Losing a Shoe in the Struggle

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There's a reason why it's called the left shoe.

"Where is my goddamn shoe?!"
Hannibal Chau, Pacific Rim

Sometimes, as a result of the danger they are in, a character can take Clothing Damage. But Clothing Damage is often associated with Fanservice (even if that's not always the case) and often isn't family-friendly, so what can be done to show a visual reminder of the danger a character is in without resorting to showing Clothing Damage or blood? How about, losing a shoe in the struggle?

It doesn't have to be a shoe. It could be a hat, a pair of glasses or any kind of small article of clothing. Even getting hair mussed up for a character whose hair is normally well-kept is a visual reminder of danger. Anything that's G-rated, but noticeable. A missing shoe is certainly noticeable, and even a missing hat on a character who's known for always wearing one gets the point across visually.

Sometimes losing a shoe is done in comedic situations, such as having one fly out of a Big Ball of Violence. Bonus points if it clocks an innocent bystander.

This trope is often Truth in Television — in periods of high activity or drastic changes in motion, including when a person is thrown off their feet, light and loose articles of clothing (including shoes) are likely to fly off.

In more serious situations, the character's now-bare foot is shown to be a vulnerability which can become a Broken Heel (not literally — probably) if the writer needs to hamper his/her ability to run. This can lead to or be accompanied by Agony of the Feet (for instance, if a person steps into a bear trap or onto a sharp object with an unprotected foot). If they are high up on a structure, it can be used to show how far the ground is.

Compare Hat Damage, which is when an unimportant article of clothing takes damage but remains with the person. Also compare Giving Them the Strip, which is when a piece of clothing (usually something like a jacket) gets removed in order to escape. In some cases, may lead to The Girl Who Fits This Slipper, when a character uses the missing clothing article to try to identify whoever lost it. Also compare Close-Call Haircut for when the superficial injury happens to the person, rather than their clothes.

