Today we’re talking all about elevator shoes and some of the things you should know regarding design, construction and material choices along with some of the benefits of wearing them. So, like I mentioned, today I want to go over some of the things you should know about elevator shoes if you’re looking into them for the first time or maybe you already wear them and you’re considering getting something new. The shoes that I’m going to be showing you today are from Guidomaggi. They supplied all the shoes that I’ll be using as demos, and they’re also sponsoring today’s article, so big thanks to them for supporting the channel and sending a bunch of their shoes over so I can show them to you.
I talked about Guidomaggi once before in another post and even apart from these being elevator shoes, they’re probably the highest quality shoes I own. The construction, the design and the materials they use are among the best I think I’ve ever seen. They’re very impressive. Now, these are hand-made, luxury, high quality Italian shoes and the price does reflect that. I highly encourage you guys to go see what they have to offer because as a niche company, it’s incredible how many different styles and options they have available on their web site. You need to see it for yourself because it’s mind boggling. And if this matters to you, I read that both Robert De Nero and Al Pacino wear these because if you didn’t know, Robert De Nero is about 5’8” and Al Pacino is only about 5’5”. Either way, I don’t think anyone would argue that they’re both entertainment giants.
First up is the overall design. A lot more needs to go into the design of a height increasing, or elevator shoe because your foot is in a different spot than a normal shoe. Now, because it’s placed higher up, so the shoe has to be designed to accommodate that and still be comfortable. Not only does the shoe have to be comfortable, but in my opinion, the shoe should be designed so it’s not glaringly obvious that it’s an elevator shoe. I think these are some of the best designed (and I might even say, stealthy) elevator shoes I’ve ever seen.
Now, when you’re wearing an elevator shoe your heel will be a bit higher than what you’re used to with a normal shoe, so it does take a little getting used to when you’re walking around. But the better the shoe design, the better that experience will be. The other thing to take into consideration is customization. For example, can I buy any particular shoe in various levels of lift, or is it just one size? I know that these shoes can be ordered with 3 different levels of lift; 2-1/2”, 2-3/4” and 3”.
Next is the style. So this gets back to the overall design of the shoe and it not being obvious that it’s an elevator shoe. Just because you’re wearing an elevator shoe, that doesn’t mean everyone needs to know it or that your shoe must be super ugly. Now, obviously the lift has to come from somewhere and if you do look close enough, you can tell the shoe looks a tiny bit different, but most people aren’t looking at your shoes that closely. You can get elevator shoes today that look like regular sneakers, casual shoes, boots and even dress shoes and you can hardly even tell the difference between those and a regular shoe or boot.
Obviously, the main benefit of wearing these shoes is increased height. Other benefits of wearing elevator shoes are improved posture because they allow you to stand up straight with your shoulders back and square. Also, for many people, the added height also helps to boost their confidence. Now, I’m not saying the only way to be confident is to be taller. But in today’s society that’s ultra-competitive, lots of men are looking for any advantage they can get. And if wearing height increasing shoes helps them feel better, look better and have more confidence, there’s nothing wrong with that and I say go for it. I mean a regular pair of boots with a chunky heel makes you taller and nobody cares, so why should wearing shoes that make you taller be any different? Like I mentioned gentlemen, go check out Guidomaggi and have a look. Also, if you’re a subscriber to my YouTube channel, and I hope that you are, I’ll see you in a few days for a brand-new video. But until then, live well and I’ll see you soon.