Best Elevator Shoes Reviewed & Rated
Whether you're here because you're looking to add a few inches to your height, or your trusted pair of elevator shoes needs a replacement, you've come to the right place. This is an awesome, discreet and comfortable method of gaining a bit in height, without having to sacrifice style or comfort.
Nowadays made in a variety of models, ranging from boots, to sneakers to dress shoes and semi-formal lace ups, you can opt for a number of models that you'll love wearing. However, finding the right pair for you may be difficult, especially considering that not many brands make this type of specialized footwear, and even less of them make it well. That's why we've collected the best of the best in an easy to follow list, with detailed pros and cons for each style, along with descriptions of their best features.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 12 hrs of research
3.15” Height Increase
Natural Rubber Outsole
- Chamaripa Oxford
- Calto G65771
- Chamaripa Leather Sneaker
- Calto G3305
- Toto X7102
- Calto A329013
- Calden K320021
- Chamaripa Elevator X92H38
- Chamaripa Casual Sport
- Calto G1823
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Elevator Shoes
1. Chamaripa Oxford
3.15” Height Increase
Natural Rubber Outsole
Not Available In Wide Sizes
Chamaripa is a leading name in elevator footwear. This oxford is very breathable and features a high-quality leather upper, padded leather insole and arch support. It has a very simple design which will suit both business and formal occasions and you will also appreciate the comfort that Chamaripa builds into its shoes.Read more
Natural rubber outsole
The premium leather outsole is low-odor, flexible and very wear resistant. This lightly patterned outsole will last and provide decent traction on most surfaces.
The insole in this oxford conforms well to the natural curves of the foot and the arch. It is durable and padded for additional comfort. The shoe is also very breathable which keeps your feet cool, dry and comfortable.
Cost and Value
This shoe falls into the higher price range relative to the other elevators on our list. However, you are getting a lot of elevator-building experience with this shoe which will increase your height by a little more than 3” while providing stability, security and great comfort. You can work all day in this oxford and still feel great at the end of it.
2. Calto G65771
2.8" Height Gain
Supple Leather Upper
Natural Rubber Outsole
Limited Size Availability
Unsuitable for High Instep
While a regular Oxford lace up is something everyone should own, it's nice to switch the style up a bit from time to time. A monk strap is the perfect way to do this, seeing that these shoes are versatile and appropriate for both formal and casual wear. Combine it with a navy suit for a day at the office, or pair with your favorite worn jeans, and you'll be ready for a weekend outing.Read more
This slip on style features a slip on design with an adjustable buckle closure that allows you to determine the perfect fit both lower, toward the toes, as well as over the instep. But don't worry about the lack of laces. An elastic gore ensures easy on and off, as well as some give during the day in case your foot tends to swell.
Handcrafted with care, this pair of monk straps features a cement construction that's durable and and lightweight, while allowing you for excellent elasticity that won't cause fatigue by the end of the day. Add to this the fact that this shoe features plenty of cushioning and shock absorption, and you can rest assured that you'll love wearing it as often as possible.
Cost and Value
As you'd expect from a pair of specialized footwear made with quality materials, the Calto G65771 isn't exactly cheap, but it's not outrageously expensive either. It's made with supple leather uppers, breathable interiors, elastic inserts and adjustable straps for comfort, as well as being lightweight overall, something you surely wouldn't expect to get from this type of footwear.
3. Chamaripa Leather Sneaker
Thick Cushion Sole
2.5 Inch Raise
No Higher Raise
If you’re in search of something that keeps a rich look, but wears as comfortable as your favorite pair of casual shoes, the Chamaripa Leather Sneaker checks all the style boxes. Leather sneakers are one of the hotter trends in 2018, and with perforations to help keep this sneaker breathable, it’s quite functional, as well as posh. With an increase of almost 2.5 inches, it’s worth a look, even if you’ve never considered wearing an elevator style pair of shoes!Read more
Uppers of the Chamaripa Leather Sneaker keep a luxe look with full calfskin leather uppers and pigskin linings, making them durable and comfortable. Soft flex in the leather allows for a unique fit over time, and perforations in the uppers allow for increased airflow, keeping your feet ventilated and cool. Perfect for casual outings, date night, or even work attire, you’re sure to gain some complements from this pair!