Related to Spit Out a Shoe where someone or something eats a character whole and spits out their footwear or other article of clothing.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • A Little Debbie commercial has a man on a camping trip receive a reminder from his inner child that he neglected to pack Oatmeal Creme Pies. The man endures various obstacles on his way from the campsite to the store, and loses his right shoe while scaling some rocks. After he purchases the pies, the child suggests he retrieve his missing shoe, but he decides to enjoy a pie instead.
  • In the Segata Sanshiro commercial for Sonic R, one of the baseball players that Segata Sanshiro attacks for not playing Sega Saturn loses one of his cleats in the aftermath of his attack.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Garzey's Wing, the ferario (fairy) is grabbed by two soldiers who attempt to rip her legs off and kill her, but they only succeed in ripping her boots off, as she escapes by Giving Them the Strip.
  • In Monster Rancher, Genki arrives in the monster world barefoot (as he was playing the game in his room at the time) and apparently his shoes weren't sucked into the world with him save for only his roller blades. Course he finds they're not very useful when having to climb hills. Luckily though a kindly couple give him some boots in the next episode.
  • Happens too many times in Fairy Tail to count, especially to Lucy. In both the Edolas and Grand Magic Games arcs she loses her shoes twice, going barefoot for the rest of the battle each time.
    • Yukino also loses her boots, alongside Lucy, in the Grand Magic Games arc, when the two of them find themselves dangling over a lava pit. Arcadios saves the girls, but not before their boots are incinerated in the immense heat.
    • Natsu, Gray, and Erza all lose their shoes in the Sun Village arc when Doriarte's magic reverts them back to children. Natsu chooses to kick his off once they're too big to wear and seems to remain barefoot even as he leaves the village because he threw them away, Gray's fall off his feet when Doriarte hefts him up, and Erza slips in her oversized boots and goes tumbling down a hill.
    • During the final story arc, Natsu, Lucy, Erza, Wendy, Yukino, Jenny, Brandish, Dimaria, and Kagura all end up barefoot at some point or another because their shoes were taken when they got capture, blown off/apart in battle, or outright removed in the case of Erza, who prefers to fight while barefoot in case she needs to use swords with her toes, and not all of them have the luxury re-shoe their feet afterwards. Dimaria actually loses 2 and a half pairs, the first confiscated in captivity, then one of her boots gets burned away by Natsu. And then there's Jacob, who has his entire outfit burnt off by Natsu. Not only that, Mavis and Acnologia step onto the battlefield barefoot from the get-go.
  • One Piece:
    • Luffy tends to lose his sandals in a lot of fights, whether from them slipping off due to using Gear Third, or from them getting destroyed. Averted in the case of his hat, though.
    • As Vivi is frantically running through the city of Alubarna, trying to find the bomb set to destroy the plaza, her sandals snap, leaving her barefoot.
  • In To Love-Ru, Run is turned into a little kid after being sprayed by the Skunk of Youth. As she attempts to catch said skunk, she slips off the school roof, losing her shoes in the fall (though thankfully Lala catches her). Likewise, Golden Darkness is unable to keep her footwear on because it is now too big for her small feet, and she's forced to hold onto them while maneuvering around.
  • The comedic variant appears in Digimon Adventure when the Digidestined return to the digital world, with Mimi tripping and losing her boot on the beach.
    • This phenomenon is subverted and lampshaded in an episode of the dub of Digimon Xros Wars by Shoutmon: "Wow, Mikey, you almost lost your sweet sneakers! ...And your feet."
  • In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, a crook is lamenting his fate while using a urinal, only for Batou to unexpectedly open a window right in front of him. After a beat Batou flashes a huge Cheshire Cat Grin and drags the guy kicking and screaming outside where he's knocked out, dropping a shoe in the process.
  • In the Gold and Silver arc of Pokémon Special, Lt. Surge fishes one of Gold's shoes and Silver's boots from the Lake of Rage; along with Gold's hat and bag. This makes him realize the two were kidnapped by the Masked Man. It also hinders Gold's ability to run when he and Silver are forced to fight some Sandslash without them. Once he finds them; he gives their shoes and belongings back.
    • The comedic variant appears in the XYZ arc of the Pokémon anime; when Jessie (in the guise of Jessalie) flips out of her shoes after discovering she practiced the wrong appeal for the Pokémon Showcase.
  • In one episode of Gatchaman, Jun the Swan loses a shoe to a monster attack and she has to go into the latest Galactor base to get it back — that shoe's part of her costume and she can't transform without it.
  • In Naruto Shippuden, Sasuke loses one of his sandals when fighting Deidara.
  • Tokyo Ghoul uses a variant of this trope, off-panel.
    • In the main series, one of the only clues the CCG has to the identity of the Gourmet is a shoe he lost during a kill. It's very expensive Italian leather, and a size 7.
    • In the Prequel Jack, Arima discovers a shoe at the site of one of Lantern's kills. It belongs to Lantern, and allows him to narrow down his suspects because only one female Transfer Student wears that size. Minami is shocked that he would figure it out from such a seemingly-minor detail.
  • Patlabor: In the first episode, one of the updated Ingrams for the police force gets stolen and Noa, a new recruit coming in for her first day, chases after it. After nearly getting run down by the thief driving the truck, she grabs the bumper of the vehicle and runs behind it as it picks up speed before ultimately jumping on board. Losing one of her heels in the process.

    Comic Books 
  • Actually plays a plot-critical role in one flashback story in Tom Strong. Tom is investigating a slum where his current love-interest, Intrepid Reporter and perennial Damsel in Distress Greta Gabriel has gone missing. He finds her discarded high heels, evidently lost in some off-panel confrontation. This pays off as, being a Gadgeteer Genius, Tom has an ultraviolet flashlight which is able to track the heat signatures left by Greta's bare feet as the Mooks dragged her off. Pummeling ensues.
  • In Peculia, the title character originally wore shoes, but in the second story she is forced to leave them behind when the inn she is spending the night at is attacked by Death. She does manage to defeat Death, but before she can go back inside for her shoes, she is abruptly "rescued" by a robotic Obscurus duplicate and carried off. She continues to go barefoot in every story after this.
  • In the penultimate book of Bone, Thorn's shoes fly off as she is captured by Tarsil's soldiers.
  • Astérix the Gaul: Roman soldiers thumped by Asterix or Obelix often fly up into the stratosphere, while their shoes remain in their original position.
  • In an early issue of Excalibur Shadowcat and Phoenix (temporarily de-powered) are bound upside-down in a smokehouse, by their legs. Shadowcat uses her ninja skills to slip out of her boots to free herself and unties Phoenix, before the cook arrives. Shadowcat, still barefoot, uses her ninja skills once again to fight off the cook.

