The $64,000 question to most guys about elevators is “Will anyone notice?” With the rider statement that: “No way at all can I take ANY risk that that will happen.”
And that is what often stops people from trying them in the first place. And it’s interesting when you read on sites about elevators the stories (and they are usually just ‘stories’ made up) by guys who tell you that they can tell, spot them a mile off – “I was working in a shop and there was this guy and it was RIDICULOUS”.
I am never sure what motivates people under false names just to post crap about things to do with appearance. But whatever it is, you can be sure of 3 things:
- These anonymous guys have never had the experience they claim they have
- They have never worn elevators or seen anyone for sure that does wear them, but clearly have some sort of height issues related to doing something they have possibly thought of and rejected
- But and But… that does not mean there are no potential issues about discovery – there are. But they can easily be addressed.
The issues around discovery arise out of different stuff and they include mainly:
* Fears that even a small change in height will be detected
* Fears about the shoes and boots themselves being ‘obvious’
WILL MY CHANGE OF HEIGHT BE DETECTED?
One big mistake that people always make is that they assume everyone will notice the tiniest change in their height: “If I wear half-inch lifts will everyone stare and point and laugh?”
I am lucky in having a mother who is a psychologist and works often with the police. Ever since we were kids she used to be surprised even herself at how totally unobservant the vast majority of people are. They will be asked about a crime scene they witnessed and basically almost everyone gets it wrong in most ways – particularly things like height and hair colour and general appearance. And this applies day to day with people – my good mate Steve is shorter than me and I shall never forget him adding lifts to his trainers the first time. He was nervous and all ready for laughs all round, “are you on stilts mate?” etc was what he THOUGHT they would say, and so had his story ready to tell others: “hey it’s just a joke, I wanted to see what you said if I was a few inches taller” and he was just staggered that absolutely no-one noticed. Not even his girlfriend.
People are really too into their own immediate situations to notice even quite major differences from one meeting to another in this type of situation.
He made clear to me that he felt this was almost ridiculously odd even though I had said that is what would happen: I had come to realise over the years myself already that what my mother had said was basically true. The real issue is not detection in general situations like this, provided what you are wearing itself is credible and not showing a lift or elevator. Or you are not trying to go from 5’7″ to 6 foot in one jump.
YOUR LIFESTYLE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
The real issue of concern is other aspects of lifestyle which dictate how much you can add. And that is the finessing that is required to think carefully about.
If you go swimming or play football, for example, you CAN still add height through your boots when you get changed, but just not as much as someone who does none if these things. At its lowest level of height alteration, much is generally instinctively made by way of allowance for variations through footwear – if I wear non lift Converse All Stars and you wear non lift Timberlands and we are similarish in height, you gain over an inch+ on me anyway. And that’s a lot. So these small (but vital) ups and downs are kinda taken as read and not even thought about – your height and that of others alters anyway. Girls wear heels of varying height and these skew their perception of the heights of others. If you are height aware (you are, to be reading this), YOU have probably noticed these small changes when you are without footwear and someone else has boots on, specially if you know them quite well. But THEY are probably not so aware of height as you, so if the boot were on the other foot, as they say (!), they would probably not even notice that the tables had turned.
Adding height in situations like that is fairly easy if your lifestyle allows it.
In my next posting I am going to take you through one example of how both I and my mate went through adding serious height with no trouble. From beginning to end. But for now, here are some lessons!
LESSONS FOR FIRST TIMERS
There ARE some other lessons for first timers who worry about detection (that’s everyone I guess at first!). Assuming you are not someone who is limited by lifestyle, then the very best tips to avoid detection if that is your main concern are as follows;
* at first, just add some lifts to normal footwear to get used to the idea that no-one can tell. Add an inch and then a bit more. Avoid too much as you really cannot get much more than 2″ added height from lifts without discomfort. But you will see that it works, and that no-one notices. OK lifts are no way as comfortable (that’s the biggest treat of all once you buy elevators after using lifts, trust me). But they give you an idea about what you can get away with.
* With your first elevators (unless you are tall already), buy them in the lower/mid end of height addition. Personally I would go for elevators that offer 3″ (7-8cm) as you always end up with a little less than the advertised extra and normal boots give you an inch+ anyway.
* Also with your first pair, buy something really really standard but quality – like the Ischias I recently got or something that is totally unremarkable, and looks like a standard pair of quality boots or work shoe styles. I would recommend this kind of multipurpose BOOT which can be worn with a suit or jeans. Not shoes.
* At first make sure the pants or jeans you wear are absolutely long enough to cover the boots or shoes. Not so as they are crumpled onto the boots which just looks plain odd. But hanging as far as they can onto the top and back of the shoe straight without bunching. I myself DO wear skinnies with my Ischias but I think this is something that you shouldn’t do if you are self conscious at first. Skinnies suit my shape, I like them but they do NOT go with most elevator styles. So at first by all means go for a slimmer cut if you want but avoid the extremes of very tight over the top of your boots.
* Learn to walk in them easily – to some degree you do this with all footwear, but with elevators there are a few more considerations. Road test time! Walk around, go to the shops, take the dog out, go and do something that requires you to walk around for a while, before going out for a night on the town or wearing them all day at work. Once you have done this a few times you will be used to them and will then walk with confidence.
* Before going taller than these 3″ elevators regularly (ie day to day), think carefully about your lifestyle. If you are going off to play squash with workmates, then it may be an issue if you drop more than a certain amount of height – above all to you yourself. The 3″ elevators will not cause comment but the change from 5″ ones might. I do not play sport, so do not take my footwear off with mates and colleagues and I like being the tallest around so I always add 5″. But that might not be right for you now. Or ever.
* And remember what you do daytime does not dictate what you do offduty. One guy I know does do sport wears 3″ elevators at work but 5″ elevators at night. And he parties at times with guys from work and they just do not notice any difference. He got there gradually. The key to so much about adding height.
* You will be surprised at how little partners realise. I suppose that I myself would just say, if it ever became an issue and someone actually saw something (It never has been an issue with girlfriends) that “I like wearing an insole for comfort” and close it down. As this aspect is a fairly major one for people, then stick to lower elevators for a while if it concerns you – it makes the insole/comfort argument much more understandable and credible and you have to be able to do this easily and comfortably and without appearing deceitful or bothered about it. There IS a difference between adding the 4″ you get from a 5″ elevator to the 2″+ you get from wearing a 3″ elevator. Specially to you yourself. Again, people are not as perceptive as you think but until you have learned this, go carefully and go low.
All I can say is that I myself wear 5″ elevators and have never ever been rumbled. It would be the worst nightmare for me if I were, and I arrived at my present situation after a long long period (over 15 years) of trial and error etc. OK I am already tall and just like being the tallest guy around. But my mate who is 5’9″ also now wears 5″ elevators after a long period building up, and he has no issues at all either. He hits over 6″ now and is bloody delighted with how it has worked out.
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