Jeison Orlando Rodríguez - the man with the largest feet on a living person

At the age of 10, Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez from Maracay, Venezuela, already knew he probably had the world's largest feet. 

With a size 45 in Venezuelan measurements and already the biggest feet in his family, Jeison did indeed go on to set a new record for the Largest feet on a living person - male in 2014 which was extended in 2016 when his right foot measured 40.1 cm (1.31 ft) and his left foot reached 39.6 cm (1.30 ft).

As a child he was often teased for the size of his feet and finding shoes has never been easy.

When he couldn't find any in his hometown which fitted, Jeison had to wear sandals made of old tyres and fabric to reach school or other appointments. 

Jeison reading Guinness World Records 2014

However since 2011, shoemaker Georg Wessels in Germany has been creating new shoes with a special material just for him, while Jeison's original sandals from his school days now sit in Georg's museum.

Georg flew out to Venezuela to meet Jeison and deliver his first pair of shoes since Jeison was even struggling to fit on a plane.

But 2018 has been a big year for the 22-year-old. 

Largest feet Jeison foot measuring in Germany 3

His record-breaking feet have grown further, with the right measuring 40.55 cm (1.33 ft) and the left now at 40.47 cm (1.32 ft), although he's been undergoing treatment in a bid to stop his feet growing further.

Largest feet record holder Jeison with GWR adjudicator Lucia

Not only that, he also travelled to Germany in June for the first time to get his new shoes and celebrate being recognised for his unique attributes, before flying to Italy in November to star in La Notte dei Record (The Night of Records). 

It was there where we caught up with Jeison, who is also 7 ft 2.6 in (220 cm) tall, to talk about his record.

"Finding shoes in my size is always a challenge," he said. 

"I already struggled to find my size when I was 16 years old. Guinness World Records made me appreciate myself more, especially the value of the size of my feet. Today I’m proud to have the biggest feet on Earth."

Although the world knows the story of Jeison for being the person with the largest feet in the world, his big dream is to become a top chef, baking cakes with various flavours all blended together. Honestly, we can’t wait to try that!

Jeison Hernandez interview

Jeison’s hopes and dreams are not limited to become the world’s best pastry chef. 

"I would very much like to be a pastry chef, but first and foremost I would like to help people who suffer with the same condition as me. I would like to be able to provide them and their families with the support to deal with this condition – that is what I would like."