Sunday, May 07, 2006

Man, 7-Foot-8, Gets New Size-26 Shoes

From -- Can you imagine being 7-foot, 8-inches tall? I can't even fathom being that tall. Well, if you were that tall, you'd understand Igor Vovkovinskiy's problem with finding shoes that fit his size 26 feet and his elation at receiving two pairs of custom-fitted shoes for free from a shoemaker from Germany. Here is an excerpt from the article:

"German shoemaker Georg Wessels traveled across the pond this week to personally deliver some king-size footwear to a Rochester man.

Igor Vovkovinskiy, who stands at 7-foot-8, received three pairs of size-26 shoes crafted specifically to fit his feet.

As part of his business, Wessels makes shoes free-of-charge for the world's 10 tallest people, which include the 23-year-old Ukrainian immigrant.

Wessels said he gets a kick out of helping tall people get properly fitting footwear. "I'm a little bit proud, of course,'' he said. ''We like to make friends all over the world."

Vovkovinskiy, who works for Mayo Clinic's computer help line, said he was in need of the new shoes, having worn one pair for the past three years.

"I was embarrassed to go to the Mayo Clinic with my shoes this year because they are so black and worn out,'' he said. "Now it's like a new beginning."

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