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Venezuelan Man Has the Biggest Feet in the World

by Daniela Franco /  / Updated 
Image: The shoes of Jeison Rodriguez (L), the living person with the largest feet in the world, are seen next to the shoes of his nephew at his house in Maracay, Venezuela
The shoes of Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez (L), the living person with the largest feet in the world, are seen next to the shoes of his nephew.CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS / Reuters

A Venezuelan man has claimed a spot on the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest feet. Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez, 20, from Maracay, Venezuela, has feet measuring nearly 16 inches each and his shoes are size 26.

Image: Jeison Rodriguez (C), 19, the living person with the largest feet in the world, poses for a picture at his house in Maracay, Venezuela
Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez, the living person with the largest feet in the world, poses for a picture at his house in Maracay, Venezuela, October 14, 2015.CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS / Reuters

From the age of 14, Rodríguez Hernandez had shoes made out of cloth material that only lasted two to three weeks, forcing him to go barefoot at times. “These are the sorts of things I would go through. I would look at other people and say, ‘How I would like a little pair of shoes’,” he said in an interview with "NowThis."

In school, Rodríguez Hernandez had to face verbal and physical bullying because of his feet and used to come home traumatized by the discrimination. He underwent medical scans that determined he suffered from an overactive pituitary that produced the excess growth.

Image: The shoes of Jeison Rodriguez (L), the living person with the largest feet in the world, are seen next to the shoes of his nephew at his house in Maracay, Venezuela
The shoes of Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez (L), the living person with the largest feet in the world, are seen next to the shoes of his nephew.CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS / Reuters

Rodríguez Hernandez’s shoes were made by a German shoemaker who specializes in making shoes for irregular sizes and who also presented his measurements to the competition. Representatives of the Guinness World Records traveled to Venezuela to meet Rodríguez Hernandez.

Image: Jeison Rodriguez (L), 19, the living person with the largest feet in the world, holds his niece Osmariel with the help of his foot at his house in Maracay, Venezuela
Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez holds his niece with the help of his foot at his house.CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS / Reuters

The previous record was held by Sultan Kösen, his feet measuring 14 inches. Don’t worry, Kösen still holds the record for the tallest living man. Kösen measures 8 feet and 2.82 inches, while Rodríguez Hernandez measures 7 feet and 2.61 inches.

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