Kind People Buy America’s Tallest Man Shoes That Fit [VIDEO]
I can relate to this story. Finding anything that fits me is hard enough as it is..
According to the Good News website:
At 7 foot 8 inches, Igor Vovkovinskiy, a 29-year-old Ukranian immigrant now living in Minnesota, is the tallest person in the United States, and one of the tallest in the world. For six years now, Vovkovinskiy hasn’t been able to find a pair of shoes that properly fit his monstrous feet, which are so big they can’t even be measured. Instead, Vovkovinskiy wears shapeless clogs, which have no arch support and no traction for Minnesota’s icy streets. Without good, stable shoes, Vovkovinskiy has suffered a rampant degeneration of his feet, forcing him to undergo 16 surgeries in the last five years. Vovkovinskiy has written to every major shoe brand in America begging them to make him a custom pair of shoes. Only Reebok responded, telling Vovkovinskiy that making his shoes would cost a whopping $16,000.
Goaded on by his friends, in the beginning of March, Vovkovinskiy set up a website asking for donations to help him buy a pair of shoes. Less than four weeks later, hundreds of Americans have contributed more than $30,000 to the Vovkovinskiy shoe fund, allowing him to buy at least two pairs of quality shoes. It turns out TOMS isn’t the only one operating in the charity shoe space.
I’m fortunate to only have size 13′s, but am having the hardest time ever finding pants that are long enough. Ever since the local Big and Tall man shop closed down I’ve had to shop online for my jeans. And that’s always a crap shoot since I can’t try them on. And before you say “go to JC Penny’s in the Southgate Mall”, sorry, I just can’t get down with high-waist Steve Jobs lookin’ stonewashed Levi’s. Hmm, maybe I should start up my own website that asks people to help me find size 42″ with a 36″ inseam? It worked for this big guy!