Jill Martin, Today show host and legendary shoemaker Kenneth Cole teamed up to break the Guinness Book of World Records for Largest High Heel Replica Shoe Commercially available, according to the New York Post. Martin said it was on her bucket list to break a world record, and given her love of shoes, this project seemed like the obvious choice.
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The result is a 73 inch tall 77 inch long exact replica Kenneth Cole’s Otto Bootie. The previous record was set in 1996 by Edmund Kryza of Poland who created a shoe that is 44 inches high and 72 inches long.
When Martin approached Kenneth Cole, he was more than happy to participate, because the project would help market the Otto boot. Cole said, “This was our national ad shoe this season, so we figured we’d make an even bigger statement about it.”
Whether intending the pun or not, Cole described the project as a great feat, “Footwear in and of itself may be one of the most difficult products to bring to market … and then to take and change its scale is an even bigger feat.”
Izquierdo Studio which makes props and costumes, constructed the shoe out of 6, 000 square feet of calves skin and hand cut foam. The shoe will be on display at Lord & Taylor’s flagship store.