Many people who are short wear shoes with thick soles to add an inch or two to their height. By wearing the right kind of height increasing shoes, it is possible to appear almost 4 inches taller. In this article, we will explore height increasing shoes, and how to use them effectively. Height increasing shoes, also called elevator shoes, became popular around the turn of the 20th century as short men started wearing them to compensate for their lack of height (which just shows that our prejudice against height goes back over a hundred years). They were called "elevator" shoes because they "elevated" you to a different height. Most elevator shoes have a normal looking sole - around 1-1. 25 inches thick. However, inside the shoe, a separate insole about 1-2 inches thick further adds to your height. Thus, from the outside, it appears as if you are wearing a regular shoe, but in reality, you are wearing a shot that has added almost 3 inches to your height. The key to wearing height increasing shoes is to wear something with a normal looking outer sole. Too many people, in their attempts to look taller, wear shoes with soles 2-2. 5 inches thick. This only ends up making them look ridiculous. Thus, a sole of average thickness, compounded with a thick insole works far better than a very thick outer sole. It is not possible to wear very thick insoles in regular shoes as it pushes your foot out and makes walking almost impossible. To accommodate inner soles of more than 1. 5 inches of thickness, you need to wear boots. These will allow you to add insoles of over 2. 5 inches thickness. When it comes to sports shoes, you can do very little to make yourself look taller. Most sports shoes aren't designed to accommodate a height increase insole, and forcing one inside will just make the shoe redundant. Instead, try wearing sports shoes with thick soles shoe insoles. The Nike Shox, for instance, gives a boost of almost 1. 5 inches as compared to a regular running shoe that can add just 0. 5 inches to your height. Experiment with various sole and insole thickness until you find something that you are comfortable in. Just don't go for something overtly thick as it will make you look ridiculous, while robbing you of comfort.