Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Georg Wessels: Shoeing Those Who Reach For the Stars

ROCHESTER, Minn. - German shoemaker Georg Wessels traveled across the pond this week to personally deliver some king-size footwear to a Rochester man.

Igor Vovkovinskiy, who stands at 7-foot-8, received three pairs of size-26 shoes crafted specifically to fit his feet.

As part of his business, Wessels makes shoes free of charge for the world's 10 tallest people, who include the 23-year-old Ukrainian immigrant.

Wessels said he gets a kick out of helping tall people get properly fitting footwear. "I'm a little bit proud, of course," he said. "We like to make friends all over the world."

Georg Wessels: My new niche hero.

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