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Tallest man in US gets custom-made tennis shoes

Friday - 10/19/2012, 3:59am  ET

AP: 275fd6b8-2d02-46e8-a911-9dca0a882983
Igor Vovkovinskiy has the biggest feet of anyone in the United States and now, after 16 surgeries over the years from ill-fitting shoes, he's finally been fitted with a custom pair of Reeboks. ( AP/Rochester Post-Bulletin, Michele Jokinen)

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - It was a tall order to fill, but the tallest man in the United States now has his own custom-made tennis shoes.

Igor Vovkovinskiy (voh-kov-IN'-ski) stands just over 7 feet, 8 inches tall. He's long struggled to find shoes for his size 24, 10E feet.

But the 30-year-old Minnesota man received three custom-made pairs Thursday from Reebok that took five months to make. As he tried on a pair, he said it felt as if he were "walking on pillows or mattresses."

For as long as he can remember, he's had one pair of shoes. He says he's had 16 foot surgeries in six years because of damage caused by ill-fitting shoes.

The Post-Bulletin reports that Vovkovinskiy knew who he'd tell first about his new shoes, saying: "My mom."

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