Tallest man in U.S. gets giant size 24 shoes

Tallest man in U.S. gets giant size 24 shoes
Igor Vovkovinskiy speaks with WCCO reporter Holly Wagner about his new custom made size 24 Reebok Shoes Thursday, October 18, 2012. (AP Photo/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 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."