A thick rubber sole helps keep comfort in your stride, while a textured base allows for firm grip and traction, even on slick surfaces. A Polyether whole pad increases vertical height by almost 2.5 inches, while keeping good support in areas where you need it most. Lace up closure gives a snug yet adjustable fit, and its lightweight construction helps reduce foot fatigue for bouts of longer wear.
Cost and Value
Similar to other of Camaripa’s models, their Leather Sneaker really is worth a look if you’re a lover of leather, appreciate a rich appearance and love to stay up with trendy footwear. Perforated leather allows breathability, while this elevator gives almost a 2.5 inch increase in height. Great for casual, business, or kicking it around town with friends, it will leave you feeling confident in your strides!
4. Calto G3305
3.2” Height Increase
Patent Leather Upper
Great For Work
Calto, a leading name in height elevating shoes, brings you the elevator hybrid - high-top sneaker/hiking boot - cushioned like a great sneaker, while secure with the traction of a great hiking boot. This is a great looking lace-up solution for work, running errands, casual occasions, walking the trails or other light exercises. It’s lighter weight than many elevators as well.Read more
Stylish and comfortable
This elevator shoe features great looks in a patent leather upper with metal eyelet lace-ups, perfect for work. It has an extra thick collar for comfort and plenty of shock absorption.
This appears to be a more substantial shoe than most of the others on our list. However, it is lighter than most. It’s constructed from lighter weight material where possible which reduces the fatigue on your feet.
Cost and Value
This is the least expensive shoe on our list. For a great price, you achieve 3.2” in height in a comfortable, protective, great looking shoe. It’s comfortable enough to be suitable for working all day and for casual activity as well. The traction is good enough for light hiking on trails as well. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy life!
5. Toto X7102
4 Inch Raise
Newer to our list, Toto brand has made some great elevator models of footwear, and we enjoy the look of their X7102, a more formal styled pair of shoe, but giving you a full 4 inch lift in height. Black leather gives them a pulled together look, while apron toe adds some formality to aesthetic. The hidden sole gives the majority of the vertical increase in height, and a stacked heel keeps this lace up formal shoe looking similar to other oxford styled shoes. Great for business or nights out!Read more
Keeping a style similar to that of an oxford, a closed lacing system ties the quarters of the X7102 together, giving it a clean appearance with sharp finish. Full grain leather uppers allow for durability, and may require some break in. Lightweight design helps to cut down on foot fatigue for all day or extended ear.
Four Inch Raise
The Toto X7102 allows for a full four inch increase in height, without looking like a platform shoe. It hides the lift within the inner sole of the shoe, so you can confidently take steps throughout the day. A leather lining is built in for added comfort, along with extra padding to cushion your steps. Rubber sole also provides great grip and traction, so you can dance the night away at your next formal event!
Cost and Value
Similarly priced to other elevator footwear on our list, the Toto X7102 is a great formal styled shoe for those in need of one. Oxford closed lace system gives it a clean look, and apron toe helps add sophistication. Quality leather uppers allow for durability, and all while a hidden four inch elevation raises your spirits!
6. Calto A329013
3” Height Increase
Sizes Run Large
This Calto features a unique smooth forefoot and crocodile printing along the collar, in a very stylish, graduated colored shoe. The lift is well disguised in a shoe that is suitable for business or more formal occasions. Calto knows lifts which is why so many of their products appear on our list - quality lifts, unique and subtle styles an and eye on quality. You won’t go wrong with this or any Calto lift.Read more
This is a very stylish shoe with a graduated color from toe to foot, and faux crocodile printing along the lace up and collar. The life is very well disguised in a shoe that is suitable for the boardroom.
Magic is in the soles
The midsole in this shoe protects the insole from deterioration and also provides aeration for the whole shoe. The outsole of the shoe is also designed for comfort and is protective of the natural instep of your foot. The heel on the outsole is rubber but can be replaced at your preference.
