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Ronin_LLC

Posts: 2012

Louisville, Kentucky, US

Someone needed to post this so here it is a semi accuracy chart of the average height of men by country.

If you think you are short check out Cambodia's average height.

Countries     Height (cm)     Height (in)     Population
Netherlands     181,0     5’11.3″     16,318,199
Iceland     179,8     5’10.8″     319,355
Norway     179,7     5’10.7″     4,737,171
Sweden     179,3     5’10.6″     8,986,400
Denmark     178,8     5’10.4″     5,413,392
Finland     178,4     5’10.2″     5,214,512
Czech Republic     178,3     5’10.2″     10,246,178
Slovenia     178,1     5’10.1″     2,007,711
Luxembourg     178,0     5’10.1″     486,006
Croatia     177,6     5’9.9″     4,496,869
Germany     177,4     5’9.8″     82,424,609
Estonia     177,1     5’9.7″     1,307,605
Austria     177,0     5’9.7″     8,174,762
Belgium     176,6     5’9.5″     10,348,276
Serbia     176,5     5’9.5″     10,159,046
Switzerland     176,5     5’9.5″     7,450,867
Australia     176,3     5’9.4″     19,913,144
Poland     176,0     5’9.3″     38,626,349
Greece     175,7     5’9.2″     10,647,529
New Zealand     175,5     5’9.1″     3,993,817
United Kingdom     175,4     5’9.1″     60,270,708
Hungary     175,3     5’9″     10,106,017
Ukraine     175,0     5’8.9″     47,732,079
Ireland     175,0     5’8.9″     3,969,558
Russia     175,0     5’8.9″     143,782,338
Israel     175,0     5’8.9″     7,112,359
Lithuania     175,0     5’8.9″     3,565,205
Canada     174,3     5’8.6″     32,507,874
Lebanon     174,2     5’8.6″     3,777,218
Turkey     174,1     5’8.5″     68,893,918
France     174,1     5’8.5″     60,424,213
Uzbekistan     173,4     5’8.3″     26,410,416
Italy     173,2     5’8.2″     58,057,477
Senegal     173,0     5’8.1″     10,852,147
United States     172,8     5’8″    293,027,571
Jamaica     172,8     5’8″     2,804,332
Mali     172,5     5’7.9″     12,324,029
Spain     172,0     5’7.7″     40,280,780
Romania     172,0     5’7.7″     22,355,551
Azerbaijan     172,0     5’7.7″     8,177,717
Uruguay     171,8     5’7.6″     3,399,237
Argentina     171,3     5’7.4″     39,144,753
South Korea     171,0     5’7.3″     48,598,175
Syria     171,0     5’7.3″     18,016,874
Morocco     170,7     5’7.2″     32,209,101
Iran     170,6     5’7.2″     67,503,205
Portugal     170,5     5’7.1″     10,524,145
Côte d’Ivoire     170,4     5’7.1″     18,373,060
Egypt     170,3     5’7″     76,117,421
Tunisia     170,3     5’7″     9,974,722
Algeria     170,2     5’7″     32,129,324
South Africa     170,0     5’6.9″     42,718,530
Cameroon     170,0     5’6.9″     16,063,678
Gambia     170,0     5’6.9″     1,735,464
Ghana     169,8     5’6.9″     23,382,848
Brazil     169,5     5’6.7″     184,101,109
Colombia     169,5     5’6.7″     42,310,775
Taiwan     169,3     5’6.7″     22,920,946
Chile     169,2     5’6.6″     15,823,957
Venezuela     169,0     5’6.5″     23,542,649
Paraguay     169,0     5’6.5″     6,191,368
Japan     168,6     5’6.4″     127,333,002
Hong Kong     168,5     5’6.3″     7,210,505
China     168,3     5’6.3″     1,298,847,624
Mexico     167,5     5’5.9″     104,959,594
Pakistan     167,0     5’5.7″     159,196,336
Singapore     166,6     5’5.6″     4,353,893
Thailand     166,4     5’5.5″     64,865,523
Mongolia     166,4     5’5.5″     2,751,314
Malaysia     166,0     5’5.4″     23,522,482
Sri Lanka     166,0     5’5.4″     20,064,776
Malawi     166,0     5’5.4″     13,931,831
Bahrain     165,6     5’5.2″     718,306
Iraq     165,4     5’5.1″     25,374,691
Nigeria     165,0     5’5″     138,283,240
Peru     164,3     5’4.7″     27,544,305
North Korea     163,8     5’4.5″     22,697,553
India     162,3     5’3.9″     1,065,070,607
Vietnam     162,1     5’3.8″     82,689,518
Philippines     162,0     5’3.8″     86,241,697
Indonesia     161,5     5’3.6″     238,452,952
Cambodia     160,3     5’3.1″     13,363,421

