonymous said on 28/Feb/11
kelly says on 11/Jan/11 fyi, women reach their full height by age 21, men by age 25. i grew a full inch between age 17 and age 21, from 5'4 to 5'5 Kelly, I don't know where you got that from, but girls will actually be done by between 15 and 18, and guys from 16 to 20. I think it's your posture or build and maybe hair as well.
SolidSnake said on 26/Feb/11
So yeh I think average is best for girls. But short is better than tall I think. Tall girls freak me out a little actually lol.
SolidSnake said on 25/Feb/11
@ nelie it just depends on the guy. Im 5'11 and I consider 5'4-7 the best range.
Editor Rob said on 24/Feb/11
Those Versace are very big, the platform helps them give you above 4 inches, if they aren't 4.5 they are very close!
jim.rico said on 23/Feb/11
Many women tend to wear high heels with platform toe. For example like this one: Click Here platform pumps has a 5.5 inch heel and a 1.25 inch toe platform. I noticed that these type of high heels make women much taller than heels without toe platforms. Rob do you know how much taller a woman gets with these one compared to normal heels without that platform thing? Maybe you could add that platform pumps type in your list above.
Rob said on 21/Feb/11
At 5'7"...I kid around saying I'm the Tallest of the short people..Scoliosis from childhood probably cost me an inch...The good news is...short people outlive Large People...Big bodies usually crap out much earlier then small ones..Too much stress on the organs..and tall people are always bumping their head causing strokes and Brain cancer..!
anonymous said on 17/Feb/11
Rob, in your example above with the elevator shoe and Nike Shox, one would get about a 2 inch increase. I have purchased height increase shoes from another manufacturer, but they are probably similar. While it is true that at the back measurement there is a 2.5" increase, as you go down to the midpoint of the shoe it really is 2". I found the whole thing rather odd as the manufacturer's state a certain increase but that's only if measured at the very back end of the shoe. Evidently, the only way to get a true increase as measured at the heel in the shoe would be to have the entire insole of the shoe at a perfectly horizontal angle which of course wouldn't be too comfortable.
176cm said on 3/Feb/11
@ kelly. "that's why you rarely ever see very attractive ppl who are over 25" What??? Where are you from??? Agreed at about 25 many people begin to let themselves go. Even before sometimes. Most people I am around look better past 25 and into thier 30's and sometimes even 40's than they did @ 20. Takes more effort but people do it. Now in a trashy small town it might be different, but not where I am from.
322k said on 22/Jan/11
greg says hes 5'10. which means hes around 5'8 1/2 to 5'9. which still isnt that short. NEVER DO SURGERY. i would only think its okay for a guy 5'5 and UNDER to get leg lengthening surgery if thats really want they wants. its completely dangerous.
kelly said on 11/Jan/11
fyi, women reach their full height by age 21, men by age 25. i grew a full inch between age 17 and age 21, from 5'4 to 5'5...another interesting fact i've read is that women's boobs continue developing until age 21 and their hip/pelvic bones reach full width by age 25...the aging process for both females and males begins at 25, that's when the body's protein [skin's collagen, and muscle tissue] starts breaking down...that's why you rarely ever see very attractive ppl who are over 25 irl [forget celebs for a min] unless they're taking good care of their diet, health and fitness [few ppl do]...when u're 20 you can eat junk, barely exercise, and still look pretty good because your body is still developing and your cells get renewed at a quicker rate...unfortunately things dont work that way in your late 20's and beyond, more effort is needed to keep things looking good.
Derrick said on 11/Dec/10
@greg If you are 5'10'' you are perfect average. I'm 6'8'' and people always ask me how tall I am. It is so damn annoying! I would rather be your height than 6'8''. It is hard to find clothes who fit me, beds, shoes etc. But then again: It's the way I am and I cannot change it. It is a part of me. Just like 5'10'' is a part of you. Just be happy about it! Leg lengthening is one of the worst things you can do! You are bound to a wheelchair for four months, and you are less mobile after the surgery. You are you. And you should be proud of it. I do not even think 5'10'' is short in any way. However, some stretching exercises can improve you posture, so you increase your height with 1 or 2 inches. Be happy with your life :).
Munto said on 28/Nov/10
Greg, are u mad?Ok, you might not be the tallest guy on earth but you aren't short. Also, nobody would operate on you, that's for sure.
