Elevator Shoes

In the golden days of Hollywood, a variety of tricks were used in making shorter stars appear taller. From tailoring camera angles to reduce height differences, to having taller co-stars walk in a purpose built ditch, one of the most common techniques was having the actor don a pair of elevator shoes, designed to boost one's height without it being too obvious. Appearing taller is a confidence booster. Unfortunately, in today's society, stature plays more of a role than we might think.

There are numerous online retailers selling Elevator Shoes. Some claim to make you up to 5 inches taller, but the reality is that most give typically anywhere from 2 to 3 inches of actual height. This can mean appearing between 1.5 and 2 inches taller in comparison to when you are wearing a normal sneaker or shoe. It's a decent boost, and if you're concerned about your height, buying elevator shoes is one option worth considering.

The photo below illustrates the differing quality available online.

synthetic elevator shoes Dons Elevator Shoes

The black pair of Shoes retailed between $50 and $100. Many companies selling similar styles, also claim to make you 3-4 inches taller. Of course the reality is that they are measuring the very highest point on the back of the shoe's internal lift, which isn't how much height the shoe actually gives. The black shoe claimed to make you 3.5 inches taller, but it was at least an inch less. Due to the angle of your foot, you actually don't get as much height as the manufacturers claim.

The brown shoes on the right cost in the $200 range and claimed to make you 2.6 inches taller. They don't quite give that, but are near 2.3 inches, which is a notable amount.

Bergamo Elevator Shoes

If you're thinking about buying elevator shoes, it's better to spend a bit more money and go for a quality brand that will be comfortable to wear and last longer. The brown shoes are from Don's, and are the only elevator shoes I personally recommend. Their genuine quality shines through: the real leather used, the construction of the sole, the improvement to your posture and the overall fit. They are hand-made and not churned out cheaply with synthetic materials that will fall apart after a few months.

If I was to wear those shoes out and about in public, I would appear like a 5ft 10 man to people.

This photo says it all: 5ft 8 Rob and 5ft 8 Jenny...except when I'm wearing a pair of Don's Elevator's!

Elevator Shoes Large

If you want to 'Walk tall' like Rob Paul, do check out Don's Elevator Shoes for a large selection of quality elevator shoes. Use the EXCLUSIVE discount code TheAllies1944 at checkout for your 10% discount, courtesy of Celebheights.com

If the kind of elevation shown above isn't enough for you, then there are larger versions of these elevator boots available, ones that can give you nearly 4 inches of added height. You can see me trying out a pair of these Big Dons (3.8 inches) in the photo below...5ft 8 Jenny (wearing a 1/4 inch flat shoe) beside BIG ROB:

Example of Elevator Shoes

This video also compares myself wearing The Big Dons Elevator Boots beside Jenny, who wears a large platform heel: Click Here

If you are thinking about elevators or lifts but don't want to jump in at the high end, you could test the waters by either buying lifts for your existing shoes or going with a smaller elevator shoe/sneaker. For instance, Dons have a 1.5 inch model, which I demonstrate in This video.

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paul pierce said on 14/Oct/19
Hey there rob

Could you please direct me to a picture that shows two people standing next to each other, and there being a 3cm height difference befween them?

Thanks a lot rob
Editor Rob
This older photo was a measured difference of 2.8cm between sister-in-law and myself
jon jones said on 11/Oct/19

how much do you reckon Air Max 97 will give in height?

and whats the lowest you reckon they will give after months and months of wear?

Editor Rob
I think those 97's should hold up well and only lose 1-2mm after months. The insole seems decent.

New they are like 3.3-4 range
Matta said on 11/Oct/19
Rob, Do you think its better to wear Flat shoes that dont give any height.

Like Levis Woods 0.47 height.

When you walk its like you walk on the ground with them. Its more confortable and steady balance.

I wore shoes that give quite a boost but im thinking of wearing shoes that are flat like Levis woods or Converse all star Flats.

What do you think is better Flat shoes or shoes that give boost?
Editor Rob
sometimes being closer to the ground is a preference for some, and a flatter style like that are a good choice...personally I feel if it's under 1/2 inch I feel more stones when walking.

The sneaker I've actually worn the most in 2019 has been Nike RN which are in 0.8-0.9...it is lightweight and a perfect fit.

The Air max 270/720 do feel quite tall when you are walking in them, but they are built to absorb a lot of impact so I like them, but not worn them that much so far..

I have tried on an Adidas Ultraboost in a shop and those were a great fit for me, I feel I need to get hold of a pair, but not at £140, I will wait for a sale...
paul pierce said on 11/Oct/19
Hey Rob, final question.

I am looking to gain around 1.7 - 1.8 inches of height consistantly from shoes+lifts.

Im a young guy, so a lot of the Nike sneakers you have on the site like Vapormax, Air Max, Air force 1... they are right up my alley. These give around 1.3-0.9 inches each. Now if i was to add a 1 inch insole, I would be getting 0.7 inches from that... bringing me up to 2 inches-1.6 inches.

However, I know for a fact that 2-3 months into wearing them, the height given from the sneakers and lifts will decrease, and I will end up only getting around 1.4 inches overall height.

What do you recommend for this? Which of the Nike shoes + 1 inch lifts will consistaantly give around 1.7-1.8 inches month after month?

Cheers rob
Editor Rob
I'd have said to actually just go with something like the 720's without any lift as it will still maintain 1.5 after months of wear.

However, with low-cut sneakers there's not as much room.

There are some other models I didn't mention like tha Air Max 200 and 2015 - I feel those are options too, both give at least 3.6cm when new, and you could fit a lift that gives 1-1.3cm to bring you close to say 1.7 inches overall.
paul pierce said on 11/Oct/19
Thank you for your responses Rob.

Which Nike sneakers do you think will hold up the best in terms of how much height they will give after being worn for about a year?
Editor Rob
I found a few of the shox, air max ltd / 180+ held up well as I've been wearing those recently.

Skateboard styles from Nike I feel are likelier to lose a bit of height quicker than some of the sturdier made models.
paul pierce said on 11/Oct/19
Also rob, same goes for shoe lifts.

A “1 inch” shoe lift actually probably gives about 0.7 inches, brand new.

Do you think over time ( 1 year) they decrease in the amount of height they give?
Editor Rob
Shoe lifts are pretty cheap construction so I would expect them to lose a few mm with the material compressing a bit. The 0.7 probably would fall to nearer 0.5 after months of wear...I haven't seen any really great insoles that look to maintain the same height.
paul pierce said on 11/Oct/19

The sneaker heights listings you have provided for each shoes, should we take away 1mm-5mm from each listing since this is how much they will decrease in the amount of height they give over time (a years worth of constant wear)

I would love to know your opinion.

For example, im pretty sure the air max that gives 1.34inches, wont give that after I have been wearing them for a year.

How much do you think is a accurate amount to subtract?

Cheers again rob
Editor Rob
Most I'm measuring are like new or brand new, a few I've given after a bit of wear.

It will vary between models. Some insoles are firm and hold up well, not compressing much - other sneakers might be constructed with more spongy and thicker insoles, or even hollower outsoles which could result in 1/4 to 1/3rd being lost.

On some of the pages of ones I own and wear I may go back in over time and mention if they compressed more than normal.
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 10/Oct/19
It's crazy that some AF1's give as low as 2.2cm once they're worn in. I've heard some people estimate AF1's to give as much as 3 inches, lol. But they aren't "height aware" people like us. But 2.2cm is still crazy though, I'd imagined that they give a good 3-3.5cm
Editor Rob
It's the smaller size of course (outsole being 3.5cm)...if the outsole part measured 4.2cm then that's the version brand new that can give in 1.3 inch range.

Yeah I've read some folk call them 2 inch because the outsole looks quite big.
paul pierce said on 10/Oct/19
Hey rob

When i wake up i am around 171.8cm, but when i come back home after a long days of work i creep down to 169.8 cm

Now, granted I am out of shape, overweight, dont go to the gym and dont eat great either

I wanted to ask, how can i minimise my height loss during the day as much as possible? What do you recommend?
Editor Rob
Avoid hard work, especially dong the dishes over a sink 😁

Generally, a few breaks and plenty of water during the day is a start. I would recommend some basic exercises and work on posture which will help your overall appearance - many folk do struggle with their posture during the day and can look 1/2 to 1 inch shorter than other similarly measured people look (who have good posture).
paul pierce said on 9/Oct/19

I bought a pair of air force 1 a few months ago, and today i measured how much height they give.. it was 2.35cm (0.92 inches)

your measurement states they should give 3cm (1.1) inches

i wear them everyday

this must be proof that once you buy some shoes and wear them consistantly everyday, over a month or two... they will lose some of the height they give.

also, how much does a 1 inch lift give? i saw your video say 0.71 inches... so i was wondering if overtime they decrease in how much height they give aswell?
Editor Rob
Some manufacturers have different mouldings for size ranges. It's not uniform for AF1 and AF1 07's.

If you take a tape measure and put it on the outsole like this and it is in 3.5cm range it's the lowest version, it will give closer to 1 inch when new. Jenny's AF1 after a good few years of wear is down to nearer 2.2cm, so about 3mm loss with insole compression.
179-180 said on 9/Oct/19
Hi rob, I haven’t slept for 45 hours and I measured 179.6, I didn’t do any thing but walking for few hours (sitting and laying most of the time) and I usually measure 179.5 at my lowest after like 8 hours on my feet, my question is will I shrink more if I've had more activities?
Execuse my bad English! 😊
Editor Rob
Hydration levels could make your body lose 1-2mm more than usual (if you were becoming dehydrated). Activity that involves lifting weights, or a lot of spinal rotation can also bring you down. Like say Golf practice, which puts a lot of strain on the discs.
paul pierce said on 7/Oct/19
Hey rob

Do you think our weight affect how much height a shoe/sneaker gives us?

For example, i am 5’7 and weigh 90kg...overweight.

I started eating right and excercising last week and hope to be in great shape soon and lose a bunch of weight.

My question is, do you think the amount of weight put on a shoe/sneaker gives a different measurement in how much height they give?

For example someone 5’7 that weighs 60kg will get a little more height from shoes as they are lighter, so less pressure/weight is being put on the sole of the shoe so there is less compression

Compared to someone like me, i weigh 90kg, meaning there will be 30kg of extra pressure and weight being put on the sole, meaning there will be more compression...meaning less height is given

I hope you understand my question.

Cheera rob. Have a great day
Editor Rob
A big enough change in weight might compress the insole slightly (0.5-1mm) more with those who are noticeably heavier. With some very flexible insoles like memory foam styles, maybe a little bit more with heavier weight.
chriz said on 3/Oct/19
hey rob what about this one? Click Here
the website claimed that this has 1.5 inch heel height, but how much do you think this will actually give?
Editor Rob
The sole does look like it would be near 1.5 inch, but how high the insole sits is another matter...I'd say it might be 3mm less than the outsole.
viper said on 3/Oct/19
My favorite Nikes are the Nike Air Veers from 1993-94.

Click Here

Both football and basketball players wore them.
Editor Rob
In the UK, I don't remember that many folk wearing basketball style sneakers. I think over last 25 years it has gained more traction and they sell a lot more, but still far behind America in how often I see people wearing them.
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 2/Oct/19
Those Balenciaga's look a bit too thick to just add an inch, unless if the insoles sink below the outer soles.
Editor Rob
It would be interesting to measure them, but they are £500 models, I don't think I'll be buying them anytime soon!
paul pierce said on 2/Oct/19
thank you very much for the response rob

how much do you reckon these give approx in height?

