Archive for May, 2009

Getting Technical with Men’s Height Improving Insoles

May 29th, 2009

We all know that most women love taller men and that’s why we (as men) are always looking for something to make us just a little taller, but we also know that men love to get technical. Therefore, we have decided to post technical specs on Lift Kits (LiftKits) Height Increasing Shoe Lift Insoles to help you see the benefits on top of the opportunity to just become taller.

Breaking down LiftKits Lo-Top Insoles (made for low or high ankle supported shoes):

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LiftKits Lo-Tops are made for maximum comfort throughout the insole from heel to toe as well as being made with high grade polymers for a long life.

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Breaking down LiftKits Hi-Top Insoles (made for high ankle supported shoes, high-tops and boots):

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LiftKits Hi-Tops are made for maximum comfort providing extra cushion with the patented air bubble in the heel for a more comfortable feel while walking or standing on your feet for long periods of time.

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All LiftKits Hi-Tops come with heel attachments for extra height. The heel attachment insert will allow you to gain a full 2″ in height. Just make sure you are wearing these shoe inserts with a boot or high top shoe.

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*Find Larger sized images in the photos section of the LiftKits site

Dissecting height increasing insoles – a deeper look

May 20th, 2009

Insole Fit

Sometimes its hard to see whats actually happening in your shoe when you shove an LK in there and put your foot on top of it. This is why we searched high-and-low for a construction project near us and had the guys sacrifice or Creative Rec Barney’s Specials and slice right through them and a pair of LiftKits. Hopefully this view of our LK Hi-Top version will show and prove that our LK insoles do give you 2 inches of height while still providing enough room for the top of your feet as well as your heels to fit in your shoes.

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Features of an insole

LiftKits insoles provide an elastic, cushioned support to the sole of the user, enabling him to walk comfortably. In order to enhance the elastic power and ventilation effect of an insole, the insole is made with raised portions protruding over the top surface of the insole. When the user pressed the sole on the raised portions of the insole, gaps are left in between the bottom of the user’s foot and the top surface of the insole for ventilation. Our insoles are made with raised ridges or portions, being molded from a polymeric compound, foam material and rubber. The mold has recessed portions in the cavity for forming raised portions on the surface of the insole. Usually, the insole molded integrally by this way has a bottom surface with recessed portions at areas corresponding to the raised portions of the top surface. When the insole is compressed, the raised portions tend to deform permanently after a long time of use of the insole, thereby reducing its elastic material property and ventilation effect. Just as your shoes change form, cleanliness and generally wear-out, we recommend to purchase new shoes and insoles every few months depending on daily use.

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How its constructed

To make a LiftKit insole we first provide a base sheet material made of an initial compound, the base sheet material penetrating through holes on the top and bottom of the mold. We then fill-in with a fluid filling material prepared from a second compound. This process is then followed up by baking the base sheet material in a baking oven to cure the filling material; splitting the base sheet material until reaching its desired thickness. We then bond a fabric layer to a top surface of the base sheet material; its what you step on when you put your shoes on. The semi-completed insole is then stamped to compact the base sheet material, for enabling the filling material to be extracted over the top and bottom surfaces of the base sheet material, thereby creating a plurality of raised portions at the fabric layer for increased comfort and ventilation.

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Do low ankle supported shoes work with LKs? Vans Classics do!

May 12th, 2009

While we were at the Sample Sale at Crown Bar over the weekend my partner pointed out that I looked shorter than normal. Then proceeded to ask me if I was wearing my LKs (LiftKits). I said, ‘No’ and that I didn’t think they would work in my Vans Old Skool Classics. One of the other LiftKit partners looked at me like I was an idiot for not wearing our own product to an event that we were selling them at so I thought, ‘what the heck, let me see if they will fit in to these shoes.’ Sure enough they fit and worked perfect.

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One of the biggest problems with LiftKits can be that they take up space in your shoes and if the ankle is too low your foot/heel will tend to slip out the back of your shoe as you are walking. Generally I had just assumed that Chuck T’s, Vans Slip-Ons (still not sure about these two) and Vans Old Skool Classics wouldn’t work with LiftKits. Turned out I was wrong (happily) about that.

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I slipped the LiftKits 1″ Lo-Top versions into the shoe and they fit. At first, not perfect but the longer I wore them the better they seemed to fit. The neoprene gel seemed to mold to the inside of my shoe and the bottom of my feet creating a more comfortable walking experience and more room in my shoe over time, all while making me taller.

