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Life's too short, but you don't have to be...
Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars. Although British propaganda of the time promoted the idea that Napoleon was short – and this belief prevails even today – his height was actually “average” for the period. Continue reading
As a shoe, the loafer straddles the realm between dress and casual, allowing many a man to comfortably smarten up a pair of shorts for a summer picnic, or dress down a suit, achieving a effortless and fashionable result. Due to the casual history of the loafer, it is unlikely to ever be considered a truly formal men’s shoe. But by following a few simple pointers, you can be sure to pull off a stylish ensemble with comfort and flair.
Throughout time, loafers have adorned the feet of royals, been improved by Norwegians and popularised by Europeans and Americans alike. But where does the loafer come from? Let us walk you through its evolution from humble house shoe, to casual outdoor shoe, to "perfectly acceptable with a suit" shoe. Continue reading
Society has accustomed us to linking taller men with masculine qualities such as success, ambition and confidence. Taller men often get the girl, the job and the promotion among other rewards. Why? Because height is an indicator of good genes and this helps in the worlds of dating and business where people judge you and make assumptions about you based on how you look and dress. It is not fair, but it is reality. Continue reading
Altitude Shoes was born when its founder wanted more out of life and realised what it took to do just that. An ambitious man in his late 20s, he had already achieved excellence in several fields; however, he felt there was something missing. He was short. And he wanted to be taller. So, he set out to turn this short-term disadvantage into a long-term advantage.
Although catwalks typically feature hulking men that passed six feet in their teens, fashion icons come in all shapes and sizes. Whether they are barely over 5ft and sporting height increasing shoes or whether they are just a few inches shy of 6ft, men take inspiration from all corners when it comes to their personal style. Here, we take a look at some of the pint-sized icons who have created their own fashion niche and inspired men everywhere.
In the grand scheme of things, height compatibility might not seem like the most important thing in a relationship. However height is often a key feature in what we judge to make a person 'attractive', and men and women alike are often turned off by a large disparity in height. Because of this, men and women tend to have ideas about what is the ideal height and the ideal height difference between them and their perfect partner. This is especially apparent in people who markedly above or below average height. Continue reading
In modern culture and fashion, wearing high heels is almost exclusively a ‘feminine’ thing. Today men may feel self-conscious about wearing heeled shoes, and shoes that do add height for men are usually referred to as ‘lifts’, ‘cubans’ or 'elevator shoes' rather than 'heels'. In light of this, many people may be surprised to learn that historically it was actually men who started the trend of wearing high heels.
Height is often such a touchy subject that some will try literally anything to be taller - even if it dangerous. While many smaller-than-average people opt for certain clothing choices or heeled shoes to add the appearance of height, some are so desperate that they resort to chemicals or even surgery to add actual inches to their body. While adding the appearance of height does have certain benefits, there are much cheaper, safer and generally more sane ways to look taller than forcing your body to stretch or grow. Here are three crazy ways to get taller that we certainly would not recommend at home, no matter how short you are!
It is well-known both anecdotally and statistically that taller people generally have it better in life. They have higher levels of self-esteem, they get paid more and they are more likely to have successful relationships. But incredibly, there is also evidence to suggest that taller people also have an intelligence advantage. Continue reading
Winter Fashion Essentials For Every Man’s Wardrobe
Being a trend setter and taste maker is in no way reserved just for the girls. If you pride yourself on your sharp sense of style, winter is the season for you but before you pack your wardrobe with bundles of hot off the catwalk looks, try our rundown of white hot essentials. Perfect for city slickers and country mansions, no man’s wardrobe should be without these winter essentials this year… Continue reading
While it makes sense that giant NBA players are getting a good wage, few people actually realise that it is not just in sports where height can tender an career advantage. Recent research has confirmed again what many analysts have long suspected: taller people tend to go further in business and are better paid than their shorter colleagues. So why is it that height can transfer to career success so easily, and just what can you do about it if you’re not naturally blessed with height? Continue reading
Depending on your height, you are probably used to looking up or down at people to talk to them. But what would happen if you turned up at a party and found everybody was exactly the same height? That is the idea artist Hans Hemmert had when he threw a ‘Same Height Party’ to photograph for a German art exhibition, as seen above. While Hemmert’s photographs are actually from a 1997 exhibit, they lived in relative artistic obscurity until they made their way on social media sites last year.
The typical Hollywood A-lister is 6ft+ with a dazzling white smile and a finely honed body - unrepresentative of the rest of the population, but an ideal many men strive for nonetheless. So what about those unconventional Hollywood heart throbs who have found success and fame while looking up to many of their peers? We take a look at some of the most famous men on the planet who have made a success of themselves - with or without those few extra inches…