Tallest man in U.S. seeks shoes, normalcy

Associated Press
CORRECTS THAT VOVKOVINSKIY IS FROM ROCHESTER, MINN. INSTEAD OF MINNEAPOLIS - Igor Vovkovinskiy, of Rochester, Minn., currently the tallest man in the United States at seven feet eight inches, right, speaks with Trevor Kirby, center, a shoe engineer, 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 a pair of sneakers to Vovkovinskiy at no charge. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Igor Vovkovinskiy flew to Massachusetts on May 3 from Minnesota so shoe engineers at Reebok could try to custom build shoes strong enough to support his massive frame. He's 7 feet, 8 and one-third inches tall. Technicians estimate his shoe size at somewhere between a 22 and 25 — sizes impossible to find at the mall.

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