    Comic Strips 
  • One Big Happy has the occasional fight where someone's shoe flies off.
  • Peanuts
    • Sometimes happens comedically to Charlie Brown when he's hit by a baseball or misses trying to kick the football.
    • It also happened to Royanne, the girl who claimed to be Roy Hobbs' great-granddaughter, when her baseball team played against Charlie Brown's team. When Charlie Brown slid toward home plate, he knocked her shoes off. In the next strip, Snoopy found only one of her shoes.
  • On Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin often loses his shoes when Hobbes pounces him. Sometimes it's even all his clothes down to his underwear, which makes his mother very confused at why she found him half-dressed at the front door.
  • "Dennis the Menace (UK)": In the 2001 book, while ice-skating, Dennis crashes into his dad, which rips the soles off his wellington boots. Surprisingly, he appears (unless their soles were also ripped off by the crash) to have been sockless, which is unusual for someone in winter. Also, earlier in the book, while not exactly losing them in a struggle, his mischief causes the Beano office staff to be hospitalized, which results in him having to do all their jobs until they get better, so he has to stir the tea, and play golf with his two hands, while drawing and writing the stories with his bare feet.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the film adaptation of AKIRA, a would-be revolutionary loses one of his shoes when he tries to set off a grenade in the police station. When the grenade is a dud; he's dogpiled by cops and loses the other shoe as he's pummeled offscreen.
  • In An American Tail, Fievel loses his hat while helping release the Mouse of Minsk. Finding it is how the Mousekewitzes learn he's still alive.
  • Cinderella loses one of her glass slippers while running back to her coach. She tries to go back for it, but the Grand Duke startles her, then picks up the slipper himself.
  • Tarzan: Jane is being rescued by Tarzan from a family of enraged baboons. While she's being swung along on a vine, one of them clings to her shoe: the shoe slides off and falls (along with the baboon) into the undergrowth. Funnily enough, it shows up later: the baby baboon is wearing it as a hat.
  • In Disney's The Little Mermaid, Eric's boots come off in the ocean while Ariel is trying to save him from drowning. They also come off after Eric defeats Ursula, and before he makes it to shore.
  • Tangled:
  • The Aristocats: While fighting with Napoleon and Lafayette, Edgar ends up having his shoes (and presumably socks) pulled off by Lafayette.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Used more seriously in The Little Dragons, where the kidnap victim loses a sandal in the struggle.
  • Tremors:
    • Earl and Valentine are attacked by the Graboids while they're crossing the desert on horseback. After they lose the horses, Earl's hat flies off his head and is left behind as he flees on foot.
    • Rhonda is attacked by the Graboids and gets her legs wrapped up in barbed wire. Combined with Giving Them the Strip, as Valentine helps her escape by removing her shoes and trousers (for a little Fanservice), and they run to "safety" inside the general store.
  • Tremors 3: Back to Perfection has Burt getting intentionally swallowed whole by a rare albino Graboid in order to plant a homing device inside it. When his assistant hauls him out via the tether he's attached to, he's naked from the waist down except for his underwear and one of his boots.
  • This happens twice in Pacific Rim:
    • In Mako's flashback to her childhood, she remembers being a little girl alone in the ruins of Tokyo. One of her shoes isn't being worn; young Mako is carrying it instead. Either it's too crushed to be worn or Mako had hurt her foot too badly to wear it.
    • In the present, Hannibal Chau leaves only a shoe behind when he's eaten by a Kaiju. In the mid-credits scene, he cuts his way out of its dead body. His first words when out are "Where is my goddamn shoe?!"
  • Happens in the 1989 Batman film to Damsel in Distress Vicki Vale. While being forced to climb the the bell tower of Gotham Cathedral by her captor the Joker, Vicki falls and loses one of her high heels. The Joker then throws away the offending shoe, seemingly to taunt the pursuing Batman and/or make Vicki move faster. Her other shoe is later seen discarded further up the stairs.
  • In Without a Clue, Sherlock Holmes has a fight with some of Moriarty's Mooks. One of said Mooks loses a shoe when Holmes grabs him by the ankle and refuses to let go. The bad guy gets away and Holmes is left holding the empty shoe. Fortunately, it ends up providing a clue to Moriarty's whereabouts.
  • In Inglourious Basterds, German actress-turned-Allied-spy Bridget von Hammersmark loses her shoe during a sudden shootout in the cafe she met with other spies at. Colonel Hans Landa investigates the scene, and finds her lost shoe, allowing him to discover she was there.
  • In the film Malice, teacher Andy goes to his student's home when she misses an appointment with him. The first hint of troubles is when he finds one of her shoes in the backyard. Sure enough, she's become the latest victim of the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.
