Dear Shopping Savage,
I am a 27-year old woman who stands at a staggering 4' 11". After college, and several jobs where I was referred to as, "hey you, kid!", I really began obsessing over my height. I'm beginning to feel as though its starting to take its toll on me personally and professionally. Is there a way to appear taller that doesn't involve fun house mirrors or vertical stripes?
You may not like what I'm about to say, but you're just going to have to embrace every inch of yourself and let go of your hang-ups. It sounds like you've already tried these tips so there's really not much more to be said.
It's funny though that you mention "fun house mirrors." Just about everyone is guilty of trying to mask some "imperfection" with 'fashion' fun house mirrors - body shapers, hair extensions, color contacts, etc. - and in your case, at the end of the day, when the vertical stripes are put away, the hair is laid flat and you're enjoying your nightly foot soak compliments of the skyscraper heels you opt for, you're right back where you started.
What exactly do you feel is interfering with you "personally and professionally": how tall you are, or your complex about how tall you are not? It sounds like your height isn't the issue here - more than anything, it sounds like you need to elevate your self-esteem to the height you would like to be and strut through each day with that mentality.
So I'm going to encourage you to purchase some form of ballet flats - and I mean flats; platforms do not count! - and test them out one weekend. Have fun with your shortcomings and accept that we all have body image issues to work through. Let go of all that negativity towards your self-image and learn not to sweat the small stuff. As for others' negative comments, you just have to let them roll off your back, or, if I may, go right over your head.
For some of you other ladies, you may also want to tread lightly in your heels.