Cost and Value
This shoe is in the mid-range on our list and for that price, you get a very stylish, discreet elevator that will increase your height by 3”. The leather upper and insole will leave your comfortable but be durable at the same time. This shoe will look great in a boardroom!
7. Calden K320021
3” Height Increase
No Wide Sizes
This lightweight oxford dress shoe from Calden features unique brogue accent details with two tones of leather upper - smooth and pebble grain. This shoe will move easily from the office to the boardroom, to formal occasions in a well-disguised elevator. It is also very light compared to many other elevators and it is designed with a number of features to make your foot comfortable while increasing your height.Read more
You want the height but you also want to look good and this shoe will do it with brogue accent details all over the upper and two-tone full grain leather - pebbled across the vamp and smooth at the toe and heel. Beautiful!
High quality leather
Calden pays attention to detail and quality in the shoes that they make. The leather in this upper is high quality and will feel soft against your feet while being resistant to weather and durable.
Cost and Value
This shoe is priced in the mid-range which is quite a good value for a shoe with a well-disguised lift and versatile style. You will also appreciate the high-quality leather in this shoe and the multi-functioning soles that are designed to keep you comfortable all day.
8. Chamaripa Elevator X92H38
2.76” Height Increase
Comfort All Day
Business To Formal Use
A sleek, simply designed elevator oxford. These are a heavy shoe but they are also warm and weather-resistant. It is engineered to ensure the health and comfort of your feet. This Chamaripa will fit well wherever you go - work, business meetings, banquets, weddings. Business casual or formal, the shoe will go with you.Read more
No collapse lift
Chamaripa is committed to designing lifts that will not collapse and they do a great job of making that commitment. This shoe will stand up to whatever you throw at it without sinking.
Healthy foot design
This oxford has a polyether insole layer that is light, conforms to the shape of your arch and the natural lines of your feet, making it secure and comfortable - healthy for your feet.
Cost and Value
This shoe is in the higher range of prices on our list. For the money, you get a durable, comfortable shoe that is well disguised. No one will notice that this is an elevator. It is well engineered for the health and safety of your foot, from the elevator to the outsole.
9. Chamaripa Casual Sport
Quick Lace System
2.76 Inch Raise
Casual doesn’t have to mean your footwear can’t have a great look about it. The Chamaripa Casual Sport is a sneaker made from soft leather, beautifully designed to give it a pleasing aesthetic. Boosting height by 2.76 inches, it still takes the appearance of a regular sneaker, and hides an extremely comfortable soft pad insole for cushioning. This insole is the key to the hidden rise in the Casual Sport, allowing you to step confidently out with friends for parties, errands, or weekend events.Read more
The Chamaripa Casual Sport keeps its height hidden, taking on the appearance of an average pair of sneakers. Whole Insole Elevator Layer will add an additional 2.76 inches of height, but also functions to keep you comfortable with every step. This insole conforms to the shape of the foot, with supportive arch features, so you’ll not just feel confident in your steps, you’ll be supported along the way as well.
The Casual Sport is created from soft leather, giving it a luxe look compared to other sneakers, and a stretch fabric, which helps keep some flexibility for fit and movement. The sole is ample for cushioning your walk, and a speed lace closure makes them easy to put on and remove. Padded collar and a heel tab help with comfort and fit, and it comes in a couple choice colors to choose one best for your individual tastes.
Cost and Value
Similar to other models of Chamaripa footwear, it’s averagely priced. When compared to other brands of fashion sneakers, it can seem more expensive, but is actually on par with the cost of a quality pair of running sneakers. For those looking for a bit more presence, the Casual Sneaker gives a modest boost in vertical without a noticeable heel or platform, and is great for anyone unfamiliar with, or just starting to wear elevator shoes.
10. Calto G1823
3” Height Gain
Check Size Guides
This elevator shoe is a slip-on loafer from Calto that features hidden elastic gore and pebble grain accents. Elegant stitching has been added to the upper to increase both durability and style. Calto is an expert at elevator shoes, which they have been making for more than 20 years.Read more
The insole is a shock-absorbing leather that has a hidden increaser in it. Other aspects of the sole take on traditional aspects of the footbed and insole in a Cato elevator so the height increaser can remain discrete
The loafer has elegant moc stitching in the forefoot and is made of the finest, soft and supple leather. This looks like a shoe from an upscale menswear boutique for a reasonable price.
