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He is 14 years old, measures 2 meters and wears 59: his family asks for help to buy shoes


Eric Kilburn doesn't get shoes and his foot might be the biggest in the world. What do sports brands say?

At just

14 years old

Eric Kilburn is over 2 meters


And beyond the difficulties that this represents, his family is asking for help to find


that fit his exceptional size, since 

the European size 59

 (US 23) is too small for him. 

The teenager, who lives in Ortonville,


, began experiencing painful

calluses, blisters, and ingrown toenails

with his current footwear, which ultimately resulted in the

permanent removal of the nails

on his two largest toes.

They also reveal that

he sprained his ankle

this fall while playing on the junior varsity soccer team, which could have been prevented by wearing proper athletic shoes.

Eric Kilburn is two meters tall, but has no health problems.

Photo: Social networks

"For me it would mean everything just having shoes that fit me," Eric sums up, with some resignation.

Help for the 2 meter young man with shoe size 59

Rebecca, 36, the mother of Eric

, asked for help finding shoes to accommodate her feet, given that the average shoe size for American men is a 41.

"At 14, he's still growing. Most kids this big and tall at this age have an

endocrine disorder and he doesn't

. He doesn't have health issues with exponential growth," Rebecca Kilburn told



By his account, the Goodrich High School freshman was forced to wear

Crocs-like sneakers for two years

, even in winter, because there were no other options available to him.

Eric with his family.

Photo: Social networks

mother's frustration

Plus expensive

$1,500 custom orthopedic shoes

 that quickly outgrew him and velcroed, embarrassing even the kid.

"It's frustrating like his mother and not being able to find shoes, which is

such a basic need

. I can't find shoes for my teenage son. What can I do when his feet grow?" the mother wonders and the world's media spread.

According to

Home Twon Life

, a representative for the pipe brand told Rebecca that the only way the company could make shoes for her son is

if he becomes a professional athlete


Eric and his brother, comparing heights.

Photo: Social networks

Eric dreams of playing in the NFL, but Rebecca encounters a paradox: how could that be possible when she can't get basketball or soccer shoes in high school.

the mother speculates that the Nike sneakers her son is wearing today were shoes made for

Tacko Fall, a Senegal native

 who previously played professional basketball in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Eric Kilburn is 14 years old, 2m tall and shoe size 59. His family asks for help buying shoes.

Photo: YouTube

Another shocking fact: at the age of 14, Eric has already

exceeded the shoe size worn by former basketball player Shaquille O'Neal

, the largest ever worn by a professional athlete (58 in Europe and 24 in the USA).

Solution for Eric's slippers?

The story

went viral

in the US and beyond, so his preaching reached the ears of

the German brand


and the American

Under Armor, who committed to

designing shoes especially for boys.

In that sense, the two companies confirm that they will be

the biggest pair for which they have made.

And to join the movement, the firm

Cat Shoes

intends to send him boots, the press reports.

Eric Kilburn tells his tough story.

capture youtube

An Italian company called


even offered to make Eric

dress shoes for high school

and more formal occasions. 

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