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Nike Spent $15K to Make FSU Center Michael Ojo’s Size 22 Shoe (Pic)
If you’ve got a shoe size that’s over, say, 13, you know how hard it can be to shop for shoes, even athletic ones. Well, take that problem and increase it exponentially, and you’ll know the struggle Florida State’s Michael Ojo faces as he tries to track down a size 22.
To give a sense of scale, that’s Shaq’s size. Yao Ming wore an 18, and the Lopez brothers currently rock 20s, the largest size in the league.
Nike, realizing that Ojo had been playing in size 17 shoes in high school, went $15,000 out of pocket to make a new machine that will give Ojo properly-fitting shoes for the first time in a while.
Ill-fitting shoes can be a real problem for larger players, causing structural issues in their feet as well as arthritis, so it’s nice to hear that Nike’s commitment to outfitting college players goes farther than just slapping logos on their feet.
Hat Tip – [Sole Collector]