Click Here
Editor Rob
I've never seen those models, I'd need to go into a high-end boutique to measure some of those balenciaga shoes - and they are less likely to let me do it from experience.

But from the profile, I'd be surprised if they were much over an inch.
paul pierce said on 1/Oct/19
hey rob

wanted to know how much you think yeezy 350 will give in height?

also, how much roughly do shoes decrease in how much height they give with wear and tear?
Editor Rob
I just did a video on Yeezy actually, I got hold of a pair and sometimes in October will put it on youtube.

How much sneakers or shoes decrease depends on the material. I think it varies quite a lot...some hold up very well only losing 1-2mm after years (especially those with a solid hard heel like a shoe), whilst some sneakers can easily lose 1/4 to 1/3rd of an inch after a few months...the type that are kind of hollow inside the sole, and cheaper rubber material - those seem likelier to squash down.
Jack lewis said on 1/Oct/19
Are you planning on doing nike air max 200?
Editor Rob
I can't do a video on them, but I did check them in a shop and near 3.8cm new for a size 10.
Mickie said on 30/Sep/19
Nike Air Max 720 is really 1.6"? That's pretty thick for a trainer.
Editor Rob
Yeah it is pretty much Nike's biggest sneaker, as much as those timberland tackhead boots
viper said on 25/Sep/19
Rob I just got some Nike Air Max torch shoes.

I figure they are the same as the other Air Max's between 1.25-1.5
Editor Rob
That's one I never saw in a local shop, so I am not so sure on it. There are many similar looking models in 3-3.5cm range
chriz said on 24/Sep/19
hey rob, so on the web, they claimed that the heel height is 1-3cm but they didn't state it specifically. this is the picture, how much do you think they could give? Click Here
Editor Rob
They are right that the outsole/rubber section will measure about 3cm, but most styles like that, will have the insole a bit lower, usually between 1.7-2cm range.
Jimbob said on 18/Sep/19
Hi Rob, how much do Reebok Club C trainers give? 2.5-3cm range?

Click Here
Editor Rob
Can you believe the other day I was in a store and I was going through some of the models with Jenny and forgot to look at some of the Reebok's...

Today (19th) I will pop back in and try to report back...😎
Jack lewis said on 18/Sep/19
Thankyou for your response - what about addidas? what is my best option with that brand
Editor Rob
Some Adidas in 3-3.3cm range: Duramo, Energy Cloud 2, ZX 750.
Jack lewis said on 16/Sep/19
Im looking for a pair of trainers which will add between 3cm-4cm maybe more. Something similar to the height as timberlands. I do not want lifts. Can you recommend?
Editor Rob
Well Air Max 720 are decent 1.6 inch sneakers. Quite a lot air max models are in 3-4cm range.
179-180 said on 28/Aug/19
Thank you rob, last question, how much do you think average shoe add 3cm?
Editor Rob
I think the average shoe is in 2-3cm range, above that gets thicker and below it starts to get a thinner shoe.
179-180 said on 27/Aug/19
Hi rob, how much do you think these add? Click Here
Editor Rob
A bit over an inch, some of the insoles are quite spongy so your heels sink in a bit.
Yang (5 footer 8, 172-173) said on 25/Aug/19
Rob, is Big Don elevator shoes you worn in pic with Jenny claimed 4 inch height increase?? I do know tallmenshoes or Caltos 4 inch claimed shoes and boots barely gives 3 inches if height or so.. It sounds like the amount of height Don's shoes do give really justifies that higher price tags...
Editor Rob
The shoes Dons sent were I believe advertised 5 inch, but gave almost 4 inches.

You can usually send in your exact measurements to companies like Dons, so the fit might be better than some of the cheaper mass-manufactured models from other companies...but yeah, they are quite expensive. It's the nature of hand-made with quality materials.
Ry said on 3/Aug/19
Hi, Rob. How much do you think the classic Sanders Steve McQueen Chukka could give? Also worn by Daniel Craig in the Bond movies.

Click Here

Thank you
Editor Rob
I've never seen that model in person, so don't know how high the insole sits...

But based on the front section, I would be surprised if it wasn't 1.3 inches.
avad said on 20/Jul/19
Hey Rob,

How much height do you think adidas nmds like this give? Click Here

Editor Rob
They can give near 1.2 inches
JIMMiEsss said on 18/Jul/19
Hi Rob, do you have an experience with CHAMARIPA Brand? Is it worth buying? I think its design attracts my traits and I can choose the height of shoes how much I want to increase my height.
Thank you.

Editor Rob
They are a cheaper option than something like Dons of Guido Maggio.

Maybe if somebody was wanting to test out elevators and had a limited budget, they might be worth looking at.
Peter175 said on 16/Jul/19
Hey Rob. Peter here again
How much height do you think you gain from this Nike shoe

I just ordered the black size 9 US
Here’s a link to how they look
Click Here
Am I right in assuming 1.1 inch or maybe 1.2 ?
Editor Rob
Not done a video of the Tanjuns, from memory they seem at least an inch, but maybe in future can get hold of some.
JIMMiEsss said on 14/Jul/19
Hi Rob, I'm curious about either Nike Air Force 1 or Nike Air Max 270 which one is higher? Thank you!!!
Editor Rob
The 270's have a little edge, as seen in the Measurement Video.
Nik Ashton said on 14/Jul/19
@ Rob - You look 6ft in the above photograph!
Rem said on 13/Jul/19
Hi Rob. How much do normal flip flops give? Little less than half an inch? 1 cm maybe?
Editor Rob
Yeah near 1/2 inch from the few I've checked.
179-180 said on 12/Jul/19
@amy it depends where you live, average height where I live is 168cm so 178 is not short, still not short everywhere in the world, I’m 179 and I’m taller than most Europeans and Americans that work here. Btw i live in Saudi Arabia.
besttttt said on 12/Jul/19
Hi rob, how much the height of AIR FORCE 1 LOW RETRO QS CNVS "CANVAS" is added, it 's 1 inch or 1.25-1.5 inches. Thank you so much !!!!

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Editor Rob
That looks the thicker sole near 1.2 inches
179-180 said on 11/Jul/19
Hi rob, how much shoe insole will shrink in 1 year? because I wear one of my shoes a lot and I felt short lately and when I measured myself with and without shoes it gives me only 0.9cm, and when I first bought it it used to give me 2.5cm, is it normal or is it because I work on them a lot?
Editor Rob
A lot of insoles could lose 3-4mm quite easily after some months of wear.
Ry said on 9/Jul/19
Hi, Rob. What do you think of Asics models, in particular this collab gel lyte model? 1.2 perhaps? Thank yo

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Editor Rob
Would expect a little over 1 inch
Yang (5 footer 8, 172-173) said on 9/Jul/19
Hey Rob, any ideas for this elevator shoes? Do you think its gonna give me 3 inch boost? The website of this tallmenshoes claimed that it will boost 4 inches or so. I've tried other elevator shoes 3 inches b4 from different brand, turned out that it only gave me 2 inches or so... I wanna be measured around 5ft 11 with some higher elevator shoes to create the illusion of being taller than as I am...

Here's the link: (If link below doesn't work, go to website)

Click Here
Editor Rob
Would think 2.75 in total from those is more likely than a full 3 inches.
chriz said on 3/Jul/19
hey rob how much do you think off white high top sneakers would give? they look thick, this is the picture Click Here
Editor Rob
Look thicker than they actually are which is probably more than converse, but not as much as an inch
Matt J said on 25/Jun/19
Are there any UK high street outlets or brands (e.g. Hotter Shoes) that are known for making boots with a generous amount of lift?
Moheez Iqbal said on 16/Jun/19
I have a friend who's been measured at 168cm (afternoon measurement I think) and he comes up to my eye brows would that make me around 5"8/5"8.25 possibly?
Editor Rob
You should be taller than 5ft 9 if he's at your eyebrows.
Ry said on 14/Jun/19
Think these could hit 1.4, Rob? Thanks as always

Click Here
Editor Rob
yes, easily that 1.4-1.5 range
Moheez Iqbal said on 11/Jun/19
Where does 5"6 person come up to next to 5"8?
Editor Rob
They might be close to their hairline (of the 5ft 8 person) - it depends just how thick the hairstyle of the 5ft 6 person is - also the 5ft 6 person might be looking at the very end or moustache area of the 5ft 8 person.
Ry said on 10/Jun/19
Any ideas on these Adidas Tubular, Rob? Thanks

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Editor Rob
I've only roughly seen those in shops and they feel a bit more than an inch, but not like 1.3-1.4.
jeffy-france said on 10/Jun/19
dear rob,
how many cms you can gain if you wear these shoes?

Click Here

Editor Rob
I would have thought near an inch for those
Moheez Iqbal said on 10/Jun/19
Hi Rob,

I have a friend who's 6"3 and I come up just above his chin level? Would that make me about 5"8 - 5:8.25 mark? I was 5"6 when I was 14. I'm sure you grow a bit after 14 don't you?
Editor Rob
Possibly 5ft 7 range
Moheez Iqbal said on 5/Jun/19
Rob if my eye brow level is 5'6 how tall would that make me?
Editor Rob
You might be near 5ft 10
Marek said on 22/May/19
Hi Rob,
I'm considering pulling a trigger on Common Projects Achilles -shoes (Click Here).

Official sole thickness of the shoe is 3cm. Do you think they elevate 3cm or less?

Editor Rob
They don't look that thick - I believe the company is describing highest point of the rubber outsole - the insole has to sit lower than that, much like converse really. If it gives over 2cm I'd be amazed.
62Jackson said on 18/May/19
Hello Rob, how much height is in this adidas yeezy? Click Here
Editor Rob
I haven't measured them yet.
Ry said on 10/May/19
Thoughts on how much these could give, Rob?

Click Here
Editor Rob
Look like they'd be quite thick, about 1.4 inches I suspect
benfica said on 9/May/19
Hi Rob, can some lifts fit in this high top Nike Air Force One model ? Click Here I'm talking in particular about the lifts with 3 ajustables sections you refer to in a video. Do you think the lift with the first section (2,7 cm in total) would fit in ? And what about the other sections ?
Thank you
Editor Rob
Loosen up the laces and you will fit lift plus 1 section easy enough, but I'm not sure about full sized lifts in those. It might be possible, but the foot sits quite high so could be slipping at the back.
Tim C said on 30/Apr/19
I want to buy these shoes :
Click Here

1. Is 2.5" insole comfortable enough and doesn't make you walk funny? or it's too high?
2. How much the version of 2.5" really adds to height compared to barefoot? can I expect 2"? or less?

Thank you !
Editor Rob
2.5 would be the limit I'd recommend.

In fact, if anybody was considering ever buying elevators, I think just going with a 2 inch pair might be the better option. A little boost to your height. It would turn myself from looking a solid 5ft 8 to a 5ft 9 guy to other people...but the comfort level in a smaller elevator is not to be underestimated. The higher the angle of your foot, the more harder it will be on your ankle and foot over the course of a day.
earl said on 30/Apr/19
Rob how much cms do you reckon this shoe gives?

Click Here
Editor Rob
Never seen such a pair up close, but they seem at least 1.5, maybe a bit more...would be interesting to measure such a pair!
Matta said on 15/Apr/19
Rob what would you say this heel is in inches of height?