Cost and Value
This shoe is priced in the mid-range. For the price, you are getting a comfortable elevator shoe that will absorb shock, is discreet and elegant, and has a soft and supple leather. The 3” height gain in these shoes is mid-range for height increase that can be achieved with elevators.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
There are so many ways to add height through footwear - heels, wedges, inserts, platforms, for example. Because you are here considering elevator shoes we are taking an educated guess that you want the additional height that is discreet.
We have evaluated a number of elevator shoes and while many offer discretion, many others are quite obvious - with lines or extended heels and midsoles that are very visible. Each of the elevator shoes on our list is designed with a disguised lift for discretion. In every case, the upper for the shoe is designed in such a way to make the elevated heel less noticeable so what people will notice is your height and how great your shoes look and that’s it.
There are several ways to disguise an elevator in a shoe:
Elevated heels are not a natural position for the feet and can cause damage over the long-term. An elevated foot needs both support and cushion to remain healthy and strong.
There are several important things to look for when choosing an elevator, including the following support aspects:
There are also a number of ways to cushion the foot, some of which have already been touched on but also include:
Very few brands make shoes meant for gaining height. You'll find that most are difficult to find, and you'll often be left to ordering online and hoping that you chose the correct size, style and color. Add to that the fact that you have no previous way of checking the quality of materials and construction, the entire process can be rather frustrating.
Some people will find that purchasing footwear by well known brands featuring higher heels or chunkier midsoles is easier than looking for the perfect elevator shoe, but this doesn't have to be the case. All you need to do, to ensure a successful purchase, is do a little bit of research, and read a bit about the products that have caught your eye.
If you're shopping online, you can make use of the review features on most websites and look at what other customers had to say about a particular model. If it runs small or large, if it's poorly constructed or isn't durable, you can count on people expressing their opinion. After all, nobody wants to invest their hard earned money and get a sub-par product or service in return.
If you're unsure of where to start, we'd recommend looking into brands such as Calto, Calden and Chamaripa. These make great quality footwear, and offer a wide variety of styles that are sure to suit everyone's preferences. From there on, you'll easily find similar items by less known manufacturers that may offer the same (or even better) quality.
Obviously important in an elevator is its ability to increase your height. The shoes in our list range from an additional 2.36” to 4” in height. This is measured in additional height for most shoes (i.e. the normal heel is not included) and in other models as total height (the height of the lift plus the heel). For this reason, it is important to read the product descriptions for the shoe you are considering so you understand what additional height increase you can expect.
Elevating devices must be sturdy enough to not collapse but sufficiently soft that they don’t wear out or harm the heel. The shoes on our list have all demonstrated strength in the elevator and are from companies who specialize in making stable, functioning elevator shoes.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Many times, our footwear can give us confidence and a spring in our step, just by how they make us feel. High heels give a sexy confidence, while dress oxfords can give us a polished, pull-together feel.
Elevator shoes are no different! Confidence can be gained in a pair of elevator shoes, leaving you feeling like you can accomplish what you set your mind to.
When you pick out your next pair of footwear, consider what it is you want them to help you feel!
One of the best things about elevator shoes, is the subtlety of the height increase the shoe grants the wearer. While they appear like any other shoe, a quality made elevator shoe won't have unnecessarily thick soles, but is able to hide that height increase somewhere in the midsole or insole, while the exterior of the shoe appears as it should.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, they do not fit true to size. If you normally wear a size 9, for example, there is no guarantee that you will wear a size 9 in an elevator. It is very important to check size guides and charts when choosing an elevator shoe as none of them is standard. Also in an elevator, it is important to measure the circumference of your foot at the midfoot to ensure the size you are looking at will not be too tight. Often users complain that a shoe is narrow or tight in their ‘normal’ size but the real problem is that the sizing charts were not used correctly.
