Elevator Shoes

SIMON COWELL IS TALLER AND THINNER THAN EVER

Simon Cowell gave paparazzi a thumbs-up as he headed into America’s Got Talent, preparing for their 18th season today. He’s happy about the fact that he’s been able to maintain that 60 pound weight loss that he claims is due to food control. (Isn’t that what they all say?) Whatever – he IS successful, but we cannot help fixating on his foot wear, as usual. His custom made boots with lifts inside seem particularly evident today – maybe because of his long jeans. It looks like they give him AT LEAST four inches of added height…

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SIMON COWELL’S LITTLE SECRET

Okay, we have to confess- Male Vanity is one of our all-time favorite subjects. So when we see an excellent example of it, we just have to point it out. Simon Cowell was walking around on a chilly day in London, enjoying his weight loss and displaying his chest, as usual. What interested US, of course, is this photo that clearly reveals his elevator shoes. He has these pointy booties custom made at considerable expense, to give himself an extra three inches of height and figures that no one is aware, but WE are! And now you are too …

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TOM CRUISE STILL CRAVES THOSE EXTRA INCHES

It’s fascinating that Tom Cruise and his Top Gun:Maverick costar Jennifer Connelly are the same height (5’7”) and look like it in this photo in spite of the fact that she is wearing platform sandals that give her an extra 4 or 5 more inches. It makes one wonder WHAT Tom Cruise has in his shoes! Tom has his top-of-the-line shoes custom made with special lifts inside. Still, he remains dwarfed by his male costars…

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WHAT ROLE DOES PUTIN’S HEIGHT PLAY IN THIS WAR?

We’re not sure if Vladimir Putin is taller or shorter than Tom Cruise, but he is equally self-conscious about his height. There’s considerable online discussion about the carefully guarded secret of his actual height but the general opinion is from 5’3 to 5’6.” He’s been wearing hidden lifts in his shoes for YEARS – especially in situations where he has to stand next to taller heads of state for photographs. Smaller men have to be more assertive. His ego, which prompts him to wear lifts, is also fueling this aggressive war in Ukraine which has made him the most important man in the world right now.

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SIMON COWELL AND HIS HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS

Interesting to see that Simon Cowell has joined Tom Cruise in the built-up sneakers club. Okay, we’re a little obsessed by male celebrities who wear lifts in their shoes. But it IS a fascinating subject. We are very familiar with Simon’s cowboy boots with heels and lifts inside, but we hadn’t noticed his elevator sneakers. Sylvester Stallone was the FIRST celebrity we encountered who had lifts in his custom sneakers back in the 80’s. He may have even been the FIRST ever to do it. (He was also furious when we wrote about it!) Since then, male celebrities have them custom made quite frequently. Simon wore his for a charity walk he went on with Lauren Silverman – they raised money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in the UK. A nice gesture…

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TOM CRUISE DOES ALL THOSE STUNTS IN ELEVATOR SHOES!

Tom Cruise may be 58, but that doesn’t deter him in ANY way from doing his own perilous stunts, and he loves the fact that it’s become his trademark. It’s all the more amazing that he’s an action star because he does all that running and jumping in elevator shoes! The 5’7” actor noticed early on that he was shorter than most of his costars and leading ladies, and he sought out the finest height enhancing shoes that money can buy. Now even his sneakers make him taller. (Keep in mind, all his pants have to be the perfect length to disguise the shoes.) Tom had a custom shoemaker in Beverly Hills that could add at least three hidden inches to almost any style shoe, but now that he’s living in the UK, he must have found a special shoemaker there.

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SIMON COWELL WALKS TALL IN HIS ELEVATOR SHOES

Men who wear elevator shoes and the shoes they wear have always been a source of fascination. Simon Cowell is obviously not happy about his height (he claims to be 5’9”) and he’s been augmenting it for years. He’s quite secretive and buys expensive custom made shoes that have lifts inside and built up heels. Simon’s been wearing exactly the same style of pointy toe shoes for YEARS, and tops them off with extra long wide leg pants or jeans that cover them up. That explains why his style hasn’t changed for the last 25 years…

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RICH PEOPLE WEAR THE DARNDEST THINGS

So here’s Simon Cowell at the casual Malibu Chili Cook-off wearing EXACTLY the same thing from head to toe that he wears on all his TV shows. A black or white t -shirt, those baggy boot-cut jeans, and pointy cowboy boots. The boots ($1000 a pair custom made by Berluti in Paris) have cuban heels and are built up inside to add three inches to his 5’7” height. So he can NEVER take them off without revealing his real height. The pants are deliberately long and wide to conceal his footwear. Simon is extremely wealthy – so why the unbearably monotonous wardrobe?

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BURT REYNOLDS AT 82: EGO STILL INTACT

Our earliest memory of Burt Reynolds was the uproar made over his Cosmo centerfold. Back in the 70’s, a hairy naked man smoking a cigar with a smirk on his face while reclining on a fur rug, was apparently appealing. That and five years spent as Top Boxoffice Draw fueled Reynolds’ ego. He even imagined that he resembled a young Marlon Brando. Burt claims that careless, tabloid documented marriages and bad investments led to bankruptcy and a less glamorous life. But Reynolds still has that vanity – he uses a cane, but still wears Tom Cruise style elevator shoes, a carefully styled toupee, and his face is tight and relatively wrinkle free.

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