Click Here
Editor Rob
They might give in 2 inch solid range, depending on what the insole is like, the heel looks pretty close to 2 inch.
Nik said on 14/Apr/19
@ Rob - What is the most amount of height that will be realistically gained by someone wearing shoes/trainers, inc insoles, etc?
Editor Rob
Well, if anybody didn't already watch my video How much height do shoe lifts add, I tested out basically the biggest lifts out there. Realistically, you will struggle to get more than 2 inches of actual lift from any lifts on the market.

It's a diminishing return on actual height, the higher you go.

In the video I could get to 5ft 11.5 range or so, but of course it's a visual demonstration - wearing cat boots and lifts that are nearly 2 inches is impractical for most people. I feel you'd struggle trying to function. Elevators with the lift glued and shaped to the shoe are much better, though comparatively much more expensive.

In an ideal world, you are best just sticking to comfortable sneakers or shoes, but some people do want just that extra inch boost that lifts or elevators provide...
Johnson said on 13/Apr/19
I measured my vans comfy not sure if I did it perfect. They gave me 2.5 cm, 1 inch
Editor Rob
That seems a lot, but I don't know if the insole on them is different than traditional, I need to do a video at one point of vans.
D DAWG said on 10/Apr/19
Hey @Rob can you tell me if its possible to fit 2 inch shoe lifts in Nike Air Force 1 '07 High or is the shoe type to narrow or is the top to tight. also if it is able to work how much bigger should I get the shoe.
Editor Rob
1 inch lift is about the most you can get. It's all about the size of the shaft really.
I did a video Click Here showing that actually something similar to say converse might be the best option for big lifts like those 2 inchers.
Johnson said on 8/Apr/19
@Rob How much does Air Max 1 give?
Editor Rob
I picked up a pair for myself to wear in fact from the Nike outlet recently, only £35, so it was a good deal! I will try to do a video this month on them, they feel like they could be close to 1.25 to 1.3 but I of course will measure them properly...
Matta said on 5/Apr/19
Rob would you say Flat shoes(0.5 Inch Height) Like converse Chucks taylor are better for Health?

I think they would be better for the spine and confort Since the shoe have no heel. Less pressure?

What do you think?
Editor Rob
Too high an angle is unnatural, so you have to be careful when choosing footwear or even considering lifts/elevators...it's something I wouldn't jump into.

Always go with comfort first, and half to 3/4 inch shoes/sneakers are certainly a more natural angle for your feet...but, they may not necessarily be comfortable - one man's great shoe is another man's awful one, because our feet come in different shapes.
Mr6 said on 1/Apr/19
Hi Rob,
I am 6 feet tall. I am interested in buying dress shoes that will make me significantly taller. I don't want the shoes to look "different" and bulky, and should be comfortable so my walk doesn't change. 2.75" or 3.1" Don dress shoes will work for me? Or is it too much?
Editor Rob
I wouldn't advise going that high.

2-2.5 is what I'd say would be more comfortable, giving a good inch or so boost...
Matta said on 31/Mar/19
Rob, Would you say a 1.25 inch heel shoe is On the big side compared to what most people wear?
Editor Rob
I would class 1.25 as a biggish heel..but compared to timberland/cat or cowboy boots, those are larger.
Luke kane said on 30/Mar/19
Hi Rob, great site, how much height do you think Nike air Max 270 give, they claim has Nike's biggest heel air unit, thanks
Editor Rob
It's a decent heel - I did a video in March in fact measuring a pair! Click Here
Harry said on 22/Mar/19
Hi Rob. If I wear a 2.5 or 3-inch elevator could I pull off looking 5ft 7? I am around 1.68 in the morning and 1.66 at my end-of-day low.
Editor Rob
Yes I feel you would be close enough to look nearly 5ft 7 to people.
Jet Hancock said on 21/Mar/19
Hi Rob!

I've seen you mention a few times that the Air force 1 '07 has more height that the standard air force 1's lows. Are you absolutely sure about this? I trust your judgement, I just want to make sure with you as they are not the cheapest purchase :O

What sneakers do you feel give off the best height? My dream would be 1.5-2 inch height increase sneakers. I know a lot of basketball sneakers may but I'm not sure which ones? Sorry if you've been asked this before.

Lastly, didn't you used to have a page dedicated to sneaker height? Is it still there?

Editor Rob
Click Here.
On the box, both of these are just classed as air force one. Not even any mention of what specific version, so it's really something I would recommend to check in a shop first, because there are two different soles out there for air force, the one on the left is thicker, the one on the right the smaller version. It gives around inch range, the white one is the one I did the video of.

Click Here. To check which one in a shop (and get exact version) just use a ruler and if from stitching above the 'air' logo on the sole, to the bottom is 1 3/8th to 1.5 inch range, that's the thicker model.
Walking Ted said on 18/Mar/19
My boots have a bit of bulge, even without lifts, would people tell if I put 1.4” lifts in?
Editor Rob
Not really, most people aren't going to be paying much attention to your boots. And if they did, what are they going to say? Again, I doubt many would say 'you got lifts in your boots'
Walking Ted said on 18/Mar/19
Hey Rob!I wear 1.4” insoles in my Frye harness boots. Would that be obvious?
Editor Rob
Not so obvious.
Nick74 said on 28/Feb/19
Hi Rob,

I wonder if you could suggest a sneaker or boot that is in the 4-5cm range.

I have had herniated disc surgery and have noticed a height loss that I would like to redress with foot wear.

Editor Rob
Normal caterpillar or timberland boots will get you close to 4cm...there's a version called tackhead which is sturdy and those give just over 1.5 inches.
Rem said on 24/Feb/19
Rob is 3.5 cm what typical golf shoes give? I mean not those that have big spikes, but the classic ones
Editor Rob
Last pair I had was just over 1.2 inches from what I remember measuring them at, so that 3-4cm range is common because of extra fraction that spikes give you.
Matta said on 22/Feb/19
Rob how much height those boots give?

Click Here
Editor Rob
I've seen roughly similar work boots like that give 1.5-1.6 inch range.
Neil Uij said on 17/Feb/19

How much are these boots expected to give in height?


Click Here
Editor Rob
I'd be surprised if less than 1.2 inches (assuming just a normal 2-3mm style of insole).
Robert03dec said on 16/Feb/19
Rob,can you create a page for BTS members height
(A relatively famous boy band
Peter175 said on 15/Feb/19
Heya Big Rob, it's peter again. How are you enjoying your weekend so far? Hope you had a nice valentines day :)

Was just wondering what measured height did you get for a size 10 vans old skool regular? Is it 0.6 or 0.7ish inch? Thanks I asked you think before in the past but I think the sneaker page is dead now, so thought I'd post it here.

Thanks a million C:
Editor Rob
The last time I measured a classic vans, it was just under 0.6 inches...I wish I had done a video on all the sneakers measured over the years that I no longer have, maybe I will borrow a pair to do a video.
Remmy7 said on 3/Feb/19
Hi Rob, how much height do you think cole haan shoes would give you? In particular this pair: Click Here. Thanks :)
Editor Rob
Wouldn't think less than an inch
Lolodelia said on 2/Feb/19
Hello Rob, please tell me how much height does “Adidas maroon quesence” shoes gives one. I was measured 177 cm with it. What’s my barefoot height?
Editor Rob
I cannot remember seeing that model up close, though similar styles give 1.2-1.3 new because the insole is quite decent to begin with.
EricBorman said on 26/Jan/19
Rob if my eye level is 5'4 how tall would that make me?
Editor Rob
On average I'd expect you could measure somewhere in the 5ft 8.5 range
Sean95 said on 25/Jan/19
I must say The MST Dons shoes like the Hulk edition A and the MST Airboot are far far far more comfortable than a MST Overlord, much less of an angle on your feet and feel more like a regular shoe. I think it has to do with the shoes have more of a front platform than shoes like MST Overlord. Only downside is after only 3 months wearing MST Airboot the back heel breaks off the shoe even after 1-2 months of using super glue :(
Alex Rovner said on 18/Jan/19
Hi Rob. How much do the Adidas NMD shoes give you? They seem to have a lot of cushion beneath the shoes.
Editor Rob
I've never measured them, only seen them in a shop and I think the outsole is a few mm thicker than how high the insole sits, still would estimate a solid 1 inch range.
Rem said on 14/Jan/19
Hi Rob. How much do the Adidas superstars give? I mean the classic ones. Between 2 and 2.5 cm may be safe?
Editor Rob
They used to give nearly 1 inch when reasonably new but after a bit of wear the insoles did lose several mm, down to 0.75 inch or thereabouts.
Sean5 said on 4/Jan/19
Anyone else who has ordered a pair of Dons in the UK gets a Third party delivery charge from "THAI T SHIRT FACTORY?" no mention of being charged additionally on his website, seems sneaky.
Mata said on 30/Dec/18
Rob, I was wondering, Can you walk in everyday with Logger boots?

I mean some have 2 inch heels. Is it possible to walk in them everyday while being confortable?
Editor Rob
Because the front of the boots are reasonably thick too, the boost isn't quite like a high heel...there's more stability in them, so you should walk ok in them.
Rem said on 24/Dec/18
Hi rob, Merry Christmas!!! I was wondering how much do the high converse give? They are the ones that are the standard converse but they seem to have a pretty much thicker sole than the original one.
Editor Rob
You mean the one like This. The standard converse gives somewhere in 0.6 range, but that noticeably thicker one is closer to an inch...I am not sure if there is an 'in between' version, I would need to see it in store.
Ali said on 16/Dec/18
Hi Rob, how much lift do you reckon The Rocks new trainers give. They look fairly thick, almost boot style.
Click Here
Editor Rob
I'd be surprised if not close to 1.25 inches
Matta said on 3/Aug/18
Rob How much do you think those boots add?

Click Here
Guanzo said on 16/Jul/18
Rob do you recommend logger soldier boots for me? 1.75-2" range height increase max.

in amazon.com
Editor Rob
For any logger boot, they certainly can add noticeable height. Whether they are comfortable is another matter. Ordering boots online is always tricky, I'd try to buy logger boots from a shop which you can find a model that feels ok.
Rjh said on 11/Jul/18
Hey Rob, I'm 5'9" and I'm considering buying some Don's elevators. How much of a lift would I need to order to appear to be 5'10" to 5'10.5"? I'm thinking 2 inches but I may be wrong.
Editor Rob
Any that say 2.3 or 2.5, they will get you looking around 5ft 10-10.25 to people.
Matta said on 8/Jul/18
Rob Can you link the MBT sneaker that give 2 inch of height?

Click Here

Thank you
Editor Rob
This style is close to it.
DanTheGuy said on 4/Jul/18
Hey Rob, have you tried the mid-sole tech Don's yet? On their site is says you can run in them but I kind of doubt that. I have never tried any of them to say for sure or not. At the very least, are they comfier? Thank you
Editor Rob
I only test them, but if the model was 1.75-2 inches you might be able to run ok. A 2.5 inch I would say needs a lot of practice!

If you can get the dimensions of your foot measured and then get the shoe custom made to those, it should be comfortable. I'd always say to send in the feet dimensions because with elevators, you need a good fit or else it will be hard to wear them for prolonged periods.
David M said on 3/Jul/18
Hello Rob,
I would like to purchase a pair of Don's that will give me 3 inches of true elevation. I purchased a 3.1 inch listed elevation which actuality gave me about 2.3-2.5 inches of increase from Don's. Considering shoe sellers overestimate the amount of elevation, which listed # inches of elevation should I choose? The 4 inch or 5 inch elevation?