Moke said on 20/Nov/10
@ greg Come on, you're kidding, right? 5'10" is average for men. Such an operation always leads to negative side effects. Besides, there are always people who are taller, stronger or brighter than you. I can assure you of not feeling better at 6'.
maxaz said on 13/Nov/10
Actually Taylor Swift is willowy... which is not about petite. She would have to be shorter to actually be petite; however, the misnomer comes from clothing sizes. I am 5'10 and wear Petite sizes as I am 129 lbs. My daughter is 5'11 and wears petite clothes, and she is 6lns more than me with an extra 1" of height. So figure my size is appx. 8 lbs less than Cyndi Crawford at 5'9 back in the 90's. Also, ballet dancers look petite until you get next to one with some height...she becomes statuesque (which is more what I think smaller girls are wanting, the things that fit the image of height and on which all clothes look best--that long legged, long torso-ed lean look). So you can be willowy and wear petite SIZES. BTW...if you want to feel as tall and lean as you can, skip the boob jobs ladies. Makes you look smaller heavier as well as small breasts keep you looking youthful longer! Smaller B cup is best, although I would be happier with an A. Keep them REAL!
greg said on 30/Oct/10
im 5"10 (just) and i want to be 6". do you think it a good idea to get the leg stretching surgery? i really want to be 6" tall, even 5"11 i would love
A said on 2/Oct/10
I am the same, I havent even hit 5'either. I hate it and I know how you feel. I hope you are right about taller men liking smaller women.
Avalon said on 29/Sep/10
I want to learn to walk in heels better to enhance my height. Although I like my height, the only thing is that my legs seem so short. I'm 5'1.75", my mom is 5'0, my dad is 6'0, my younger brother is 5'8" and my older sister is 5'7"
eric said on 28/Sep/10
hey guys, what's the best sandal for short guys? the one that gives the most height?
nelie said on 7/Sep/10
I was destined to be short.My mother is 5'2.5 and my dad is just 5'5,but i was even more unlucky cause i got my period at age 10(no kidding my mother was in shock that day she couldn;t believe it was period she thought i was bleeding)when i was 4'10 and today at 19 i'm 4'11.75(didn't even reach 5 ft).The most annoyng thing is that my current bf is 6'2.5 and i look like his little sister(his 14 year old sister is much taller than me btw)he says he likes our height difference and that it's funny in a good way but i still feel insecure.Some people have told me that taller men like shorter women because they make them feel more manly is it true?I've always thought that taller women are more attractive cause they have something dreamy about them...
cotatoal said on 1/Sep/10
In U.S.A shomakers measures the heel height by the back of the heel. In E
Squawk said on 15/Aug/10
Sorry - but some people here really don't have their facts right. Honestly. The following comments drawn from current research conducted in developed nations. They present average outcomes accepting that there are always exceptions and extremes. FACT - On average we enjoy a better diet today than our our ancestors ever did. We receive a better profile of nutrients: vitamins, carbohydrates, protein etc with lower instances of bacteria in foods we buy. FACT - On average we are living longer than ever. Period. This is largely due to improved nutrition and medical advances. FACT - On average women are growing taller and have longer feet. Hip width is actually decreasing (with increasing consequences for birthing). Rather dramatic changes have occurred since as recently (in terms of human existence) since the late 1800s. FACT - Only 2% of women are taller than 5ft 10inches I'm 5'9". I love heels and especially pumps. I also love Thai food, music, horse riding and also hiking through pristine landscapes. Why? Well, apart from the reasons I know its just part of the mystery that makes me "me". Us humans tend to be like this - so cool isn't it! So, if you are a guy who prefers short girls then good on you and yippee for short girls - that is unless you are a just totally gross kinda guy. If you are a guy who prefers tall girls then good on you and ..same as before. Anyone guy who insults a girl simply because, heels or no heels, she just isn't his preferred height is simply showing himself to be a rude, obnoxious, vacuous little looser. If you manage to hurt some innocent girls feelings in the process then I hope your little "weiner" turns green and drops off. So girls, short and tall ... ROCK IT Whatever your height and fashion preference might be.
anonymous said on 12/Aug/10
" know... i noticed a comment on here stating that if you are taller than 5'6 it is ridiculous to be called Petite. But, I can't help but think that a 5'10-5'11 Taylor Swift appears more petite to me than a 5'0 Eva Longoria. Sure, laugh at this, but seriously, Taylor looks really petite to me, moreso petite than a lot of smaller women, although many smaller women are very petite as well." The terms petite is often used incorrectly. It is supposed to refer to height not body frame or weight.
