Shoes That Make you Taller – Are They Worth it?

Being the short one is never fun.
In fact statistically the shorter you are the less happy you’ll find life. Worse relationships, worse jobs and just general less satisfaction.

I’m not saying a pair of shoes will fix that.
(Although no matter how many times I say that to partner she still wants to buy them.)
But I am questioning the point.

Everyone knows you can wear some elevator shoes or get some insoles that make you taller.
Or at least that make you look taller.
It’s like false advertising. No different to a woman wearing a padded bra.

And I’ve no problem with either of these if that’s what you want to do.
But it’s not my thing.
It’s false height advertising. The second you take those shoes off you’re back where you were.

I was a short kid. Age 18 shortest in my class by far.
I had big chunky Nike trainers once which added at least 2 inches to my height and I was pretty excited until someone called me out on them.
Now kids are kids. In my adult life nobody is going to say anything about the height of my shoes.
But they’re still going to notice.

So you know that a big pair of shoes will make you look taller. At least as nobody look at your shoes.
But did you know that genetics only partly controls your height?

Don’t worry. I’m not about to suggest some crazy surgery or magic beans you can eat. But there is real actionable things you can to improve your height.

… Things like this.

I’m not saying don’t wear shoes that make you look taller.
I’m not the kind of guy to tell people what to do. If you want to wear them cool. I’ll even go over your options and ways to make it less obvious.

But I want to make sure you know there’s other options.
You don’t need to fake it. You can actually just work on your height. If that’s something you want.

So you do need to decide if you want to do something about it.

You need to know if you’re a Ben or a Pete (you can click here to find out)…

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Now the cool thing (and I mean the only cool thing) about using these shoes is the instant change it makes. It took me a few months to add a few inches to my height so the people I was seeing every day had time to slowly get used to the idea of me being taller to them.

If you suddenly jump up a few inches you get that wonderful look on their face when they first see you. Except in this case it might be followed by a grin when they see your shoes.

So what can you do to try and hide the reason for the sudden spurt? Well first of all avoid the weirder looking trainers like these. They might be comfy (I love me some big chunky trainers) but they’ll not only stand out as the reason for your new found height they’ll actually draw attention because they will catch the eye.

If you’re wearing a more casual style one option is simply bigger, baggier clothing to obscure your shoes. You might laugh but I’ve seen a guy where boots adding at least 5 inches to his height – but the jeans covered them so well nobody ever knew he wasn’t 6′ himself.

If that’s not your style then there are some other options.

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Elevator Shoes

Just like an elevator in a building takes you higher from the floor, so do elevator shoes. Elevator shoes, also referred to as risers, tall shoes or platform shoes, come in different styles and designs.

Basically there are two broad categories depending on which part of the sole of the shoe elevates you. On one hand are elevator shoes designed in with a thicker outer sole than ordinary shoes. This thick outer sole is visible from outside. It is this thickness that gives you greater ground clearance and makes you taller. Or at least appear that way. The thick outer sole is quite visible from the outside. But won’t stand out as much as a weird part of trainers will.

Under this category one can safely include the high heeled shoes worn especially by ladies. If you don’t give a hoot what your colleagues think about you being on risers then these provide a good option of making you taller. However, as you go for this option you might as well brace yourself for a few false starts as you try maintaining your balance before you finally get used to walking, running and even dancing on them for good.

Alternatively you can opt for the risers with a thick inner sole. Unlike their other counterparts, these wonderful shoes conceal the incremental distance from the intrusive eyes of curious friends. They just make you look taller without exposing the trick behind your new-found height. If you don’t want to wear shoes that scream “Hey look am taller, am wearing shoe lifts!”, then this second option is perfect for you.

You can find shoes that fit any kind of style here. It’s not even like you have to look too hard your local shoe store is likely to have elevator shoes. You can also get third party insoles which will fit inside your normal shoes giving you an inch without standing out too much but there’s only so far you can take it. This is probably one of the more subtle options though.

I know that people think they don’t grow taller after puberty and that external things like shoe height are the only option. I know some of you might be happy with that extra inch. And that’s fine.

Are they worth it at the end of the day? It entirely depends on how much height you want, how much you’re willing to do to get it. There is, of course, nothing to stop you working on your height while using shoes that make you look taller in the meantime.

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How Do I Grow Tall After Puberty? (Easily)

Usually we get two main questions. The first being “When do I stop growing naturally?” generally followed by the one you’re probably asking now.

“How do I Grow Tall After Puberty?”

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For both guys and girls – most of your growth is finished by puberty. Normally at that point your human growth hormone production slows down. Sure you can still grow muscle etc… By hitting the gym but you won’t get a whole lot taller.