  • In Cloud Atlas, Luisa Rey, played by Halle Berry, winds up getting her car pushed off a bridge by her arc's villain. When she escapes from the car after its windshield caves in, she's shown to be barefoot, having lost her heels from the onrush of water.
  • In Ghostbusters II, during the trial after the group are arrested for illegally continuing their paranormal investigation. The courtroom is attacked by the ghosts of two murderers sentenced to death row. They wind up targeting the prosecutor who loses a shoe as she being hauled away upside down.
  • In Animal House in a blink or you'll miss it deal. When the fraternity do their rampage at the parade and ram into the stand holding the dean, the mayor and their wives. The women clearly aren't wearing any shoes as the group is sent flying note 
  • Aliens: The Queen Alien tries to pull Ripley into the space with her by grabbing onto her leg after the airlock is opened. Ripley shakes it free by slipping loose from her boot.
  • King Kong (2005): Ann Darrow is kidnapped by natives while she was getting ready for bed. Consequently her shoes get left behind, and she spends the entire time in the jungle barefoot.
  • In the movie Speed, in the elevator scene early in the film, the last woman they help escape the elevator before it falls loses a shoe.
  • As Above, So Below: The lead character gets dragged into a corpse-infested pool of blood and has her boots pulled off as she escapes.
  • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, an unconscious female bystander is dragged away without one of her shoes during the Winter Soldier's attack on the DC Parkway; having lost it when the bus she was on collided with another bus following a grenade chain reaction. Cap also lampshades the phenomenon when he and Black Widow are incognito and on the run: "If I run in these shoes, they're gonna fall off."
  • Mad Max: Fury Road has its title character lose a boot while kicking Slit off of Nux's car. Slit grips said boot with his teeth before he falls, pulling it off of Max's foot. After a sandstorm, Max steals a boot from the unconscious Nux for a replacement.
  • In Mission: Impossible III, Owen Davian apparently loses a shoe after getting run over by a truck.
  • In Super Mario Bros., Mario and Luigi lose their caps due to the strong beams from their devo guns.
  • In Spider-Man, Mary-Jane's slippers fall off, while the Green Goblin is dangling her over the bridge.
  • In Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Marion is dumped into the tomb, she manages to hold on to a statue but loses a shoe during the fall which lands amidst a heap of poisonous snakes.
  • Star Wars examples:
  • In Star Trek Beyond; Captain Kirk is seen carrying one of his boots after he's transported back aboard the Enterprise, having lost it in a struggle that resulted from a failed negotiation with an alien race that ended in a fight with their people.
  • In Lantana, Valerie ran from Nik's car after she thinks she's being kidnapped or worse, leaving a shoe behind. When Nik returns home, he throws the shoe in the bush across the road from his house, not realising he's been seen by Jane, who reports it to the police.
  • In Children of Men, Theo's right flip-flop becomes loosened due to a fight with Syd. Theo then kicks the sandal off while heading for the exit, and later cuts his foot on some scrap metal.
  • In Home Alone, Marv loses his shoes, then his socks, when they become stuck on a tar-covered staircase. Afterwards, Kevin tricks the barefoot Marv into painfully stepping on a nail and some Christmas ornaments.
  • In The Witches, when Luke is turned into a mouse, all his clothes fall off in the process, and at the end, when Miss Irvine turns him back into a boy, all his clothes are absent.
  • In Hidden Figures, a test of the model Mercury orbiter's heat shield starts when Mary is still inside the test tunnel. When one of her high heels is caught in a vent, Mary struggles to get it free before the test starts, but can't get it loose and ends up ditching her shoes.
  • Speed has several hostages trapped in an elevator that is rigged to plummet to the very bottom of the building by a terrorist. SWAT quickly works on getting each hostage out one by one through the doors as the elevator constantly jerks downward. The last hostage to be rescued has one of her shoes slip off right before the elevator takes the plunge and she can be heard yelling "My shoe!" as she hobbles away with everyone else on one high heel.
  • Jurassic World contains a notable aversion, heavily debated by the fandom — Claire's climactic run from the T. rex includes a close-up, slow-motion shot of her high-heeled shoes, which many fans complained of as unrealistic, finding it far more likely that someone running from a T. rex would either kick off or (at the very least) accidentally lose their high heels.
    • Played straight when the dinosaurs escape captivity and attack the pavilion: Claire's assistant loses her shoes when she's volleyed back and forth between a flock of dimorphodons, right before she's eaten along with a dimorphodon by the mosasaurus.

