Stephon Marbury is still in the shoe game. The former NBA All-Star and current superstar in China has been well-known for Starburys, his line of affordable basketball sneakers. They made waves for being available for the low price of $14.98, but his newest releases aren’t quite that cheap.
There is a good reason for this, though: the new kicks are insane. Meet the Starbury Elite Lightups, which come in three colors – blue metallic, red metallic, and water – and all cost $49.98. They are insane, but in a way that leaves you captivated because you haven’t had light up shoes in decades.
These are vibrant as all hell, but as Marbury explains in the video, the kicker is that the shoes light up when synced with music played on an iPhone app.
Here are the details behind the app, according to Sports Illustrated.
The iPhone app was developed by Shenzhen-based Heaton, and it can be paired with the Starbury Elite shoes via Bluetooth. The app has controls that can switch the lights on and off and change the color. The microphone enables music from a user’s library and also voice to control how the lights flash.
The app, unsurprisingly, is called Starbury. According to one video, the app can cause the lights on the shoes to change colors, while you can also adjust the sneakers so that they are high tops or low tops.
If you’re worried about the music your shoes sync to being corny, no worries. Marbury said that the kicks will sync to the music on your phone’s library, which rules. Another thing that rules: the fact that Marbury is so passionate about making sure that his shoes are affordable. This has always been a big deal, but it’s especially true with the Elite Lightups.
He even made it a point to call out Jordan Brand, which he says is “heartless” for selling expensive sneakers.
Odds are we won’t see any sneaker wars break out between Jordan and Starbury, but Marbury seems like he’s determined to make a shoe that people don’t have to break the bank to buy. Plus they light up. This cannot be stated enough. Stephon Marbury made a dang light up shoe that syncs to music on your phone and you can adjust between high tops and low tops.
(Via Sports Illustrated)