Let’s face it fellas, we live in one of the most shallow times in human history, it’s a dog eat dog world out there and every bit of extra can help you, whether it’s in the professional world or the dating world, studies after studies show people really care about height, whether consciously or unconsciously.
So you want to add a bit of height, or the perception of being taller by picking shoes that look like everyday regular shoes that anyone else would be wearing.
You also want to take context into account, for example if you’re loving the extra 2-3 inches you get from a pair of leather work boots, maybe don’t wear them in the blistering summer heat. Different shoes for different occassions!
With that said, I’ve picked out 8 different shoes here that you can wear that both look great, and have the benefit of a thicker than average sole.
Top 8 Height Boosting Shoes
- Nike Air Max 97
- Doc Martens Boots
- Nike Air Force 1s
- Timberland Boots
- Converse Run Star
- Air Jordan 4s
- New Balance 990s
- Adidas Ultra Boost
That’s the list, so now let’s go 1 by 1 and see why every shoe listed works, and what context/occasion they work in.
Nike Air Max 97
This is a classic vintage Nike shoe that is both fashionable and can be used for athletic purposes. These are best worn in a casual setting, and avoid pairing them with a standard pair of straight blue jeans, they work best with something tapered. The added height from these shoes is a solid 1.5-1.75 inches.
Doc Martens Boots
The Doc Martens boots have been a staple boot for many people for decades. The sturdiness and quality craftsmen ship is it’s big selling point. But there is another – the extra 2-3 inches of sole it provides. While a great boot, especially for fall and winter, they can be a bit hard to style, which is why we have an article article on how to style Doc Martens.
Nike Air Force 1s
If you head outside right now, and look at what the average person is wearing on their feet, you’ll see a whole lot of AF1s. They’re a clean and crispy white sneaker that go great with pretty much everything. They have a super thick sole that provides a 1.25-1.50 inches of height which is an awesome benefit.
If you’re from New York you probably already have a pair of Timbs in your closet and know how amazing of a boot they are. Originally designed as a boot for the working man, they’re now an iconic piece of fashion that low and behold, add about 2-3 inches of solid height. Make sure you get yourself a pair for the winter, unless you already have a pair of Docs – having both is a bit overkill.
Converse Run Star
We all know how great the classic Converse Chuck Taylors are – but they don’t exactly provide an amazing boost in height. Enter the Converse Run Star Hike. They’re basically classic Converse sneakers, but with a super chunky platform. While I absolutely love these shoes, they do require a more fashion-foreword, streetwear-ish aesthetic to pull off – so tread wisely!
Air Jordan 4s
To be honest with you, pretty much any style of Air Jordans are a great shoe both in terms of style and added height, but I like the silhouette and look of the Air Jordan 4s the best. It’s why we have an entire article on how to style Jordan 4s.
New Balance 990s
The New Balance 990s are somewhat similar to the Air Maxes we listed earlier, but they do have the benefit of being New Balances, which are a lot comfier and sturdier for those with a wider foot. Don’t ignore the New Balance wave! They’re quickly becoming an iconic fashion staple in their own right.
Adidas Ultra Boost
I have quite the soft spot for these sneakers, and not just because they’re the softest and comfiest sneakers I’ve ever worn. If you’re looking for a height boosting shoe while doing athletics like running, sprinting, jumping or just a casual great looking shoe that adds a solid 1.5 inches of height, I’d definitely opt for a pair of Ultra Boost.