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SubTrope of WeaponOfChoice. A character whose weapon is greaves or shoes. One of the less [[ImprobableWeaponUser improbable weapon choices]] out there, but still odd. Like TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches says for vambraces, expect these characters to still buy their weapons in the weapon store, even if they logically should be in the armor store.

Related to PowerFist, except with boots instead of gloves; may overlap with ExtremityExtremist. Close to, but not to be confused with, MurderousThighs. See also TrickedOutShoes, LegCannon, CombatStilettos and ShoeSlap. No relation to AnArmAndALeg.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* An old comic book ad for AAU Shoes had their superhero spokesman the AAU Shuperstar battle a villain called Missile-Toe who fired missiles from his toes. Check it out [[http://www.ferretpress.com/blog/2011/03/15/it-came-from-an-old-comic-book-aau-shoes/ here]].
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Sanji in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is an ExtremityExtremist who uses only his feet in battle. The second ''One Piece'' movie saw Sanji's shoes stolen, and Sanji unable to fight properly as they provided added protection for his feet.
** He justifies choosing this style as having his hands bruised or calloused from fights would affect his performance as a cook. Though ironically he is still a chain smoker.
** Gold Lion Shiki from the movie ''Strong World'' [[LifeOrLimbDecision chopped off his legs to escape Impel Down]]. He later replaced them with swords.
* The ''{{Mazinger}}'' series:
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Mazinger-Z had one rocket on each foot. They were intended to allow it swim, but Kouji also used them like weapons -usually blasting a Mechanical Beast's face to force it to release Mazinger-Z). Several [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] also had weapons fitted on their legs (for example, Deviler X1 had a rocket launcher!).
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' has two attacks based around this, the Knee Impulse Kick (a retractable knee spike) and the Backspin Kick (a cutting blade in the lower leg).
* ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy'':
** ''Anime/CombattlerV'': Combattler V has Battle Returns, a pair of frisbees it can launch from the ankles to reach enemies that are that much farther away.
** ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'' has a retractable spike on each foot to simultaneously kick and stab {{Robeast}}s with.
* The pickpocket Paninya from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has rather unique automail legs, with a huge blade deployable from her right shin (complete with "snk" sound effect), and a [[LegCannon ''1.5" carbine'' housed in her left knee]].
* Infinite Justice from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' has beam emitters that generate a cutting edge from knee to ankle giving it a rather nasty kick. Its distant ancestor the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Aegis]] had beam sabers on all four limbs since it could [[TransformingMecha transform into a claw-like flight mode]]. The unrelated Chaos Gundam from ''Destiny'' has beam claws in its feet and knees, mainly used in its flight mode.
** The 105 Slaughter Dagger from ''Gundam SEED CE 73 Stargazer'' has machineguns in its feet. This seems unusual until you see episode 2 and discover (the hard way) that they're anti-personnel guns.
** After its first round of modifications the Blue Frame in ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' has a pair of "Armor Schneider" blades that pop out of the unit's feet and heels.
** The titular [[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundams]] have Anti MS knives concealed in the calves, with the blade able to pop out through the sole of each foot.
** Then there's the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Arche Gundam]], which has beam sabers mounted at the ''tip of its feet.''
*** On the heroes' side, the Seravee Gundam has GN Cannons whereas other Mobile Suits have kneecaps. Taking this trope literally, they also mount "hidden hands" which can wield beam sabers.
*** Its successor in [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer the Movie]], Seravee II is even better. Its feet are [[AttackDrone Detachable]] GN Cannons while it is docked on Raphael.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing's'' Gundam Heavyarms and its later forms? It had shin ''and '' thigh-mounted missile launchers.
** The [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE-1]] Titus has knee-mounted beam saber emitters, while the Spallow has knee-mounted needle guns.
** From [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original series]], the Big Zam's clawed toes could fire off as missiles (the thing didn't have arms, though) and the Zaku grunts could have missile launchers equipped to their legs.
* Lenalee with her [[EmpathicWeapon Dark Boots]] in ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' introduces [[{{Cyborg}} Nove]] and her Jet Edge rollerblade Device to the franchise. She has a PowerFist as well, but tends to use the armored [[RollerbladeGood rollerblades]] more often.
** ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has Miura and her [[NonindicativeName non-indicatively named]] Star Saber device, a pair of armored boots that, among other things, allow her to increase her kicking power through [[EnergyAbsorption Breaker-type]] magic.
* Speaking of rollerblades, pretty much everyone in ''Manga/AirGear'', but Nike takes it UpToEleven by creating ''blades'' on his legs
* Vash of ''Manga/TriGun'' has a pair of blades hidden in his boots that seemingly spring forth from a hard step.
* The Type 17 Raiden and Type 17I Shinden in ''Anime/{{Gasaraki}}'' have a pair of pneumatic spikes mounted in each leg, one firing downward through the calf and the other upwards through the knee; admittedly, they're meant for making holes in concrete walls and floors, but they often see improvised use against other TA's, taking kneeing someone in the gut and curb stomping to new heights.
* Straight Cougar from ''Anime/SCryed'' can manifest his Alter as a pair of rocket boots and use them to make "bullet" attacks similar to [[PowerFist Kazuma's]].
* The [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren-Lagann]] is capable of creating 3 Giga Drills on each knee-cap. As well as one on each leg to replace the lower legs.
** It is also able to make perform a "Gurren-Lagann Impact!" as shown when they combine with Arc-Gurren... By transforming the lower half of Gurren-Lagann into a giant drill and actually Giga Drill Breaking the Arc-Gurren from up front. All their allies think Simon and Viral are against the Dai-Gurren-Dan.
** Chouginga Gurren-Lagann (AKA Super-Galaxy Gurren-Lagann in English). It is capable of creating Chouginga Giga Drills wherever it wants to. And then it can create more drills on those drills. And more on the second layer of drills. And then to top it off, it can create small, drill-shaped laser cannons that can target the enemy not just anywhere, but also anywhen. Yes. The Time-Space continuum can go die in a fire when Chouginga Gurren-Lagann shows up.
** The titular mech, Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann (meaning Heaven-Piercing Gurren-Lagann). It has 30 Probability Fluctuation Missiles in each shin. That means a total of 60 Missiles that can alter Probability itself. The same goes for the Tengen Toppa Dai-Gurren in the second movie.
* In ''Manga/BusoRenkin'' the female lead has a very pragmatic reason for wearing a short skirt... when she summons her weapon, the Valkyrie Skirt, it appears as scythe-bladed "spider legs" that are worn via metal bands at mid-thigh.
* Fabiola Iglesias of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has heel blades in her shoes for [[GroinAttack one hell of a nasty surprise]] for any punks who try to mess with her. Also Roberta.
* In ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'', Priss' PoweredArmor has ''contact-triggered explosives'' on top of both its feet. And rockets on both ankles. Attack sequence; 1). Jump. 2). Kick. 3). Activate rockets for ''rocket assisted kick''. 4). Explosives go off once MechaMook receives kick to head. 5). Get dustpan to sweep up remains of mook.
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' has Bonnie from the early stories who got blown up by Minnie. She replaces her lost leg with a prosthesis outfitted with a shotgun. The 3 part OVA gives a ContinuityNod to this when one of the two exotic weapons Washington offers to Rally ends up as this (the other one is Grey's machete prosthesis from later stories).
* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' gives us a few examples from its stable of characters. Most notable are Chariot (sports bionic-looking legwear that ends in a razor-toothed wheel on each leg), and the illustration-only Black Rock Shooter Beast, who has small energy buzzsaws on the toes of her shoes, and some kind of articulated scythe-limbs on the backs of her shins.
* The signature weapon of ''Manga/IchiTheKiller'' is a special boot with a blade sticking out of the heel. He makes [[{{Gorn}} good use of it]] throughout the story.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{X 23}}, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s OppositeSexClone, has one of her blades placed in each of her feet, which she uses for lethal kick attacks.
* ComicBook/IronMan has repulsors in his boots, that let him fly as a rocket. They are not ''meant'' to be weapons, but can be used as such: if he's in the ground, and the enemy is in the right direction, he may turn on his foot rockets at his face. It's not nice.