    Literature 
  • A classic, well-known example that kicks off part of the plot, in Cinderella. Cinderella has to leave the royal ball before the spell wears off and her fancy clothes change back to normal, but accidentally leaves a glass slipper behind while running. This then changes the plot to The Girl Who Fits This Slipper.
  • In Mostly Harmless (the fifth The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Ford Prefect has to sacrifice one of his shoes to throw off the guided missile that's been fired at him. He spends most of the rest of the book with only one shoe, only getting a replacement pair near the very end.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: The first thing the Baudelaires see of Kit Snicket in the 13th book is her bare foot sticking out of the raft she built. According to her, it's because a heavy machine was dropped on her foot and she took her shoe off to ease the pain.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has two instances in which Dorothy loses at least one of the Silver Shoes. The first, after the Wicked Witch of the West trips her with an invisible iron bar, as an attempt to steal one of the Shoes. Dorothy gets it back after melting the Witch with a bucket of water. The second, after Dorothy commands the Silver Shoes to take her back to her Aunt Em's farm. The Shoes take her there so quickly, they fall off on the way.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - More of a thought out action than a heat of the moment danger, but Bruno is advised by Shumel, while pretending to be one of the prisoners, to take his shoes and socks off, otherwise it will be too obvious that he is just a civilian in disguise, and initially, he is horrified by this idea, and he is said to hate the "feeling of the mud on his bare feet", but he quickly starts enjoying it (probably Truthin Television, as many kids (and adults) have love-hate relationships with being barefoot). This is all left out of the film, probably because Shumel is never shown to be barefoot, so it would be unnecessary for Bruno to do so.
  • Peter Rabbit accidentally leaves his shoes in Mr. McGregor's garden while trying to run away from him.
  • Richmal Crompton's William has this of a fashion in an early story. While dealing with an obnoxious and pushy toddler, he is asked to take his boots and stockings off, so he can go in the water, and look for things for said toddler. His reaction to being told to do so, and the quickness that he reapplies them afterwards seems to imply that he doesn't especially enjoy being barefoot.
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lucy ends up kicking her shoes off when unexpectedly teleported to Narnia's ocean. Not that she cares, and she gets a new pair from Caspian when rescued later.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Adventures of Superman: In "The Human Bomb", Lois loses a shoe when Butler drags her further out on the ledge.
  • On Sisters, as Cat, the daughter of second sister Teddy jogs around a track, she stops to tie her sneaker laces. Suddenly, she's viciously attacked and dragged off into the shadows. Minutes later, her mother arrives. Initially confused to not find her daughter, she quickly becomes alarmed when she finds her discarded sneaker and realizes she must have met with foul play.
  • In 999 (the Transatlantic Equivalent of Rescue 911) a young boy who'd been rescued from neck-deep mud by the fire brigade recalled being afraid his mother would be upset, because one of his new shoes was lost.
  • In the Bones episode "The Beginning in the End", Hodgins leaves behind a shoe in the maw of one of the two Angry Guard Dogs chasing him.
  • I Love Lucy:
    • One episode deals with Lucy trying to peddle a vacuum cleaner she was conned into buying by using the same sales pitch. Her endeavor is less then successful and she loses a shoe when trying to stop a door from closing on her.
    • In "The Tour", Lucy and Ethel abandon a bus tour to see Richard Widmark's backyard. Lucy climbs the wall to get one of the tangerines growing from a tree and falls over where she's promptly attacked by Richard's dog and loses a shoe in the process.
    • One of the country episodes had this happen to Ricky when Lucy closes the door him and he tries to stop it with his foot. Turns out it's a trick though, he slipped out his shoe and came around the backdoor as Lucy was trying explain she accidentally brought expensive furniture.
  • In the opening credits of the first series of the British sitcom, Man About the House, Chrissy loses one of her shoes while trying to make the bus to get to work. She only notices once the bus starts moving and she sees it lying there, but can't get off again to retrieve it.
  • In the Power Rangers Samurai episode "The Bull Zord", a boy loses his shoe inside the rampaging Bull Zord and is seen without it till near the end of the episode.
  • MythBusters once tested the idiom "knock your socks off", but found even a very fatal impact would barely cause socks to slip a few inches in the most ideal circumstances.
  • Doctor Who: In Martha Jones' first episode, "Smith and Jones", the Doctor, after being attacked by the Slab, and killing it with radiation, dismisses Martha's worries about the Doctor's life, by saying he's used to it. He then expels the radiation to his left shoe, which makes his foot itch, and he has great relief while throwing it, and the sock in the bin. She replies "You're completely mad", which he agrees to, saying he'd "look daft with one shoe". He throws his other one off, proclaiming himself "Barefoot on the moon!", with a Fanservice close-up of his feet.
  • The Sopranos: When Junior Soprano attacks another patient in the psychiatric unit, his slipper flies off as he kicks him.
  • In Episode 9 of Season 4 of The Walking Dead Carl Grimes loses a shoe to a zombie before fighting it off and shutting it into a bedroom. As a warning he leaves a note saying "WALKER INSIDE. GOT MY SHOE. DIDN'T GET ME".
  • In the CITV series Woof!, as befit turning into a dog and losing their clothes through the shift (though for obvious reasons, they are covered up in some way during this scene), all 3 of Eric, Rex and Jim go through this. In the first episode, Eric's mum comments when seeing him in bed about how dirty his hands and feet are, and she assumes it's through not washing at night, when the real reason is, he's been walking through mud as a dog. Also, in the second episode, due to a visit of the swimming pool, and that being the place where Eric transformed, while not fully dressed, his friend Roy forgets one of his socks to bring along, and also puts his trunks next to his shirt, wetting the poor boy's shirt. This causes Eric to go sockless, while not shoeless. Also, later again in a series 5 episode, his new friend Rachel has forgotten to bring clothes for him, as it's been a rush again, but fortunately, she does have some clothes, which appears to be very short shorts and a T shirt, though no shoes or socks, as his dad quite aggressively comments on when he sees him. Eric remains barefoot for the rest of the episode, while walking in an airport,a car park and a hospital- potentially dangerous, but then again, it could be healthy?
    • Rex is often seen wearing a box to cover his nudity, while his torso and feet are still exposed.