Thank you
Editor Rob
I wouldn't recommend going above what you have. I think the range of 2.3-2.5 of actual elevation is enough.

But, if you really want to, look for the 3.5-3.75, they should get you closer to 3 inch.
Matta said on 1/Jul/18
Rob, How much do these give? MBT

Click Here
Editor Rob
Those are lower MBT styles, not much over 1 inch range, compared to the thicker ones nearer 2
Gracian said on 1/Jul/18
I was always interested in shoes from Marilyn Manson and Vin Diesel. Here are photos of their shoes: Click Here
Click Here
They do not hide in any way that they are trying to pretend tallers than they really are. Rob, is it possible that Manson and Diesel, despite being quite tall, have a complex about their own heights?
Editor Rob
In Manson's case, he has a goth-style, so sometimes those big heels are maybe part of the 'look'.

In Vin's case, I've never seen him wear low sneakers, something like converse. He loves boots and stands tall...I think he would like to be taller.
buu said on 26/Jun/18
Click Here rob are these the same as you measured in your youtube video? giving 3.3cm
Editor Rob
Yes those are similar sole thickness.
luop said on 24/Jun/18
rob can you link me the 3cm air force 1's you have, I got a pair but they are 1 inch
Editor Rob
Look for the 07 version, those are the ones near 1.25 inch.
Cdizz said on 24/Jun/18

What happened to the page that discussed all types of non elevator shoes?

Editor Rob
I had to stop the sneakers page. It's a long story, but basically google kept deindexing the page and replacing it with a spammers cloned version. The clones version didn't even exist, it merely redirected people to a scam site trying to get credit card details.

I can't understand Google - I thought they employed smart people and used intelligent algorithms.
Cdizz said on 24/Jun/18

What do you think these should be1+?

Click Here

Also, any non elevator, oXford brands that give the best boost.
Editor Rob
I believe the insole sits 3-5mm under the high part of the white outsole on those. Almost 1 inch.
Mercury said on 23/Jun/18
Two questions about two sneakers, Rob
1. How much does the Adidas Samba add? Click Here

2. And how much do you reckon the Adidas busenitz pure boost adds? Click Here

Thanks in advance :)
Editor Rob
I'm not sure about that version, but there is another samba which brand new gives near 1 inch, and after a few months loses near 0.2 inch.

I remember seeing those adidas, but only glance briefly, I am not sure they really give much over 1-1.1 inch.
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 22/Jun/18
Rob, how much do you believe these give, about 1.75" range? Click Here
Editor Rob
Yes, no less than that...possibly a bit more depending how thick the insole is.
Matta said on 21/Jun/18
Rob, I got Nike shox(1.4 Inches).

Do you know any other Sneakers That boost height 1.4 and above? Like maybe 1.5, 1.6?

I know cowboy boots are 1.5,2 inch. But i dont want to wear Cowboy boots.

Sneakers or MidCut Lightweight boots That give 1.5, 1.6?

I know timberland trackhead are 1.6 But they are heavyboots.

In general im trying to find Regular Sneakers or Boots That give 1.5 inch or 1.6 more of height or more(Not cowboy boots or big timberlands).Not elevator shoes But regular shoes/boots that give 1.5, 1.6 more... Where should i look for?

Do you know any?
Editor Rob
1.4 is kind of the upper limit before you get into the MBT style of sneakers which are thick-soles nearer 2 inches.
Animus said on 14/Jun/18
Rob, how much would these give: Click Here

Thanks in advance!
Editor Rob
That version of Air Max looks a 1-1.1 style
XoX said on 13/Jun/18
Is there any difference in height between reebok classic leather clip ele and ordinary reebok classics?
Editor Rob
Both are reasonably thick, I'd be surprised if anything between them.
Artrem said on 12/Jun/18
Hi Rob, what is the most comfortable elevator shoe height gain and still is unnoticeable?
Editor Rob
I think a safe gain is buying an elevator that gives overall 2 inches. It is much easier to walk about doing daily business than 2.5-3 range.

Also, since you are boosting your relative height about 1 inch over a normal shoe, it's not going to be as obvious to many people. Of course some will notice, but will they even comment?
zatox said on 12/Jun/18
hey rob how much does adidas yeezy powerphase give? im about to buy one if it has decent amount of boost
Editor Rob
They don't look that thick, not over an inch.
Alex/R said on 11/Jun/18
How much for this?Click Here
Editor Rob
I did a video Here measuring reebok classics, they can give near 1.3 inches new...but after some wear might lose a few mm's.
Andrew said on 7/Jun/18
How much would these give Rob?
Click Here
Editor Rob
I am not so sure on the barricade, they feel just over 1 inch but that's rough with no measurement.
franck said on 2/Jun/18
Hi Rob, do those Nike Shox add 1.4 inches (3,5 cm) in stature as you said in a video ? Click Here Thank you
Editor Rob
Yes they look the larger size of shox.
Alex/R said on 30/May/18
Click Here how much for this Rob?
Editor Rob
They can give a fraction over 1 inch
YESSSS said on 29/May/18
Rob, how much do these give (from balenciaga)
Click Here ?
Editor Rob
Possibly near 1.5-1.6 inches
Matta said on 29/May/18
Rob, What others thing do Actors and Famous people do too appear Popular and Good in term of appearance?

I know they wear elevator shoes, or shoes with lift...

Do you know any other things they do?
Editor Rob
Many will have veneers or regular teeth whitenening, lots have little cosmetic surgeries, beauty routines for skin etc.

Also you have activities they do to improve image - like attending events for certain causes or charities
undercover said on 28/May/18
hey,I've worn ≈2.25" lifts inside my shoes/boots for the past 3 years or so. In total with regular heeled boots and shoes I gain about 3 inches of height. Do you have have any recommendations of footwear that will look normal with the added height inside?
Editor Rob
I think it's hard because to get 3 inches needs the foot at a high angle. The custom elevators from any company usually are made to be a bit more discreet looking, but the taller you get, the more obvious it can become.

Of course to many people, even if they looked at your footwear they might not even realise there was something different about it.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 24/May/18
Rob, do you think shoes like these (where the soles are curved) give less height than what it appears on the outside? Click Here
Editor Rob
They aren't that far under the grey outsole really...still give over an inch comfortably.
Artrem said on 22/May/18
Rob does having a 2.5 inch elevator shoe cause you to have problems walking, or can be spotted?
Editor Rob
Some folk will notice you walk a bit different, but with practice you might become natural and find a more confident walk from wearing them.

Personally if I was ever going to wear them I'd set the limit of 2 inch to start with and after a year and feeling like I can walk comfortable at the elevated height, then try 2.5 inch.

It might not seem much, but the angle of the foot increases more and it will add a bigger level of difficulty and more strain to ankles the higher you go.
Matta said on 16/May/18
Rob its me again, Matta.

Would a 1.25 Heel Leather shoe + 1 inch foam Shoe lift = 2.25 Be good?

Would it be confortable and Unoticeable to people? 2.25 of total height?

So its 1.25 inch of boost over 1 inch shoe.

Thank you.
Editor Rob
These 1 inch insoles will be measured from the high point at the back of the lift...the actual lift itself might give 0.6-0.7 inch so overall about 2 inch flat.

You are getting roughly 1 inch over normal 1inch shoes...some might notice, but many won't. Only when you get into 2.5-3 will the percentage of people being aware 'you look taller' increases
reterer said on 12/May/18
Hey Rob. How much for this? Click Here
Editor Rob
Close to 1.25 range
Guanzo said on 11/May/18
Hello Rob, how much "HAIX AirPower P9 Desert" add?

Click Here
cmillzz said on 10/May/18
Rob, does the 2.5 inch model actually give 2.5 inches, or does it give more like 2.2-2.3 inches?
Editor Rob
I think it would still give a little bit less than the 2.5.
Ali said on 8/May/18
Hello Rob, how much lift would these Adidas trainers give, the sole is described as chunky. Could be more around 1.5 inches when including inner sole possibly. Any ideas Rob, or anyone? Many thanks.

Click Here
Editor Rob
Don't think they are near 1.5, more 1-1.2 range.
Matta said on 8/May/18
Rob, What is the maximun Elevator shoe height that you should wear that Look Natural and uniticeable and that is confortable to wear in everyday life?

do you think its 2.5 inch of total height?

do you think its 2.0 inch of total height?

I think anymore than 2.5 and it start to become uncorfortable and noticeable to people.


Editor Rob
2-2.2 I think is a best option for anybody considering them. If you push it to 2.75 (at least a shoe giving that actual amount) then more people will notice the increase. With a 1-1.25 increase I think it's easier to handle.
Fouad El Yaouti said on 7/May/18
Rob is there any legitimacy in these shoes I've found on DonsElevator shoe website. They claim the shoes offer a comfortable flat fit while at the same time offering 3 inches of height.

Click Here
Editor Rob
The higher you go in height, the less comfort you will have...for 3 inch, its actually noticeable going from a 2-inch model.

Naturally 1-inch is more comfortable, 2 inch less comfortable, but enough to wear elevators regularly...when you push it higher, it's going to alter your foot position and ankle position, so naturally will be a bit less comfortable.

If I was wearing elevators on a day to day, I'd never wear any near 3-inch, I'd be content with a 2.2 inch model as it will give me a solid inch increase, while retaining an acceptable level of comfort.
cmillzz said on 3/May/18
Rob, do Don's elevator shoes run small or large? If I were to purchase a pair of Don's, should I size up or size down?
Editor Rob
I think the best thing is to do an exact foot measurement in length and include that in any order, because then they can match the closest shoe last.

But, since it's an expensive purchase, always give it good consideration first. I'd never recommend anybody to jump into owning 3-inch elevators. I'd start with low 2-2.25 style...
datguy said on 1/May/18
Click Here Hey Rob how much would you say these shoes give?
Editor Rob
Classic solid inch shoe.
Matta said on 29/Apr/18
Rob, Does wearing Big heel shoes(Like nike shox 1.4) Trow out body proportion when people look at you?

I got these converse all star(0.5 inches) , im 5foot10.5 When i wear them im 5foot11 with them. But I like wearing big heel shoe too feel taller againts other men. I wear them to feel taller than other men. But lately ive been thinking about body proportion.

When i wear Converse all star, I feel really on the ground, Its like i walk on the ground, i feel really Stable.

What do you think look better? Flat shoes(0.5) or kinda big heel shoe(Nike shox-1.4).

I must say that when i wear the converse all star its so confortable. I feel my spine line up straight. I feel really good, I feel stable when i wear them, But im only 5foot11 with them. Some men are taller than me, the 6foot+ Guys.

As when i wear nike shox im almost 6foot.

Is it better too Wear flat converse 0.5 or more heel. One thing im certain is that flat shoe is way better for the body, it doesnt put pressure on the spine. I feel like i walk barefeet on the ground with them.

What do you think?
Editor Rob
You should wear footwear that is comfortable, whether it's half inch styles or 1.3-1.5 inch.

A comfortable sneaker for one person can be an uncomfortable one for another, which is why I'd try on a lot of different sneakers to find the best fit.
HSom said on 18/Apr/18
Can you please clarify this Rob.
On Don's page if I select the 2.0" option for example, does it mean the height of the inside lift or the overall height increase? (insole 1"+heel 1")
I get the feeling 2.0" insole might already be too obvious.
Editor Rob
The Inches represent the overall amount the shoe will give (if measured at the back to the high point of the insole).
Lis said on 17/Apr/18
Rob how much height do you think these boots give Click Here thanks in advance!
Editor Rob
Could be 1.5 inch military style boots...would be surprised if less than that.
Eric R said on 15/Apr/18
Hi Rob,

How much do you think a pair of boots like these give?

