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Tell Us the Truth, Ladies – Would You Date a Short Man?

November 14th, 2011

There are some men who will always get dates in spite of their height. Tom Cruise is just 5’7” and has married two beautiful women who were both taller than him. Al Pacino is the same height and he has never had problems with either success or women, either. But when it comes to the average guy on the street who doesn’t have star power behind him, will he get the same number and quality of dates that a taller guy would? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

 

If you ask most women if they would date a short man, they will tell you that at the very least they want a man who is taller than them, and preferably several inches taller than them. So if you are pursuing a woman who is a little on the taller side, you may have a hurdle that you just can’t overcome.

 

Of course, there are always instances of women dating men who are shorter. After all, Nicole Kidman did marry Tom Cruise, but he has other factors that overpower his lack of height – fame, money, success, good looks! If you don’t have any (or all) of those going for you, then you will need to come up with another plan.

 

One of the ways of overcoming height issues that a lot of men are using these days is something called Lift Kits. These are interchangeable neoprene insoles that go right into your existing shoes. You can wear them with dress or casual shoes, or even your athletic shoes. They are comfortable and can help with back and knee problems, but more importantly, they will make you anywhere from one inch to two inches taller. No one can see that you are wearing them, but you will find that you can instantly command the respect you have been missing all of these years.

 

How to Deal With Being Short

October 13th, 2011

Short guys can sometimes use a boost…

If you are on the shorter side, then you have obviously been dealing with this problem for all of your life. You were probably the shortest kid in school and got teased and taunted then. But that doesn’t mean that you have to continue on in that way. There are ways that you can add a little height to your small frame without anyone even realizing it. The effects of doing this could actually change your life.

 

There are some men in this world who will always be successful, no matter what their height is. Michael J. Fox is only 5’4”, but he was one of the highest-paid television stars around. Al Pacino is 5’7” and has been successful for almost four decades with both women and his career. But for the average guy, lack of height can be a problem. Leonardo Dicaprio is quite successful, and he’s 6′ 0″ (1.83 m) tall.

 

Although there are a few ways that you can really change your height, such as by taking human growth hormones (which are dangerous), or by undergoing surgery (which is even more dangerous), most men are choosing more temporary options to deal with their height issues. By simply changing the way that you dress, the types of clothes that you wear, and the way that you hold your frame, you will appear taller.

 

Another way to appear taller to all of those around you is to put lifts into your shoes. These are certainly not the same as “elevator shoes,” since they have the same size soles as any other shoes. You can wear whatever brand shoes you want, but simply replace the existing insoles with LiftKits insoles that add height. These are invisible to everyone around you, yet they will give you an extra one to two inches. You can wear them with dress, casual, or even athletic shoes, and they will give you all the advantages that the taller people around you enjoy.

 

Height of Famous Short People and Celebrities

August 10th, 2011

Here is a list we found of famous short celebrities.  Some of the people on this list are already using  LiftKits brand height increasing insoles to grow taller and some who should be.  we’re sure some of their heights will surprise a lot of you.

 

