Pizza Hut's Pie-Ordering Sneakers Are Like None Other


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When the 2018 March Madness — the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament — began, Pizza Hut knew that avid fans wouldn’t want to miss a second of the games. So, for the second consecutive year, the company partnered with custom sneaker designer Dominic Chambrone, aka “The Shoe Surgeon,” to create stylish footwear that could be used to order pizzas. Dubbed Pie Tops II, the limited edition high-tops were available in two colors: a red version to match Pizza Hut’s signature red logo and a more neutral tan color to emulate the pizza crust.

To activate the pizza-ordering function, wearers downloaded a special app on their smartphone and connected to the hand-stitched shoes via Bluetooth. When the hunger pangs hit, all they had to do was press a button on the right shoe, confirm their address and pizza order on the app, and wait for the doorbell to ring. While last year’s Pie Tops were only capable of ordering pizza, this year, the wearer could also pause the game by clicking on the button on the left shoe. Pizza Hut market officer Zipporah Allen said, "It's called March Madness for a reason. We don't want anyone to miss a play while answering the door to get their pizza."

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Unlike 2017, when the sneakers were just a promotional item introduced as a publicity stunt, this year Pizza Hut released 50 pairs in various sizes for men, women, and teenagers, on online retail site Hypebeast. Unfortunately, the shoes, which went on sale the week of March 19th, were instantly snatched up by fans, which means those of you hoping to order pizzas with just a tap of your feet will have to wait till next year’s March Madness! Hopefully, the third version of Pie Tops will be better and more widely available!


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  • jazmine2008
    jazmine2008Friday, March 26, 2021 at 3:25 pm
    WAIT! you could tap your shoe if you want pizza? but what happens if you accidentally tap the shoe and you order pizza? oh well hopefully you have money.
    • masmas
      masmasThursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:33 am
      • girlsarestrong
        girlsarestrongThursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:05 pm
        i could get pizza whenever i want!!!!!
        • horseislife09
          horseislife09Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:41 am
          i want them
          • sydney_zepp
            sydney_zeppSunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:36 am
            😂😂 that's cool, but it's also way guy to expensive!!!
            • awes124
              awes124Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:23 pm
              i want them to
              • jacobb_4b
                jacobb_4bWednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:45 am
                i want those shoes but it too bad that they are sold out :(
                • mangobanana101
                  mangobanana101Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 1:20 pm
                  I like the red ones
                  • dghhgfzsfgh
                    VlVI Patrick'sSunday, March 7, 2021 at 6:47 pm
                    ILOVE the RED wunes to in Do you want to be friends
                  • wolfieland
                    wolfielandTuesday, October 27, 2020 at 12:40 pm
                    its kinda a waste of money but its cool!
                    • ieatkids
                      ieatkidsThursday, October 1, 2020 at 10:30 am
                      Y. E. S. This this is amazing I am waiting to get a pizza delivered with those beauty of shoes!