Claire Duffin - ...POLICE in are hoping to reunite these giant trainers with their big-footed owner.
The shoes, a whopping size 21, were found by a member of the public at a petrol station in Ilkeston and handed in to officers in the town.
They were due to be destroyed or sold after being in police storage for a month but officers thought they would have one last go at sniffing out the owner.
Denise Bostock, a business support administrator who deals with lost and confiscated property at St Mary's Wharf police station in Derby, said: "It seems a shame to get rid of them, especially as it seems they must have been specially imported from America.
"It will be like Cinderella, if the shoe fits we might have found the owner. We don't know if they have been stolen or just lost but I imagine they were quite expensive."
The trainers, which are a UK size 21, are specialist basketball shoes manufactured by sportswear giant Nike, which also made shoes for basketball star Michael Jordan. The player, said to be the greatest of all time, wore a US size 13 trainer, a UK size 12.5.
However, the trainers are not as big as those belonging to 38-year-old Boston Celtics basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. The 7ft 1in star has a shoe size of 22.
And according to Guinness World Records, if cases of swelling condition elephantiasis are excluded, the world's biggest feet belong to 28-year-old Sultan Kösen, of Turkey, who is also the world's tallest man. His takes a US size 28 shoe. ...
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