Click Here
Editor Rob
Without looking at the description I would have said the sole was more 1.1-1.2, but it says 1.25...I'm not convinced it is quite that thick. Might be 3cm though and they rounded it to 1.25 inches.
reterer said on 15/Apr/18
Hey rob, is there any difference between reebok classic leather clip ele and ordinary reebok classics? They seem to have differet soles. Sorry for my english
Editor Rob
I'm not sure there looks much between them, I'd be surprised if there was anything noticeable..
NangaParbat said on 14/Apr/18
Hello Rob :) Thank you for your previous answer. I have another one: if I wear Nike Roshe Run instead of flatter shoes like Vans, will people notice I am taller? Or it is such small fraction that they will not even pay attention? I am having an "inner conflict" lol lately. I feel very comfy with vans and all stars (thin shoes in general) and sometimes I have the sensation that I look and walk taller (due to my trousers falling better on the shoes and better posture); on the other side, I know that actually I am taller with Roshe Run but when I look myself in the mirror I see my legs shorter and when I walk it's not so comfy. What's your opinion about this mess? Lol Thank you in advance!!
Editor Rob
Well, when I wear a thinner sneaker like a half inch style out and about I can notice the difference between a thicker 1.25 inch sneaker. It's not much, but some might notice it...I'd say the majority probably don't.

If it was a change of height by 1.5 inches, I think a far greater proportion might realise something was different and maybe that's the most they think about it!
Anthony089 said on 13/Apr/18
Hey Rob how Much height does regular Sandals giving you I'm 186cm with sandals on
Editor Rob
Under an inch, like 0.75 might be a common range
Rem said on 11/Apr/18
Rob, how much do work boots give? Do you think 4 cms sounds right?
Editor Rob
Yeah, that's a common range...
Thunderfin said on 7/Apr/18
I'm 5'11.5'' but always wanted to be 6'2''-6'3'' so I'm trying to find myself a pair, too. I'm 19 so hopefully I can grow a bit more and break 6'. The hard part is finding elevator shoes my size -- not too many websites sell them in size 12/12.5.
Mike59 said on 6/Apr/18
Hi, Rob. My wingspan is about 5'9.5''. Approximately what's the maximum amount of lift I could wear before it becomes noticeable to strangers that my arms are not proportionate? I know it depends on other factors, but since my wingspan and preparations are very similar to yours, what would you recommend to someone who wants to appear as tall as possible?
Editor Rob
People won't pay that much attention to your arms...they are more likely to spot a funny walk first, which is why I'd just stick to 1-1.5 lifts on top of a basic 1 inch shoe.
Moheez Iqbal said on 2/Apr/18
Rob, feels more than inch the shoes makes me about 177-178cm roughly stood next to my friend who's 6ft2 I'm up to his nose lol
rlvp85 said on 2/Apr/18
Hello Rob, thanks for your responses. I have another question for you. I recently bought these shoes online and they are about to be delivered to me: Click Here and Click Here Can you please give an estimate of how much they add?
Editor Rob
They both look under 3/4 inch...more towards a half inch range I'd say.
Moheez Iqbal said on 1/Apr/18
Hey,Rob how many inches does Nike air flight classic white give also size 10?
Editor Rob
I've seen that model but wasn't able to get a good idea, it felt roughly an inch...but I'd be surprised if it was over.
NangaParbat said on 1/Apr/18
Hello Rob :) I would like to ask you a thing: for you is it possible that wearing flatter shoes (Vans type) makes your legs appear taller? I noticed that when I wear this kind of shoes, my trousers/jeans fall better and lower on the ankles and give the appearance of longer legs, as opposed to when I wear AirMax or "higher" chunky sneakers. I am 172cm, good body proportions but slightly torso dominant. Thank you and Happy Easter !!
Editor Rob
I suppose if your trousers brush against the ground with some sneakers rather than ruffle up, it might actually help appearance of slightly longer legs. There are certain types of trousers/pants I've noticed which have low crotch and high ankle heights which are terrible for making a man look 2-3 inches shorter in photos.
NangaParbat said on 1/Apr/18
Hello Rob :) I would like to ask you a thing: for you is it possible that wearing flatter shoes (Vans type) makes your legs appear taller? I noticed that when I wear this kind of shoes, my trousers/jeans fall better and lower on the ankles and give the appearance of longer legs, as opposed to when I wear AirMax or "higher" chunky sneakers. I am 172cm, good body proportions but slightly torso dominant. Thank you and Happy Easter !!
rlvp85 said on 1/Apr/18
Following the previous question, your estimate is on point, because I measured myself with them on, I got 180.5-180.7, 12 hours out of bed. At that time, I was at my lowest height, i.e, 179-179.1. You are very good at estimating height and shoes height. Any tips for me to get good at estimating shoes height only by glancing at them?
Editor Rob
I have looked at a lot of sneakers and shoes and measured them, so it's easier to get an idea in person of what 1/2 inch or 1 inch looks like, or 1.25 inch...

I had to do this if I want to be fair for celebrities I meet, I wouldn't want to be estimating their footwear to be much less or more than they actually are.
Daley said on 1/Apr/18
Hey Rob.

Which shoes should guys below average height avoid in order to not make themselves even shorter? I'm 5ft7.5 myself in the morning and I was wondering if mid to high top shoes are actually good for me. I would like to not cover my legs that much and I thought that shoes like Nike Air Force 1's Hi aren't that good either. What do you think about Vans Sk8-hi? I like them but I usually cover them with pants so they dont take legs.
Editor Rob
The Air Force 1 Hi Tops will give a good 1/2 inch more than the vans hi-tops.
Adrjan said on 1/Apr/18
Hello Big Rob,
How much can Nike Air Max 90 give?
More than 3 cm (im from EU and don't use inch sorry :()

Best Regads.
Editor Rob
Some variations of the air max 90 can give 2.7 up to 3.2cm
rlvp85 said on 30/Mar/18
How much do you think this crocs sandals give? see: Click Here
Editor Rob
I doubt more than 0.7 inch, because of concave shape of heel part, maybe 0.6-0.7
Tran said on 29/Mar/18
Hey Rob, I noticed that Vans in size 41 EUR(8.5 US, 7.5 UK) give 2.5cm in height. I had them in size 40 but they were too narrow and the heel was 2cm. Do you think a size 40.5 give 2.5cm or do they make the heel a little thicker only after size 41 for better balance?
Editor Rob
The outsole of the traditional vans is thicker than the insole (which sits a fraction lower). It's always one of those sneakers that looks thicker on the outside but doesn't give that much height...
Bootking said on 23/Mar/18
These fashion army style boots give some serious height, im not sure exactly but im positive they seem like 1.75

Click Here
Editor Rob
All depends on how high the insole is...if thin then not much over 1.5, if a little 1/8th to 1/4 range, then possibly near 1.7 inch.
Ferdinand said on 22/Mar/18
Hi Rob,

How much height would you say 3.1 inch Dons give (without mid-sole tech)?

Editor Rob
They won't give 3.1, but a fraction under 3 inches.
zell said on 22/Mar/18
hey rob how much does adidas ultraboost add?
ajs1 said on 21/Mar/18
I have driven with them on, @kyle2729. Mine are about 4.5 inches.
kyle2729 said on 21/Mar/18
Hello, just curious is anybody here drives with elevator shoes on. Thanks.
Matta said on 20/Mar/18
Rob what shoes and boots give 1.5 inches and more? I know cowboy boots have alot of height.

Im trying to find shoes online that give 1.5 inches and up but not elevator shoe.
Editor Rob
A lot of Caterpillar/Timberland styles might get you near 1.5, just shy of it. There are thicker models of these boots, like a 'tackhead' model which is 1.6 inches.
Walter said on 20/Mar/18
People must have realistic expectations for mens elevator shoes, I mean even women high heels need a giant platform for them to be able to give an actual 3 inches, so most elevator shoes in fact only give around 2.3-2.5, and a lot of that height comes from the actual heel and not the insert,(so theoretically you would appear an inch taller than normal since people would see the heel on the shoe). So buying elevator shoes that advertise ridiculous height boosts(3+) won't even give anywhere near that. So I advise to get them around 2.5 so you can actually walk in them and not look like you have a weird sliding gait where it looks like you have a broken foot since the distance between your actual leg and the bottom of the shoe would look ridiculous. And an extra tip for those cheap Chinese inserts, they are pointless since they measure from the back and greatly depress when you wear so they barely give an inch and with every step you take if feels like your sinking in the ground because they squish so much.
Animus said on 19/Mar/18
After a decent amount of usage, how much do you think these Reebok Classics will lose? (I assume they give about 1.3in, as you have stated.)

Click Here

I wear a size 12US or 11½UK.
Editor Rob
Most insoles will thin or flatten, some bases of shoes also seems to become more concave. The last pair of Classics I wore for a while still gave a bit over 1 inch when I threw them out.
Guanzo said on 19/Mar/18
Rob, how much "Under Armour Jung Rat boots" add?

Click Here
Editor Rob
Would expect them to give near 1.4 inches
Rem said on 11/Mar/18
Rob, how much do the most common New Balance shoes (i dont know the name of them really) add?
Editor Rob
1.25 is a typical range for many of the new balance popular models.
Walter said on 8/Mar/18
What do you think is more ideal, elevator shoes with higher heel and a smaller insert that have a slim profile of a regular shoe (Dons), or elevator shoes with a small heel but a big insert and the shoe looks unnatural?
Editor Rob
I'd say to go with a heel that is between 1-1.25 inch and then have a smaller insert.
jeja said on 7/Mar/18
Hi Rob, what do you think is the most comfortable to wear : 2.5 inches elevator shoes o shoes with 4 cm heels and lifts close to 1 inch inside ?
Editor Rob
Elevators are designed with the shape of the lift as part of it, so I'd always say those might be a better fit...but to test the waters and see if you think elevators might be worthwhile, I'd recommend buying cheaper lifts like 10 dollars and just using with the most comfortable sneaker/shoe you already have.
Myself said on 7/Mar/18
Hey Rob, recently i bought new shoes, but considering i couldn't find the right size, which i think would be 13,5 (US) for me, i chose a pair of size 14 and also bought a pair of elevator insoles to fit it well. So now my shoes (+insoles) give me about 3,5 cm, compared to the 1,5 cm of my previous shoes, that would hurt my feet after some time of walking, because of my weight (103/106 kg). Do you think that's much more than the average person wears? If so, do you think that it would alter the perception of my height too much? (I'm 193,7-194 cm morning, 191,7-192,3 cm evening usually) I wouldn't want to deceive people too much (On the other hand i don't want my feet to hurt aswell ;)...and if it's a bonus of 1 cm that's actually not too bad after all), i personally dislike the whole aspect of elevator shoes and heels (am i contradicting myself?)...but i don't mind too much if people that weren't so lucky with height may wear some.
Editor Rob
On average, footwear might be about 2cm or so. Adding an extra 2-3cm isn't a huge step-up, but some people will notice it, others won't. When it gets to 4cm extra I think a far greater proportion will begin to notice an increase in that person's height.
Nolifts81 said on 7/Mar/18
Rob do you think that the D'Etna 5.5 by don's can give neArly 4.5 like 11 cm? Hope so. ThAt is my goal. Thank you Rob
Editor Rob
It's pushing it, I think 4-4.25 is a huge lift to achieve.
Andrew said on 4/Mar/18
Rob,how much would the 5 inchers give?Like these one:
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Editor Rob
They won't give a full 5-inches, probably between 3.5-4 zone.
nolifts81 said on 3/Mar/18
Yes I ordered and paid only the lifts. Allan said that was possible. I've paid 100 usd. They are also on what's up. I've talked to them , but they, don't tell me when they will ship them to me. The last message say that they will do a good work for me. Paid with paypal. I want to know if it's normal to wait all this time from Don's. Thank you Rob
Editor Rob
I think it still takes a few weeks to get orders.
Nolifts81 said on 3/Mar/18
Hi Rob. I've ordered and pair from Don's footwear only the lift inserts of the D'Etna 5.5 Boots. I pair with paypal but still they did not ship the Lifts. In the receipt they write custom order. What this mean? That i Have to wait more for a custom order? Thank you in Advance
Editor Rob
I'm not sure what you mean. They don't sell just the inserts, but you ordered them?