Janira said on 11/Aug/10
Im a female of 52 , im just wondering if the size of the heel dont give all the size, how much height i will be with a 5 inch or 6 inch heel?
Dave said on 5/Aug/10
I'm a 22 year old male. Is it possible that I could still gain height? I've heard that men can grow until they are 25. Is this true? What's your opinion, Rob?
Janira said on 2/Aug/10
how much height can added you a 5 and 6 inches heels with platform?
Anonymous said on 31/Jul/10
Tropico says on 28/Jun/10 A 6'1" claim from a female isn't hard to believe at all. I've seen taller. Women are also exaggerating their heights, not only men. Like Kesha, the singer, she claimed 6-1, but she's really around 5-9. Could be that thicker soles are being made, I've been seeing a lot of girls wearing that. It's because people never really pay attention to other's shoes. I really don't think a girl should be over 5-10 tops, 5-11 and up is masculine height. Lots of guys prefer petite or somewhat tall women, taller ones will always be rare.
Janira said on 30/Jul/10
How much height it gives a 6 inch heel? and a 5 inch heel?
ano said on 24/Jul/10
hmmm, I about 5'10, but certainly don't mind dating women much taller than me. (heels or no heels, doesn't matter!) Sadly, I think a lot of women want much taller men! :(
Good Guy said on 21/Jul/10
I believe as an average height person you'd be just as average as anyone else :) I know someone who's 5'5 and has size 9 UK shoe whereas I'm 5'9 and wear size 8. There has been evidence found by scientists that kids who grow up obese are more likely to have big feet than thin and light person who may have small feet. Anyway shoe size in america is 10.5 so I'd say around 9 or 10 in britain.
Natasha said on 16/Jul/10
I am 14 years old but my height is 5'4". i want to do modelling when I'll be an adult. few calculators say that my final height will be 5'5.5". Will I make it upto modelling?
Bad boy said on 2/Jul/10
I'm an 18 yo lad about 5'10 what is the average uk shoe size for a lad my height/age?
Mathew said on 1/Jul/10
Sarah says on 17/May/10 Shortandstocky -- not necessarily! I'm 6'1", female. My dad is 6'5" and my mom 5'6", so similar position as the OP you'd responded to earlier. However, I am absolutely 6'1". Believe me, in my younger years I tried very hard to get around that. My elder sisters are 5'9", 5'7" and 5'6" (though the latter two are my half-sisters, whose mother is 5'7"). So while their heights fit your theory more, I just don't. Women are pretty good at judging heights, actually, especially once we pass certain heights ourselves. Oh I don't know about women being able to judge heights, I'd say women above 5'10" are good at it usually... I'm 6'3" and I could probably claim I was 5'11" or 6'7" and some shorter women would believe either one!
OilMan said on 1/Jul/10
I'm 5'6, I want to marry a tall woman. Don't tell my g-friend that, she's 5'4.
Tropico said on 28/Jun/10
A 6'1" claim from a female isn't hard to believe at all. I've seen taller.
podiatrist in Sydney said on 26/Jun/10
you have given this a lot of thought! Wish it was more in cms. in trainers, u can slit the sole. and insert more than 1 cm. this looks like part of the style. a boot guy does it for patients with irregular leg length, a major cause of backache. and pronation. check out 'ballet boots' for extreme lifting. MBTs give a 3cm lift comfortably,found this site by accident, going to bkmk it.
Anonymous said on 20/Jun/10
Sarah says on 17/May/10 Shortandstocky -- not necessarily! I'm 6'1", female. My dad is 6'5" and my mom 5'6". Sure, I bet you're just exaggerating. A lot of girls are now telling their heights with heels.
Jose said on 13/Jun/10
This isn't entirely accurate. It depends on the shoe. I have a great example. My girlfriend bought 4 inch heels from a catalog. At the mall, there is a machine that measures you height with a laser. Wit her shoes on, she was exactly 9 cm taller than when they were off. They essentially turned her from a shade under 5-7" to 5'10" and a half. (170 cm to 179 cm). 9 cm is equal to 3.5 inches. And they had pretty much no platform.
grant said on 7/Jun/10
i was told if some one stays in ballerina heels for 6 weeks ther feet can get stuck is that true?????
eric grant said on 3/Jun/10
i was told that if you are in 9 inch heels for 4 weeks and never take them off your feet can stay that way for good
Sarah said on 17/May/10
Shortandstocky -- not necessarily! I'm 6'1", female. My dad is 6'5" and my mom 5'6", so similar position as the OP you'd responded to earlier. However, I am absolutely 6'1". Believe me, in my younger years I tried very hard to get around that. My elder sisters are 5'9", 5'7" and 5'6" (though the latter two are my half-sisters, whose mother is 5'7"). So while their heights fit your theory more, I just don't. Women are pretty good at judging heights, actually, especially once we pass certain heights ourselves.