Jun 19 12 11:12 am Link

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7 Mile Productions

Posts: 169

San Diego, California, US

Just cuz someone is shorter than his girl, doesnt mean she can kick his ass unless she is built like Urlacher.  The first fight I was in I jumped off a chair to break a douches nose.

Jan 29 13 11:10 am Link

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7 Mile Productions

Posts: 169

San Diego, California, US

Paramour Productions wrote:

I'm 5'7" and my last gf was 5'11" in stocking feet (and she often wore heels).  I've very rarely dated anyone shorter than me with most being 5'9" and taller.  I'm currently seeing someone who is 4'11" and it's just weird...

It's never been a problem for me or anyone I've ever dated.

I dont date anyone shorter than me either, we aint shetland ponies.

Jan 29 13 11:12 am Link

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Retiredmodel

Posts: 7884

Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01503/ho-white-beer-ad_1503204c.jpg

lol

Jan 29 13 11:18 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33529

Los Angeles, California, US

OP is gone

Jan 29 13 11:27 am Link

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ontherocks

Posts: 22603

Salem, Oregon, US

supposedly women on online dating sites commonly take an inch or two off their height. according to one woman the guys who have to find their mates through online dating tend to be on the shorter side.

Jan 29 13 11:31 am Link

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hygvhgvkhy

Posts: 2092

Chicago, Illinois, US

Noy Liron L wrote:
I'm 5'5, while I have not much height limits in dating (long as it's not too tall or too short), there have been men who get annoyed when me, or other women, wear heels near them because we get slightly taller than them.

Current bf is 5'6, thankfully, he's ok with it. You guys/girls?

My bf is only a few inches taller than me, and I'm fond of heels. But with 4-5 inch heels on my birthday he still ended up taller than me.

He was sad before he put his shoes on tho(-: It does look a little in natural, but only because I'm so used to being shorter. As long as he's okay with it, and he should be, what you wear Is your decision, then you should be fine(:

Jan 29 13 11:31 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

this thread is 7 months old.

who revived it? and why?

Jan 29 13 11:35 am Link

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Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21641

Portland, Oregon, US

Noy Liron L wrote:
I'm 5'5, while I have not much height limits in dating (long as it's not too tall or too short), there have been men who get annoyed when me, or other women, wear heels near them because we get slightly taller than them.

Current bf is 5'6, thankfully, he's ok with it. You guys/girls?

I'm 6 feet.  I have to admit that I'm a bit nervous being close to really small/short woman (e.g. < 5'3") -- I just feel that anyone that small is too fragile to, umm, "wrestle" with me. 

But other than that, I have no problems.  In my day, I've dates two different women who were 6'4 - 6'5.  One was a basketball player, and both of us were fine with the disparity.  The other was a bit self-conscious -- she always wore flats, and like to kiss me on the steps (with me on a higher step); she also slouched a lot.  That wasn't good -- she needed a taller boyfriend.

Jan 29 13 12:17 pm Link

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Shon D.- Homme

Posts: 3207

Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

ArtisticPhotography wrote:
If he wasn't okay with being 5'6"; what would he do about it?

Noy Liron L wrote:
Thankfully, he's ok with me being in heels

And if he weren't....?