NAME HEIGHT AREA
Jason Alexander 5’5″ Entertainment
Woody Allen 5’6″ Entertainment
Mario Andretti 5′ 7½” Sports
Sean Astin 5’6″ Entertainment
Ludwig Van Beethoven 5′ 3¾” Music
David Ben-Gurion 5’0″ Politics
Robert Blake 5’4″ Entertainment
Humphrey Bogart 5’8″ Entertainment
Napoleon Bonaparte 5’6″ Politics
Bono 5’7″ Entertainment
Matthew Broderick 5’8″ Entertainment
Mel Brooks 5’4″ Entertainment
Gary Burghoff 5′ 5″ Entertainment
Richard Burton 5’8″ Entertainment
James Cagney 5’7″ Entertainment
Truman Capote 5’4″ Literature
Andrew Carnegie 5’0″ Entrepreneur
Gary Coleman 4’8″ Entertainment
Phil Collins 5′ 6″ Entertainment
Lou Costello 5′ 5″ Entertainment
Tom Cruise 5’8″ Entertainment
Billy Crystal 5’8″ Entertainment
Salvador Dali 5’7″ Art
Sammy Davis Jr. 5’3″ Entertainment
Danny DeVito 5’0″ Entertainment
Robert Downey Jr. 5’7″ Entertainment
Richard Dreyfuss 5′ 5″ Entertainment
Bob Dylan 5’6″ Entertainment
Emilio Estevez 5’7″ Entertainment
Peter Falk 5’6″ Entertainment
William Faulkner 5’6″ Literature
F. Scott Fitzgerald 5’7″ Literature
Michael J. Fox 5’4″ Entertainment
Buckminster Fuller 5’2″ Scientist
Ghandi 5’3″ Politics
Paul Giamatti 5’7″ Entertainment
Maurice & Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) 5’8″ Entertainment
Joel Grey 5’5″ Entertainment
Gus Grissom 5′ 5″ Astronaut
Scott Hamilton 5’4″ Sports
Armand Hammer 5’5″ Entrepreneur
Alfred Hitchcock 5’6″ Entertainment
Dustin Hoffman 5’6″ Entertainment
Anthony Hopkins 5’8″ Entertainment
Bob Hoskins 5′ 5½” Entertainment
Harry Houdini 5’5″ Entertainment
Curly Howard 5′ 5″ Entertainment
Moe Howard 5’4″ Entertainment
Elton John 5’4″ Entertainment
Davy Jones 5’3″ Entertainment
John Keats 5’1″ Literature
Ben Kingsley 5’8″ Entertainment
Nikita Khrushchev 5’3″ Politics
Martin Luther King 5’7″ Politics
Alan Ladd 5’4″ Entertainment
Fiorello Henry LaGuardia 5’0″ Politics
Nathan Lane 5’5″ Entertainment
Martin Lawrence 5’8″ Entertainment
T. E. Lawrence  (of Arabia) 5’6″ Politics
Spike Lee 5’5″ Entertainment
John Leguizamo 5’8″ Entertainment
Guy Lombardo 5’4″ Entertainment
Peter Lorre 5’5″ Entertainment
James Madison 5’4″ Politics
Cheech Marin 5’6″ Entertainment
Chico Marx 5′ 5″ Entertainment
Harpo Marx 5′ 5″ Entertainment
Dudley Moore 5’2″ Entertainment
Noriyuki (Pat) Morita 5′ 3″ Entertainment
Mike Myers 5’7″ Entertainment
George “Baby Face” Nelson 5′ 5″ Criminal
Aristotle Onassis 5’5″ Entrepreneur
Al Pacino 5’6″ Entertainment
Ross Perot 5’7″ Entrepreneur
Joe Pesci 5’5″ Entertainment
Pablo Picasso 5’4″ Art
Roman Polanski 5’4″ Entertainment
Jason Priestly 5’6″ Entertainment
Prince 5’3″ Entertainment
Lou Reed 5’5″ Entertainment
Edward G. Robinson 5′ 5″ Entertainment
Auguste Rodin 5′ 4″ Art
Mickey Rooney 5’3″ Entertainment
Marquis de Sade 5′ 3″ Literature
Leo Sayer 5′ 4″ Entertainment
Martin Scorsese 5’3″ Entertainment
Ryan Seacrest 5’7″ Entertainment
Rod Serling 5′ 4″ Entertainment
Martin Sheen 5’7″ Entertainment
Willie Shoemaker 4’11″ Sports
Paul Simon 5’2″ Entertainment
David Spade 5’7″ Entertainment
Steven Spielberg 5′ 7½” Entertainment
Joseph Stalin 5’6″ Politics
Ringo Starr 5’8″ Entertainment
Ben Stiller 5’8″ Entertainment
Jerry Stiller 5’6″ Entertainment
Igor Stravinsky 5′ 4″ Composer
Kurt Thomas 5′ 5″ Sports
J. R. R. Tolkien 5′ 5″ Literature
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 4’11″ Art
Ray Walston 5’8″ Entertainment
Spud Webb 5’7″ Sports
Paul Williams 5’2″ Entertainment
Robin Williams 5’8″ Entertainment
Henry Winkler 5’7″ Entertainment
Elijah Wood 5’6″ Entertainment

 

This list was found on tallmen shoes dot com  here.

