Michigan teen gets size-28 shoes, thanks to 3-D printer In a Wednesday, March 1, 2017 photo, Broc Brown puts on his new shoes as Feetz CEO Lucy Beard watches at his grandmother's home in Michigan Center, Mich. (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)
Michigan teen gets size-28 shoes, thanks to 3-D printer
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A 19-year-old Michigan man has been in the Guinness Book of World Records. He was the world's tallest teenager. Now he finally found an affordable pair of shoes to fit his feet. They are size 28.  The shoes are thanks to a 3-D printer.
 
Broc Brown is 7-feet-8 inches tall. He has Sotos Syndrome. It is also known as cerebral gigantism. It affects about one in 15,000 people, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.
 
Brown's aunt is Stacy Snyder. She said that along with abnormal size, Sotos causes Brown to have chronic back and knee pain. It also causes other ailments. Snyder said no one is sure when he will stop growing.
 
"I can walk in a store and walk out with five pairs of shoes if I want to," she said. "He can't."
 
California-based Feetz stepped in to help. The shoe company uses an app to convert photos of someone's feet into a 3-D model. His feet can be measured to create custom-fit shoes. They are made by a 3-D printer.
 
Lucy Beard is the Feetz CEO. She delivered a pair of black and red shoes to Brown at his home. He lives in Michigan Center. The shoes were the colors of Brown's favorite basketball team. That team is the Chicago Bulls.
 
"Whoa," Brown said. "Heck, I don't like them. I love them. Thank you."
 
Beard said it was a first for the company.
 
"We've never done a shoe this big before. But we're just excited to get Broc some comfy shoes," Beard said. "We're really just honored to do this."
 
Beard said Feetz shoes cost between $99 and $250. Typical custom-fit shoes cost a minimum of $400 to $500.
 
Brown was considered the tallest teenager in the world. That was true tntil he turned 18 in 2015. After that he could no longer qualify. Brown thinks he can get back in the Guinness Book of World Records with his new shoes.
 
"These definitely are the world's largest 3-D-printed shoes," he said.

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Why don't more companies make extra-large shoes?
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COMMENTS (5)
  • perryg-har
    4/06/2017 - 01:10 p.m.

    Companies don't make extra-large shoes because not much people in the world have very large feet like Broc. Also because the company wouldn't make a lot of money because no one will buy them. And the shoes are really expencive depending on what size they are, and in Broc's case it say's in paragraph 10 it states " Beard said Feetz shoes cost between $99 and $250. Typical custom-fit shoes cost a minimum of $400 to $500".

  • chris25-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:05 p.m.

    More companies don't make extra-large shoes, because more people don't have extra-large feet.

  • angrycheeseburger-
    5/18/2017 - 11:11 a.m.

    The reason companies usually don't make extra-large shoes is because people don't really need them except if you are like Broc. If they did provide size 28 shoes they would not be making that much money compared to normal sized shoes. If they only made the extra-large size shoes when some one needs them that would save money and material. It's best to make them on an as needed basis.

  • chadg-kut
    5/23/2017 - 02:19 p.m.

    Some companies do not think about types of kids that have really big feet and some kids cannot afford to pay $400 dollars for one pair of shoes. I think more companies should make large shoes and for less money.

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