Billie Jean LED light-up disco shoes

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These are shoes with LED floor tiles attached to the bottom of them and a pressure switch so that they light up when you put your feet down, just like Michael Jackson's Billie Jean video. They are powered by a battery pack which you put in your pocket. This project was built in a bit of a rush for a party, and there are many things I would have liked to do better with it. They are still awesome though, and plenty bright enough for a club. They look surprisingly cool when not lit up too.
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Step 1: You will need

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** shoes with a hard sole, not rubber
** white spray paint for shoes
** wire
** 24 high brightness LEDs. I used 20000mcd 5mm diffused glow
** reasonably heavy duty microswitch
** polycarbonate sheet approx 30cm square (depends how big your feet are!)
** bits of wood to make the frame
** 3D cell battery holder

Step 2: Paint shoes

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Easy first step. Mask off the shoes and spray them white, apart from the toes.
This year I want to try make all my projects from as little newly bought stuff as possible, so I just got any old shoes from the charity shop with a hard sole.
lg23123 months ago
: ) priceless
MJFAN#12 years ago
Imma huge MJ fan and these are the sickest MJ shoes I've ever seen! P.S. : R.I.P. MJ. :(
micobanff3 years ago
 I would love to turn my stairs into pressure activated MJ floor lights!

AMAZING idea. I love how you turned a seemingly complicated idea into such a simple well explained instructable. Great writing skills.
666irock4 years ago
dude these shoes aref**king asome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but how big do they have to be for size 13 wide???
kingbob9_9_4 years ago
that such a cool idea im a big MJ fan i have to build this.
DIYbabe4 years ago
Love these shoes!  Crazy!
Arbitror4 years ago
For your next and better version: a changing color disco version!
Jur4 years ago
Wow, impressive!
Isn't it difficult to walk in these though?
I imagine you have to adapt a pretty funny walking style =P
fultron894 years ago
Craziness. Try dancing in these.
Must post Video!
caitlinsdad4 years ago
Cool!  You could take a strip of that air-conditioner foam gasket filler to go around the edges inside to seal off the light that leaks at the bottom.
Tzite4 years ago
Epic.These are awesome.

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