* Marvel villain Tarantula, who usually fought Franchise/SpiderMan, had as his main weapon spikes protruding from the toes of his boots; these could be used simply for slashing or stabbing, or to poison/drug an adversary.
* Stompa of the [[ComicBook/NewGods Female Furies]] wears anti-matter that she uses to crush her opponents and which can create tremors or earthquakes by stomping on the ground.
* Franchise/MarvelUniverse villain Stilt Man wears a set of weaponized extendable metal stilts.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* When Sakura joins the TSAB in ''[[FanFic/DevilArms Devil Ärms: ReturnerS]]'', her Intelligent Device, Sound Harken, takes the form of a pair of ice skates, the blades of which constitute her main weapon. They can also be used to [[GrindBoots grind on the chains]] created by her Armed Device, Rivet Rail.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Played for laughs with Random Task of ''Film/AustinPowers'', who throws his shoes like a [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} certain]] ''Film/JamesBond'' villain throws his hat. "Who throws a shoe? Honestly!"
* Rosa Klebb in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' has poison blades hidden in her shoes.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'', towards the climax Batman faces one of the Joker's mooks, who attempts to drop-kick him while blades extend from his boots. Batman instead simply [[GroinAttack punches him in the nuts]] and moves on.
%%* Will Smith's character in ''Film/WildWildWest'' also gets one.%%
* Jade Fox tries it in ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' against Li Mu Bai.
* One of the CarnivalOfKillers sent to assassinate Clouseau in ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther Strikes Again'' tries to kill the detective with a knife hidden in his boot.
* [[TheDragon Tanaka's daughter]] in ''Film/ThePunisher1989'' has hidden blades on her shoe, which are first displayed when she uses them to slit one guy's throat.
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'': Jack Burton keeps a knife in the straps at the side of his boot. Normally this is just for storage, but at one point, he kicks it down into a {{Mook|s}} who is on top of him. It works rather too fast and he's sidelined for a while by the body's weight.
* Taken to its [[RuleofCool logical conclusion]] in Creator/RobertRodriguez's ''Film/PlanetTerror'', wherein RoseMcGowan's character loses her leg and has it replaced with [[LegCannon a machine gun/missile launcher]].
* In ''Film/RoadHouse'', one of Brad Wesley's goons has a blade hidden in the toe of his boot that he tries to use on Dalton. Alas, the goon proves to be "too stupid to have a good time," and so Dalton easily defeats him anyway.
* An undercover police officer gets kicked in the balls by a shoe with a retractable blade in ''Film/DontOpenTillChristmas''.
* In ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', Kyra has blades on the back of her shoes.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** The Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has a knife hidden in his shoe, just like Rosa Klebb above.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Selina's high heels are ''[[http://www.flicksandbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/tdkr-catwoman-heels.jpg blades]]'', allowing her to use them for kick attacks.
--->'''Phillip Stryver''': ''Do those heels make it hard to walk?''\\
'''Catwoman''': (stamps heel '''through''' Stryver's foot) ''I don't know, do they?''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''GentlemanBastard Sequence'', Capa Barsavi's daughter Nazca, at the age of seven, demanded a pair of boots with iron spikes on the toes so she could enact the LittleGirlsKickShins trope more effectively.
* Played [[CombatPragmatist very practically]] by Adora Belle Dearheart in ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. She isn't an ActionGirl, but as she calmly points out, being stepped on by stiletto heels is like "being stepped on by a very pointy elephant" due to the sheer amount of pressure concentrated in one heel point. Possibly a stealth pun, given that this is the design philosophy behind actual stilettos of the non-footwear variety. By focusing the full force and weight of your body behind a small enough point, they could be fairly easily driven through even well-crafted chain armor.
* In the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'', queen Ehlana's bodyguard Mirtai has managed to embed daggers into her boots so that only the tips emerge, making them mostly inconspicuous unless she happens to kick someone… especially [[GroinAttack where]] she prefers to kick them. She also had blades built into her leg armor that protruded out when she bent her knee.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Canadian comedy troupe Radio/TheFrantics have their famous "Boot To The Head" sketches.
