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!

Resources: blog.pizzahut.com.

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1703 Comments
  • shiiiiichickenFriday, April 12, 2019 at 8:46 am
    love pizza <3
    • ssThursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:24 am
      DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK THOSE ARE COOL????!!!!!!
      • soccerThursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:50 am
        i love pizza
        • Austin the goatThursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:17 am
          It is cool.
          • HeyPieTopsWednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5:13 am
            let me get these
            • LegoCityman17Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 7:45 am
              OH MY GOD THOSE ARE THE COOLEST PIE TOPS I EVER SEEN I WISH I HAD THEM TO GET EVERY SHOT IN BASKETBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • pastellover1234
                pastellover1234Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:56 am
                I WANT SO BAD THAT WOULD BE MUCH MUCH EASIER
                • bobWednesday, April 3, 2019 at 3:59 pm
                  i want this soooooooooo bad
                  • mermaidunicorn
                    mermaidunicornWednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:11 am
                    OMG! Me wantee!
                    • ernestoTuesday, April 2, 2019 at 9:08 am
                      thants cool