I give you every week advice on how to wear elevators, how to make sure no-one ever notices, what you might or might not be able to get away with, and what can happen in the circumstances you might fear etc. This piece is really for the taller guys among you who add height – there are LOADS of you and I know because of my own experience which I have mentioned occasionally. Knowing that I myself fit into this category, some guys have written asking basically “Why?”. But other tall guys know where I am coming from.
Over the years I have written stuff on sites about adding height successfully (having done it now myself for 16 years). The thing that has in some ways amazed me most is that over half the guys who ask for advice are 6’ or over. Basically 183cm or more. OK I have laid out the fact that I am already tall and like being much taller. But it is still interesting and unexpected. One guy who is 6’5” wanted advice on how to add a couple of inches (or more!).
I have a good friend who is 5’9” and wears elevators and we speak frankly and I watch his progress and experiences. What looks good and doesn’t etc. But I myself am 190cm, about 6’2.5” and have added loads of height over the years culminating in finally buying elevators a few years ago when I realized that, at last, good and stylish ones existed.
Why do loads of tall guys add height?
The reason for this is really because almost all guys like being taller than they are, even tall guys and specially if they regularly see a guy around who is taller, and there is no ‘magic’ or ‘golden’ height which fits all. “Wow that guy is even taller than you,” said by a girlfriend or mate is more than a mild motivation to think “Hmm I wish I were an inch or two taller”. To suggest that there is some magic height suitable for all is like trying to average out all sports and then come up with the fact that the “ideal sport” for everyone is field hockey or water polo. And anyone who disagrees being ‘an idiot’.
Some men who are 5’4” are genuinely fine with it, some who are 6’4’ wanna be taller. Guys are not standard bits of jigsaws that can be banged into place to mirror our own views or desires. We are all different. But generally guys like the feel of being taller.
“Being taller” just feels good. An experience you get when you try on your elevators or experiment with lifts for the first time. Let’s be honest, if you were to give any single guy a cast iron guarantee that he could add 4” (10cm) to his height and no-one would ever notice, I know of very few guys who would not take up the chance. Of almost any height. I myself know this because when I add height it’s the tall guys are the ones who are most aware and who comment, and usually pretty competitively - and I even very occasionally get cards-on-the-table frank comments from guys well over 6’ like “I know I am tall but you are taller, it looks really cool and that extra couple of inches would be sweet”. It certainly is the main theme of the tall guys who write to me about how to get taller.
With taller guys, some of it can be about competition – the advantages of height outweigh the minuses, there really is no doubt about that, and I see in my own working situation (in clubs) how guys ARE really competitive in this area. This just seems to have grown in recent years. Never let anyone fool you with “yeah, poor me, having to fit into an aircraft seat”. Small stuff, and no guy who says that really believes it to be a serious issue. I have never ever heard in all my time working in clubs any single tall guy say they want to be shorter. Height is not everything of course, very far from it, but the extra few inches always helps. And guys know this.
When I started working in clubs in about 99/2000 I saw the impact of three really built 6’6” guys on all else (women, other guys etc) and no-one ever said convincingly “too tall” – yep, they were also well built which is a serious plus to go with height, but they dominated the place and it was a lesson I never forgot. This business of image and size has changed a lot even since then (a lot like body image for guys as well I guess) over the past 20 years – everything is bigger. The highest earning ‘actor’ in the world is a huge bloke built like a tank (even his name is supposed to about size – The Rock, he doesn’t call himself Little Pebble or the Tiny Twig). Cartoons and images all now feature huge muscular men, Batman and Superman have grown with massive muscle suits on actors to make them look enormous (just look at the difference between those images as filmed now and in the 80s), popular newspapers give way more coverage to guys in reality shows etc if they are big, usually showing them on the beach etc and raving about the “supertall, muscular, washboard abs” etc etc. This thing for size is relatively new and has an impact.
Of course, short guys have the advantage when it comes to stuff like building up their bodies – way easier for a 5’6” guy to build big and quick than a 6’6” guy.
If you are tall, you can get away with a lot in terms of adding height – I add 5” (or 4” in some boots) and enjoy being in the 2m/6’6” range. I know loads of others who are the same. The thing if you are tall is you must make sure your pants/jeans are long enough, but all else really is up to you. Guys who are tall and add height almost never have an issue with people suspecting that they add height – it is counter-intuitive for most to think a 6’ guy would add a few inches and you are taller than almost all women anyway even without the extra. But the usual caveats apply – if your lifestyle is very sporty, or beach oriented, and you like wearing no shoes sometimes, then you have to limit your height addition: the up and down is LESS noticeable but still can be if you have a mate who is same type of height and you are trying to hit 4”/5” extra.
But apart from that the sky, literally, is the limit!