Educator said on 16/May/10
This is not necessarily true. There is a digital measuring machine that measured my girlfriend at 1.67, she had a pair of 4 inch heels, no platform and then used the digital sensor to measure herself. It measured her at 1.76. So the 4 inch heels gave her a 3 and a half inch boost. The specific shoe, its angle and size obviously play a part. It would have been even more significant is they had a platform in the front.
Shortandstocky said on 9/May/10
gigi15 says on 27/Jun/09 im 6'1" barefoot, 22 years old, female. i dont find a problem with my height. i love heels (have over 150 pair...) and wear them all the time for the way they make me feel, --and the fact they go with my clothes. being able to deal with it is a confidence thing (not just my from height but from other things too). i have always been tall. my daddy is 6'6", but my mother is just 5"5" on a good day. my brothers are 6'6" (26) and 6"7" (24). if your daughters- or you- are tall, i highly recommend ballet classes- they teach you to be proud of your body for its strength and poise, plus gets you over the whole slumping down thing, because any good madame will reprimand you for not keeping your back straight and chest lifted. i learned early that cofidence is sexy, and no person has ever called me "manly" with long auburn hair- and if you saw me, you wouldnt either. guys ive dated dont mind my height, many of them compliment me on it and have said they secretly LIKE it when people stare at their girlfriend (though they are all tall also). i developed in time with everyone else, and it wasnt hard to be tall and thin with big boobs at 5'8", 5'10", 6 foot, and it's not hard now at my natural height, or my height in whichever pair of heels im wearing :), i get to show off my long, tan, ballet-toned legs in short dresses all summer, and thats certainly not a problem for me or anyone else (at least i dont think it is...). if people dont like my height or want to talk down to me about it (sorry,couldnt resist), im sorry- but there isnt a whole lot i can do about it, so its best to embrace it for what it is. i can reach most anything, and dont have to worry about styles of clothes "making me look short" because its fairly impossible. the only bad thing is finding pants/jeans that have a long enough inseam for the winter, but there are a number of designers online that will custom make them for you if you inquire. the important thing is to be comforatable with whatever the tape measure says. If your mom is only 5'5 while your dad is 6'6 and so is your brothers, then I bet you're not really 6'1, that just doesn't seem right. You're probably closer to your mom's height than with your dad. You're either using your body type or hair(Possibly both) for the 6'1 claim. Women are not really good at judging heights. There's a girl at my work place claims to be 6', but is really 5'9 to 5'10.
Anonymous said on 28/Apr/10
Now you have the 6 inch heels with 2 inch platforms that can give 4 to 5 inches of added height. Just looks at stars like Jlo, Leah Remini, Kelly Ripa, Madonna, Paula Abdule, Demi Moore, etc. All seem to claim they are taller too but I am on to them lol
Anonymous said on 20/Apr/10
Highest measured Height- 188cm- 6'2 Lowest measured Height- 6'1- 185.5cm The most height we can lose over a day Is a full inch in some circumstances but on Average 1/2 to 3/4 of an Inch. Not sure what height I should say in cm though, Most people say our true height is in the Morning when our spine is relaxed and we are fully straight however it falls quickly mine does anyway I am already smaller after an hour out of bed. What do you gys give Morning or Afternoon height.
Anonymous 3 said on 20/Apr/10
About the hairstyle, I seen many people, both girls and boys(Mostly guys) have split-up hairs. So don't be fooled. They only seem to be getting taller because of it.
Anonymous 3 said on 20/Apr/10
The reason others think the younger generation is getting taller is because they're now making better shoes and because of thick split hairstyles. But they're really getting shorter.
Anonymous said on 15/Apr/10
In fact, nutrition is worse than years ago.