While there are several manufacturers that make height increasing shoes, there are very few that make them as well as the four in our list, who each specialize in making comfortable, safe, subtle and effective elevators. We set out to bring you the best and some just didn’t make the cut. We also ruled out shoes where the lift was visible or added only a minimal height.
Shoe lifts are made from foam, plastic or cork and will provide the same lift but with some disadvantages over a built-in lift. First, it can move around inside the shoe if it is not designed for the exact measurements of the shoe. Secondly, they are noticeable, especially if you have to remove your shoes to change them (for example, at a gym). Third, they are normally not as tall as internal lifts and finally, your ankle will sit above the support and comfort features meant for the heel and ankle in the shoe. This means a loss of stability and safety that could lead to injury.
It is as safe or even safer to wear elevator shoes than it is to wear heels or inserts. What you need to keep in mind in all cases is that an elevated heel is unnatural for your foot so you should choose a shoe that is stable and secure. If you feel pain wearing the shoe, you should remove it and try a lower height or a more stable shoe. If you have been feeling severe pain or pain over a period of time, have your feet checked by a podiatrist as you may have sustained an injury.
Elevator shoes are not recommended for any exercise more strenuous than walking, as injuries are far more likely with your foot in an elevated position. The sneaker versions of elevated shoes are designed for a casual appearance and the additional comfort that most people find in a sneaker, not for more impact than that.
If you’re looking specifically for an elevator, you will see it but to a casual observer, the elevated nature of each of the shoes on our list are well-designed to be disguised and unnoticeable. A thorough reading of the reviews of these shoes backs up the idea that they are well-disguised shoes.
You could but we don’t recommend it. First of all, most of your friends, colleagues, and others will notice such a drastic height difference. If you were going for subtlety and discretion, it was lost. It’s recommended, to begin with smaller inserts to both see how they feel for you and to graduate in height over time. Most people will not notice a height change of a half inch to one inch at a time.
Humans are wonderfully capable of doing anything at all so yes, you could do this. However, it’s not recommended to wear an insert that is of any substantial height in an elevator show. An inch probably won’t cause you any difficult or injury but every inch in height above the elevator is going to substantially increase the risk of damage or injury. 4” is substantial for most people and can make a significant difference in confidence. However, more than that, with the risk of injury and the changes that will come to your gait and stance, make it completely unworth it. Also, if you can imagine placing your heels on a 6x6” timber while your toes are on the ground, you will quickly realize how unsteady and uncomfortable this would be. You're already fantastic without the injury, trust us.
No, that would be silly, wouldn’t it? They are for anyone at all who wants the additional height along with the look, quality, and comfort of the shoe. Many of these shoes are marketed toward men because, in large part, they represent the market for elevator shoes but they certainly are not exclusive to one group of folks. If you like them and you want to wear them, go for it!
Not at all, it’s not about how tall you are but how tall you wish to appear. Elevator shoes are for anyone who wants the height and likes the look and feel of a particular shoe. That’s the beauty of a free world, isn’t it? Go for it!
We’ve provided links to the shoes on our list above. Remember to read the size charts and reviews to ensure you know the size to order and whether they fit narrow, wide, large or small.
You can, yes. Most of the shoes on our list have removable insoles for that very purpose.
Some are quite heavy yes, It does take some weight to make an elevator that will stand up to pressure and not collapse. However, there are many lighter weight elevator shoes that are comfortable. The lower the height increase, the lower the weight - which is also the reason that larger sizes of shoes weigh more than smaller sizes.
No, that is not normally necessary, though it will depend entirely on the look you want to achieve. Remember that if your pants bunch on the bottom, they will draw more attention to your ankle and foot and therefore, your shoes.
We can’t guarantee the packing the shoes will come in but reputable manufacturers and resellers will be discreet in shipping any product that may be personal. You should check with the shipping policy with online sellers before you buy to be sure of discretion.
All of the shoes on our list are designed to be durable. You are investing in these shoes so it is important you get long life from them. With normal, everyday use, the shoes should last more than a year. However, durability relies on care, exposure to weather, walking surfaces, stride types and more, so there is no way to be perfectly accurate on shoe length. With good care, they may last several years.