All orders are basically custom as they don't just grab them from a shelf.
Walter said on 28/Feb/18
The funny thing about elevator shoes is that i think a taller skinny person would look better in them and could get away with wearing them, for example a person who is 6'1 and wants to be 6'2-6'3 would look more natural than a man for example who is 5'5 and wants to be 5'6-5'7. I just think that body proportions won't be thrown out of wack if you are already tall and wearing elevator shoes. Another sad twist in life if you are short i guess. Anyway if you want quality and a decent amount of height Dons are perfect. They won't make you into a giant but they are comfortable
Editor Rob
If your inseam is disproportional, I suppose wearing 2.5 inch elevators won't throw off proportions.
Mikey said on 27/Feb/18
Hi rob
I would like to reply to one of the comments on here about dons footwear and I promise it will be my last on dons his shoe sizes don’t make sense I’m a uk 8 and my first pair were too tight length and breadth so my 2nd pair I got a uk 9 still length and breadth were too tight now any pair of shoes I have bought online have always been a uk 8 and have all fitted and I still buy normal shoes again uk 8 and they fit fine so he does have a problem with sizes and my feet are far from fat and I also think dons shoes look so normal is because the heel is so high and the insert is just over a inch so could fit in most normal shoes also cheaper USA companies sneakers are no Herman munsters but do agree they’re not as good quality as dons
Thanks rob
Walter said on 26/Feb/18
The biggest plus of dons shoes is the they are really invisible, they all look like normal shoes since they have a slim profile, this can be a pro and a con, if you have fat feet then his shoes will be tight for you, but if your feet are on the skinnier side its pretty much looks like you are wearing normal shoes because there will be no bulge. cheap elevator shoes look like you are wearing herman munster boots.
Ali said on 25/Feb/18
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Hello Rob, just wondering how much lift these new Adidas trainers give? They look at least over an inch lift from heel and maybe from a little from the sole. 1.1 inches before they ware out maybe. Many thanks mate.
Editor Rob
Not yet seen this model in a shop, but from it's profile, surely has to be near 1.4 inches range.
sean89 said on 25/Feb/18
HEY ROB nike airmax 180 give 3.5 plus a thick gel insole like dunlop of those thick ones will make the shoes give 4 cm? those thick gel insoles can give a 1/4 inch to 10 mm.
Editor Rob
A lot of insoles squish to 1/8th inch, but some can give 1/4 or so, taking you to 1.5 inches
Mikey said on 24/Feb/18
Hi rob
Just want to add my opinion on dons footwear I’ve bought 2 pairs of 3.1 inch midsole tech shoes and although I don’t like being mean to people I’ve got to say I wasn’t impressed the quality is without doubt top class the shoes are well made the problem I had was the height increase which is not surprisingly why I buy elevator shoes you get 2.5 inch from them but the heel on my shoes was 1.4 inch which in my opinion too high and also found they were too tight I even got a size bigger for my 2nd pair but still didn’t fit right and they’re not cheap around $300 dollars or £240 I won’t mention the site but I get cheaper shoes from the USA for less than half the price and they aren’t as well made as dons but they give me 2.5 inches and fit well a also get shoes which give 3.1 inch and they’re good for formal occasions
Thanks rob
Editor Rob
It's unfortunate they weren't a good fit for you.

If the other models are good from the cheaper company, at least you are getting a more affordable model.

Like with sneakers, I've tried many styles and finding the perfect fit is hard.

I dropped a weight on my left Cuneiform bone years ago and it damaged it, so I try to find softer sneakers.
Josh9 said on 24/Feb/18
Rob, one question about Don’s shoes. Which sole material is the best: hybrid, full leather, or full rubber? I’m not sure which one to pick.
Editor Rob
Personally I like the hybrid one, as the grip feels a bit better than full leather.
Walter said on 23/Feb/18
I knew they felt suspiciously a little too comfortable to be giving 3.1 inches. The heel and insert is each around 1.2 inches so the height i got form them was around 2.5
Walter said on 23/Feb/18
Follow up from my last comment, so i measured by height in the dons 3.1 and they don't give as much as i expected, they are more like around 2.5 inches, idk im guessing since theres not really of a slope and its flatter so it doesn't give as much, in fact the insert and heel seems like the same size as the brown dress shoes on this page that you said gave you 2.3 inches,
Editor Rob
If you measure the shoe from the very back of the heel to the highest point (within it), I'd suspect it was near 3 inches as advertised, but the higher you go the less you can actually benefit from 'midsole tech'.
Iauren said on 23/Feb/18
how much height do the adidas pureboost give?
Editor Rob
I've seen them up close and 1.2 seems possible.
Walter said on 21/Feb/18
The midsole tech shoes from Dons are genius, the 3.1 inch ones feel like your wearing normal shoes even though they don't really give a full 3 inches, good enough. They don't feel like you're walking on your toes or feel like your about to fall over. but they are expensive, are you surprised that no one has thought of making lifts with midsole tech or did Don copyright his design?
Josh9 said on 19/Feb/18
Thank you Rob.

Also, do you think wearing 2.5 inch elevator shoes will be bad for your body if you wear it daily? Will it be bad for you if you keep wearing them in the long run?
Editor Rob
They are more comfortable than heels, but the very nature of putting our feet at high angles, places strains and stresses on feet/ankles/joints that a normal flatter (natural) sneaker/shoe won't. Women put up with it, and heels are certainly not as stable as an elevator shoe, probably not as comfortable either.

If I was wearing elevators, I'd stick to probably 2-2.5 at most. 2.5-3 suddenly puts your foot at a much higher angle.
jeja said on 19/Feb/18
Rob, is it possible to put 1 cm lift in a pair of Reebook Classics without the foot coming out too noticeably ? Thanks
Editor Rob
Up to about 1/2 inch is reasonable for most sneakers...it's when you get to 1 inch your foot will be dangerously close to slipping out...unless it's a high-top style!
Josh9 said on 19/Feb/18
hi Big Rob. I just want to ask you.

Do you think tallmenshoes.com has good elevator shoes? Are they as good as Don’s elevator shoes? Thank you.
Editor Rob
If you are on a budget, then 80-90 for an elevator is an option to consider versus something like 200 for more expensive dons.

But I haven't tested them recently. I did see a pair from years ago, they were a very basic model, synthetic material, but of course they gave you an extra 1.3-1.4 inches so they worked...and weren't too bad a fit.
Bradly said on 17/Feb/18
Now I know how Vin gets tall: Big Dons, custom made.
Matta said on 16/Feb/18
Hi Rob, Do you know how much those reebok could give? They look thick. How much do you estimate?

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Thank you.
Editor Rob
They might be 1.3 inch range.
zell said on 16/Feb/18
hey rob, do u know how much does gucci ace sneakers add? imma buy one if it has decent amount of height boost
Editor Rob
They don't give a great amount, well under an inch.
Nolifts81 said on 12/Feb/18
Hi Rob i am gong to buy the don's D'Etna 5.5 inches. I need to know how much is the front inside lift. I Have a lot of experience and i know that the front inside lift is everything for gain height for real. I want a gain from barefoot of 4 and a half . For to Have that gain you need a platform of about 2 inches at the front (inside front lift and external front heel and an increase at the back of 5.5/6inches. I want to know if the D'Etna has a combinations (from inside plus outside front heel) of about 2 inch. If not i Have to make a modification on the boot. Greetings from Italy. I wait your answer.
Editor Rob
Unfortunately I don't know exactly how big it is, I'd try asking via facebook the dons to see if they will know exactly.

2 inches is definitely a huge amount, I know they have to go over 1 inch to get 4-4.5 inch, really 1.5-1.75 for that range.
Jug said on 7/Feb/18
Where do you think celebs get their height-increasing footwear? Like Tom Cruise, etc? I guess they have private shoemakers make them.
Editor Rob
I believe some of them will get a specialist to make them, but I would say they also would buy them online under a pseudo-name.
Sam132 said on 4/Feb/18
Do you know how much height a Nike Cortez gives you? Do you think that air max are deceiving when it comes to thickness?
Editor Rob
Cortez when new give over an inch, like 1.25
Mikey said on 2/Feb/18
Hi rob I would like to say to get 6 inches from a elevator shoe is impossible I’ve worn elevator shoes for 20 years and to get 2-2.5 inches height increase is easily achieved to get 3 inches is more difficult the best I get is about 3.1 inches and you can still walk fine but it is a big shoe and you must wear bootcut jeans or trousers with it and it actually looks a normal shoe as long as you wear the bootcut trouser and that shoe is advertised as a 4.4 inch shoe but of course you don’t get that so I’m guessing a 6 inch increase would get you around 4 inches whether you can walk ok is a different matter
Cheers rob
Editor Rob
Because of the nature of 'tip-toe height', we can only get about 3 inches or so from going on our tip-toes. So the front of a heel or elevator needs to be 1 inch to get at least near 4, 2 inches to get near 5, 3 inches to get near 6.
SearchingForShoes said on 1/Feb/18
Hey Rob, what shoes add the least height? Im currently wearing some Vans, how much height do they add? Theyre just regular Vans. I dont like increasing my height but dont want a weird looking shoe or those foot glove things
Editor Rob
Vans are usually no more than 0.6 inch, unless it's one of the thicker typeof models, but there are many skate shoes that give half inch at most, and plimsole that give 0.5 or under.
Andrew said on 31/Jan/18
Rob,how much do the Nike Air Max 90 shoes give?
Editor Rob
Anywhere in 1.1 to 1.3 range, I think the bigger size (10-12) has a slightly thicker sole than the 6-9 size.
Jug said on 30/Jan/18
Has anyone tried the GuidoMaggi 6-inch boots? Do they give you anywhere near a legit 6 inches? I have my doubts...
Editor Rob
There's no chance they give anywhere close to it.

Getting to nearly 4 inches takes a lot, getting to 5 actual inches means a platform at the front of the shoe being nearly 2 inches thick.
NangaParbat said on 27/Jan/18
Hey Rob :) how much do the Nike Huarache and the Nike AirMax 2017 give? Which one would you recommend? Thanks a lot!!! Cheers!
Editor Rob
Huarache can give near 1 and 1/3rd inch, airmax 2017 aren't that much less.
Iauren said on 27/Jan/18
which type of dr scholls insoles gives the most height?
Editor Rob
I'm not sure, but they don't give huge amounts, most are a fraction of an inch...
jeja said on 26/Jan/18
Rob, do you think elevator shoes visually elongate the legs ? I mean they do help to give a taller impression beside others, but are the centimeters hidden in the shoes mentally associated with the legs' lenght ? May seem an odd question but I was seriously wondering about it
Editor Rob
Yes, naturally because you are on your toes a bit, your legs will appear a bit longer to other people.
Mahu said on 26/Jan/18
Hi Rob.
I have a question about Don's 5 inch boots.
Do you wearing them?
If so, they are comfortable or not.
I hear that Don use insoles called "Midsole Tech" which (acording to Don's offical site) are far more comfortable than many standard elewator 5-inchers.
Editor Rob
I don't wear elevators, only to test them out.

