Todd Boddingham must’ve been confused when his custom order from China for a special sized slipper showed up at his house in a box the size of a car.
Within the gargantuan box (we hope Todd has kids (or cats)) was a 7 foot long monstrosity of a shoe — a size 1,450 to be exact.
While most people’s feet are the same size or of an indistinguishable difference in length, Todd’s right foot is a whole 1.5 sizes larger than his left foot, forcing him to custom order shoes to fit it.
In this case, Todd had sent in a request for a “size 14.50,” but the translators working at the factory apparently didn’t notice the decimal point, and instead put the order in for a size 1,450. The factory manager just assumed it was intended as a display piece for a shop.
Todd has plans to sell the slipper on eBay, which, along with the ridiculous design chosen, makes us believe this is a PR stunt. Is a size 1,450 the same price as a size 14.5? Did Todd not notice the exorbitant shipping fee? Though an amusing story, simply chalking it up to “lol Chinese can’t translate” is too farfetched to swallow.
Update: Turns out our suspicions, shared by many others, were correct and this story is just another elaborate PR stunt.
The above picture is taken from the (now closed/private) Twitter account of a Joseph Jennings who bears a suspiciously striking resemblance to “Todd Boddingham.” Jennings works as a web manager at Monster Slippers, the company that originally blogged about the mixup on their website and conveniently sells the slippers pictured. The company has yet to respond to these allegations, but given the inconsistencies we pointed out and these “coincidences” it’s safe to say the game is up.
(Update h/t to Tania Branigan)