Tallest man in U.S. gets $25,000 for shoes

March 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn., March 28 (UPI) -- 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, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, reported Wednesday.

Vovkivinskiy, who came to the United States from Ukraine as a child, said his friends recommended he start a Web page to solicit donations to go toward the special shoes and he received more than $25,000 since WCCO-TV aired a story about his plight Monday.

"Thank you so much kind people of Minnesota! Thank you people for your kindness, generosity, outpouring of support," Vovkivinskiy wrote in an online post.

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