Rewind the tape to March 17, 2018. With March Madness afoot, Pizza Hut, the official sponsor of the tournament, enlisted the talent of The Shoe Surgeon (Dominic Chambrone) to create what is rumored to be only 50 pairs of its own custom sneakers, and the first-and-only shoe ever created that orders pizza at the push of a button, on the shoe.
Pizza Hut did not stop there. Not only did these sneakers, the Pie Tops II, order pizza, but they came in two colorways, wheat and red, and they also paused live TV. Yes, another button inside the tongue of the other shoe paused the game so March Madness fans did not have to miss a minute of the action, while they ordered pizza at the push of a button, on their other shoe.
We have an un-worn, un-touched, brand, spanking, new pair, of these hand-crafted sneakers known as the Pizza Hut Pie Tops II’s, in the wheat iteration, in its box, which is in the original box it was shipped in, in a men’s size 11.
By the way do you like pizza? Because also inside the box is $520 in Pizza Hut gift cards (not confirmed if they are expired or not, but since they were in there, we left them be).
A progression of last year’s (2017) high-top silhouette, the Pizza Hut Pie Tops II arrive in wheat and red with each tone featuring a unique set of materials. Atop a completely rubberized sole, the upper of the wheat iteration consists of a tumbled nu-buck while in contrast, the red version consists of mostly full-grain leather with hits of suede on the toe cap and heel. A patent leather splash of “marinara” accents the medial and lateral while white translucent webbing, or “cheese grater mesh”, cages the emblazoned “PIZZA HUT” lettering. Allusions to pizza proprietor’s namesake are further used as logo-ing which embellishes an embossed hangtag, lace lock, tongue, heel, and ankle collar. The insole also gets the Pizza Hut treatment and additional “cheese pull” laces are included as an alternative to the tonal stock.
A rumored release of only 50 pairs made available exclusively through HBX (Hypebeast’s e-commerce platform), these sneakers were gone before anyone stood a chance at getting their hands on them.
Even Drake himself could not get a pair.
Now at this point, if you have not already asked yourself, you are probably asking yourself, “Why in the world would anyone pay $2.2 million for a pair of sneakers?”
The answer, my friend, is simple.
Let us forget about the fact, for a second, that what is rumored to be only 50 pairs of these sneakers possibly exist, and said sneakers are the first-and-only shoe ever created that order pizza at the push of a button, on the shoe, and pauses live TV with the touch of the other button, on the other shoe. And let us also forget about the fact, for another second, that this un-worn, un-touched, brand, spanking, new pair, of hand-crafted sneakers known as the Pizza Hut Pie Tops II’s, in the wheat iteration, in its box, which is in the original box it was shipped in, are in a men’s size 11.
Why in the world would anyone pay $2.2 million for a pair of sneakers? The answer, my friend, is simple.
To be better than Drake.
You see, Drake’s custom OVO x Air Jordan 10’s, are rumored to be worth $2.1 million, making his sneakers, according to research, and a plethora of articles written, the most expensive sneakers known to exist, in the history of mankind.
Now do not get me wrong, we like Drake. Our iTunes library is full of Drake. He is a super talented artist, a great human, and continues to motivate, inspire, and bring sheer joy to our heart and soul with each, and every track he touches.
But you know what else we like, perhaps even more so than Drake, Pizza Hut, and being better than Drake.
With the purchase of this pair of Pizza Hut Pie Tops II’s comes great responsibility. And it this great responsibility, this undertaking, that is not going to be for just anyone.
In fact, it can only be for one person. It could be, for you.
For not only will you now own these Pizza Hut Pie Tops II’s, making these, your shoes, in which you own, the most expensive sneakers in the world, a legendary status within itself, in which you will reign supreme, atop the throne, you will be changing the course of history, and life, as we know it, forever. You, my friend, will be better than Drake.
Now, my friend, I ask you this question. Are you ready to own these Pizza Hut Pie Top II’s, making these, your shoes, in which you own, the most expensive sneakers in the world, a legendary status within itself, in which you will reign supreme, atop the throne, changing the course of history, and life, as we know it, forever? And perhaps more importantly, are you ready to be better than Drake?