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5 Gifts to Improve Someone’s New Year – 2010 Gift Guide

December 6, 2010

1. Give the give of health

Gift a Single Recreational Cooking or Baking/Pastry Classes. There is a great starter 4-Week Healthy Cooking Series. For your gift all the service, ingredients and equipment to succeed in today’s restaurant kitchens and master techniques that can be used at home. Classes encompass current cooking trends and recipes so that meals will taste fantastic. This is a great way to learn to Cook and Bake, while making new friends and having fun!

2. Give the gift of confidence

There’s not much you can do about height but here’s a simple gift for under $20.00 that could help your friend step into the new year feeling like a brand new person.

3. Give the gift of wellness

Here are 3 ideas around Health and Wellness that extend on the idea of better eating:

I. Give a gift certificate for a day at the spa

II. Get a friend or family member a gym membership to help change their physical appearance and inner outlook on life

III. help a friend find a more balanced day with a gift certificate to Yoga Works
4. Give the gift of giving.

Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

5. Give the gift of organization.

File with style! These colorful, patterned Letter-Size Interior File Folders make organizing more fun! Made from premium, heavyweight coated card stock, they feature 1/3 cut tabs

The Latest Shoe Lifts Review

December 16, 2009

The Latest Shoe Lifts Review

There is no mistaking the fact that our society has a certain respect for taller men and a certain disdain for shorter men. If you are a little on the shorter side, people look at you with a lack of respect, a little suspicion, and sometimes even a little pity. You are less likely to get a good job, less likely to make a lot of money, and certainly less likely to get the girl. So, if you have been reading any of the recent shoe lifts reviews online, then you know that you are probably missing out if you aren’t wearing some kind of shoe lifts.

A recent shoe lifts review discussed the difference between different kinds of lifts. If you don’t know what these are, they are inserts that go into your shoes and add just a little height to your stride. Call them “heighteners” as they did on Seinfeld, but they are a perfectly legitimate way to start feeling more confident and getting more respect.

You can wear your lifts in casual shoes, dress shoes, and even athletic shoes, and you can wear them all day long. They don’t hurt your stride or your feet, and in fact, many shoe lifts reviews will tell you that inserts such as these will actually help your posture and your overall health. They make you stand taller and straighter, with your head high and your shoulders back – just like mom always told you to stand!

By adding lifts to your shoes, you will see changes in yourself and changes in your life that you never imagined. It is nothing to be embarrassed about – in fact, you should be proud that you are taking charge of your own “little” problem and becoming the man that you always knew that you could be.

How to Buy Height Increasing Insoles

December 11, 2009

How to Buy Height Increasing Insoles

Shoe lifts are becoming more and more popular. Why should the tall people be the only one to command the presence of a room? With inserts, you can get the confidence and pride that comes from height. If you want to buy height increasing insoles, here are a few things that you should look for.

First, you need to worry about comfort. It doesn’t matter how comfortable your shoes are, if you get uncomfortable inserts your feet will be in pain all day. If you have the chance to try your inserts make sure that you do. If you plan to buy height increasing insoles online, make sure that they have gel inserts. These will give you the best chance of getting comfortable inserts

Next you have to worry about the most important aspect, height. You can buy height increasing insoles that will add a half of an inch, to up to three inches to your height. You need to decide if you are looking for a big gain, or just to add an extra inch. You also have to be aware of the fact that if you buy large inserts, they may not work with low top shoes.

You can however, get adjustable inserts. These will allow you to add three inches when you are wearing boots, and two inches when you are wearing low tops. Adjustable insoles will be able to fit into a wider range of shoes.

You can also get half model insoles. These inserts only support the heel, but they are much more versatile then the full model design. Half models are good if you plan to wear them with many different shoes, on many different occasions. So no matter what the situation is, you can get the height that you deserve.