* ''Series/GetSmart''
** The episode "Ship of Spies" had a villainous sea captain with [[LegCannon a gun concealed in his wooden leg]]. He had a spare leg that had a knife hidden in it.
** "When Good Friends Get Together" had Max armed with boots that fire nuclear-powered bullets.
* In ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', using the wolf mecha as one of the megazord's legs grants it a bladed shin.
* On ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', the KGB came with a shoe knife as their close range weapon.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has a few characters do this, given that the franchise's signature finisher is a kick attack. Examples include ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'''s 'Wake Up Fever', and ''Series/KamenRiderOOO''[='=]s Condor and Wani legs. Special mention goes to ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', who, due to his module system, has a choice of about ten attachments for each leg, many of them weapons such as a chainsaw, gatling gun or missile launcher. His finisher uses his favorite- a drill equipped to his left leg.
* Jethro on ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' rigged up a boot to extend a blade, which he immediately managed to get stuck in some furniture.
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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* In Creator/EddieMurphy's comedy act, he mentions his mother would use her shoe to discipline her children.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Toa Pohatu from ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}''.
* ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'' Beast's Figma accurately reproduces the leg-scythes and feet-buzzsaws mentioned above.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Boss Zagstruk from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is a melee-oriented [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Ork]] with a JetPack. After his legs were torn off by a Space Marine [[MiniMecha dreadnought]], he made sure his replacement "bioniks" were made from [[PowerFist Power Klaws]], letting him execute [[GoombaStomp even more devastating diving attacks]].
** 4Chan in their /tg/ board has the homebrew SpaceMarine chapter Angry Marines (ALWAYS ANGRY! ALL THE TIME!) who have Power Feet. They are the shoe version of the PowerFist. And like the Fist, they're freaking huge metal cyborg-exoskeleton armored boots that can't be lifted by ordinary feet. Only those of sufficient constant rage can properly use them.
* In ''TabletopGame/AgeOfAquarius'' Second Edition, a number of heavy footwear increases your character's kick damage and lets it deal lethal, not subdual wounds. These include combat boots, Russian army jackboots, safety boots, Grinders and Dr. Martens. The first edition lacks subdual damage mechanics and only has the army jackboots in the weapon table.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' , artifact weapons are not called by the same names as their mundane equivalents. Swords are called daiklaives, spears are called direlances. And then there is a type of artifact weapon called "God-Kicking Boots".
* The ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting has blade boots as a weapon (think ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', above). The boots can be used to attack, in exchange for not being able to run with the blade extended.
* Most practical [[HumongousMecha [=BattleMech=]]] melee weapons in ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' are, as one would expect, arm-mounted. The big exception are ''talons'', about the one melee weapon system originating with the Clans who normally disdain close combat in 'Mechs -- these are instead added to the legs and increase the damage of kick and death-from-above attacks by 50%. (Some 'Mechs will also carry leg-mounted conventional weapons, but those generally fall more under the LegCannon trope.)
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Regal in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', owing to the fact that his hands are bound for most of the game. He continues to use his greaves in [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld the sequel]] even after he removes his handcuffs, after vowing never again to use his hands as weapons of death. He takes his vow literally, as he won't hesitate on using his feet to kill [[spoiler: (including a man who was beyond salvation along with Presea)]].
* Chie in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', despite the fact that most of her weapons are not metal, they are still bought from a metal smith.
* Duster from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' fights with kicks and thus needs shoes.
** Duster has a club foot (which is why he limps), so the extra-thick soles provide more buttkicking power.
** Also played with in ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' after fighting the Kraken; the captain claims to have thrown his slippers at the monster as they fought.
* Dante in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' wields these with his Beowulf weapon. It returns in the form of Gilgamesh in ''Devil May Cry 4''.
* Charge Man's weapon, the Charge Kick, from ''VideoGame/MegaMan5''. More specifically, it weaponizes the slide.
** Vile from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' is a ''literal'' example of this trope, [[LegCannon dropping bombs out of his knee joints]].
