Macon, Missouri: Shoe of the World's Tallest Man

Robert Wadlow stood nearly nine feet tall. His shoe is similarly supersized, still inside the former shoe store where it's been for 60+ years.

West Mercantile

Address:
105 Vine St., Macon, MO
Directions:
West Mercantile. Downtown. From US Hwy 63 turn west onto Vine St. Drive five blocks. The store will be on the right (north) side between Rubey and Rollins Sts.
Hours:
T-Sa 11-4. Call to make sure. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
660-651-7582
Admission:
Free
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Robert Wadlow's Shoe

Inside West Mercantile, an antique and vintage book store, is an original shoe of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man. It was present in the store in 1955 when the building was known as Smith Shoe Store. It's displayed within a glass enclosure, along with a memorial card from the funeral of Robert and other memorabilia.

[Dan West, 03/03/2014]

Because Robert Wadlow had such huge feet, he was hired by a shoe company to tour the country, leaving behind souvenirs of his extra-long footwear. He died in 1940, but his shoes remain.


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