Elevator Dress Shoes
By BigRob


Prepare and plan, try out and learn

I just cannot stress how important this is – last week a guy got in touch with me saying, basically, “Adding height doesn’t work, it makes you walk funny, it makes your feet sore and everyone can tell. I tried adding lifts and all I got was sore feet.”.

Of course he had never worn elevators, never seen anyone who HAD worn them successfully and so his ignorance was compounded by a natural tendency to dismiss something that you are indeed ignorant of. I say this as someone who wears extra height every day, has done so for 15 years and has never ever been discovered doing it.

The key to real success with adding height in any way is this strategy of preparing, planning, trying things out and learning from both successes and mistakes. And you have to do this sensibly and to a kinda plan.


Yes you can make BIG mistakes with adding height – let me list some: wearing stuff that is too tight, adding lifts in a way that makes the footwear uncomfortable, trying to get too much height from a pair of shoes or boots, wearing stuff in the wrong combination so it LOOKS like you are trying to seem taller, buying cheap stuff that looks plain wrong. Just LOOK at this shot of Robert Downey Jnr. Aaaaargh. I am not surprised that my contact thought what he said – if the richest actor of his generation (check out Forbes list, he is number 1 earner every year) cannot get himself some proper boots to make him look taller without it being obvious, well (you would think) who can?

But you can. RDJ just needs some serious advice and help!


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The way of avoiding this is really very simple – prepare, plan, try out and learn.


Let’s say you are considering buying a pair of elevators. The first thing you SHOULD do imho is to right now try out adding a bit of height in both your existing footwear and also buying something that is a size or two bigger and try adding lifts to those as well. Winter is coming in North America and Europe so get hold of some solid workwear style boots like Docs etc. Preferably 2 sizes bigger than your usual size. Even buy them in a thrift shop/second hand store, like kinda army boot styles, which is what I always did.

No-one thinks twice about the fact that workwear boots DO make you look taller so you have a real chance to add some serious extra height in confidence – you are trying this all out from scratch, and confidence is really the main thing, and that comes from knowing that you are doing something right and undetectable. I totally understand my contact saying what he did – it is not easy to get it all right first time.

When you are trying it out for the first time and you have added that bit of height, you do so on a short trip. Down to the shops, or off to see someone for a short meet. Not a long night out or an all-day trip. You need to know that what you are doing is comfortable, undetectable. You might after 10 minutes find the boots are hurting – in which case you know it will not be long as it is a short trip. You got it wrong – no sweat. You then put a little less in and you make sure it fits the boots properly and that your upper is not being pressed by the top of your foot (ow!). And you are good to go again.

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One thing you will realise – I myself have added up to 3″ like this and quickly grasped that no-one noticed. AT ALL. I was shocked. “Wow No-one has noticed, the sky hasn’t fallen in, all eyes are not on me saying ‘he has added height’”. In fact you are almost disappointed. I am much taller and I feel it, but no-one has noticed. But that is just GREAT. You will be taller but no-one will say “have you added height?” or be trying to work it out. If people say anything (unlikely) it is: “I never realised you were so tall”. Which is a positive. OK I am tall anyway, but it shocked me that even those closest to me didn’t catch on. That, I think, is the main element (after comfort) of doing this – it gives you confidence that what you are doing CAN be totally undetectable.

You really should have a full length mirror, or at least one which can be angled to show your feet and the lower part of your pants. One also in which you can see yourself walking around. Be critical of what you see, but not like panicky and extreme about this stuff – it is the easiest thing in the world to think “Oh no everyone will be able to notice” just because YOU know you are wearing added height. Try and get a balance in your mind. “Will anyone notice this? Honestly?”

Doing this will make you realise that, in the end, quality elevators in styles that suit you are actually best. Above all for comfort with the added height. Until I discovered the modern ranges of elevators through companies like GuidoMaggi, I myself only used lifts etc. I sacrificed comfort for style because I would not be seen dead in the old fashioned rubbish that used to be the only elevators around. So I bought all footwear in 2 sizes bigger and added loads of lifts. Now though I can get elevators that look hot and up-to-date. I DO occasionally still wear lifts in some major brand hi-top trainers/sneakers, but all new footwear is now elevator-led.


There is always an element of having to really work out the balance in footwear when adding lifts, you end up realising it is almost a science based upon your own feet! But it is a useful discipline. It firstly teaches you that there IS a limit on how high you should go, from both a comfort AND an aesthetic point of view. In a way it is indeed almost a science, a kind of lesson in the law of diminishing returns. At its lowest level, up to a couple of inches, you can honestly wear almost anything completely without detection. At 3″ you have some limitations but these are minor. At 4″ you are at the top end and there are some things you will not want to wear them with. And at 5″ you have to really only wear them in certain circumstances and with certain pants etc. You learn all about what soles go with what other clothes and the type of cut for jeans that is best, including leg length, leg width etc. MOST 5″ elevators with really solid soles do NOT look right with skintight skinnies in summer, or suits! Unless it is a SPECIFIC style around at the time, which it has been recently in London. But I DO wear big boots and skinnies together in winter – however, the length of the jeans has to be right and it all needs carefully looking at in your mirror.

The process of trying stuff out before you even buy by way of lifts and existing footwear will make you realise all this more than any ad or internet sales talk for elevators.


At first, as well, prepare by just walking around in lifts at home, up and down stairs, a walk around the block. Everything new needs to be given a bit of a road test, to make sure of comfort and to make sure that what you are wearing really fits the boots – you must not look like the RDJs, Stallones and Diesels, that the boots are wearing you and that you are sacrificing style for an extra inch – even at my level of experience I have to make sure I am not too mad for an extra inch in the wrong clothes! That is because the very first requirement with elevators is that no-one ever must notice. There’s no point otherwise.

Choose your first elevators in  a style that really suits you and with a flat sole (not a chunky workwear type sole). Although I myself went high, I was already used to wearing loads of extra height and my advice to most is to limit yourself to 4″ max at first. And to buy something classic that does not wear you or draw attention to what you have on your feet! And when you get them, try them with everything – from work clothes to jeans, to casual pants. Everything you would wear with boots or shoes. Walk around everywhere and just get used to the extra height. Prepare and plan.



Written by: BigRob
Date Published: 12/10/2015
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