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/ 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.

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Why don't more companies make extra-large shoes?
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COMMENTS (168)
  • aidenj57-
    4/06/2017 - 08:33 a.m.

    they dont make extra-large shoes because it costs more to make and they lose money

  • sterlingt-
    4/06/2017 - 08:36 a.m.

    what is this syndrome and how could you do it and how did he brake the world record

  • antonioc1222-
    4/06/2017 - 08:37 a.m.

    They don't make extra large shoes because the price range for regular shoes is about 99-250 dollars, if they make an extra large the price will largely increase to about 400-500 dollars and that's more than enough to spend on shoes.

  • natalies-
    4/06/2017 - 08:37 a.m.

    Not many people have the size feet that Broc does, so it would be a waste of money to produce them, if not many people would buy them.

  • kelliek-
    4/06/2017 - 08:38 a.m.

    Companies don't make extra-large shoes because a lot of people don't need extra-large shoes. This disease only affects 1 in 15,000 people, so that's not a lot.

  • devynm13-
    4/06/2017 - 08:38 a.m.

    I think that Companies don't make extra-large shoes because of the cost. It takes around 400 to 500 dollars to make just one custom extra large shoe, image making enough to where you can keep them in stock.

  • mariano-
    4/06/2017 - 08:38 a.m.

    The syndrome that Brown had is a very rare syndrome. They never needed to make shoes this big, but there are people with this syndrome brown being one of them. They finally met someone that was this big and he needed shoes, this was their first time

  • wesleya-
    4/06/2017 - 08:39 a.m.

    Cause not a lot people have big feet so it's not common for companies to make big shoes. Also they have to use more material for more different size shoes.

  • dejaunn-
    4/06/2017 - 08:40 a.m.

    not many people have huge feet. Also it cost alot of money.

  • gabriellem-har
    4/06/2017 - 10:42 a.m.

    More companies don't make extra-large shoes because extra large shoes cost a lot of money and not very many people need extra-large shoes. In the passage, "Michigan teen gets size-28 shoes, thanks to 3-D printer" the associated press states, "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"(paragraph 10). This quote shows that even Feetz shoes are expensive especially for people who need extra-large shoes. Paragraph 2 states, "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". This quote shows that more companies don't make extra-large shoes because only one in 15,000 people have Sotos Syndrome so it would be a waste of money to make extra-large shoes when not many people need them.

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