I feel 5-inch is too much, even the ones giving near 4 inches is very hard to walk about in and be comfortable. Your feet are at a very high angle....I only recommend 2-2.5 inch elevators for anybody starting to consider wearing them.
Matta said on 26/Jan/18
Rob, What shoes apart from Nike shox(1.4) give the biggest boost, Do you know any sneakers that give 1.5 inch of height?
Editor Rob
There are some types of 'MBT' sneakers that give more than 1.5 inches, also Reebok do a similar thick wedge sneaker, I have forgotten the name though, but it is a running/jogging style similar to the mbt.
Tevin said on 22/Jan/18
Which shoes provide greater height without insoles, Air Max 90's or Reeboks Classics?
Editor Rob
I feel the Air Max 90's have 1.1 or 1.3 thick soles...the bigger size 10-12 having the slightly thicker sole.

The Reebocks (thick classic model) are brand new near 1.3 inch.
NangaParbat said on 20/Jan/18
Hey Rob how are you? I would like your opinion about something peculiar happening to me. I apologize for the lenght of the message. I am a mid 20 guy, nice body proportions, muscular, standing 172cm. I have always had a bit of obsession for my height and in fact I used to be a lift wearer in the past. I was trying to make my legs longer and gaining some cm using lift inside Timberland (sometimes very thick) or airMax and so on, reaching the point of having my shoes so weird looking and walking very uncomfy that I finally decided to get rid of lifts and focus on stretching, yoga and building a nice body. I just use now comfort thin insoles (about few millimetres). Here's when the magic happened: the point is that nobody noticed that I was shorter after removing the lifts but INCREDIBLY many people asked me if somehow I did grow because I was looking taller to them!!!!! Do you think that actually I walk much better without lifts and I can be straighter and eventually taller this way? I can't explain it. Also another intersting fact is that when I use now big chunky shoes (Airmax or boots for example) my overall look appears shorter despite I am probably taller some cm due to the sole, while when I use Vans or flat shoes, I look taller, with longer legs despite I am probably shorter with those kind of shoes. I am freaking out because it's really strange to me. Could you please give me your opinion about this ? Much appreciated Rob. Thanks. Greets from Italy!
Editor Rob
Sounds a bit bizarre how people would think you looked taller. Can't explain that, unless you had a weird posture with the lifts or a funny walk!

With any footwear, it is best choosing ones that are comfortable. The higher the angle of the foot, the less comfort it will be...which is why I say if anybody ever thinks of elevators, just go with 2-2.5 at most. 3-3.5 is like big high heels and won't be comfortable compared to a normal shoe or sneaker.
Animus said on 15/Jan/18
Are these Reebok Classics with brown soles 1.3 inches like the ones you measured in your video?

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Editor Rob
They Look like they are the same thickness.
Max_12 said on 12/Jan/18
How much give in height these men boots? Maybe like 4 cm?

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Editor Rob
Yes, they look like a solid 4cm, maybe even 4.2-4.3cm range.
Mike said on 10/Jan/18
Which pair of casual black sneakers have you found to be the thickest. (i.e. reebok, nike air)
[Editor Rob: I did a video on Reebok classics...those are near 1.3 inch and quite thick when you see them in person.]
Dave said on 9/Jan/18

How many inches does 2 inch Mst from Dons give?
Editor Rob
those that are lower usually give quite close the actual claim, so I wouldn't think those are much under 2 inches.
Animus said on 8/Jan/18
How much do these give? Is there a quarter inch of difference or slightly more?

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[Editor Rob: there should be a 1/4 inch or so...the black one is closer to 1 inch, and the white isn't that much over 0.6 inches]
ezmanage said on 8/Jan/18
Rob, where can i find the height article with all the sneaker heights and heel heights? I was wondering how much height vans give?
[Editor Rob: typical vans aren't that thick, at most 0.6...although some styles may give more.]
Kee said on 6/Jan/18
Hello Rob, just wondering do these Adidas hi tops give a a little over an inch lift when including the inner soles? Many thanks my friend.

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[Editor Rob: under an inch actually.]
North said on 4/Jan/18
Hi Rob, how much do you think Adidas duramo lites give? Click Here
[Editor Rob: a fraction over 1 inch, not as thick as the outsole suggests...the insole seems to (at least from looking in sports shop) sits about 1/4 inch underneath the outsole.]
Wolf said on 3/Jan/18
Rob any idea how much Clarks Original Desert Boots add?
[Editor Rob: the insole takes those boots just over an inch.]
zell said on 3/Jan/18
hey rob happy new year! hope youre doing good. can u tell how much does air jordan 1 retro og give? cause i really need to know, i'm about to buy one if it has decent amount of boost
[Editor Rob: not over an inch, but more like 0.75 after some wearing in.]
zell said on 3/Jan/18
hey rob happy new year! hope youre doing good. can u tell how much does air jordan 1 retro og give? cause i really need to know, i'm about to buy one if it has decent amount of boost
Ian said on 1/Jan/18
hey rob what do you think these give? Click Here
[Editor Rob: a fraction over 1 inch]
The Rock said on 26/Dec/17
Click Here Here is the picture of the Kyrie 3. How much is the heel of it??
[Editor Rob: unfortunately never seen that model in a store yet, certainly think it could be over an inch.]
Tonyx said on 20/Dec/17
Rob, do you think that Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot Click Here gives the same amount of height as the Nike Air Force 1 High 07 Click Here ? How much does it give? Is there a difference when it comes to size?
How much height does the modern Nike Air Max 90 Essential give Click Here ? And if you say 1.1in-1.35in range that's a pretty big difference in my humble opinion. Do you think it gives more then your average standard Nike Air Force 1 High 07?

Thank you.
[Editor Rob: don't know if smaller size of the lunar force 1 boot is slightly thinner than 10+ sizes, but I've seen the latest model, I'd roughly estimate 1 and 1/3rd inch range, which is a bit more than the thickest nike air force]
Jason said on 17/Dec/17
Rob, I was looking at some shoes on donsfootwear and I was curious as to how many actual inches would be added to height through the "3.1 increase" shoe? Im 6.05 tall and would these shoes make me close to 6'3?
[Editor Rob: they changed the insole a bit, the slope isn't as harsh as it used to be, so a 3.1 might get you a bit under 3 inches.]
Anonymous said on 17/Dec/17
Hi Rob,how much height would the Nike Air Max 90 give?
[Editor Rob: some 1.1, but a big size like 10-11uk seemed slightly thicker like 1.3 inch ]
Boi said on 17/Dec/17
Hey Rob. How many inches would these crocs give? Click Here
[Editor Rob: under an inch, like 0.8 inches.]
Ian said on 15/Dec/17
hey rob what do you think these give Click Here
[Editor Rob: bit over an inch]
Blake said on 14/Dec/17
Rob, how do you just by glancing at a celebs shoes know exactly how much they give? I can tell some models of trainers and heels when walking around but many other styles of footwear I can't figure out how much they give on the spot.
[Editor Rob: well by measuring a lot of styles you get an idea of the types of thickness, but sometimes you don't know if there is a built up insole, I've seen shoes that looked 2cm but ended up near 3cm because of a solid thick insole.

Of course when I am guessing I'm just going with a normal insole assumption.]
kev said on 14/Dec/17
hey rob...hope you doing good, how much do adidas superstar give? I want to buy one
[Editor Rob: brand new they can give close to an inch, but the insoles compress a fair bit I found, the last pair I had after a few months were about 0.7 inch range.]
kev said on 14/Dec/17
hey rob...hope you doing good, how much do adidas superstar give? I want to buy one
Boy said on 9/Dec/17
Hey rob . How many inches does the adidas energy cloud give ? Couldnt find the link.pls google it and tell me. Its urgent
[Editor Rob: I've only had a look at one in a shop, it seemed to be roughly 1.1-1.2 but I think it might squash down a bit.]
Kario Prkaj said on 4/Dec/17
As far as Rajesh Khanna's and SRK's height is concerned, check this video, and look at the shoes. Click Here. Skip to 4 minutes.
Max___11 said on 2/Dec/17
Rob, how much give these pair of Adidas yeezy? I've read 1.5 in ? It is possible?

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[Editor Rob: they can give in 1.3-1.5 zone]
AJAX_177 said on 2/Dec/17
I would enjoy to be taller or at least appear taller. In my country I feel well under average :(

Do you, as a height expert, have a general tip? I actually don't like the idea of lifts. To me personally it's a bit strange.

[Editor Rob: yeah, lifts aren't for everybody...but it's an option for those who want to look taller on occasions.

I don't judge anybody who wears them, especially if it improves their confidence a bit.

Other than that, working on optimal posture might help you stand naturally taller]
Jimmy said on 2/Dec/17
Rob, how much height does the Adidas advantage clean VS black give?

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[Editor Rob: between 0.5 and 0.75...after a while they aren't much more than 1/2 inch]
SportsHeight said on 12/Nov/17
Rob, how much do standard TOMS shoes add?

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[Editor Rob: about 1cm]
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 11/Nov/17
Rob, I heard that Nike canvas sneakers give 7/8", but visually they look like they would give the same as 5/8" Converse and Vans. How much do you think these give? Click Here
[Editor Rob: ones like that usually aren't much different than converse, I have a pair of nike similar and they aren't that much over half inch.]
zell said on 1/Nov/17
rob, how much does adidas campus give? i really need to know, cause im about to buy one
[Editor Rob: just under an inch]
MikeFlorida said on 28/Oct/17
Earlier this week I received from Don's Shoes, the RL classic with 2.5 inch total boost. The leather is exceptional, the MST makes them comfortable combined with the softer sole. These shoes are excellent.
Blake said on 20/Oct/17
Rob, an idea for a youtube video if you ever have spare time for it try and complete everyday tasks in elevator shoes. You could show the difference between 2 inch boost and 4 inch boost and showing how you need to gradually adapt rather than chuck them on care free
184man said on 20/Oct/17
If I wore a sneaker similar to this Click Here how much would they give? Also and in general rob and how much sneakers give especially designer ones?
[Editor Rob: no more than 0.6 inch, slightly under it in fact...

a low sneaker is 0.5, a thick one is 1.3-1.4]
Unsure (Now I'm sure I'm 174 cm) said on 17/Oct/17
If I'm reading this right, you get 1.8 cm of height increase inside your sock? Any thoughts on this or any brand you recommend for this? One could conceivably wear this indoors under two pairs of socks to appear taller. One could even go to the doctor and get measured taller!

