Posted By: Joshua Yohman
23 people found this review helpfulWhat short guy hasn't wondered about these kinds of shoes? Do they work? Do they hurt? Is it noticeable? There's no reviews elsewhere that answered these questions (that didn't look like they were paid). So, upon purchasing them, I made it a point to make sure to give an honest and in depth review on them, so that anyone who's looking can make a real decision based on the facts.
With that in mind, do they work? The short answer is yes they do. You can immediately tell when putting them on that you have become taller, and they are discreet enough that my own mother had to be told that I was wearing them. Keep in mind that these shoes are simply high heels for men disguised as boots, so while not being completely comfortable, they do provide a good amount of padding in the insoles to make up for it. I would suggest walking around a bit in them before going out in public, to get used to walking with your heel propped up. I practiced walking around in them for about 10 minutes before feeling comfortable enough to go out in public, but since then, it's been fine. Your feet will get sore after walking around in them for a while, so I wouldn't wear them to go hiking, but they're good enough to wear for a couple of hours. There are inexpensive ball of foot gel inserts you can buy just about anywhere that fit inside these shoes, and do help to alleviate that problem to a degree. There is a pronounced smell to them, but it's not something entirely unpleasant. It really just smells strongly of treated leather.
I thought I'd be returning these shortly after I bought them, but I'm very surprised to say that I am satisfied with them, and would buy another pair from them if I needed to.
PROS: They work as described, discreet enough.
CONS: They can be uncomfortable on the ball of your feet after a good amount of time. Inserts are inexpensive and ease the pressure.
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