Technically your growth plates don’t tighten up until around age 25.
But even then your growth to this point is normally pretty limited.

But it’s not all bad news.
You can grow taller after puberty – you just need to know what you’re doing.

I’ve heard people come out with some crazy stuff in the past.
People opting for… Insane surgery. There’s no other words for it.
Weird shady companies trying to flog some “super pill” for getting taller. God knows what was in that stuff.

Pete even has a theory about sunlight affecting sunlight.
That said it was thanks mostly thanks to Pete that I’m not 6’5 and most of that was after age 18.
So he might actually be on to something there who knows.

… You can see Pete’s story here (and his weird view on sunlight for growing taller).

Or maybe he’s just confusing people with plants. I wouldn’t put it past him he’s a little air headed sometimes. He certainly knows his stuff though I have to give him that.

I’m not going to fill you with some nonsense about how puberty is bad for growth. Someone once tried to explain how you can actually grow more after puberty to me. I mean we covered exercises to grow taller and a lot of them are probably easier to do properly when your older.

But biology doesn’t lie. Growth is easier when you’re younger. Your biggest growth spurt is always going to be from around age 12-14. At 16 most of us have an idea of their adult height. In fact most of us are already there.

But that doesn’t mean everything is decided for you. It’s an easy excuse to use but the truth is only part of your height is down to genetics outside of your control. The rest is on you.

Most people won’t ever reach their max potential height. Our lifestyle just isn’t suited for it any more. We don’t need to be as tall as we used to be. Compare your average person to a caveman and this trend is only continuing.

You can also compare your height in the morning to your height before you go to bed if you don’t believe you can change size after puberty.

The trick is learning to understand a bit about how your body works and how you can basically force it to keep growing. You’re never going to grow a couple of feet taller but there’s at least a good few inches where you have control over. I think overall I gained about a foot and a half but I’m probably the exception.

That said if you even added 5′ to your height after puberty could you turn that down?

The question is do you want it bad enough to work on it?

Are you a Pete or a Ben? (Go find out)

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People think when I talk about promoting growth I mean long term.
And partly I do. I mean I’m talking about height you keep. Not wearing platform shoes or something. But actually growing taller for the rest of your life.

But I’m also not talking about height that it takes you a decade to see. Start measuring yourself when you start and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

So is it possible to grow taller after puberty? Absolutely, it’s possible. It might become a little harder to notice (no 1 foot spurts in a week) and you’ll need to work on promoting it yourself but it can be done. The sooner you start the better your chances though so don’t just sit around hoping it’ll happen for you.

Ideally? Check out the full guide. If you really want to work on your height you want to hit it with the full shabang. When we looked at what age do men stop growing we looked at the studies that were done and this is a big deal. The quicker you start the sooner you’ll see the results and the easier you’ll find it.

While it’s 100% possible to get taller after puberty just telling yourself that’s fine and you’ll come back to it doesn’t actually help you. You’ll find it harder starting tomorrow than you would starting today.

If you don’t want to go for the full thing though there’s a couple of things you can at least start doing.

Cycling (in the right posture)

I love cycling for a lot of reasons. Cardio is great for getting nutrition to the right places and promoting growth but it has some advantages over other forms of cardio.

Keeping your back straight up when cycling. The motion of cycling with the right posture helps your spine. Every little bit matters here. Adjust the seat of your cycle to a higher point. Higher cycle seat will make you stretch your legs to reach the pedals. Raised saddle lengthens the muscles of your legs by stretching the popliteal fossa (behind your knee) and calf muscles. This gives a room for the growth of shine bone. Stretching out your legs over time will enable them to adapt to this environmental alteration, which will contribute to a positive impact of height gain. The adaptation takes some time since it is a process.


Finally some good news. Sleep is great for improving sleep but the downside? Most of us already get plenty of sleep. Which means while you’re using it to increase your height so is everyone else. If you’re missing sleep then you’re slowing yourself down but sleeping more than the normal amount won’t do much for you.

Make sure you’re at least getting a normal amount though so you’re not holding yourself back.

It’s one of the most important factors to consider for height increment and healthy growth. In fact, some researchers usually call it sleeping therapy. They also add that people who want to increase their heights need at least eight hours of restful sleep a day. Eliminate excessive direct light, noises and make your sleeping environment comfortable. It assists to get uninterrupted and enough sleep. How does it help? The pituitary gland secretes hormones necessary for human growth when one is sleeping. According to health experts, it’s advisable to give these glands enough time to secrete enough hormones that assist and facilitate height increment.

