Vovkovinskiy says the shoes are life-changers. “I’m going to be able to go to the store for groceries or the hardware store if I need to fix something at my mom’s house,” he said. Kittredge said a replacement pair will only take about six weeks to make, much of the time would be for getting the materials and colors requested. “I might have to get a polka dot pair,” Vovkovinskiy said. “Any special days for my mom, I’d wear those, she loves polka dots.” Kittredge laughed. “You call, we’ll make them,” he said. Maybe his favorite pair will be the Minnesota Timberwolves color pair. Vovkovinskiy said he might save those to wear to a T-Wolves game.
Igor Vovkovinskiy Rumors
One of the most expensive pairs of shoes in the country now belongs to the tallest man in America. Igor Vovkovinskiy, 30, of Rochester, Minn., stepped into a $25,000 pair of Reebok sneakers Thursday. He said they feel “like a cushion inside.” The cushion is actually memory foam in the sole of the shoe. A team of 10 Reebok designers used laser technology and molds to custom make three pairs of size 24 shoes. “Now that I’ve seen them, I’m overwhelmed,” Igor said.