Created By: erforce on October 15, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 17, 2015

Bladed Shoe

{{Groin Attack}}s just became more painful...

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Take a shoe, add a blade on it (switchblade-function optional) and voilà! You have something that your combatant won't notice until you literally kick his ass.

A weapon preferred by assassins and dirty fighters alike.

Subtrope of Armed Legs and Tricked-Out Shoes. Compare Leg Cannon.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Ninja Maid Fabiola Iglesias in Black Lagoon has blades hidden in her shoe soles. Which she reveals by means of a Groin Attack.
  • Vash The Stampede uses one of these for a while in Trigun. It gets destroyed about a fifth of the way through the series.
  • In Gamaran, a Ninja from the Tamagakushi school wears sandals with sharp hooks on them.
  • In One Piece, the fishman and pirate captain Vander Decken has sharp blades hidden in his sandals. Considering that he has four legs, he's far deadlier than the usual type.
  • Kanae Takaya from Cynthia the Mission has blades built into her shoes, which she uses in one chapter in a very nasty Groin Attack. On another girl.

Comicbooks
  • X-23 a female clone of Wolverine, who instead of three claws per hand, has two and the extra located in her foot.

Film
  • In From Russia with Love, a SPECTRE operative who failed the main mission, is disposed with a poisoned blade shoe. The trick returns for the finale where it is tried against Bond. The same thing occurs in the original novel.
  • Yet another asskicking ensues in Road House when Dalton spots a troublemaker wearing one.
  • The Joker uses one of these rather unsuccessfully in The Dark Knight.
  • Gordon gives shoe with a blade in the tip (activated by tapping the front, but Fridge Logic says that this would be a terrible idea) to West in The Wild Wild West. It doesn't quite work out because one of Loveless' henchmen had TWO of them.
  • In Salt, a man the CIA were interrogating escapes from their custody using one of these.
  • In The Pink Panther Strikes Again, one of the assassins sent after Inspector Clouseau had a boot with an extendable blade.

Literature

Live-Action Television
  • The KGB vs. CIA episode of Deadliest Warrior tested all sorts of unusual gadgets, including a shoe with a retractable knife.
  • In Cutey Honey The Live, one of the main villains of the show has very long blades extending out of his feet.

Tabletop Games

Toys

Video Games
  • Jude The Dude, a killer cowboy boss from MadWorld. His roller skates have blades that he uses in kicking attacks.
  • Valeria in SoulCalibur III has blades on her shoes and fights with kicks.

Real Life
  • Japanese kunoichi (female ninja) were said to keep hidden blades in their sandals.
  • Truth in Television with ice skates, although they aren't generally intended as weapons.

Community Feedback Replies: 45
  • October 15, 2011
    Koveras
    Subtrope of Armed Legs and Tricked Out Shoes. Compare Leg Cannon.

  • October 15, 2011
    surgoshan
    Film
  • October 15, 2011
    KyleJacobs
    Anime And Manga
    • Vash The Stampede uses one of these for a while in Trigun. It gets destroyed about a fifth of the way through the series.
  • October 15, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Just wanted to say, it's in the book of From Russia, With Love too. It wasn't invented for the movie. (In the book the Big Bad organization is SMERSH, the KGB's counter spy ring.)
  • October 15, 2011
    AgProv
    The Assassins in Terry pratchett's Discworld are said to have this handy feature built into their footwear.
  • October 15, 2011
    Omeganian
    The Pink Panther Strikes Again
  • October 15, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Anime and Manga

    • In Gamaran, a Ninja from the Tamagakushi school wears sandals with sharp hooks on them.
    • In One Piece, the fishman and pirate captain Vander Decken has sharp blades hidden in his sandals. Considering that he has four legs, he's far deadlier than the usual type.

    Real Life

    • Japanese Kunoichi (female ninja) were said to keep hidden blades in their sandals.

    Tabletop Games

  • October 15, 2011
    Merlo
    The KGB vs. CIA episode of Deadliest Warrior tested all sorts of unusual gadgets, including a shoe with a retractable knife.