Height increasing insoles comparison and shoe lifts product review

May 30, 2009

Here at All About Height (AllAboutHeight), we have spent countless hours speaking with individuals about increasing their height; listening to their stories of challenges, frustration and success. We’ve also been a consumer and user of many of the products that claim to help you grow taller; from ‘growth pills,’ to stretching techniques that help you grow, HGH (Human Growth Hormone), wearing customize shoe with heels to make you taller. We agree that stretching is great for posture and appearance and will make you appear taller, feel taller and actually be taller, but it wont actually help you grow taller – it cant hurt though. Growth Pills are a down right scam if you ask us, a waste of money, time and who knows what you are putting in your body. HGH as proven, works in terms of increasing height but only while you are in your years of growing. It is also extreme and expensive. High heels and customized height shoes with built in insoles don’t really work for us, they may for us, but not for us. High heels on men just look ridiculous and everyone knows you are compensating for a lack of height. Also, shoes with built in height cushions dont allow for flexibility of style, you are forced to wear shoes that don’t convey your style or trends and that sometimes look plain silly. What we have found is that height increasing shoe insoles and heel lifts can provide a person with a quick change in height, allowing them to instantly grow 1″ to 3″ as soon as applied.

Based on our conversations with hundreds of individuals on the subject we realized their was no review of the different companies and websites that offer insole shoe lifts so we decided to put one together. Below you will find a review of the companies website, product and price and our thoughts about each. Please comment on your thoughts about these companies and let us know if there are others that belong on this list.

ShoeLift

About ShoeLift.com
Proven to Instantly Make You Look Taller, Slimmer and Increase Your Self Confidence!
Fact: Regular usage of Shoe Lifts will help Tone & Strengthen Calf Muscles!
Shoe lift heel lift inserts may be used by both men and women, in all standard footwear. Dress shoes, casual shoes and all types of boots can comfortably conceal the lift and provide valuable and secret height increase. The lifts are made using a durable yet comfortable black EVA foam blend, and affix to the sole of any shoe by means of a peel-off adhesive coating on the base of the lift. This means that the lift can be used in your favourite boots or shoes, and you don’t have to spend large amounts of time and money on height exercises, human growth hormone, limb-lengthening, height increasing shoes or special footwear to get that extra height you desire!

Height Increase – 1 pair of these .25 (quarter inch) heel lifts will run you:

Price – $38.00

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While ShoeLift.com seems to ship anywhere in the world it seems to be located overseas, possibly in Asia, which may affect your shipping time if you are located in North America or Europe. The site is a bunch of text on a page and isn’t all that helpful. But the 2 biggest issues for us are the prices at $38.00 for a 0.25″ of height seems higher than the norm. The second is that heel lifts alone seem to move around in your shoe when putting them on, making for a somewhat uncomfortable fit at times.

increasingshoes.com

About IncreasingShoes.com
Our shoes will invisibly increase your height by 2-5 inches without losing any comfort. Every pair of our shoes is stylish, comfort, high quality and with best care.
Height increasing elevator shoes are not going to make you grow taller, they are similar to high heels, but the heels are hidden and much more comfortable, with our patented height increasing shoes offer extra cushioning, the additional layer of shock absorption cushioning ensure the bottom of feet to receive minimal impact from walking.
Wearing our height increasing elevator shoes will increase your height unnoticed by others, and it will also enhance your physical appearance at the same time. And they are always undetectable. The secret of the height increase given by products lies in the internal build-up of the shoes. This height increaser was shaped to fit in the rear of the shoe.
Men who want to be taller should give our elevator height increasing shoes a trial, they will not be disappointed. Our shoes are really beautiful. The bespoke look and hard wearing qualities make them well worth the price. Your order will have our careful attention and your money will be refunded in accordance with our guarantee, if you are not satisfied.

Height Increase – 2″ – 5″

Price – $49.00 – $149.00

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As mentioned in our first paragraph of this article, while Elevator Shoes work they don’t offer a lot of flexibility in styles. They may be better in a dress shoe experience as most dress shoes are not heavily branded to begin with but in the scenario that you are wearing sneakers it would be difficult to convey your own sense of style. When we used live chat on the site, we received this message:
“All operators are currently assisting others. Thanks for your patience. An operator will be with you shortly.”
Most of these sites seem to be bland and not heavy in conveying helpful tips, explanations or a good user experience in terms of navigating their websites.