    Music Videos 
  • Lit's music video has one of the band members loose one of his shoes when he gets eaten by Pamela Anderson, who then spits said shoe onto the floor. The shoes were actually iconic items for that band member and he had even married his wife in them, so it's understandable why they recieved so much focus.
  • Radiohead's "There There" video climaxes as crows pursue and peck at frontman Thom Yorke, who has stolen and put on an enchanted coat and some Sprint Shoes they were guarding. The shoes help Thom outrun the crows with Super Speed, but fall off his feet after becoming entangled in vines. His bare feet become tree roots upon striking the ground, as the beginning of a Painful Transflormation that changes Thom into an immobile tree.

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    Video Games 
  • In Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles at the end of Ada's chapter. Ada escapes Raccoon City by launching her grappling hook on a passing helicopter. A hunter tries to jump and grab her but only winds up catching one of her heels in its claw.
  • The comedic variant appears as one of Sakura's win animations in Street Fighter Alpha 2 and 3; with Sakura bouncing her shoe off her head.
  • In Laura Bow in the Dagger of Amon Ra, you find a shoe surrounded by signs of a struggle. It's Steve's, and you have to give it back to him when you find him, or he'll hurt his foot and the killer will catch up to you.
  • In episode 2 of Tales from the Borderlands, Rhys loses one of his shoes in a chase scene near the beginning. Depending on the player's choices, either he gets it back from Fiona at Old Haven, or he has to wait until episode 3 to get it back.
  • In Yandere Simulator, when Yandere-chan pushes someone off the roof, she'll yank their shoes off as they fall, trying to make it look like a Barefoot Suicide.
  • The comedic variant appears in Pokémon Sun and Moon, with a photograph in the end credits showing Lana losing one of her sandals as she tries to reel in a Wishiwashi while fishing.