* In ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad II'', if you equip the singer Shante with shoes as a weapon, she'll take her high heels off and beat the monsters/terrorists/etc over the head with them. B. Jenet from ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'' also does this to her opponents as a part of her hidden CounterAttack LimitBreak.
* With LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, it was only natural to have at least one entry from the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series fight with their feet. In this case, it's [[SuikodenII Wakaba]], whose "Shin Guards" can actually be improved by a blacksmith as the game progresses; presumably, her ArmedLegs add to her fierce, [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li]]-style kicks.
* One of Hinata's special moves in ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' is kicking her shoes at the enemy from midair, complete with pretty rainbow trail effects.
* Kisala's secondary weapons in ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy'' are shoes as well.
* Used interestingly in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': the title character is capable of [[GunsAkimbo quadruple-wielding guns]] by virtue of strapping a pair to her heels. The result is a very literal example of CombatStilettos. Also by attaching other weapons to her feet, such as shotguns, ice skates, fire/electricity energy claws, and a pair of rocket launchers. One of these days, ''these'' boots are gonna walk all over you.
* Gale from ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' keeps a concealed blade in his shoe which extends when he kicks. He only ever uses it in cutscenes, as when he fights in human form, he uses his assault rifle instead. Appropriately, in his devil form, he attacks with his feet exclusively for physical attacks.
* The Takewown class in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' uses kicks, but they don't use boots as weapons. Only their upgraded version can actually even equip a weapon (Books)
* To some degree, M. Bison of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' uses this. His metal greaves are one of his most distinct traits and his kicks do tend to be Muay Thai-style shin kicks that would seemingly employ them.
* The Grieve Edge fighting style in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]'' consists entirely of kicking with bladed feet.
* ''VideoGame/MetalFatigue'' [[HumongousMecha Combots]] could roll out of the assembly bay packing light artillery, missiles pods, or lasers mounted on their legs. ArmedLegs are the earliest leg research options available.
* Aschen Brodel from ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' uses [[RocketPunch Rocket Fists]] and calf-mounted shotguns.
* Jian Campbell from ''VideoGame/LunarDragonSong''.
* Variant in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''. Raiden's cyborg body doesn't have any weapons in it's legs, but he has rubberized heels that allow him to grip knives and swords with his feet. Most of his stronger slices are executed with his feet.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Tikedi in ''Webcomic/ProphecyOfTheCircle'' use metal claws strapped to their feet in their hunting routine for chasing tekk, a much bigger reptilian/avian species.
* Tagon in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has [[RazorFloss Dorothy Wire]] in his boot heels, so named because the user clicks their heels together to activate it. Only used a few times due to the rather limited utility (it's only effective against things you can get between your feet), but it makes for a handy surprise in those rare instances that it ''is'' practical.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* American Maid from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''.%%
* Cyborg of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has a rocket in his feet. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyGx3m1gPZI He even sings about it]] when [[ThemeTuneCameo he makes up his own version of the theme song!]]
* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack's [[ImprobableWeaponUser Scottish friend]] has a [[AnatomyArsenal prosthetic leg]] consisting of a [[LegCannon machine gun]].
* The Bronze Kneecap from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' conceals a multitude of weapons in his prosthetic knee, the most famous being a small rocket launcher.
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* Real life example: Near the end of UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush's term, an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at him, considered the ultimate insult in Arabian culture. Bush ducked, though. Makers of PoliticalCartoons were overjoyed, as the incident provided a handy visual metaphor for ''anything'' for the next few months. Bush's handling of it was great, though. "It was a size 10".
* Steel-toed boots were created to prevent dropped objects from crushing workers' feet. It was soon discovered that they come in handy for kicking as well.
* Steel-toed boots with [[CombatStilettos a small blade]] concealed in front have been used as weapons by [[LowerClassLout some lesser gangsters]], under the supposition that a powerful kick may disembowel the opponent. However, to be able to ''walk'' in the first place, the blade has to be very short and handheld knives are more effective.
* Velociraptor, Deinonychus, and other raptor-type dinosaurs with a huge sickle-claw on each foot.
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