Love it when things work like they are supposed to…

Crown Bar Hollywood – Spring Sample Sale

May 10th, 2009

This Saturday’s Spring Sample Sale at Crown Bar was a good way to get off the streets of West Hollywood and beat the heat. The Bar was converted from Bar Tables and booths to Clothing Racks and Show room for the day. The buzz was stirring with all kinds of people (lining up long before doors opened) looking to find good deals on one-of-a-kind samples from their favorite designers and apparel companies. Most early entrants seem to take a casual approach to their sample sale experience; Mimosas in one hand, pile of clothes draped over the other.

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Myne seemed to be the hit of the day with the girls with a constant crowd hording around their racks

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LiftKits played its part as usual and kept the guys feeling good (tall) about themselves and entertained themselves by watching the curious onlookers who couldn’t quite grasp what our shoe lifts have the potential of doing for you.

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Some celebrities were spotted looking for some new Summer gear and lingering around the bar:
Benji Madden of Good Charlotte
Stephanie Pratt of The Hills
Ryan Cabrera

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See more pictures from Saturday’s Sample Sale @ Crown Bar

Hollywood Sample Sale – Deals to be had…

May 7th, 2009

Come Join us this Saturday, May 9th, 2009 @Crown Bar in Hollywood for some great deals on some great fashion and even enjoy some great drinks while you’re at it. :)
There will be a bartender on staff with a full service bar including a special with $5 mimosas and bloody mary’s for the sale to help you enjoy your browsing experience. LiftKits will be there from 11 am – 6 pm along with:

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Didn’t Your Parent’s Tell You Not to Slouch?

May 4th, 2009

Didn’t your parent’s tell you to ’sit up straight’ or ’stop slouching’ when you were a child? While we know that LiftKits height insoles are the only of getting a significant, natural and immediate height increase there are some other steps you can start getting in the habit of to help make you healthier and appear taller at the same time. This wont make you a giant, but it will make you look and feel taller and more confident. Stand up straight! Posture is a basic thing we take for granted. By standing up straight you can add a inch to your height instantly!

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There are a multitude of scientific papers supporting the benefits associated with a good posture. These are not only physical but also psychological too.

Next time you are in a public or busy place take a look around and you’ll see that bad posture is quite a common thing. Poor posture can lead to ailments and a loss of height. Posture isn’t something we should take for granted, it’s something we need to be conscious of.

How does bad posture begin?

There are several factors that lead to bad posture. Some can be present at birth but for the majority develop over time due to bad habits; sitting at a desk too long with the wrong ergonomics, certain sports and weight lifting, even low self-esteem. Low self esteem may be the biggest contributor towards bad posture. When you don’t feel good about yourself you tend to close yourself not only mentally but physically by hunching your shoulders, drawing yourself down and inwards.

Now, its time to reverse that.

Stretching helps to loosen and elongate your muscles allowing you to stand taller with a better, more defined posture. Like anything, these stretches and eventually a routine workout needs to become just that, a routine. Or else, you will not see results.

By following these simple exercises you should see and increase in height and confidence.

Standing Forward Bend – This is a very simple, but effective, exercise. It is a great way to relax and decompress your spine.

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Also, it stretches your calves, hamstrings, hips, neck, and all of your back support.

To begin this exercise, stand with your feet approximately 18 inches apart and your palms on the back of your thighs.

Then slide your hands down along the side of your legs without bending your knees.

Try to slide as far as possible, as you bend over make sure your hands stay firmly on your legs.

As you bend you will find the resistance increase in your knees, but do not bend them.

Another variation is to slowly run your palms down the back of your legs, forcing you to arch backwards.

Downward Facing Dog – Also known as Adho Mukha Svanasana, this yoga-based maneuver is one of the great ways to increase height through stretching and increase your body’s flexibility.

You will want to begin this exercise by getting down on your hands and knees. Your legs should be shoulder width apart and your fingers straight forward.

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Position your elbows so that your inner arm is pointing away from you. Take a deep breath and curl your toes as if you were trying to stand on your toes.

Then straighten your legs as you exhale and push your arms upward.

Ideally, you want to push so that your spine is lengthening. Make sure your legs stay straight and your feet firmly on the floor.

If you need to bend your legs at first, that is okay. However, you will want to stretch yourself further and further each time until your legs stay straight.

Also, keep your shoulders flat and distribute your weight evenly to add the resistance on your spine. You should remain in that position for several deep breaths and then repeat the entire movement several more times.

Head to Knee – The Janu Shirshasana position, as it is called in yoga, is a fantastic way to decompress your spine and stretch your hamstrings.

Just like the downward dog stretch, you want to make sure your spine stays straight to get the full benefit of the exercise.

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Keeping your spine straight while exercising is one of the best ways to increase height. Also, remember to breathe deeply and fluidly throughout your maneuvers because it will also help decompress your spine.

Begin this exercise by sitting on the floor with your legs fully extended in front of you. Bend one leg by pulling your heel as close to your body as possible, in a “P” shape, but keeping your buttocks planted on the floor.