2011 SAG Award Winners

January 31st, 2011

By Rachel Rossitto | Monday, January 31, 2011

Did you tune in last night to watch Hollywood’s hottest stars walk the red carpet for the 17th annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards? We sure did over here at LiftKits. And boy did it reassure us how short a lot of those actors are! Did you see Jermey Renner and Jesse Eisenburg, sure looked like they could use some LiftKits.

However, just in case you missed the SAG awards here a short recap of the awards. To start, our favorite animals rights activist Betty White accepted the award for best female actor in a comedy series for her performance in Hot in Cleveland. We just love how she’s rocking out with her youthful attitude and successful career!

For TV, Steve Buscemi won best male actor in a drama series for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The show also won outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series. Modern Family won the same award for comedy.

Alec Baldwin won best actor in a comedy series for his role on 30 Rock and Claire Danes accepted an award for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for her starring role in Temple Grandin. You Don’t Know Jack‘s Al Pacino won the same award for male actor. Julianna Margulies was awarded best actress in a drama series for The Good Wife.

On to films — showing off her growing baby bump, Natalie Portman took home the award for best actress in a film for her role in the ballet thriller Black Swan. Colin Firth won best male actor in a film and co-star Geoffrey Rush accepted the award for best cast in a motion picture for The King’s Speech.

Best male and female actors in a supporting role went to Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for playing family members to Mark Wahlberg‘s character in The Fighter (highly recommended if you haven’t seen it yet!). Lastly, Morgan Freeman presented Ernest Borgnine with the Life Achievement award.

What’s an event without an after-party? Following the awards show, attendees gathered at the Shrine Exposition Center to honor the “philanthropic causes and good works of the members of the Screen Actors Guild,” benefiting the SAG Foundation.

Jermey Renner @ 2011 SAG awards

Apparel stores for short men are getting harder to find

March 31st, 2010

LA Times
By Sharon Bernstein
March 31, 2010

Two of the few stores that remain are in Southern California, where owners credit shorter immigrants, certain ethnic groups, jockeys and diminutive Hollywood types for keeping them in business.

Jimmy Au, founder of Jimmy Au’s for Men 5’8″ and Under in Beverly Hills, got into the business of selling clothes to short men in the 1960s. “If the clothes fit properly, they make you look taller,” he says. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / February 26, 2010)

The marketplace for short men’s clothing is, well, shrinking.

With Americans growing taller, and recessionary pressure in the specialty clothing market, it’s become harder than ever to find apparel stores for short men. Just a few now remain of the dozens that dotted the national landscape years ago.

Actor Ben Giroux can tell you all about it. “To shop for clothes as a short man is one of the most aggravating things you can try to do,” said the 5-foot-2 Giroux, who has guest-starred in the Fox series “Bones” and played a gruff elf in the Disney movie “Santa Buddies.”

At the Beverly Center recently, he said, a clerk in a high-end men’s store gave Giroux a quick once-over and shook his head sadly.

“You’re either walking into a boys department somewhere and you’re swallowing your dignity, or you can shop at one or two places,” Giroux said.

Two of the last holdouts are in Southern California, where owners credit short immigrants, certain ethnic groups, jockeys and diminutive Hollywood types for keeping them in business despite tough times. In the Midwest, one of the last short men’s stores is staying in business by selling Green Bay Packers underwear (all sizes), among other items, on the side.

It’s hard to find the right villain for this sartorial assault on the little guy.

Store owners like to blame casual Fridays, saying the 1990s practice marked the beginning of a trend away from well-fitting business clothes for men. No longer needing to buy suits, the reasoning goes, smaller men just went to discounters or department stores to buy khakis and had them shortened.

There are also fewer short guys around.

The average height for an American man is now close to 5 feet 10 inches — nearly 2 inches taller than in 1960, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

“As people eat better, they grow taller,” sighed Bob Stern, who closed his Cleveland store and Internet business, Short Sizes Inc., last year.

