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. Continue reading →
In modern culture and fashion, wearing high heels is almost exclusively a ‘feminine’ thing and it is unusual or even odd for men to sport a heeled shoe. Today many men are self-conscious about wearing heeled shoes for fear of being seen as effeminate, and shoes that do add height for men are euphemistically referred to as ‘lifts’ or ‘cubans’ as opposed to heels.
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.
Taller people enjoy many proven benefits in life including better relationships, better salaries and better self-confidence. It is not surprising therefore that many people who are not naturally gifted with height look for ways to artificially add inches to their body. While women can simply don a pair of heels, men have to resort to subtler arts to try to increase their perceived height better than just buying height increasing shoes.
Our stereotypes about height pervade group thinking and popular culture, so much so that it actually affects the kind of leaders we choose. Taller men supposedly reap many benefits, one of which is that they are seen as more capable leaders. However when one looks at the data on the height of world leaders, there are many short surprises.
Menswear is experiencing an explosion of interest and this also includes men's footwear. One of the growing areas of fashion is the different types of shoes that men like to wear such as men's dress shoes and tall shoes. Tackling what type of dress shoes would suit you requires understanding the DNA of these shoes. Use our guide to figure out which ones you want for yourself.