    Web Comics 
  • In Modern Day Treasure Seekers, Sam loses a sandal when falling down a rockslide as the result of a booby trap, and can't get it back. Its disappearance is permanent. That, along with unkempt hair and dirt on their clothes, serves as a reminder of the danger the kids remain in. Once Sam realizes it is futile to look for it, she takes off the other sandal and throws it away because she has no use for an incomplete pair. With both of them lost, she has to go barefoot on uninviting terrain.
  • In Homestuck, Dad Egbert loses a single shoe and his hat while fighting monsters on the Land of Wind and Shade. He uses a nearby Parcel Pyxis to request spares.
  • Red's Planet, Red loses one of her shoes when she's first abducted and the other one to a Jerkass alien after she temporarily knocked out. Leaving her stuck in her socks.

    Western Animation 
  • Played comedically in The Simpsons.
    • When Sideshow Bob threatens to blow up an air show the family is attending, everyone (including them) quickly exits the scene.
      Marge: [panicking] Kids! Everything's gonna be OK! Don't panic! Just don't panic!
      Lisa: Mom. Mom! You're stepping on my heels and knocking my shoes off!
      Marge: We can always get more shoes! Move! Move! Move!
    • When the family is walking across a rickety bridge, Marge slips and her shoe comes off. As Marge dangles, Homer shouts, "Oh no, your shoe!"
  • This is a clue in the Geronimo Stilton episode "Barry the Moustache" when the titular gangster kidnaps reporter Sally Rasmaussen. Since the show takes place in a world of Barefoot Cartoon Animals, it's lucky for Geronimo and company that Sally is The One Who Wears Shoes.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Hooky", Patrick mentions that there was a kid playing around in the "carnival", which is actually a bunch of fishing hooks. As he says it, he and SpongeBob pass a pair of sneakers left on the ground.
  • In the Bob's Burgers episode "Fort Night", the kids narrowly escape their fort before it gets crushed under a truck, and Andy loses one of his shoes. He throws the other one back to keep it company.
  • An episode of Beavis and Butt-Head has Todd pummeling Beavis offscreen after one of their antics made him spill a drop of beer on his pants. As Butt-Head laughs at the situation, one of Beavis' shoes bounces into frame.
  • A Running Gag in Kim Possible is that Ron has a habit of losing his shorts in some fashion or another. Kim also loses a rollerskate when dueling Shego in the episode "Rufus VS Commodore Puddles".
  • In Regular Show Terror Tales from The Park IV third story. Mordecai, CJ, Eileen and Rigby wind up trapped in haunted VHS horror movie. They reach the credits but are suddenly attacked by a lighting ball whose first strike hits CJ's boots and knocks her out of them. She's forced to leave them behind as the group run for it.
  • In one episode of Samurai Jack, Jack enters a dragon's digestive tract. While in the stomach, he encounters some strange birds that split into more of themselves when cut. After he's created a huge swarm of them, one of them pulls off his sandal just before another pops the bubble he's on, and he spends most of the rest of the episode with one bare foot.
  • In the Code Lyoko episode "End of Take" (parodying the Aliens example in live-action film above), Ulrich loses his sneaker when he's grabbed by the XANA-controlled alien costume and is seen without it for most of the rest of the episode.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers:
    • In an episode, Gaia loses her powers and is stranded in a ghetto mistaken for a homeless person. While taking shelter from the rain, one of her sandals breaks and she leaves it behind. The Planeteers later find it while searching for her.
    • In the episode "Domes of Doom", Wheeler gets stuck in a manner similar to Alejandro below; and cuts through his shoelaces with his ring's powers to free himself. Thankfully, the villagers have a replacement pair of shoes not long after for him.