In Southern California, Alan and Jimmy Au figure they hit the mother lode of short guys with money to spend on clothes when they moved their store, Jimmy Au’s for Men 5’8″ and Under, to Beverly Hills from Glendale in 2006.

“Just look out on the street on a weekend night,” said Alan Au, dragging a visitor toward Beverly Drive. “All night long it’s a parade of short men with tall women.”

Giroux, 25, is one of them. In nightclubs, he says, women tower over him like trees in a forest, especially when they’re wearing high heels.

Gary Stevens is one of the world’s best-known jockeys and is familiar to millions as the actor who played jockey George Woolf in the movie “Seabiscuit.” The 47-year-old horse-racing Hall of Famer won eight Triple Crown races and eight Breeders’ Cup races.

But he can’t buy clothes off the rack at a department store. “I’m 5-3,” said Stevens, who was stocking up on dress shirts at Jimmy Au’s. “It’s really hard to find things that fit and are comfortable and look nice.”

Jimmy Au, 71, got into the business of selling clothes to short men in the 1960s, measuring the jockeys at local racetracks for suits and sending orders to his father’s tailor in Hong Kong.

At the family store just off Beverly Drive, neat displays of suits take up nearly half the space, while dress shirts in a dozen colors line shelves. There are short ties, short khakis, short jeans and small shoes. There are bomber jackets in three kinds of leather and long wool coats made to show off a small man’s physique instead of enveloping him in baggy folds.

“If the clothes fit properly, they make you look taller,” Jimmy Au said, spinning around in a long coat. Smaller men don’t just need shorter sleeves or pant legs, he said. The shoulders should be narrower. The pocket needs to be sewn on higher or it will wind up closer to the stomach than the chest.

Since moving to Beverly Hills, the store has shifted its product mix so that it’s more upscale — a pair of jeans goes for $200; a suit is about $900. In classic Los Angeles style, the walls are lined with autographed photographs of actors, among them Danny DeVito and Al Pacino.

On a recent weekday, costume designers rushed in and out, picking up clothing for short actors whom they would not name.

In Santa Ana at the Jockey Club store, owner Al Martin says he is picking up Internet sales from customers around the nation whose favorite shops have closed. He doesn’t get as much Hollywood business as Jimmy Au’s, Martin said, but Southern California has enough short immigrants and ethnic groups to keep up the customer base.

“My business is one-third Asians, one-third Hispanics and one-third Jews,” he said.

Apparel industry analyst Marshal Cohen said the recession had been hard on purveyors of all specialty sizes, whether they are for big customers or smaller ones. That’s because it’s the marginal businesses that get hit first when customers begin to cut back.

Some department stores stock suits and blazers in short sizes, he said, but little else. Macy’s, for example, said most stores sell suits in a size 36 short, which could fit a man who is 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-8.

Although the market for big and tall clothing is growing, the customer base for small sizes is not, Cohen said.

“The short business represents the smallest part of the population,” he said. “That’s not a pun. That’s the way it is.”

It’s also hard to find manufacturers who will make items for shorter men. The Au family is ordering from an Italian manufacturer who produces clothing for short European men. Martin buys from a Canadian manufacturer.

In Milwaukee, Gary Anders is keeping his store, Napoleon’s Tailor, afloat by selling Green Bay Packers merchandise — in regular sizes.

“I’ve got everything in here from the hats to the T-shirts down to ladies unmentionables,” he said. “I had to do something.”

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Real Celebrity Heights (or not so much)

December 17th, 2008

Ever wonder how tall your favorite celebrities are? We’ll be publishing more of these from time to time.

Tom Cruise 5′ 7 ”

Robin Williams 5′ 7 ”

Dustin Hoffman 5 ‘ 6 ”

Al Pacino 5′ 5 1/2 ”

Seth Green 5 ‘ 4 ”

Dudley Moore 5 ‘ 2 1/2 ”

Danny DeVito 5 ‘ 0 ”

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Drew Barrymore 5 ‘ 4 ”

Mena Suvari 5 ‘ 4 ”

Jodie Foster 5 ‘ 3 1/2 ”

Reese Witherspoon 5 ‘ 2 ”

Kristin Chenoweth 4 ‘ 11 “