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Altitude Shoes Blog

Life's too short, but you don't have to be...

  • How to Get Taller

    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

  • Impressive historical figures under 5'5"

    There are literally hundreds of famous individuals who have disproved the theory that being short impedes success.  A couple of those include Beethoven and Picasso.

    At 5'4", Ludwig van Beethoven made it to the top as a composer in his time. He was famous for being a pianist of great fantasy and verve, admired in particular for his brilliant improvisations.

    Pablo Ruiz Picasso was an artist of the early 20th century whose work remains famous today. Picasso was 5'4", regarded as a boy genius, he and his art inspired many 20th century movements.

  • The Birth of Altitude Shoes

    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.

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  • Is there a correlation between height and IQ?

    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

  • Mens winter fashion essentials

    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…

    1. 1.   A Sharp Suit

    Classic tailoring never really goes out of style but this winter a sharp suit is your go-to, especially for the festive soirees sure to dot your Christmas getaway. A suit is a wardrobe classic so it’s worth paying as much as you can afford to pick up an investment piece that will serve you well year after year. Textures are also big news this season so look for interesting touches such as the use of cashmere and leather. Be careful not to go too OTT on the detail as you won’t something classic that you can get wear out of and still look totally on trend in five year’s time, rather than something that’s going to look dated in a few months. Check out some of our formal and stylish elevator shoes for men which go perfectly with a sharp tailored suit.

    1. 2.   Tartan

    If you hit up Instagram you’ll have seen tartan packed all over your feed – from tees to hats, trousers to jackets, the Scottish staple is where its at style wise this season. The girls are going made for a classic red and black combo so it’s a safe bet if you want to look totally on trend and still impress the ladies in your life with your on-the-nose fashion savvy. If you’re a bit unsure, try an accent piece like a scarf –another winter staple- which can bring a casual tee and jeans combo right up to date.

    1. 3.   A Trilby

    Another steal from the girls who’re embracing hats and the whole masculine-feminine vibe for AW13, hats have been big news for the last couple of seasons are look set to be around for a while yet. Dapper, cool or footballer-off duty, there’s a trilby to suit your style. Classic black is a good investment but try a quirkier maroon or cream if you really want to stand out and make a statement.

    1. 4.   A Winter Knit

    There’s nothing cool about goose bumps and purple skin and if it’s good enough for the world’s highest paid male model, it’s good enough for us. A winter knit will probably be your most hardworking wardrobe buy this year. Look for chunky wool and textural detail such as cable knit as well as interesting design features like a shawl neckline in any colour that tickles your fancy. If you’re stuck finding something that doesn’t look like it was knitted by your granny circa Christmas 1990, H&M’s latest menswear campaign with super Sean O’Pry is all about the knitted jumper so head to the high street and rifle through their selection.

  • Can Being Taller Pay Off in your Career?

    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

  • Would You Attend A ‘Same Height Party’?

    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.

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  • Michael Jordan: The Icon, The Basketball Player, The Commercial Actor

    Michael JordanMichael Jordan is a name that is commonly known around the world. Whether you recognize his as an icon, a NBA basketballs player, an actor (admit it, you’ve seen Space Jam), or a commercial figure, you still know the man and his wonderfully long list of accomplishments. Let’s take a look at Michael’s early start and how he specifically managed to star in handfuls of popular commercials over the years. Continue reading

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