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 who has been in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest teenager has finally found an affordable pair of shoes to fit his size-28 feet, thanks to a 3-D printer.
 
Broc Brown, who is 7-feet-8 inches tall, has Sotos Syndrome, also known as cerebral gigantism, which affects about one in every 15,000 people, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.
 
Brown's aunt, Stacy Snyder, said that along with abnormal size, Sotos causes Brown to have chronic back and knee pain, along with 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, but. "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, which can be measured to create custom-fit shoes manufactured by a 3-D printer.
 
Feetz CEO Lucy Beard delivered a pair of black and red shoes to Brown at his home in Michigan Center last week, in the colors of Brown's favorite basketball team, the Chicago Bulls.
 
"Whoa," Brown said, "heck, I don't like them, I love them. Thank you."
 
"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, versus the typical custom-fit shoes that cost a minimum of $400 to $500.
 
Until he turned 18 in 2015 and could no longer qualify, he was considered the tallest teenager in the world, and now, with his new shoes, Brown thinks he can get back in the Guinness Book of World Records.
 
"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 (43)
  • anthony3-war
    4/06/2017 - 09:57 a.m.

    Its amazing how tall he is. And I thought I was tall. Its good that we now have this technology to help other people. Just imagine the things we can make now.

  • michaela2-war
    4/06/2017 - 10:09 a.m.

    This is really cool I didn't know that there was anyone with this foot size.

  • jarrod-war
    4/06/2017 - 10:19 a.m.

    Shoe companies are always facing different shoe types and foot types but when a person with a size 28 foot size comes in they don't know how to react. Shoe companies have a wide range for sizes but when it comes to Broc Brown their is an exception because shoe companies don't want to spend time on just one persons feet when they could be producing more shoes then just one. This is a smart thing to do because it allows you to make more money and have a higher production rate.

  • jharial-pay
    4/07/2017 - 08:11 a.m.

    I personally think that other companies don't make extra large shoes, because, maybe, it would cost the company more money to do so. Furthermore, not many people would need such large shoes, like the article stated only 1 in every 15,000 people have the need for it.

  • joshuas-pay
    4/07/2017 - 08:18 a.m.

    Companies don't make extra large shoes simply because it costs too much. According to the article, shoes cost between $99 and $250, as compared the typical custom-fit shoes that cost a minimum of $400 to $500. So with this, companies shy away from making custom shoes because they feel that not a lot of people wear extra large shoes so they shy away from making them.

  • gabby-war
    4/07/2017 - 10:17 a.m.

    Not many companies make extra-large shoes because there are very few people who actually need that large of a shoe. It is nice that some companies actually make sizes that are large enough for people like Broc Brown. Even if they cannot get their shoes at the store, at least they can order them.

  • connor2-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:05 p.m.

    It is cool that he was in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the tallest teenager in the world. It must kind of suck to be him thought because he needs to have custom clothing and stuff like that made for him since hes such a tall person. I am glad that he was able to get a pair of shoes that fit him because he can now do more activities outside.

  • hannah6-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:06 p.m.

    I cant believe his feet are size 28! If I was him, I would be embarrassed to have feet that big. I think its really cool that he was able to get a pair of shoes that would fit him, and I'm happy for him.

  • joey2-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:07 p.m.

    Companies do not make more extra-large shoes for different reasons. Companies do not make them because not everyone has cerebral gigantism, so they do not need the extra-large shoes. Also, people are able to find shoes their size very easily, so there is little need for the companies making the larger shoes.

  • shaylonna-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:08 p.m.

    I think more companies don't make extra-large shoes because it may cost the company too much money and time to do this.

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