By Craig Kwasniewski
The Starbury One's have been out for two weeks and while I'm not copping a pair (I prefer to ball in the Crazy-8's.), a few of our regular contributors took a spin in the $14.95 kicks. Here's what they thought:
WB posted on August 27th:
I bought a pair of Starbury One's based in part on this blog. What do I think of them?
Well..... When I got them I had to try them on myself because no one works the Dept. where they're for sale. They were on the shelves with a couple of open boxes filled with shoes that had'nt been stocked yet. I got a size 11, one size larger than I usually wear. They fit, but it was hard to get past the tight lacing. The Sneaks look the part of BBall shoes, but are thinly made. There's clear plastic in parts that provide the Bling, but the odd inner-lined lacing at the top by the ankle makes them hard to slip on and off. I also noticed the inner sole padding came up when I forced my foot in the shoe.
I got the All-Black Starbury's hoping they'd look like anyone else's shoe should these sneaks become a joke. That way from a distance no one will know I have them on. The Pleather that makes up the shoe is smooth across the foot with delineated plastic linings where your foot will move - joints to the part of the show that give way when you run and jump. It felt thin. The shoe isnt heavily lined ( that's where the cutback in price is found). When you have them on, you feel locked in at the ankle. The upper half of the shoe tightens up pretty solidly around the high ankle. It has the odd laces though, laces that line the inner lining of the shoe at the high ankle. It makes it harder to tighten up. Biggest notable is the sole. It's thin. Real thin. It's like walking in a padded slipper. Here's where they also cut costs. Running in these sneaks , you could tell they would'nt last a summer of Hooping it up on the court. With weak padding ( no sole/soul- kinda like Starbury's Game) you'll burn thru these shoes in no time. Either your feet will hurt or you'll be Gellin to keep them going. I guess that's the plan though. They're so cheap you can afford to go out and get a new pair.
Basketbawful posted on August 25th:
...the tongue of the shoes looks like it's held in by cheap medical gauze. The leather is extremely thin, which means that the sole actually slips around when you walk. And the insole almost fell out when I pulled out the paper that they stuff into the shoe so it holds its shape.
Well obviously you get what you pay for. The Starbury's are all over ebay in case you don't want to drop by a Steve & Barry's. Anyways, thanks guys for your posts on the Starbury's. And if anyone else copped a pair of the Starbury's, feel free to let us know. Now I'm going to run down the UPS trunk for my delivery of the $250 Jordan IV Lightning Set... yeah right!!!
Editor's Note: Basketbawful just posted a very comprehensive review of the Starbury One's. (The Official Starbury One Shoe Review)