LiftKits

About MyLiftKits.com
LiftKits was founded by 3 guys in Hollywood, California on the simple belief that we should take a realistic approach to an increasingly unrealistic world. In the real world, we are constantly trying to deceive reality… All of us have observed the tactics women engage in to cheat the playing field. Whether it be high-heels, push-up bras, padded bras, fake eye lashes and the like, these women have a lot in their collective arsenal and, quite simply, it works. At LiftKits we had one thought: Why not add something extra to our game? If this is reality then lets live it.
With that being said, LiftKits is all about one thing: Confidence. Let’s face it – having the ability to naturally and comfortably increase your height up to 2 inches is huge. The first time each of us stepped into a pair of LiftKits, it not only changed our height but our State of Mind as well. Initially, we wanted to keep it a secret from others but as our friends started to notice the certainty in which we acted and the assuredness in our step – we had to come clean and share the secret. The feeling of walking into a night club and comfortably scanning the crowd is hard to describe; I am no longer average! Or to walk into a job interview, an audition for your next part, or to simply to go out with your friends on a Saturday night and stand out from the crowd – the confidence you’ll possess when wearing a pair of LiftKits will change your life. It changed ours.

Height Increase – 1″ Lo-Top 1.5″ – 2″ Hi-Top

Price – $20.00 Lo-Top $25.00 Hi-Top

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The reason we like and recommend LiftKits as our #1 choice are multiple. First and foremost the price is right.
They have a Facebook, MySpace, Photos on Flickr as well as their site and most of all they have an informative blog that keeps you update with their product and best practices. Supposedly they will be launching a women’s line shortly.
The company also seems to be fairly transparent about the difficulties associated with wearing height insoles and allows for community involvement when commenting and answering questions about their insoles at get satisfaction.

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5CMShoe.com

About 5cmShoes.com
New insole increase your height close to 5cm in secret
This insole may be used by both men and women, in all standard footwear.
All types of boots can comfortably conceal the lift and provide valuable and secret height increase.
We only accept PAYPAL payment and will ship WORLDWIDE.

Height Increase – 1.5″ – 2″ (5cm)

Price – $15.00 USD

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5cmShoes has a similar height boosting product to LiftKits. We like this site because it straight forward and to the point. They accept Paypal and the site is in English, Japanese, and Cantonese (Chinese). If you are located in Asia or the UK, we recommend 5cmShoes for your purchase.

TallMenShoes

Welcome to Tallmenshoes.com, your NO.1 American shoes retailer featuring Men’s Height Increase Shoes online. With over 10 years of elevated shoes selling experience on the web and direct manufacture, we are able to provide you the highest quality footwear at greatest price. Our product will invisibly add 2-4 inches in height without losing any comfort. Every pair of the shoes is stylish, comfort, high quality leather made w/ best care. Increase Height has never been easier!
The secret of the height increase given by elevator shoes lies in the internal build-up. The build up improves your posture and gives you a feeling of positive well-being and grow taller. Elevator shoes is the only and final solution of height increasing. With over 200 different styles selection in stock for immediate shipping, you can rest and assure to have a satisfied shopping experience.

Height Increase – 2″- 5″

Price – $68.00 – $177.00

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Again, as with IncreasingShoes.com, TallermenShoes give you the Elevator boost you are looking for but the lack of style and flexibility still remain. You are stuck with the shoes vs. being able to quickly and easily move the insole from one shoe to the next to allow for you to carry your style to any shoe and still get the extra height boost needed.

