Stepping up: She's two inches taller than him, but Tom Cruise still managed to measure up to Kate Middleton as they stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere
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She’s already two inches taller than him and took herself over 6ft in a pair of stilettos.

But Tom Cruise, who is 5ft 7, still managed to measure up to Kate Middleton as they stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere on Thursday night.

The actor, 59, looked barely an inch shorter than the Duchess of Cambridge, who measures 5ft 9, as he stood beside her at the event in London’s Leicester Square.

Stepping up: She's two inches taller than him, but Tom Cruise still managed to measure up to Kate Middleton as they stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere

Stepping up: She’s two inches taller than him, but Tom Cruise still managed to measure up to Kate Middleton as they stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere

Tom, widely thought to wear lifts in his shoes, boosted his height with a pair of black suit shoes with a stacked heel as he stepped out in a black tuxedo at the premiere.

Kate, who attended the event with her husband Prince William, looked elegant in an off-the-shoulder black dress which she teamed with pointed black high heels.

Tom gave Kate, 40, a helping hand as they climbed the red carpet staircase, and he appeared almost the same height as the mother-of-three as they took the stairs side-by-side.

Deceptive: The 5ft 7 actor, 59, looked barely an inch shorter than the Duchess of Cambridge, who measures 5ft 9, as he stood alongside her at the event in London's Leicester Square

Deceptive: The 5ft 7 actor, 59, looked barely an inch shorter than the Duchess of Cambridge, who measures 5ft 9, as he stood alongside her at the event in London’s Leicester Square

It is not the first time that Tom’s apparently ever-changing height has been noticed as he has appeared to be the same height as many of his taller female co-stars at events, sparking speculation he wears shoe lifts.

While he has never commented on the theory, Tom was often pictured matching the height of his ex-wife Katie Holmes, who at 5ft 9 and wearing heels at least three inches high, should have dwarfed him in stature. 

The rumours resurfaced again when Tom was on the promotional trail for the 2010 action film Knight And Day. At many promotional events he would match the height of his co-star Cameron Diaz, who is 5ft 9. 

What's in those shoes? Tom, widely thought to wear lifts in his shoes, boosted his height in black suit shoes with a stacked heel

What’s in those shoes? Tom, widely thought to wear lifts in his shoes, boosted his height in black suit shoes with a stacked heel

Inserts are insoles that can be placed inside a shoe to lift the wearer’s heel up, giving them some extra height and making them appear taller.

 A more extreme alternative, the so-called ‘elevator shoe’, sees the lift made an integral part of the footwear, allowing a man to boost his height by as much as four inches. 

A full set of shoe lifts can cost £250, while a single pair of off-the-shelf elevator shoes will set you back between £50 and £100, with bespoke pairs costing up to £1,700. 

Elsewhere at the star-studded premiere, which came one day after Top Gun: Maverick’s screening at Cannes Film Festival, Tom was seen mingling with his co-stars Miles Teller and Jennifer Connolly.

The sequel to Tony Scott’s classic 1986 blockbuster Top Gun has been unanimously praised in early reviews with one even declaring that it ‘improves upon the original in every conceivable way’.

Tom, who is famous for doing his own stunts, is said to have trained to withstand G-force power and actually flew in real fighter jets for the sequel.

Peter Hoskin for the Daily Mail gave the film five stars, writing: ‘Whenever the film threatens to become too cosy, it shocks itself – and us – back into the present with another madly ambitious action sequence.’

Looking tall: Tom gave Kate, 40, a helping hand as they climbed the staircase, and he appeared to be almost the same height as the mother-of-three as they took the stairs side-by-side

Looking tall: Tom gave Kate, 40, a helping hand as they climbed the staircase, and he appeared to be almost the same height as the mother-of-three as they took the stairs side-by-side

Heels: Kate, who attended the event with her husband Prince William, looked elegant in an off-the-shoulder black dress which she teamed with pointed black steep high heels

Heels: Kate, who attended the event with her husband Prince William, looked elegant in an off-the-shoulder black dress which she teamed with pointed black steep high heels

Tom – who plays Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell – underwent a full Aviation Survival Training Curriculum before going up in the US Navy F-18, as did his co-stars. 

They worked up to the supersonic jets by going up in a succession of slower planes first over many months.

Much has been made of Tom’s insistence on real flying scenes, with no CGI work. He has said in numerous interviews that he refused to even talk about a Top Gun sequel unless they flew in real planes.

Tom said: ‘For years, people had said, ‘Can’t you shoot [the movie] with CGI?’ And I always said, ‘No. That’s not the experience.’ I said, ‘I need to find the right story. And we’re going to need the right team. This movie is like trying to hit a bullet with a bullet. I’m not playing.’

Heel lifts: Tom's fluctuating height has sparked speculation he wears shoe inserts, which are are insoles that can be placed inside a shoe to lift the wearer's heel up

Heel lifts: Tom’s fluctuating height has sparked speculation he wears shoe inserts, which are are insoles that can be placed inside a shoe to lift the wearer’s heel up

Chatting: At the star-studded premiere, Tom was seen mingling with his co-stars Miles Teller and Jennifer Connolly

Exciting: The premiere came one day after the film's screening at Cannes Film Festival

Chatting: At the star-studded premiere, Tom was seen mingling with his co-stars Miles Teller and Jennifer Connolly

And Miles – who plays the son of Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw in – previously told how Tom put all of the cast through intense training to help them prepare for the project. 

‘We were all mini Toms making this movie. He put us through… I’ll just call it a “Tom Cruise boot camp”. We were getting in killer shape,’ he told Total Film magazine. 

He explained there was a lot of detail going into the performance, adding: ‘For the stunts and stuff that Tom does in movies, it’s usually a very specific type of training.’ 

‘You’re not just going into the gym and lifting some weights. We did flight training for three months before we started filming… We got put through the wringer.’ 

Top Gun: Maverick is soaring into UK cinemas on May 25 and May 27 in the US.

Impressive: The sequel to Tony Scott's classic 1986 blockbuster Top Gun has been unanimously praised in early reviews (Tom Cruise pictured in character as Maverick)

Impressive: The sequel to Tony Scott’s classic 1986 blockbuster Top Gun has been unanimously praised in early reviews (Tom Cruise pictured in character as Maverick)

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