Jan 29 13 02:02 pm Link

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Russian Katarina

Posts: 1413

London, England, United Kingdom

Noy Liron L wrote:
I'm 5'5, while I have not much height limits in dating (long as it's not too tall or too short), there have been men who get annoyed when me, or other women, wear heels near them because we get slightly taller than them.

Current bf is 5'6, thankfully, he's ok with it. You guys/girls?

I'm 5'11 - which is 6'2 on a night out - and have dated awesome men ranging from 5'8 to 7 ft.

It's only an issue when the guy makes it an issue - and men with a lack of self confidence come in all sizes.

Jan 29 13 02:07 pm Link

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Russian Katarina

Posts: 1413

London, England, United Kingdom

Ronin_LLC wrote:
Someone needed to post this so here it is a semi accuracy chart of the average height of men by country.

If you think you are short check out Cambodia's average height.

Countries     Height (cm)     Height (in)     Population
Netherlands     181,0     5’11.3″     16,318,199

The Dutch need to be tall so that they can look over their levees.

Jan 29 13 02:07 pm Link

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_eMMe_

Posts: 842

Florence, Toscana, Italy

I'm not so tall, but I LOVE very tall men. I like to look down-up my boyfriend even when I have very high heels. I'm a quite self confident woman, but I like to feel protect when I'm with my boyfriend, It is like take a rest from responsability.

PS 173 cm average high in Italy? Are you kidding? For both men and women I hope, here most of the girls are 5 cm smaller than me.

Jan 29 13 02:10 pm Link

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All Yours Photography

Posts: 2338

Toledo, Ohio, US

I have a niece who is 5' 13" because she refuses to be six feet tall.  She was always self-conscious about her height, but she has now married a guy 6' 5" and will now even wear heels.

I've heard that for rule of thumb, your adult height will be twice that on your second birthday.  If that holds true, their older son will end up 6' 7".

Jan 30 13 01:36 am Link

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Bernadette Newberry

Posts: 130

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

I'm not vain about a whole lot (I have been called a chubby chaser on a few occasions - haha) but that's one of my few physical requirements. Decent skin... not gross teeth.... taller than me. A good personality takes care of the rest. I still feel vain when I see a tall girl/short guy couple and think "nnnnnope!"

Jan 30 13 01:56 am Link

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Becky-Marie

Posts: 265

Miami, Florida, US

Haha, my bf is like 6'0 while I'm 4'11... issues? Yeah, there are some... but I wouldn't have it any other way! :3

Jan 30 13 02:25 am Link

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DivaEroticus

Posts: 14706

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

My man has to be taller than me, even when I'm wearing heels.  There's something completely feminine (to me) about having a tall man bend over me to kiss me.

Jan 30 13 04:23 am Link

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Lauren Reynolds Makeup

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London, England, United Kingdom

My boyfriend and I are the same height (5'9), I wear heels. I like my height, hes comfortable with himself, thus no one else seems to have a problem with it. I think its about confidence and how you carry yourself.

I REALLY don't understand it when girls/guys say they wouldn't date someone who wasn't at least this height/who was no taller than this height, does it really matter that much? Would you REALLY not go out with someone who was otherwise lovely, just because you worry about what other people think about your height difference? It's ridicously shallow.

Jan 30 13 06:13 am Link

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DivaEroticus

Posts: 14706

Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Lauren Reynolds MUA wrote:
My boyfriend and I are the same height (5'9), I wear heels. I like my height, hes comfortable with himself, thus no one else seems to have a problem with it. I think its about confidence and how you carry yourself.

I REALLY don't understand it when girls/guys say they wouldn't date someone who wasn't at least this height/who was no taller than this height, does it really matter that much? Would you REALLY not go out with someone who was otherwise lovely, just because you worry about what other people think about your height difference? It's ridicously shallow.

For me, it has absolutely nothing to do with what others think.  It's my preference.  I need a man who's taller than me.  Period.  You don't need to understand it.  If you think that's shallow...have at it.

