Shaq buys shoes for teen with size 18 feet after hearing his mom can’t afford sneakers

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(WGCL/CNN) – Friedman’s shoe store is well known for its large shoe sizes and customers. 

“If they don’t come from Bruce and Friedman’s don’t show them to me,” said former NBA star and Friedman’s customer Shaquille O’Neal, who wears a size 22. 

Shaq said he could relate to the story of a 13-year-old Zach Keith who wears a size 18 shoe.

“Mom couldn’t afford shoes. The kid had big feet and I just kind of reminisce back how that used to be me, my mom and my dad,” O’Neal said. 

CBS46’s Sharon Reed arranged for O’Neal and Keith to meet and O’Neal bought the young man 10 pairs of shoes. 

“I’m like oh my Gosh like its really him,” Keith said. “Like woah. He wants to buy me shoes out of all people?”

“This will help a lot. I won’t so much have to worry about buying him dress shoes. He hasn’t had a pair of dress shoes in about four or five years because its been hard trying to find the ones that actually fit,” said Keith’s mother Brittany. “And for me, it was just, it was very touching, very heartfelt and to know that there’s somebody out there that has his back.”

“I thought this was a good thing to do. Mom and kid plays basketball and Bruce did it for me and I just want to return the favor,” O’Neal said. 

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