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
Lexile

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/ They fit his size-28 feet. The shoes are thanks to a 3-D printer.
 
Broc Brown is 7-feet-8 inches tall. He has Sotos Syndrome, also known as cerebral gigantism. It affects about one in 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. "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. The shoes were 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."
 
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. That is compared to 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. 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 shoes," he said.

Filed Under:  
Assigned 512 times
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why don't more companies make extra-large shoes?
Write your answers in the comments section below


COMMENTS (162)
  • joeyh-
    4/05/2017 - 08:34 a.m.

    There isn't a huge need for extra-large shoes, so companies don't want to waste money on machinery that not a lot of people are going to even need.

  • tamiam-pay
    4/05/2017 - 11:36 a.m.

    Good for him. 3D Printing can benefit an abundance of people with disabilities and perhaps other things in the future.

  • ellyb-orv
    4/05/2017 - 11:55 a.m.

    that's really cool you can make shoes with a 3d printer. he also has really big feet.

  • kemblya-
    4/05/2017 - 01:01 p.m.

    because not a lot of of people have large feet and a 3d printer could cost a lot of money and they can't afford

  • brandona52163-
    4/05/2017 - 01:09 p.m.

    3d printing take a large amount of time to create some more they will need a lot of material

  • daltons1-ste
    4/05/2017 - 01:11 p.m.

    Why has this not happened sooner. We have had the technology for around three years. This should have happened like two and a half years ago.

  • chadm-orv
    4/05/2017 - 02:19 p.m.

    Because most people don't need a shoe that's in a size 28 and if they did make a shoes that size they would probably just lose money with all of the shoes that weren't purchased.

  • kirshaunm-orv
    4/05/2017 - 02:40 p.m.

    Broc Brown,is a very tall man.
    Winning World Records to Broc must be easy because he already has two for something that he can't control.
    Who has photos of size 28 shoes?

  • ryanns-har
    4/05/2017 - 02:44 p.m.

    Companies don't make extra-large shoes because of the cost. In the passage, it states, "shoes cost between $99 and $250. That is compared to the typical custom-fit shoes that cost a minimum of $400 to $500." This is showing that the shoes cost more to buy, which means it cost a lot to make. With this, the people are probably not making extra-big shoes because a lot of people don't need extra-big shoes.

  • richardk-orv
    4/05/2017 - 05:59 p.m.

    No one's foot is so big and only a few people can fit over size 8. I was relieved when they made a size 8 shoes for Michigan.

Take the Quiz Leave a comment
ADVERTISEMENT