According to Western cultural ideals, men are ‘supposed’ to be naturally tall. Wearing heels only highlights perceived shortcomings, but lifts or inserts that can be hidden inside one’s shoes can be used covertly. This pair of lifts from today is customizable allowing the wearer to choose how high he will go.


  • Title: American Shoe Lifts
  • Date Created: 2014
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 27.5 cm Width: 9.6 cm Height: 7.2 cm
  • Photographer: Ron Wood
  • Rights: Copyright © 2016 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: Synthetic materials
  • Bbibliographic references: Semmelhack, Elizabeth. Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, 2015

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