MagicInsoles

About MagicInsoles.com
This year, MagicInsoles has partnered with the World’s No.1 elevator shoes manufacturer Increasing Shoes, the company that invent Height Increasing Shoes to offer their Increasing Shoes at our site.
Before, you can put MagicInsoles into your normal shoes to get 1-2 inches taller. From now, you can easily get up to 5 inches taller by purchasing the World’s No.1 Height Increasing Shoes from us.
To celebrate our new relationship with Increasing Shoes, we launch the 2009 Special Promotion to let you save more and more. MagicInsoles is your ONE-STOP-SHOP for elevator shoes and height increasing shoe lifts.

Height Increase – 1″ – 2.5″

Price – $29.99

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Magic Insoles
have a host of products to help boost your height The site is a bit out dated and old school and prices seem to trend a bit higher than the comparable 5cmShoes and MyLiftKits.

TallerHeels (based in the UK)

About TallerHeels.com
Height Increasing Insoles and Heel Lifts from TallerHeels
Our height increasing insoles (heel lifts) simply slip inside your existing shoes fitting almost any size of shoe, men’s or women’s making the user appear taller, acting as adjustable lifts – and they are completely discreet.

Height Increase – 1cm – 5cm

Price – 5.99 British Pounds

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TallerHeels conveys a lot of information about boost growing products and the price points are cheap. This company/website is located in the UK, so pay close attention when getting items shipped as they may carry a hefty shipping fee for your height insole purchases.

TallerYou

About TallerYou.com
To provide unsurpassed product quality and effectiveness with the best service possible. Help to improve the quality of life for our customers and the charities we support. We are committed to providing the highest level of professionalism and ethics.

Height – 1″ – 2 1/2″ Heel Lift only

Price – $30.00 (Pack of rubber wedges)

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Although theses insole height lift inserts will give you a height boost, the site and products are plain and not very informative.

What Happened to America’s Height Advantage?

December 11, 2008

What happened to America’s height advantage?
Posted 7/15/2007 12:31 PM

By Matt Crenson, Associated Press
NEW YORK — America used to be the tallest country in the world.

From the days of the founding fathers right on through the industrial revolution and two world wars, Americans literally towered over other nations. In a land of boundless open spaces and limitless natural abundance, the young nation transformed its increasing wealth into human growth.

But just as it has in so many other arenas, America’s predominance in height has faded. Americans reached a height plateau after World War II, gradually falling behind the rest of the world as it continued growing taller.

By the time the baby boomers reached adulthood in the 1960s, most northern and western European countries had caught up with and surpassed the United States. Young adults in Japan and other prosperous Asian countries now stand nearly as tall as Americans do.

Even residents of the formerly communist East Germany are taller than Americans today. In Holland, the tallest country in the world, the typical man now measures 6 feet, a good two inches more than his average American counterpart.

Compare that to 1850, when the situation was reversed. Not just the Dutch but all the nations of western Europe stood 2½ inches shorter than their American brethren.

Does it really matter? Does being taller give the Dutch any advantage over say, the Chinese (men 5 feet, 4.9 inches; women 5 feet, 0.8 inches) or the Brazilians (men 5 feet, 6.5 inches; women 5 feet, 3 inches)?

Many economists would argue that it does matter, because height is correlated with numerous measures of a population’s well-being. Tall people are healthier, wealthier and live longer than short people. Some researchers have even suggested that tall people are more intelligent.

It’s not that being tall actually makes you smarter, richer or healthier. It’s that the same things that make you tall — a nutritious diet, good prenatal care and a healthy childhood — also benefit you in those other ways.

That makes height a good indicator for economists who are interested in measuring how well a nation provides for its citizens during their prime growing years. With one simple, easily collected statistic, economists can essentially measure how well a society prepares its children for life.

“This is the part of the society that usually eludes economists, because economists are usually thinking about income. And this is the part of the society that doesn’t earn an income,” said John Komlos, an economic historian at the University of Munich who was born in Hungary, grew up in Chicago, and has spent the last quarter century compiling data on the heights of nations.

Height tells you about a segment of the population that is invisible to traditional economic statistics. Children don’t have jobs or own houses. They don’t buy durable goods, or invest in the stock market. But obviously, investments in their well-being are critical to a nation’s economic future.