Jan 30 13 06:55 am Link

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DHayes Photography

Posts: 4851

Richmond, Virginia, US

At 5'6", I'm one of the taller members of my family - all of my sisters are five feet tall or under.  Almost all the women I've ever dated have been taller than I am.  I once dated an Asian woman who was taller than me!!!  My current girlfriend is almost six feet tall.  No problems.

Jan 30 13 10:42 am Link

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Affinity Finch

Posts: 652

Bodmin, England, United Kingdom

I'm 5ft 8 and my man is 6ft 4 smile No prpblems there, I have never gone for anyone shorter than me B)

Jan 30 13 10:51 am Link

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RachelReilly

Posts: 1730

Washington, District of Columbia, US

6ft+ only!

Jan 30 13 11:02 am Link

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Russian Katarina

Posts: 1413

London, England, United Kingdom

DivaEroticus wrote:
My man has to be taller than me, even when I'm wearing heels.  There's something completely feminine (to me) about having a tall man bend over me to kiss me.

I find it more important that he is physically stronger, that's non-negotiable for me.

Height is a plus, not a requirement since there just aren't enough men taller than 6'2 out there for a tall woman without seriously limiting her prospects.

Jan 30 13 11:07 am Link

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Lauren Reynolds Makeup

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London, England, United Kingdom

DivaEroticus wrote:

For me, it has absolutely nothing to do with what others think.  It's my preference.  I need a man who's taller than me.  Period.  You don't need to understand it.  If you think that's shallow...have at it.

The comment wasn't aimed specifically at you, by the way. It just seems sad to rule out so many people on height alone, even if they were good looking, strong, charming, kind... I think you have to take people as more of a package. I was with a 6'4 guy beforehand, and a 6' guy before that. I feel no less feminine or protected with my 5'9 boyfriend now. *shrugs* Thats just me I guess.

Jan 30 13 11:32 am Link

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MissLaurelle

Posts: 3532

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

My bf is 5'8''.

& I'm about 5'5'' and wear 4'' heels when I go out.

Yep, he hates it but deals with it.

Jan 30 13 12:20 pm Link

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Andialu

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San Pedro, California, US

The Space Cowboy wrote:
OP is gone

I noticed that too.

Jan 30 13 12:27 pm Link

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Jojo West

Posts: 972

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

I thought I was ok with dating someone shorter than me...I tried. I prefer my partner to be taller than me. It's a power and dominance thing I guess, love having to look up at my husband, and tippy toe to hug or kiss him. I'm weird what can I say. Plus I can wear heels without worrying I will hover over him like the jolly green giant.

Jan 30 13 01:03 pm Link

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DivaEroticus

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

Jojo West wrote:
I thought I was ok with dating someone shorter than me...I tried. I prefer my partner to be taller than me. It's a power and dominance thing I guess, love having to look up at my husband, and tippy toe to hug or kiss him. I'm weird what can I say. Plus I can wear heels without worrying I will hover over him like the jolly green giant.

It's not weird.  I'm the same way.

Jan 30 13 01:15 pm Link

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Anna Adrielle

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Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

I've dated shorter guys and I've dated taller guys. It doesn't matter to me... but in my experience, it's always the guy who ends up not being able to handle it.

If I could choose, I'd go for a taller guy.

that being said... I've been watching game of thrones lately, and there's this dwarf actor... if there was a man kind of like him... his character is funny, and very intelligent, confident, and a great lover, and he has a very handsome face, I'd certainly be intrigued smile.
(and not in a freaky "oh I have to try this" kind of way, but just genuinely intrigued)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VNY4S7KRmLA/T_fIdpJ5i5I/AAAAAAAADwg/5RxTxFYS0h0/s400/game+of+thrones.jpeg


http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2012/01/peter_dinklage_a_p.jpg

Peter Dinklage

Jan 30 13 01:29 pm Link

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MissLaurelle

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Anna Adrielle wrote:
that being said... I've been watching game of thrones lately, and there's this dwarf actor... if there was a man kind of like him... his character is funny, and very intelligent, confident, and a great lover, and he has a very handsome face, I'd certainly be intrigued smile.
(and not in a freaky "oh I have to try this" kind of way, but just genuinely intrigued)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2012/01/peter_dinklage_a_p.jpg

Peter Dinklage

+1  hehe *blushes*

Jan 30 13 01:32 pm Link

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Shelbiee Savage

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Gainesville, Florida, US

I'm 6'2''. Every guy I've dated has been at least 3 inches SHORTER than me. It doesn't bother me, but it definitely bothers the guys and other people. Plus, high schoolers are relentless 99.99999% of the time. It's life.