Hanging Vertically

This involves fixing a bar horizontally, about seven feet from the ground, and hang on there. Having a height from four to six feet, hold the bar to hang on. This is a scientifically proven exercise that helps you grow tall after puberty. All you need is a strong bar enough to hold you. It is simple but most effective. It’s an exercise that can be carried out anywhere. It’s ideal to hold the bar as long as you can, horizontally. Back and forth swinging makes it extremely effective. Also, try as much as possible to touch the ground using your feet. It helps in flexing your spine and elongating it. Twisting the wrists isn’t advisable. Vertical hanging contributes to height increment when done at least three times a week

When I first started looking around to see what others were saying how getting taller even after puberty this was the one big thing they were throwing in my face. Other than the crazy pills of course. Sure it’s a great method but I personally think it’s way over hyped. While researching our guide on what age do girls stop growing we found some sites claiming this is all you need to do. Literally just hang on a bar once in a while and you’d be the tallest guy on the street.

There’s no magic button for getting taller. This is absolutely something you should be doing. But it’s not really enough just by itself.

Cobra stretch
It’s a Yoga exercise. Don’t be fooled by the 60 year olds doing yoga to relax them. If you’re doing the right kind of yoga you should be crawling home afterwards. The cobra stretch makes your spine flexible and supple by stretching it. How does this assist in increasing height? It promotes the growth of cartilage that lies between your vertebrae which increase your vertical height. Be more careful, when undertaking this exercise, with the lower spine. How is this done? Lie down on the floor facing down. Let your palm be under the shoulders on the floor. Start arching your spine upwards with your chin leading. You can arch more far as you can without any pain feeling.

Ankle Weight
Cartilage becomes elongated and increases in mass due to stretching. This increases the height of the lower body. How is this achieved? It’s simple. Sit on a chair that is high above the ground. Add weights, using ankle weight fasteners, to your ankle. With your weight’s pressure, allow your legs to stretch down. After some time, remove the weights and relax your legs. Relaxing your legs is done through kicking it gently 5-10 times, and then faster 5-10 times This helps make your knee cartilage more flexible. Over time you can scale it up and work your way up to about 30 times a set.

You can also use ankle weights while vertically hanging but don’t jump straight to that.

Better Nutrition

For you to grow up to your maximum height, it’s advisable to eat all the necessary vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. Enough consumption of calorie gives your body energy to grow taller even after puberty. Eat a balanced diet in every meal. For instance, vitamin D helps the muscles and bones to grow. Its deficiency results in stunted growth.

You can’t expect your body to grow unless you give it the building blocks to work with. Body builders say abs are built in the kitchen? Well so is the extra inches you want to add to your height. Learning how to grow taller after puberty is the easy part. Taking the action and making it happen – that’s when it gets tough. But the sooner you get started – the better results you’ll start seeing.

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How to Grow Taller at 16 and Beyond

For most of us major growth stops after age 16.
Yeah, a big part of your life is decided pretty damn early.

The luckier few will continue to grow until around age 25 when the growth plates seal shut.
But even then we’re talking about much, much less growth normally. Your main growth spurt is finished by age 16.

And have you seen how much height will affect you later in life? The studies have been done folks. It’s bleak looking if you’re not at least average height and tall folks statistically have it better.

But it’s not all doom and gloom.
While your body might naturally start to slow down after 16 this is when you can start to take some of that control back yourself.

It’s far too big to allow dumb luck to decide for you.

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I’ve been called a stubborn a**hole before over stuff like this but I take that as a compliment.

When I was a kid I was short. Hell forget 16 at 18 I was still short. I was told I was to small to do this and not smart enough to do that.

I didn’t listen when I was 10 and they told me I had a learning disability. I didn’t listen when they said I was too short to be able to compete in climbing.

And I sure as hell didn’t listen when they said I was stuck with my height.
And these days I’m 6’5.
Not going to lie. It was good to see the look on their face after that.

So part of your height is decided by your genetics. Even I couldn’t argue with that. If you’re 4′ at 16 you’re not going to be 6′ any time soon.

But that’s only part of the story. Once your main growth spurts end at 16 (and you would otherwise have a pretty good idea of your adult height) you can control the environmental factors which means you continue to grow.

And we’re not talking the couple of cm you might get if you’re lucky.
We’re also not talking about wearing some big shoes. I mean promoting actual lasting growth.

… Click here to see for yourself.

I’m not the kind of person to tell people they need to change.
If you’re happy with your height then go at it. Do your thing and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
But I’m also not one to tell you to settle when you don’t have to.

Don’t let dumb luck decide so much of your life for you.

But the real question is do YOU want it enough to do anything about it?
Do you just kind of wish you were taller or do you really want to GET taller?

