How to make shoes taller

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How to make shoes taller
Adding inserts can make a shoe appear taller. (pink shoes image by Joann Cooper from

Individuals who are not very tall may wish to make themselves look taller to feel more self-confident. This may be due to concerns about adult height or other medical conditions that cause individuals to be short in stature. While there is no way to increase an individual's height biologically, making shoes taller can add 1 to 4 inches in overall height.

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    Insert lifts into shoes. Shoe lifts are made of gel, plastic or other material and are placed inside shoes to add bulk inside the shoe, making the wearer look taller. Shoe inserts may be available at some grocery stores, health stores or through websites such as or

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    Buy shoes with thick heels, such as wedge shoes or shoes with cork heels. The larger and/or higher the heel, the taller the shoe will appear. The individual wearing the shoe will look taller as well.

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    Purchase elevator shoes, which are shoes with concealed inserts that make the person wearing the shoes appear to be taller. Websites that offer elevator shoes include and

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    Place soft items inside regular shoes to add height to the shoe. Soft, clean socks or folded up neckties fit inside most closed shoes and will usually add a few inches of height.

  5. 5

    Take shoes to a shoe repair store and request that they add height to the shoe. This is usually accomplished by adding material to the heels and/or soles of the shoe to increase total shoe height.

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