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)
  • katelyn3-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:09 p.m.

    Companies work with supply and demand, if there isn't the demand then they're not going to supply the good. More companies don't make extra-large shoes because cerebral gigantism only affects about one in every 15,000 people, so companies don't feel the need to make extra-large shoes because there isn't a large demand for them.

  • jarrett1-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:09 p.m.

    I never thought that anyone in the world would ever have grown to have to wear sixe 28 shoes and not have anyone actually not make that shoes size. Also the companies wont make big size shoes because people with large shoes sizes are vary rare and 1 in every 15000 people have the same disorder as him so companies don't want to over make the shoes size and not make any profit.

  • colton-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:13 p.m.

    That is so cool that he has custom fit shoes that big. That is cool that they can make shoes that big with a 3-D printer and for them to be comfortable too. Its rare people have his disease and it costs more money to make regular shoes that big.

  • jacquelyn-war
    4/07/2017 - 12:23 p.m.

    Many companies use supply and demand in order to know how many goods they should make. Companies don't make extra-large shoes because there isn't a demand for them. Cerebral gigantism only affect every 1 in 15,000 people, so the demand isn't there, the companies wouldn't make enough money making them.

  • john16-war
    4/07/2017 - 01:38 p.m.

    He has big feet!

  • hayley-war
    4/07/2017 - 01:39 p.m.

    I've never met anyone who has that big od feet! I also have never met anyone who had to buy shoes from a 3D printer.

  • brandon4-war
    4/07/2017 - 01:40 p.m.

    It must be very difficult to have such large feet and especially being so tall because getting into a car and driving it will be very difficult. and to have to pay so much for a pair of shoes is ridiculous so its good that hes able to get some cheaper now.

  • hanna-war
    4/07/2017 - 01:40 p.m.

    Since many people fall in the range of average shoe size most companies make only those shoe sizes. To produce a small amount of shoes out of that size to a company is unbeneficial because they want to accommodate to the mass population. More companies should make shoes in larger sizes so people have more of a variety at lower prices.

  • olivia-war
    4/07/2017 - 01:43 p.m.

    I never even knew they made shoes that big. It's cool that there is someone who has that big of a shoe size. They are cool looking.

  • kaitlyn-war
    4/07/2017 - 01:43 p.m.

    I can't believe that he's 7-feet-8 inches and still not done growing! It's crazy that he's only 18, just imagine how tall he'll be when he's 20. I wonder how big his shoes are and like they must be heavy.

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