Shoes that make men taller

Updated April 17, 2017

While women are given the option of high-heeled shoes to appear taller, men are often left in the dark as to how to increase their height without being obvious about it. While men technically can wear anything they like, they would certainly get some strange looks as they walked down the street in a business suit and high heels. There are a few ways men can look taller without drawing attention to their feet.


Platform shoes have slightly thicker soles than traditional men's shoes, but can add 1 to 3 inches to a man's height. The concept is similar to women's platform shoes, where the soles are stacked to add substantially more height. An issue some find with the platform shoe is just how much larger the sole is. The height of the sole can draw attention to the fact that a man is wearing a platform shoe.

Elevator Shoe

Elevator shoes' heels are built up to create a slightly taller appearance. The heel of the shoe has a taller, but very thick platform in it that can increase the height of a man by 2 inches. The heel is built up from the inside of the shoe to create a taller appearance, while keeping the sole the same size as found in traditional men's shoes.

Invisible Elevator Shoe

Invisible elevator shoes use the heightening aspect of the elevator shoe and place it on the inside of the sole to create a less obvious appearance. These shoes offer soles that are the same size as traditional men's shoes, but the inside of the heels and toes are built up with padding to create a higher appearance. The height increase can range from 1 to 3 inches, depending on preference and shoe style.


Insoles are used to create a taller appearance without buying special shoes. Elevator insoles offer men the option of putting the insole into almost any shoe for a slightly taller appearance. An insole can add between 1/2 inch and 1 1/2 inches in height, but there are limitations. An insole cannot add more than a few inches because it would make the shoe uncomfortable.


Boots are also made with elevator insteps that can help increase height. Boots, both casual and dress, have insteps that are built on a slight platform to create greater height for the wearer. Just like traditional elevator shoes the heel is built up to create greater height while the sole appears as thick as that of traditional shoes and boots.


Thick soles can also help to increase height. Those who wear sneakers often find that sneakers with thicker-than-average soles help to increase height up to 1 inch.

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Andrea "Andie" Francese. She worked as an entertainment editor, blogger and managing editor for the Mercy College "Impact" starting in 2006. Francese won 2 Quill Awards for her work on the "Impact" including Excellence in Journalism and Enterprise Journalism. She currently works for several blogging sites. Francese holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in media studies at Mercy College.