Building your confidence is a great goal for the New Year. Increased confidence brings benefits in many aspects of your life, from success in business to a widening circle of friends. If you are one of the many people blessed with a compact body, shoe lifts can play an important role in gaining confidence. Research indicates that taller people have a definite advantage over their shorter peers and are more likely to be perceived as leaders. Recent research finds that taller individuals are more content with their job and life in general. According to researchers at both the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina, added height can bring increased income. Reports show that for each inch above average height one can earn as much as $789 a year. Such conclusions make using shoe lifts an attractive option.
As with any other purchase, it’s important to do your homework and understand what differentiates a well-made height insole from one that will not support your feet, absorb shock and strengthen your back. Height insoles will necessarily change the position of your foot in a shoe, making it important that it also holds the foot in place to provide maximum comfort. While most lifts are made of essentially similar materials, the quality and volume of those elements make the difference in how you feel using them. There are three basic parts to a high-quality lift. These include:
- Polyvinyl foundation
- Silicone gel
- Memory foam
A polyvinyl foundation will maintain the position of your foot in the shoe, a key to comfort and good support that is especially important to your heel and arch. The middle layer of silicone gel absorbs shock as your foot hits the ground, so the more generous the amount of silicone, the more comfortable the height insoles. The top layer of memory foam is used in most height-increasing products, but the thickness of the foam needs to be impressive to attain a high level of quality.
If you want extra height, what other options do you have? The only other viable method involves elevator shoes. While these are effective in increasing your height, they are easily recognizable at a glance. If your goal for the New Year is to increase your confidence, elevator shoes may have the opposite effect. They are obvious at a glance, a fact that undermines their effectiveness in making you appear more impressive. Not much of a confidence builder, is it? The obvious conclusion is that adding well-made height insoles to your shoes will help you realize your New Year’s resolution, using the benefits of added height to boost your self-esteem.