You should rotate your body so that you are facing the extended leg and raise your arms over your head while you inhale. Keep your back straight as you bend forward slowly and exhale.

Do not bend at your hips, but by rolling forward on your buttocks. Tense your thigh muscles as you bend, this will release the hamstring and promote better flexibility.

At the end of your forward momentum, gently lower your arms to grab your foot and pull forward.

Then, pull your opposite leg into the “P” shape and extend the leg that was previously bent. Repeat the exercise for the opposite side of your body.

Keep your pace slow and breathe deeply throughout the exercise to fully stretch out your spine.

Whether you are doing a simple standing forward bend or the more aggressive Janu Shirshasana, stretching exercises will help decompress your spine and promote your body’s flexibility.

*We recommend consulting with a physician before beginning any serious exercise programs in order to verify that there are no underlying problems or ailments you may not be aware of.

If the Shoe Fits, Wear It…

May 2nd, 2009

Every shoe is slightly different as is every foot. Some feet are more narrow, flat, fat and long. This alone makes shopping for shoes and fitting into them some what of a chore. This is why we try on every pair of shoes, just as we do with jeans before making the final decision; isn’t it?

Adding something as small as an arch support supplement or a Dr. Scholl’s for cushion can throw that fit off. So, when you add a 1″ or 2″ height increasing insole to the mix you want to pay special attention to what shoes you are wearing the inserts in and how you intend to wear them.

Follow the steps below to get the most out of your height increasing shoe insoles.

1. Pick what shoes you are going to wear

Your first step is to pick out what shoes you are going to wear. If a lo-top or regular sneaker, you will want to not wear an insert that is more than 1″ tall. The two biggest factors when adding an insert to your shoe is to make sure that there is enough room in the heel of your shoe so that you do not step out of your shoes as you walk and that you are not creating too much pressure in the tongue of your shoe.

2. Test the fit of the insert in your shoe

Slide the LiftKits height insoles into your shoes. One size fits most shoes (usually size 8 US Mens and up). If your shoes are smaller than size 8 you may need to trim to fit as outlined in steps 3 and 4.

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3. In the case the insert is too large for the shoe, assess how much you will need to shorten the insert by

If the insert fits in the shoe appropriately there is no need for trimming.

4. Follow the guided lines, trim with regular scissors

5. Re-insert the insole into shoe to confirm the fit is perfect – try on shoes and you’re ready to go!

If the insole fits the shoes but the shoes are uncomfortable try these tips.

*If the insert takes up too much room in your shoes you can try:

1. Wearing a shoe that is a half size bigger (this usually cures any comfort issues as the the heel of the insert lifts your foot up and pushes your foot forward at the same time, so by purchasing a larger shoe you are creating more room and ridding yourself of these issues).
2. Loosen your laces or don’t lace them all the way to the top to create more room for your foot
3. Try the insert in a high top, boot or higher ankle support shoe if there doesn’t appear to enough room in the heel of your shoe.

*some Lo-Tops have too low of ankle support for even the 1″ shoe lift. Because of this we are working on a new lift that fits in even the lowest ankle supported shoes; like Converse Chuck T Low Tops, slip on Vans and some dress shoes. Keep an eye out for this announcement coming soon.

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1. Pick what shoes you are going to wear – Test the fit of the inserts in your shoes

Your first step is to pick out what shoes you are going to wear. If a Hi-Top sneaker, boot or other high ankle supported shoe, you can wear our 2″ height increasing insole. Slide the LiftKits inserts into your shoes. One size fits most shoes (usually size 8 US Mens and up). If your shoes are smaller than size 8 you may need to trim to fit as outlined in steps 2 and 3.

2. In the case the insert is too large/long for the shoe, assess how much you will need to shorten the insert by

If the insert fits in the shoe appropriately there is no need for trimming.

3. Follow the guided lines, trim with regular scissors

4. Re-insert the insole into shoe to confirm the fit is perfect

5. Try on shoes and you’re ready to go – 2 inches taller!

If the insole fits the shoes but the shoes are uncomfortable try these tips.

*If the insert takes up too much room in your shoes you can try:

1. Wearing a shoe that is a half size bigger (this usually cures any comfort issues as the the heel of the insert lifts your foot up and pushes your foot forward at the same time, so by purchasing a larger shoe you are creating more room and ridding yourself of these issues).
2. Loosen your laces or don’t lace them all the way to the top to create more room for your foot
3. Try removing the detachable red piece and re-insert. The may create more room in the still adding height while providing you with a more comfortable fit.

For further questions please contact:
http://www.myliftkits.com/contact/
or see our FAQs at
http://www.myliftkits.com/faq/
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