    In Salt, a man the CIA were interrogating escapes from their custody using one of these.
  • October 15, 2011
    hevendor717
    Jude The Dude, a killer cowboy boss from Mad World. His roller skates have blades that he uses in kicking attacks.
  • October 15, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    Kanae Takaya from Cynthia The Mission has blades built into her shoes, which she uses in one chapter in a very nasty Groin Attack. On another girl.
  • October 16, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature
  • November 4, 2011
    Oreochan
    Bump
  • November 4, 2011
    Generality
    The giantess Mirtai has a pair of these in The Elenium.
  • November 5, 2011
    Koveras
    Someone needs to perform some Rolling Updates for this to get more hats.
  • November 5, 2011
    cityofmist
    Esme Squalor has these (stiletto heels) in A Series Of Unfortunate Events.
  • November 5, 2011
    Arivne
    To expand on Omeganian's example above:

    Film
    • In The Pink Panther Strikes Again, one of the assassins sent after Inspector Clouseau had a boot with an extendable blade.
  • November 7, 2011
    Maxaxle
    In Wild Wild West, Jim West had a shoe with a blade in the tip (activated by tapping the front, but Fridge Logic says that this would be a terrible idea). And I think one of the henchmen had TWO of these?
  • November 8, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Valeria in Soul Calibur III has blades on her shoes and fights with kicks.
  • November 9, 2011
    AP
    Live Action TV

    In Cutey Honey The Live, one of the main villains of the show has very long blades extending out of his feet.
  • November 9, 2011
    ladyofprocrastination
    Truth In Television with ice skates, although they aren't generally intended as weapons.
  • June 26, 2013
    Ru
    Crampons, too. I don't recall them being used as weapons in fiction, but novice users have been known to do themselves a mischief if they're not paying attention.
  • June 26, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    In Ranma One Half, one of Mousse's special techniques is the "Hawk's Talon", where he dives at his opponent from above with claws sprouting from the toes of his shoes. Not exactly blades, but still sharp and pointy.
  • June 26, 2013
    MrRuano
    • The CGI Assassins Creed Embers has Shao Jun, a Chinese Assassin who utilizes these as well as rope darts in her repertoire.
  • June 26, 2013
    AP
  • June 26, 2013
    X2X
    Video Games
    • Trevor Spacey of Metal Slug 4 has a knife hidden in the heel of his boot. It helps considering his melee attacks are Taekwondo-styled kicks.
  • June 27, 2013
    StarSword
    This isn't a subtrope of Armed Legs, this IS Armed Legs. Motion to discard.
  • June 27, 2013
    StarSword
    Why isn't the damn "un-hat" button working?
  • December 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Move examples to Armed Legs and then discard this.
  • December 31, 2014
    Alucard
    Joker's shoe knife shows up in Injustice Gods Among Us (most notably as his Back + Light attack).
  • December 31, 2014
    SolipSchism
    I don't see why this couldn't be a valid Sub Trope of Armed Legs. A shoe-blade is a very common variant that could easily constitute a trope of itself. I hardly think bladed shoes universally belong in the same category as a pair of greaves.
  • December 31, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Lit: In a book based on Happy Days Richie pisses off a biker who Fonzie is familiar with. Fonzie warns Richie that the biker likes to fight barefooted - he grows his toenails long, and then uses them for slashing at his opponents. We see the biker taking off his boots and slashing the air a few times warming up, but the fight gets called off.
  • December 31, 2014
    TheWanderer
    • Gibson, the hero of Cyborg and a Combat Pragmatist par excellence, has one of these with the switchblade effect of popping out when he triggers it and then going back into concealment. He uses it on surprised mooks several times, although late in the movie a particularly burly and tough mook manages to snap the blade off when Gibson tries to use it on him.
  • January 1, 2015
    Arivne
  • January 1, 2015
    Ominae
    If I can only get the screencaps from the Black Lagoon OVA...
  • February 22, 2015
    Koveras
  • February 22, 2015
    acrobox
  • February 22, 2015
    Daefaroth
    Do they have to have to be secrets or stealth weapons?

    Anime and Manga:
  • April 15, 2015
    Ominae
    @Dae

    - Maybe.
  • April 16, 2015
    DAN004
    So should weaponized ice skating shoes count here?
  • April 16, 2015
    FerrousFaucet
    Live-Action Film:

    • The Naked Gun: Parodied in the police lab. The lab demonstrates what appears an ordinary shoe, but reveals a hidden blade in the toe of the shoe. It is also then shown that the shoe has every tool an agent in the field would need, and it's called a Swiss Army Shoe.
  • April 16, 2015
    Ominae
    @DAN

    - Highly doubt it. Unless those ice skating shoes have concealable blades in them.
  • April 17, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ the description does say that the switchblade function is optional.
  • April 17, 2015
    Ominae
    Oh yeah. Crap. Forgot about it.

    I don't know if that should be removed since most of the examples mention the use of a switchblade as a "main weapon".
  • April 17, 2015
    DAN004
    Either way, though, this is already Armed Legs.
  • April 17, 2015
    Rjinswand
    ^ I dunno... I think it may work as a subtrope seeing as it's so common. Needs a better description and laconic, though.
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