Modern Living: The Elevated Look

Generations of American males surreptitiously added inches to their height by wearing Adler elevators—ordinary-looking shoes that contained hidden built-in platforms. Now, inspired by the fancy footwear of rock stars like the Temptations and the Rolling Stones, the Elevated Look has come out into the open. In increasing numbers, men are boldly tiptoeing around in lavishly patterned, attention-getting shoes that have three-quarter-inch platform soles and heels as much as five inches tall. They resemble the wedgies worn by the screaming queen of a King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, and to conservative eyes...

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