It is 1983. Michael Jackson has just released his seminal video hit “Billie Jean” to widespread acclaim and wonderment. That sidewalk lit up! Up and down the land, people stand gaping in amazement that this is even theoretically possible.
Yes, it’s funny to think that in the eighties, even just the suggestion that the paving beneath your feet might light up, met with such fever pitch excitement. But it really did.
So just imagine they had these things back then. The LeoVera LED Luminous Flashing Sneakers. The whole world might have short circuited itself in febrile hysteria.
But seriously, these things are cool. And once you have a pair, not only will you be able to set the world alight, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without shoes that could light your way!
First impressions of these sneakers are that they are pretty true to the early eighties concept that spawned the whole luminous footwear/sidewalk phenomena.
In keeping with the eighties retro look that is still sweeping over us (as long as the horror perm doesn’t come back, please, please, please) this is a knitted style of sneaker that is two tones. The black styles are a mixture of black and grey, the grey ones feature a black flecked design on a lighter grey surface, and the red ones are a red and black combination.
The soles are rubber and have slip proof grips on them. They are all lace ups, and not surprisingly, they are not waterproof in any way!
These don’t just light up, they light up in pretty much all the colors of the rainbow – red, green, purple, yellow, white and two shades of blue. And you can select flashing mode. There is a hidden on-off switch, and a USB port for charging them.
Charge time is approximately two to three hours for between eight to ten hours of carefree flashing.
The vast majority of these fit as expected (60%), with a small percentage of people thinking that you should size up, typically, by one or half a size.
In terms of comfort, these feel nice and cozy, and with the soft knitted fabric, are like wearing a hug around your feet. They should keep your tootsies covered and toasty warm.
Naturally, you’re not going to be able to wash these in the machine, or do anything that even vaguely resembles getting them wet. But you knew that anyway.
The best way to clean them is carefully, with a damp, not wet, brush or sponge.
If disaster strikes, and they do get a soaking, the quicker you dry them again, the better. You may find that you are lucky, and they still work after an accidental drenching. The best thing to do is towel dry them PDQ, and wait a while before charging them.
Plenty of people have got them wet and still managed to get them going again. Obviously, it is not recommended, and you can’t really expect them to work, but they might!
So to recap: light sprays of rain are okay, jumping in puddles is not!
Firstly, these fit both genders and are completely unisex. They are not marketed for kids, but many people have bought them for their sprogs. A brief glance at the sizing chart (see below) shows that starting at a men’s size three and women’s size 5, these are going to fit some kids, just not the very little ones.
So, will it be permanent sunshine, or a total eclipse of the sole with these LED sneakers by LeoVera?
Well, in truth, it may be a sort of twilight in between the two. The fact is, as you were probably expecting, the LED lights are not going to burn forever.
Sooner or later, we’re afraid your candle is going to burn out. But in most cases, you should get some good innings out of them.
There is better news for the lifespan of the sneakers overall. Even after you are no longer bopping along the sidewalk in rhythm with Jacko, you will still be wearing these sneakers. They seem to be good and comfortable, and no one has any major complaints about them falling apart.
The 160 megawatt question is, are these LED sneakers going to light up your life, or will they fall into a black pit of despair?
We think, overall, that you should let the light enter your sole, and buy the LeoVera sneakers – for the one and only reason…. they are fun, fun, fun.
No, they aren’t going to last forever. We can’t lie, but while they do, they will be great for parties, clubbing, going out and – if you want – boogying to ‘Billie Jean’.
5 B(M) US WOMEN/3 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 35 /SHOES LENGTH 225MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 221-225MM/8.7-8.8IN
6 B(M) US WOMEN/4 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 36 / SHOES LENGTH 230MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 226-230MM/8.9-9.0IN
7 B(M) US WOMEN/5.5 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 37 / SHOES LENGTH 235MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 231-235MM/9.1-9.2IN
8 B(M) US WOMEN/6.5 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 38 / SHOES LENGTH 240MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 236- 240MM/9.3-9.4IN
9 B(M) US WOMEN/7.5 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 39 / SHOES LENGTH 245MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 241-245MM/9.5-9.6IN
10 B(M) US WOMEN/8.5 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 40 / SHOES LENGTH 250MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 246-250MM/9.7-9.8IN
10.5 B(M) US WOMEN/9 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 41 / SHOES LENGTH 255MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 251-255MM/9.9- 10.0IN
11 B(M) US WOMEN/9.5 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 42 / SHOES LENGTH 260MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 256-260MM/10.1-10.2IN
12 B(M) US WOMEN/10 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 43 / SHOES LENGTH 265MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 261-265MM/10.3-10.4IN
13 B(M) US WOMEN/10.5 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 44 / SHOES LENGTH 270MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 266-270MM/10.5-10.6IN
14 B(M) US WOMEN/11 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 45 / SHOES LENGTH 275MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 270-274MM/10.6-10.7IN
15 B(M) US WOMEN/12 D(M) US MEN / EU SIZE 46 / SHOES LENGTH 280MM FIT FOOT LENGTH 275-279MM/10.7-10.8IN