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Question #89090 posted on 03/08/2017 9:09 a.m.
Q:

Dear Maybe You Can Relate,

Fellowship of fashion and design, assemble!

Suppose one had an idea to invent a pair of shoes that would mask one's height, by making it look like one's height came from the shoes instead of your shins (let's say there would be a fake high heel and one's heel would actually be cleverly hidden inside it).

Not looking to mass market them (cuz then everyone would know the secret!), but how could one get a pair made (with some level of quality, wearable and passable at least) for a reasonable price?

Disclaimer: I have no idea what a reasonable price is for this quest, let's say under $200 (but up to $600 just for kicks)

-Galadriel

A:

Dear you,

These are called "lifts," and a variety of companies make them. This Google search returns a lot of results, so you have a lot of options to choose from.

-Zedability

posted on 03/08/2017 10:10 a.m.
Dear Zed,

Lifts look like a low-heeled shoe but secretly add extra height. The reader is asking about the reverse—a shoe that looks like a high-heeled shoe but the foot is actually hidden in the heel.

- Katya
posted on 03/08/2017 10:14 a.m.
Oh man, my bad! In that case, though, I have no clue. You could try Googling cobblers in your area or look up custom shoes on Etsy and try to get in touch with one of the sellers. Sorry! -Zed
posted on 03/08/2017 11:32 a.m.
As a hetero-sexual male, it was odd that this question made me curious, but I actually spent some time looking into this.

Your best bet would be a platform-type shoe. You could hollow out the heel, and then "look" four inches shorter due to your foot being at the bottom of the heel rather than the top. The problem with this is that your new "ankles" would be halfway up your shins.

To hide this, what about thigh-high platform shoes?!?! Once again, we are betrayed, this time by the knees. When you walk, the joint would appear much lower than it should, and would definitely give away your little secret, making them only effective if you don't move.

The cost for these shoes could start as low as $100, depending on the designer you used, as well as the materials.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend the shoes. There are however, other fashion steps you can take to look shorter many of which are explained here: http://www.wikihow.com/Look-Shorter-if-You're-Tall. From personal experience however, I dated a girl who was quite a bit taller than me. Me, being shallow, was a little bugged by this, but we were able to mitigate a lot of that by sitting down whenever we were together. Sitting down with her cuddling into me, I hardly noticed she was taller when we were together.

Hope some of this helps!

-Cauthon