For several years now, Komlos and other researchers have been trying to figure out exactly why the United States fell behind. How could the wealthiest country in the world, during the most robust economic expansion in its history, simply stop growing?

“It’s absolutely fascinating,” said Eileen Crimmins, a demographer at the University of Southern California. “Maybe we’ve reached the point where we’re going to go backwards in height.”

Like many human traits, an individual’s height is determined by a mix of genes and environment. Some experts put the contribution of genes at 40%, some at 70%, some even higher. But they all agree that aside from African pygmies and a few similar exceptions, most populations have about the same genetic potential for height.

That leaves environment to determine the differences in height between populations around the world, specifically the environment children experience from the moment of conception through adolescence. Any deficiency along the way, from poor prenatal care to early childhood disease or malnutrition, can prevent a person from reaching his or her full genetic height potential.

“We know environment can affect heights by three, four, five inches,” said Richard H. Steckel, an Ohio State University economist who has also done research on height trends in the United States during the 19th century.

The earliest stages of life are the most important to the human growth machine; at age 2 there is already about a 70% correlation between a child’s height and his or her eventual adult stature.

All of this means a population’s average height is a very sensitive indicator of its most vulnerable members’ welfare.

Not surprisingly, rich countries tend to be taller simply because they have more resources to spend on feeding and caring for their children. But wealth doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a society will give its children what they need to thrive.

In the Czech Republic, per capita income is barely half of what it is in the United States. Even so, Czechs are taller than Americans. So are Belgians, who collect 84% as much income as Americans.

And those height differences translate into real benefits. A number of studies have shown that disease and malnutrition early in life — the same things that limit a person’s height — increase a person’s chances of developing heart disease and other life-shortening conditions later on. Though tall people are more likely to get cancer, they suffer less mortality overall than short people.

International statistics bear it out. Life expectancy in the Netherlands is 79.11 years; in Sweden it’s 80.63. America’s life expectancy of 78.00 years puts it in somewhat shorter company, just above Cyprus and a few notches below Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“Obviously America is not doing badly. It’s not at the level of developing nations,” Komlos said. “But it’s also not doing as well as it could.”

His latest research paper, published in the June issue of Social Science Quarterly, suggests the blame may lie with America’s poor diet and its expensive, inequitable health care system.

“American children might consume more meals prepared outside of the home, more fast food rich in fat, high in energy density and low in essential micronutrients,” wrote Komlos and co-author Benjamin E. Lauderdale of Princeton University. “Furthermore, the European welfare states provide a more comprehensive social safety net including universal health care coverage.”

In the United States, by comparison, an estimated 9 million children have no health insurance.

Komlos’ most recent data indicate a small uptick in the heights of white Americans born between 1975 and 1983, a suggestion that the gap may finally be closing. But there has been no similar increase among blacks, a suggestion that inequality may indeed play a significant role in the height gap.

In another recent paper, Komlos and Lauderdale also found height inequality between American urbanites and residents of suburbs and rural areas. In Kansas, for example, white males are about as tall as their European peers; it’s big cities like New York, where men are about 1.75 inches shorter than that, that drag America’s average down.

Now Komlos has started comparing the heights of children to determine at what age Americans begin falling behind their peers across the Atlantic. Not surprisingly, he sees a difference from birth, an observation that suggests prenatal care may be significant contributor factor to the height gap.

But it is unlikely that Komlos will ever find one simple factor to explain why Americans have fallen behind other rich countries in height. In all likelihood it is caused by a combination of things — a little bit health care, some diet, a sprinkling of economic inequality.

“In some ways it gets to the fundamentals of the American society, namely what is the ideology of the American society and what are the shortcomings of that ideology,” Komlos said. “I would argue that to take good care of its children is not part of that ideology.”

Whether that’s true is debatable; the height gap doesn’t measure how much Americans love their children. But at a minimum it does indicate — in raw feet and inches — whether the nation is giving its youngsters what they need to reach their full biological potential, or selling them short.
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.