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. "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, 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. 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 (61)
  • CKoops
    5/03/2017 - 10:56 a.m.

    This is a really cool passage. Um its interesting and i learned new things.

  • JRucker03
    5/03/2017 - 10:58 a.m.

    I think it often that some shoes companies make extra large shoes for Brown kind of feet and also i think that other companies could make bigger shoes for Brown

  • SRamirez02
    5/03/2017 - 10:58 a.m.

    Companies don't usually make size 28 because that's a very big like I just know people with size 15, but 28 that's abnormal. Brown go some big feet i wonder how he can deal with that because he can't get shoes he want and it's difficult to find shoes that size.

  • IDayton02
    5/03/2017 - 11:00 a.m.

    I think it is cool on how the 3-D printer can help people, around the world.

  • RFrias03
    5/03/2017 - 11:00 a.m.

    It's interesting that Feetz was able to make shoes for broc because hes a size 28 for Broc. Also that the shoes made for Broc were comfy for him and fit him right. It's crazy thinking that a human can become so tall and have very large feet. I think it was a good thing what Feetz did for Broc, it's nice seeing that Broc was exited about the shoes.

  • SDudley02
    5/03/2017 - 11:03 a.m.

    More companies won't make extra-large shoes because, it cost too much money just to make the shoe

  • JCole02
    5/03/2017 - 11:04 a.m.

    I did not know that there is a disease called sotos syndrome where you can not stop growing.

  • TFapetu03
    5/03/2017 - 11:04 a.m.

    I think companies don't make extra-large shoes like sizes 20 and up because I don't think many people have that big of a shoe size and considering the fact that the syndrome only affects 1 in 15,000 people.

  • CHoggett03
    5/03/2017 - 11:04 a.m.

    Broc's Sotos Syndrome will allow his giantism to grow this big which does not happen to much people. This is why he can grow big hands and feet do to this syndrome.

  • NBenson17
    5/03/2017 - 11:36 a.m.

    it's got to be really hard having feet that big.you have to pay so much money to just get one pair of shoes.I think it's cool that they volunteered to help them.

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