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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Big man, big shoes, big hearted shoemaker

McKinlay's Footwear, a Dunedin shoemaker has created a pair of shoes for a 2.36m tall Fijian missionary. The size 23 black leather dress shoes measure 44cm from heel to toe and a re the largest shoes the 128 year old shoe company have ever made. The missionary’s shoes used twice the amount of leather required for the average man's size 9s and they are so long, boot laces are needed to lace them up. The company have donated the shoes to Missionary, Kali Selei but had to send them by carton because no shoebox was large enough. Meantime the recipient is most grateful because like many other large sized people he has had to make do with shoes that are too small but all that were available.

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