How Long Is a Size 22 Shoe?

A size 22 shoe measures approximately 16 inches long. The abnormally large size was worn by former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, who stood seven-foot-one and weighed 325 pounds during his playing days.

In light of O’Neal’s notoriously poor free throw shooting throughout his career, ‘Denver Post’ sports columnist Mark Kiszla once joked that it is probably because the center stood further from the rim than other players -16 feet, 4 inches from heel to basket- with his toe placed at the 15-foot line.

During the 2007-08 season, O’Neal lent his hand to future North Carolina-Asheville center Kenny George, sending several pairs of his size 22 basketball shoes to Chicago when the senior was unable to find proper fitting shoes.