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[Editor Rob: yes, you could put them in your socks, there are some insoles like that which are designed as lifts for inside socks.]
Charles said on 11/Oct/17
Hey Rob, I have a couple of height-related questions if you don't mind. Used to think I was 5'10, but it turned out that I had really, really bad spine and shoulder mobility, preventing me from standing straight. After just a short period of stretching, I have measured a comfortable 5'11, and I think that it is possible that my lumbar and upper thoracic spine may conceal an additional 0.5-1 inch. Do you think that I am an unusual case (I have been tense and hunched over since my preteens), or is it possible that a lot of people could "grow" up to an inch or two by simply fixing their posture? Before, even if I really, really tried to stand tall, I could only manage a strong 5'10 to 5'10.5 at best--and I'm in my mid 20s, so I doubt that there has been actual growth.

Now, for the second question. I'm no longer obsessed with being tall (my father is a very tall man and I used to feel very insecure in his presence before I realized that confidence can't be rooted in size), but I am still interested in determining if the height "gained" could be socially beneficial. I have a fairly large wingspan of 6'3 and a slightly longer than average torso (my legs are indeed those of an average strong 5'10 guy). If I wear thick boots (say Timberlands or cuban-heeled such) with a discreet lift (0.5-1 inch perhaps) and brush my hair up, how tall do you think that I could look to people, and do you think that people who already know me from the past will notice that I look taller?
[Editor Rob: there's definitely a proportion who could benefit from exercises to recover hidden height.

Some people 5ft 11 range could fool others into thinking they were 6ft 1-2 with cowboy boots, great posture and tall hair.]
RobV said on 10/Oct/17
Indeed, Editor Rob there is a limit on how high you can go from the heel - the strain on the calf and toes can't wear it above a certain height. But you hit on the right point when you refer to the need for a bit of a platform INSIDE (made to look like a thinner sole but with a wedge inside the boot). That in fact is the key to why these 6" boots are a success - totally hidden extra height.

And interestingly I assure you I have never had any problems with height adding at that level. As long as the boot is designed to function at 4", 5" or now 6", they are really walkable. I always test anything new for several hours by firstly short walks (just in case it's "aaargh, no way, get me home") and then longer ones. You are right about the need to graduate and get used to height addition, no doubt, but three or four eyars ago i went from regular lifts (always a bit tricky to finese but any port in a storm), onto the 4" Don's and Guido Maggi, then a 5" pair and now the 6" Hong Kong style. I would say that there is no greater difficult walking in the 6" than in the 4". I think it is simply design and an understanding of those specific points about the need for balance between front and back, heel and toe
RobV said on 9/Oct/17
I finally got my 6" elevators from GuidoMaggi recently, having previously bought 5" or 4" elevators from both GuidoMaggi and Don's. The biggest thing I had been concerned about beforehand was walkability - having seen the idea of what they might look like (v similar to the 5" styles really) I wasn't bothered about them looking too 'blocky'. They looked fine. But now I have them and have walked a fair way in them, I can tell you that they are v v comfortable (like all the other elevators I have bought from the two companies).

It begs the question of course as to the limit (6" now so where next?!), and my advice to anyone with these is to take it easy and go for a lower level first. But they absolutely do not look like you are adding height and for me they are genuinely a stunning added weapon to my height addition armoury - in fact, with the stitching (I got the Hong Kong style) they remind me a bit of Docs or a kind of workwear boot with a bit of fashion to them.

If anyone has any questions about them, please feel free to ask.
[Editor Rob: we have the limit of how much our feet can go on tip toes.

So the platform needs to keep increasing, I suppose the front of the shoe can be made to look like it has a thinner sole, but the insole at the front sits 1-2cm higher up.

Even just walking about indoors on the 5-inch Dons, I think I would struggle outside...though for special occasions or a film/tv show, I could see it being an option for some actors!

Would need a few years of practice and incremental increases to get up to 5-6 inch elevators.]
brandonknight said on 7/Oct/17
What ever happened to the sneakers page? It was very useful.
[Editor Rob: worth repeating to show how silly Google are.

Several times this occurred:

On another website (that were hacked) Chinese spammers simply cloaked the sneaker page and Google thought 'hey, this cloaked version must be the original' so removed my sneakers page from the search engine and replaced the Chinese spammers 'cloaked' version instead.

They were notified of this numerous times and said 'nothing is wrong'...unbelievable really, absolute idiots.

What's worse is, if a user in the search engine clicked this cloaked sneaker page link, they were redirected to a dummy/fake page selling imaginary nike sneakers. The spammers were trying to trick users to get credit card info and defraud them.

And Google seemed happy to promote these spammers who were copying/cloaking a page from here and then redirecting people to a fake sneaker site to defraud customers. You cannot make this up!

I had to take it into my own hands and spent a lot of time researching domains these scammers used and got a lot of their domains delisted as they used fake information in the domain registry to hide who they were.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 6/Oct/17
Rob, how much do you think these types of classic sneakers give? It says "heel measures approximately 1.25" in the description below, but I'm not sure if it actually gives you that much Click Here
[Editor Rob: new they will definitely give in that range, but after a bit of wear might soften down nearer 1 inch flat]
datguy said on 28/Sep/17
Hey rob how much can the insoles of a boot compress?
[Editor Rob: some insoles hold up well, but most will compress a bit, a couple of mm up to even 1/3rd inch in some models of footwear.]
Bobby said on 28/Sep/17
@Jug, so you're like 6'2.25 and you don't feel tall? You're four inches taller than I am, try being 5'10. Not that I feel short but I'd definitely would love to be your height.
Alex said on 27/Sep/17
Hi rob, was wondering how much height these reebok classics give? Like 3cm maybe?

Link: Click Here
[Editor Rob: I done a Video measuring a pair of Classics, they give a decent thickness!]
RobV said on 22/Sep/17
@ jug as someone who has worn elevators and lifts for years, I am not sure I agree with you when you say: "Shoes that claim to make you four inches taller will give you about two inches max". They will not give you the full 4 inches more (because of course normal shoes give you a certain amount
anyway, and there is always a bit of a loss through the angle of your feet in them) but I reckon they can give you about 3 inches. It does of course depend upon what you normally wear. But it is an important point to understand - wearing a normal pair of workboots gives you an "elevator" of well over an inch over your normal height so the actual addition to your normal height as seen in 4" elevators might indeed be around 2". But that goes with the territory - bottom line is that a 4" boots will give you up to 3 real inches as perceived by others.
Unsure (Now I'm sure I'm 174 cm) said on 21/Sep/17
How tall would I appear to most people in the "Midsole Tech" Don's that give 3.1 inches of total height increase?

A big thank you for being a great resource. I'm really trying to present the best me to the world possible.
[Editor Rob: you will be appearing 2 inches taller than normal, that is compared to if you were wearing a 1-inch shoe regularly.

Also with elevators of any kind, I think like heels and women, it helps you stand straighter.]
Jug said on 19/Sep/17
Thank you, RobV. I figured that was probably the way to go. I'm glad someone was able to confirm it for me.
Jug said on 17/Sep/17
I am a little over 6'2 barefoot. In cowboy boots I am about 6'4. I honestly don't feel that tall when out in public. It sounds tall but it isn't that tall. I wouldn't stand out in a crowd really. I have tried elevator shoes and there isn't that much of a difference. Shoes that claim to make you four inches taller will give you about two inches max. The only real solution is to accept yourself for who you are.
ajs said on 16/Sep/17
Dear @Christensen, he tends to use generic boxes or whatever he has on hand. The return address on the shipping label is for a T-Shirt shop, so there's no reference to shoes or boots or anything like that. In case you don't know, although Allan ("Don") is Scottish by birth, he's living and doing business out of Thailand, so the packaging and return address will be from there....that might raise a few questions about why you're getting packages from Thailand!
Dude said on 14/Sep/17
Rob how much extra height would a pair of Clarks original desert boots add? Click Here
Christensen said on 11/Sep/17
Rob do you know what the packaging for Don's shoe deliveries is like? Does it say Don's on it? Asking because I wouldn't want a family member to see the package and Google Don's + find out, haha.
[Editor Rob: well it came wrapped, at least the last time I checked and the box was inside, though the box itself says Don's on it.]
Yanis Khamsi said on 8/Sep/17
I love the D'Etna style from Don's Footwear. So comfortable, I wish the 5 inch model was taller. Highly recommended, though they may not be for everyone.
Jim said on 6/Sep/17
So who has the edge barefoot - you or Jenny?
[Editor Rob: Jenny has shrunk now, 10 years ago our evening heights were near identical, now hers is nearly half inch lower.]
sean5 said on 4/Sep/17
Do you know how much 2.75" or 3.1" MST Dons shoe could give? thanks
[Editor Rob: not much less than those figures, like a small fraction.]
Ben said on 31/Aug/17
@176.2 The shorts are a bit too big and makes me appear stocky. With jeans I have long legs. I can see if I can get a hold of a photo.

My legs are quite long people usually say, haha.
RobV said on 24/Aug/17
@ Jug. As a long time user of elevators and lifts, then I have worked out that if you want to add a bit of additional lift (through insoles or an extra lift) to elevators you must buy a bigger size. It works perfectly. If you don't do that, it is more difficult to add more height and the boots will pinch.
James said on 20/Aug/17
Hi Rob, big fan of this site for years. I was just wondering why the "Sneakers" page is not accessible any more. The page with the list of sneakers that shows how much height the regular shoes give. Is there a reason why it's not up any more?
[Editor Rob: there was an issue with Google indexing a spammer who 'cloaked' the page and removing the real one from the index.

The spammers cloaked page redirected anybody who clicked to a fake Nike site.

They done this several times with the page over a few years. Google aren't as smart as they think, spammers can easily fool them, and they don't seem to care...]
176.2 said on 16/Aug/17
You seem to have very short legs or in other words an exceptionally long torso for 5'9+ guy (pic with 168 friend). Giving the fact legs/arms stop growing first you should start a career as a swimmer if torso's still gaining.
Bobby said on 15/Aug/17
Hey Rob, quick question. I have a morning barefoot height of 5'10.5 or 179.1cm, I checked the previous night's and given my average 4.5 inch eye level, I had an eye level of 167.75cm in the morning. In 2.5 inch lifts, I would measure 6'1 on the nose. Do I have the chance of appearing a solid to weak 6ft throughout the day? Would people think of me as a six footer?
[Editor Rob: eyelevel isn't low, so if you wore 2.5 inch elevators you would probably make many think you were six foot.]
theL4st said on 12/Aug/17
rob when you recommend a 2 inch elevator do you mean 2 inches including the heel or just the actual lift ? also are there any comfort insoles (not lifts) that give 0.75-1 inch range ?
[Editor Rob: I mean a shoe that gives in total 2 inches.]
Ben said on 9/Aug/17
Jug, I would suggest a size smaller or the same size. If it's too big then it might not fit into the shoe.
Chilean said on 9/Aug/17
Rob if i decide to wear elevator plataforms in healthy terms how much height you recomend for dont have knee or back problems
[Editor Rob: I recommend starting with 2 inch and then later move to 2.5 if you feel an extra half inch is needed or desired.

the higher the angle our feet are at, the more strains and risks we take, hence I wouldn't go too high.]
Unsure (Now I'm sure I'm 174 cm) said on 8/Aug/17
How much height increase are in the Don's 5 inch elevator boots I just purchased?
How much in the 3 inch elevator shoes with midsole tech?
[Editor Rob: it's such a high angle that you won't really get more than 4 inches.]
Jug said on 8/Aug/17
Question for anyone: If I wanted to add my own increasing insoles to a shoe that was already an elevator shoe, should I order the shoe a size larger, or what?
Mighty said on 4/Aug/17
Rob, are you 5'8 with or without shoes?
[Editor Rob: my low height is 5ft 8 1/8th without shoes]

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