Anonymous said on 15/Apr/10
eric says on 2/Jan/10 I really don't think the younger generation is growing taller than the older generation. If you go to the doctors and ask them, what can I do to make myself taller? all they will say is eat right and drink alot of milk. The same thing they have been saying for a hundred years. The average height for an ancient egyptian male was 5'0". This was over 4 thousand years ago. And the average height for a male today is 5'10" roughly. So this means on average the human population grows only an inch every 400 years. So the idea that the younger generation has even gained one inch over the older generation in a span of thirty is quite far fetched. Highly improbable...Yes. The younger generation are really downsizing due to poor nutrition and mutated water. Some maybe getting taller, but many are not. Could be that they're making better shoes with hidden lifts.
Dave said on 9/Apr/10
Women of all heights can be attractive, and personality is the most important thing. Men have different preferences. When it comes down to who is actually married and reproducing, some studies seem to indicate that shorter women are more likely to pass on their genes. Click Here fashion world favors tall women who are very thin. Why? Well one theory is that because women buy ready-to-wear clothing off the rack, clothes must look good on the rack. The models at fashion shows function as live racks.
AKK said on 28/Mar/10
Huh. I must be one of those exceptional guys then. I would be absolutely annoyed if I had to slouch/hunch/whatever every time my girl wanted to whisper something in my ear. And I don't care much for heels simply because of the long-term physiological damage it does to a woman. Even short-term, I've observed the shock that the lower leg goes through with each step. Ideally, the "perfect" woman to me, would be big enough that I don't feel scared to hug with all my might, yet not so large that my arms disappear between rolls of back fat. Height-wise, about 5'5" to 5'10" would be nice. More than 5'10"(2 inches above me), and it's hard for all but the most self-confident guy to not feel a little self-conscious(referring to a girl being 2 inches above the guy, obviously, rather than 5'10" girls specifically). Charlene says on 31/Jul/09 Lawrahh - Really? First off, learn how to spell. Second off, hobbits really? 5'4 is normal for a woman, that is how a woman should be. I really doubt that a guy likes to go out with a girl who is his size. And about that weight thing, better to be short and chubby than tall and chubby cause then you'd simply look MASSIVE. Petite women can look taller, tall ones can't. I really doubt there are guys out there who find 6 foot tall women apppealing and that's MY opinion. PS. The only reason I came off harsh is because what this person said is totally offensive and ignorant. Peace out.
Mike said on 23/Mar/10
actually.. there are fashion models and glamour models. A lot of glamour models are short but with really beautiful faces and bodies. So to say that world in general finds taller women attractive, I can't say if that's true. But I have 2 types of women I really like tall thin ones and girls who look great in a bikini. Assuming the woman's got a nice face and fit body, I'd say that there are 3 things that could make the girl unnattractive (1) a pear shape body, although there are some guys that like that... (2) a straight ass - i.e. no hips (3) chunky legs... if a girl is petite but her legs still look proportionally long enough, then she can still be quite beautiful - also I heard that one of the reasons catwalk models are all around the same height is so that the clothes will fit but also I assume it would look strange to see short girls interspersed with ones who are tall enough
5\'10 said on 28/Feb/10
Ok I'm 5'10 my little brother is 6'4 is want to look the same height or taller than him in our upcoming family picture what kind of heels will get me that kinda height?
Angelo said on 20/Feb/10
I don't think height matters.The only thing matters is what you do now and what you do in future
Eternael said on 15/Feb/10
Hi, I'm 19 and 5'2'', but I'm and have always been very healthy, although most people who first meet me ask if I'm sick since I'm thin and pale. I've just had my first periods at 11 (****!), and at this time I was 4'10''. My sister, however, had hers at 11, she was then 5'1'', too but is 6'1''. She was like me but growed really fast at 16, hormonal problems and all. Now she is 22, and she thanks god that she finished growing. As teenagers, we both hated our sizes... To all "too" tall or "too" short women here: you're beautiful. (sorry if my english is bad)
jesse said on 27/Jan/10
I'm 5'11" and 1/4 barefoot and I think when I wear regular tennis shoes I'm just a hair under 6'.. Then I bought a pair of boots that are versatile for a lot of uses, you can even wear them out with a pair of nice jeans and not look to country or grungy. They have no heel, but rather have a slightly tapered sole that goes from about a 1/2 inch in the toe up to about a 1 1/4 inches in the heel. I end up at 6'1" even. I don't know why but the difference between how I feel in the boots compared to the tennis shoes is drastic. I feel much taller and I can actually tell that people see me as being tall compared to being normal height at 5'11. I know that it shouldn't matter, but it does. So find a pair and you can gain an extra inch without looking like you are trying to due to the absence of a heel.

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