Are you a Pete or a Ben?

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Everyone loves being tall. It doesn’t mean that being short is a bad thing, no. Being taller usually indicates a heightened self-esteem and also translates confidence. Plus you can reach the stuff on the top shelf. I know there are companies selling crazy pills or surgery but that’s not what we’re looking at here. How about we look at something which actually works?

Eat Right
When it comes to growing tall, nothing does it better than eating the right foods that promote bone and tissue growth. You can’t expect your body to grow without giving it to the building blocks to do so. Good nutrition translates to not only proper growth and development in your teen years, it is essential for your growth afterwards. Protein rich foods are loaded with calcium, zinc and iron which are all important elements for muscle growth. Eating poultry, dairy products, fish, lean meat and nuts all are good for your bone growth density and elongation a key in height increment. Fruits and vegetables should also be included since they are loaded with essential vitamins for your overall health.

And let’s be honest – you should be doing this anyway. Now you have another reason.

This is not a myth. Certain exercises can help you elongate your spine in turn increasing your chances of growing a few inches taller. We have a whole section on stretches to grow taller but to give you a basic idea of what to look for:

Yoga involves a lot of stretching and promotes good posture. Anyone who tells you yoga is rest full and peaceful hasn’t done yoga properly. All the stretching and poses involved in yoga target the spine. Spine elongation through yoga poses can increase your height. It’s also great for strength and general flexibility. If you’re not crawling to the couch afterwards though, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Pelvic tilts

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Performing pelvic tilts can also elongate your spine in turn increasing your height. I know most of you know how to perform the pelvic tilt but for those who have no idea how to do it here is how. Lie on your back placing your feet on the floor. Gently rise your hips off the ground. Do a few reps a few times a day for effective results.

-Hanging on a bar
Another great exercise to increase your height is hanging. Hang on a metal bar every morning you wake up. Hanging stretches your back muscles, hands, and spine. You can do this exercise at night as well but it’s best done first thing when you get up.

It doesn’t specifically have to be a bar. A door frame works. A block of wood. A tree branch. As long as you can hold on to it comfortably and get your feet off the ground. Ideally you want to be able to get a proper grip on it not just a few finger tips because they’ll be the first thing to go. We’re look to get taller – not snap a finger tendon.

When we first started looking into when do you stop growing the first thing everyone suggested was hanging on a bar or something. It is effective. Don’t get me wrong you should 100% be doing this. But hanging on a bar once in a while by itself won’t do the job and the internet seems to have inflated this into some amazing magic trick. It’s helpful but only a small tool in your whole toolbox.

Swimming (or basically any cardio)

I generally suggest swimming because it’s low impact but any cardio is a good idea. You know when we say eat right to give your body the right building blocks to grow taller? We also need to make sure the blood is able to deliver these building blocks to the right place.

Swimming offers a great cardio for your heart and promotes weight loss. Carrying extra weight on your belly can make you appear shorter than you really are a reason why losing a few pounds can actually make you look tall and lean. Cardio exercises are excellent for weight loss and can also keep you healthy.

Get Plenty of Sleep
If you want to grow tall then you should do a lot of shut eye. Good sleep and exercise releases growth hormone a key in height increment. Most teen years are filled with partying, late night movies and all the late night fun a reason why most teens at this age do not reach their growth potential. Teach yourself to sleep. A maximum of eight hours a day is good for your growth. If you party during the night, make sure you get a few hours of good sleep during the day. Sleeping is good for your skin, health and growth.

Let’s be honest. Out of all the methods to grow taller this is the easiest one to do.

General Healthy Lifestyle

This is the stuff you don’t want to hear. The generic ‘be healthy don’t do XYZ’ but it’s here because it’s true. If you really want to learn to grow taller after 16 then you need to pay attention to this stuff.

Drinking, smoking and doing drugs won’t do you any good. Smoking marijuana, cigarettes and other drugs has been linked to stunted growth in teens. The numbers are clear folks. I’m not telling you it to preach I’m telling you because I got myself to 6’5 and I know what it takes.

A reason why quitting and sticking on just living a healthy lifestyle is good for you if you really want to be tall. Drink water and other healthy juices if you want to drink beer, be active instead of sitting all day watching movies and playing video games. This is because being healthy all round increases your chances of growing tall even more.

Obviously results will vary. Individual genes and motivation will play a part in how tall you’ll ever get. We do suggest checking out the full guide to get the most out of your height potential. It’s easier to grow when you’re younger but after age 16 you really need to work on it if you want to grow taller.

So it’s not easy. Sorry there’s no magic pill for this stuff.
But it is possible. The earlier you start the better the results you’ll see so get going already.

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