When people think of Stephon Marbury they think of two things, an undersized guard that at his peak was arguably one of the best scorers in the league and the Starbury sneaker which was a sneaker made to play basketball for under $15.
Growing up in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York, Marbury understood firsthand the hardship of growing up poor. He always wanted a pair of new basketball sneakers but due to the expensive price tags Marbury had to settle for the sneakers his siblings outgrew.
While in New York Marbury partnered with the Steve & Barry’s clothing chain and launched the Starbury shoe line which sold for $15. The $15 shoe was about 10% the cost of sneakers NBA players usually endorse, due to the motto he used the line was able to have a successful run for a period of time.
Many people were amazed on how a sneaker that was well crafted for basketball cost only $15, Marbury was in the center of the limelight and spoke about why he decided to put the $15 price tag on the sneakers. . “Anybody who grew up in a household with a lot of brothers and sisters, they know how it is as far as, you know, everybody wearin’ the same sneakers – hand-me-downs,” he told the “Today” show back in 2007.
It was all great for Marbury until 2009, that was the year Steve & Barry’s clothing chain left the market and the collection was discontinued. After some lackluster years in the NBA and overall life Marbury decided to go to China, that might have saved not only his basketball life but his life in general.
Marbury who is now 38, has enjoyed success playing for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association. Earlier this year the former NBA star won his third title with the Ducks and was named the Finals MVP.
With the love he is getting from China he has decided to announce that the Starbury brand is back and it will be coming back with a bang. The social media and blogger audience started to respond to Marbury’s announcement and joked about the comparing the brand to the like of Jordan and Nike Inc. (NYSE:NKE). That is when Marbury took it upon himself and respond to those people bashing the Starbury brand. He has replied to someone saying “those brands come with a price tag of up toward $300, his $15 wares are produced in the same Chinese factories for $5 a pop”.
He also wrote a post claiming “Jordan has been robbing the hood since. Kids dying for shoes and the only face this dude makes is I don't care. The time will change!”
Whether you like the sneakers or not it is nice to see someone trying to make clothing affordable to the underprivileged. Many kids grow up without a pair of $200 sneakers and if they do then they have to be careful when to wear them because over the years there have been countless robberies and other serious crime due to the sneakers.