Published on March 10th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin
Brown receives size 28 3D printed shoes from Feetz Footwear Company
19-year old Broc Brown suffers from an unusual condition called Sotoc Syndrome a condition in which a person grows continuously. Brown, from Michigan, grows at the average rate of 6 inches per year.
Currently, the shoe size of Brown is 28, which is not available in shoe stores. So Brown has to spend a fortune and gets custom shoes made for himself, which costs him a fortune. The 3D printed company Feetz has offered to manufacture custom-made shoes for Brown.
Feetz is a San Diego-based company which is known for its 3D printed footwear made from its SizeMe technology. The SizeMe technology scans the size of the foot with a smartphone and sends the measurements to the company. The technology captures 5000 data points in a second. Once Brown’s feet measurements were received and processed, Feetz started with the 3D printing process. The Feetz factory has over 100 3D printers and they printed Brown’s custom size 28 shoes in just 30 hours, after which it was assembled and finalized. The shoes printed in black and red on brown’s request (the Chicago Bulls colors).
The CEO of Feetz, Lucy Beard, presented Brown with his pair of shoes after bringing it personally to Michigan. Brown was as expected thrilled to receive his bespoke kicks. In a video on MLive, he expressed his love for the shoes.
At 18 years, Broc Brown was the tallest teenager in the world. With the 3D printed shoes, he hopes his name will figure out again in the Guinness book of world records for the largest pair of 3D printed shoes. Feetz shoes are priced between $99 and $250 and are 3D printed from recycled plastic materials and carefully padded. Feetz raised a whopping $1.25 million in 2015 and partnered with DSW, the footwear company, to 3D print footwear.