Tallest man in US in Mass. seeking shoes, normalcy

Tallest man in US in Mass. seeking shoes, normalcy

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Igor Vovkovinskiy, of Minneapolis, currently the tallest man in the United States at seven feet eight inches, has an imprint taken of his foot by technicians as part of a shoe fitting at Reebok headquarters, in Canton, Mass., Thursday, May 3, 2012. Vovkovinskiy, who has a shoe size between 22 and 26, says he's had 16 surgeries in six years to fix problems created by shoes that didn't fit. Reebok is providing the shoes at no charge. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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by RODRIQUE NGOWI

KMOV.com

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

CANTON, Mass. (AP) -- The tallest man in the United States has traveled from Minnesota to Massachusetts for a custom shoe-fitting with Reebok that he hopes will help him live a normal life.

Igor Vovkovinskiy says he's had 16 surgeries in six years to fix problems created by shoes that didn't fit. He's 7 feet, 8 inches tall and says his shoe size is somewhere between a 22 and 26.

He was at Reebok headquarters in Canton on Thursday for a complex shoe-fitting that involved, among other things, custom pressure-mounting equipment and a handful of technicians.

Vovkovinskiy says his only shoes have no traction, making it "suicidal" to leave his home.

Reebok says it's building the shoes because they want to help. The company says the project will cost between $12,000 and $20,000.

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