Droga5 Laces Up Pizza Hut ‘Pie Tops’ for March Madness

By Erik Oster 

Droga5 launched a March Madness campaign for Pizza Hut built around a pair of “Pie Tops” — shoes that let you order a pizza from the chain at the touch of a button via gelocation and connection to a special Pie Tops app.

The agency worked with “Shoe Surgeon” Dominic Chambrone to bring the idea to life.

“This is one of those ideas that as soon as we saw it, we wanted to buy it,” David Daniels, vice president of media and advertising for Pizza Hut parent company Yum Brands, told AdFreak. “It hit everything we wanted to communicate in this window in a fun, really relevant way. And it was beautifully tied to the thematic of the tournament and the season.”


To illustrate the “Pie Tops” in action, Droga5 turned to former NBA star Grant Hill for  spot which also advertises the chain’s March Madness promotion, which involves a two-topping pizza for $7.99,

Only 64 pairs of the sneakers were made (presumably including the ones given to Hill), one for each team in the March Madness tournament. According to AdFreak, most will be given out to brand influencers and media personalities, but “a few lucky Pizza Hut fans are likely to get some pairs, too.”

“As far as we know, this has never been done before,” Daniels added. “We feel it’s highly culturally relevant. Sneakers are hot.”
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