Jan 30 13 01:33 pm Link

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Anna Adrielle

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Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

MissLaurelle wrote:

+1  hehe *blushes*

I knew I couldn't be the only one :p

Jan 30 13 01:34 pm Link

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BlueMoonPics

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New York, New York, US

I've always wanted to date someone close to my height, 6'1".
I danced with a six footer once and dated girls around 5'10".
I like tall women. smile

Jan 30 13 01:34 pm Link

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Heather Lilly

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Wiesbaden, Hassia, Germany

oh man... at 5'9 the height game blows!! I like to feel small next to a guy, and I like a guy who is confident in himself to not get insecure with me wearing heels and being over 6 foot! smile   

I had my share of 6' guys that were very unhappy with me wearing anything other than flats, but lucky for me- my 6'4 hubby has no problem with it! smile

Jan 30 13 02:24 pm Link

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J Jessica

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, US

I'm taller than my boyfriend.
o.O
I am about 5'8" and I think he's 5'6" or 5'7".

Jan 30 13 02:40 pm Link

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Anna Adrielle

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Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Heather Lilly wrote:
oh man... at 5'9 the height game blows!! I like to feel small next to a guy, and I like a guy who is confident in himself to not get insecure with me wearing heels and being over 6 foot! smile   

I had my share of 6' guys that were very unhappy with me wearing anything other than flats, but lucky for me- my 6'4 hubby has no problem with it! smile

okay, I just had to say something tongue

being 6'1 I find it extremely annoying when people that are 5'9 complain about their height... sorry :p

same with people going ''oooh, you are tall! I have a cousin who is also very tall! Like, 5'9''


grrr....

Jan 31 13 06:28 am Link

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DivaEroticus

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Fayetteville, Arkansas, US

BlueMoonPics wrote:
I've always wanted to date someone close to my height, 6'1".
I danced with a six footer once and dated girls around 5'10".
I like tall women. smile

Scratches you off my list. neutral

Jan 31 13 06:43 am Link

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Jojo West

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Silver Spring, Maryland, US

Anna Adrielle wrote:
okay, I just had to say something tongue

being 6'1 I find it extremely annoying when people that are 5'9 complain about their height... sorry :p

same with people going ''oooh, you are tall! I have a cousin who is also very tall! Like, 5'9''


grrr....

Average height for women in most countries is 5'2 to 5'6 so it's understandable why 5'9 is tall to most people.

Jan 31 13 08:19 am Link

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NikkiVendetta

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I had an ex who straight up told me I could not wear heels. To my own grad. No offense but who has the right to tell a girl what to wear on a big day like that? My boots weren't even that tall. They had about an inch heel to them. I wore them anyway but it was still a total piss off. My current boyfriend is pretty much my height and doesn't complain when I wear shoes that make me taller than him so that's a plus. I honestly think if guys are gonna complain about your foot wear then they should just go find a shorter girl.

Feb 01 13 07:12 am Link

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L A F

Posts: 8388

Davenport, Iowa, US

My current beau is 5'6 on a good day, and I'm 5'3/5'4.

It doesn't bother mer.  As for him, he's a bit torn on the whole heels thing.  He loves me in them, but doesn't love the idea of me being taller than him when we're out.

That being said, he doesn't complain, and it hasn't been an issue.

And that's basically how I feel about it.  I don't mind dating a short guy whatsoever...as long as they don't come between me and my shoes.

Feb 01 13 07:26 am Link