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Published:March 29th, 2012 12:35 EST

Tallest Man In America Needs $15,000 For New Shoes

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Minnesota man believed to be the tallest in the United States said donations to his Web site will allow him to buy a new pair of special shoes and then some.

Igor Vovkivinskiy of Rochester, a college student who stands at 7 feet, 8 inches tall, said the 15 foot surgeries he has had in the past three years make it difficult for him to walk without shoes offering proper support. He said he was told by officials at Reebok a pair of size 26 shoes would cost $15,000 to have specially made."


I am naturally skeptical of anyone who sets up a Web site to solicit donations from gullible people. I don`t care how big Igor`s feet are, does it really cost $15,000 for Reebok to make some sneakers for him?

Some less cynical persons may counsel me that I shouldn`t judge Igor until I`ve walked a mile in his over-sized shoes, but I just can`t get over anyone, even a giant, paying so much for a pair of tennis shoes.

Send a donation to Igor? Yeah right after I send $5,000 to a Nigerian prince so he can pay ransom to a warlord who is holding his deaf and blind cancer-stricken 5-year-old daughter as a hostage.

Hey dude, buy your own damn shoes.

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