Elevator shoes can help shorter men stand a couple of inches taller. Here's an example of me wearing regular shoes (right) vs. elevator shoes (left):
It's a subtle but noticeable difference.
The problem is, there are many ugly, cheap, uncomfortable elevator shoes on the market, so you have to make sure to buy the right ones.
This post will help you buy elevator shoes with confidence.
Note: Big thanks to Don's Footwear for making this post possible!
When you're buying any kind of shoes, you want to pay attention to three things:
Elevator shoes are no different. You shouldn't sacrifice comfort, style or quality just because you want to wear height increasing shoes.
Using two pairs of Don's Footwear shoes as examples, I made a video explaining how to buy elevator shoes that are actually worth your money.
You can also see a side-by-side comparison of me wearing elevator shoes vs. regular shoes:
Priority #1: Comfort
Elevator shoes work because they have special insoles that raise your foot off the ground. Traditional insoles only raise your heel up, but they slope down steeply to your toes.
It feels like wearing high heels (supposedly…).
Shoe lifts or “risers” work the same way. They provide a platform for you heel, but not your toes. So all of your weight is transferred to the front of your foot.
It's much more comfortable to wear elevator shoes that have raised flat soles. For example, many shoes made by Don's Footwear feature “Midsole Tech” insoles:
It's still not quite the same as wearing a regular shoe, but this kind of insole definitely makes elevator shoes more comfortable.
After all, you don't want to be reminded of the fact that you're wearing elevator shoes with each step you take, right?
Priority #2: Style
Shoes are one of the first things people notice about your outfit, so you want them to look good. Just because you want a little extra height doesn't mean you have to settle for ugly shoes.
I'm not sure why so many elevator shoe brands miss the mark when it comes to style. It may be because they prioritize the heightening aspect of their shoes over everything else.
But there are a few brands like Don's Footwear that understand how to make a handsome shoe, and they just so happen to make elevator shoes.
This is the kind of brand you want to buy from. A men's shoe company that makes height increasing shoes.
Remember: the goal is to make sure your elevator shoes don't look like elevator shoes.
Priority #3: Quality
High quality shoes will last much longer and save you money in the long run. Plus, they tend to look better and feel more comfortable.
The best way to gauge the overall quality of a shoe is to figure out how it was made. You want to ask, “What method of construction was used to make this shoe?”
In other words, how is the upper part of the shoe attached to the sole?
Now I'm sure you've heard of Goodyear welting, which is generally accepted as the gold standard of shoe construction.
The major benefit of Goodyear welting (or hand welting, which is what Don's Footwear uses) is that it allows shoes to be resoled.
So, after the outsole (the part that touches the ground) wears out, it can simply be replaced with a new one.
A high quality pair of shoes will last for decades if they're cared for properly and resoled as needed.
Most elevator shoes use a cheap, quick construction technique called “cementing” where the upper is basically glued to the outsole.
Cemented shoes can't be resoled. So, unless you're on a very tight budget, I recommend avoiding them.
About Don's Footwear
I received two pairs of shoes from Don's Footwear. The ones with Midsole Tech are the most comfortable elevator shoes I've tried on.
Both pairs look and feel high quality, and considering that they're hand welted, they're priced very reasonably.
Born and raised in Scotland, Allan Donnelly founded Don's Footwear in 2009 after falling in love with elevator shoes and teaching himself how to make shoes the old way – by hand.
Allan is extremely passionate about his work. He wants men to be able to wear elevator shoes without looking or feeling like they're wearing elevator shoes.
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