CANTON, Mass., (UPI) — Massachusetts athletic shoe company Reebok has signed on to created a special pair of shoes for the tallest man in the United States.
Igor Vovkovinskiy, a 29-year-old Minnesotan who stands 7 feet and 8.33 inches tall, has not been able to find shoes big enough for him until Reebok agreed to custom make him a pair, free of charge, the Boston Herald reported.
Vovkovinskiy, thought to be America’s tallest man, has had numerous surgeries on his feet due to improperly fitting shoes.
“Right now, doing the simplest thing, like walking a few steps down the hallway, is an excruciating thing,” he said. “I’ve basically been a prisoner of my home.”
Vovkovinskiy visited Reebok’s Canton, Mass., headquarters Thursday for a series of measurements, scans and pressure tests to ensure a proper fit for the expected size 26 pair of sneakers.
The shoes are expected to cost Reebok between $12,000 and $20,000.
“The most expensive pair to make is the first one, because we have to do trial and error to get the right shape, the right fit and the right feel for him,” said Ambrose Hayes, Reebok’s team leader for men’s sports development.
Vovkovinskiy’s shoes are expected to be ready within the next 14 weeks.