  • In the Total Drama All-Stars episode "Zeek and Ye Shall Find", Alejandro gets his foot stuck between two rocks while trying to get to the mine Chris is imprisoned in. He leaves one of his shoes behind to get unstuck.
  • In one Scooby-Doo episode, Shaggy foolishly steps in a bucket of fritter batter and finds his feet stuck. The only way to get them out ends up being to slip them out of his shoes and go barefoot the rest of the episode.
  • Despite both wearing boots instead of Combat Stilettos, both Raven and Starfire from Teen Titans are the only female superheroes in a DC show to lose a boot. Starfire has her boot stolen by an alien dog in the episode "Every Dog Has His Day" and Raven loses her boot when she is vomited out of Beast Boy's whale form in "Wavelength".
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In the premiere episode, Marco loses one of his shoes in the family cactus garden when Star accidentally forces him out the window. He spends the rest of the episode without it, despite having the opportunity to retrieve it before he and Star fight off some monsters.
    • In "Crystal Clear", Star manages to slip out of her Crystal Prison once Rhombulus melts the top of it; however she has to leave both socks inside in order to free her feet.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "The Time Traveler's Pig", Dipper loses one of his shoes when he chases Mabel through the events of past episodes; and leaves it behind in a past timeline. When Lolph and Dundgren make Blendin Blandin go back and correct all the time paradoxes; he's seen collecting Dipper's shoe as evidence.
  • Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?:
    • When Ivy and Zack fight with a Carmen imposter, causing her hovercraft to crash, one of the imposter's high heels is seen flying off. The real Carmen arrives soon afterwards, along with some of her henchmen; who are momentarily confused as to who the real Carmen is. This isn't helped by the fact that both Carmens are only wearing one shoe. (Carmen was imprisoned with Ivy and Zack earlier, and gave Ivy one of her shoes; which aided in their escape.)
    • Carmen also loses a shoe in another episode, while she's being kidnapped. Her shoe falling on the ground is what attracts Ivy and Zack's attention to the abduction, in fact.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • In the Donald Duck cartoon "Sky Trooper", after Donald refuses to jump out of a plane that paratroopers are jumping out of, Sergeant Pete tries kicking him out. But Donald persistently grabs onto Pete's right foot, pulling off his boot and sock, and pulling his pants down; which Pete is able to pull back up, before Pete eventually goes down with Donald. Strangely, when they're falling, it's Pete's left foot that's bare instead of his right.
    • Donald does almost the same exact thing to Mickey Mouse in "Alpine Climbers" as well, trying to save Mickey from an eagle that he unwittingly tied himself to. Instead of simply pulling Mickey's sock off though, he pulls on it so hard that it tears apart. And because Mickey is wearing suspenders, when Donald grabs onto his shorts, the buttons pop right off before the shorts are pulled down.
  • An episode of Arthur from season eight, Fern-Fern and the Secret of Moose Mountain, has Fern lose one of her sneakers to a swamp.
  • In an episode of Sabrina: The Animated Series, Harvey has a pair of dancing shoes magicked to him. While originally, he enjoys it as they have given him a magic ability to be an amazing dancer, he later finds it tiring. They are later magicked off him, leaving him barefoot, although he seems to be a decent dancer anyway.
  • In an episode of Family Guy, Stewie is hanging onto the underside of a bridge, when he remarks, "I hope my shoe doesn't fall off to remind me how long the drop is." Immediately afterwards, exactly that happens.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, "Prank Call of Cthulhu", anyone who crank-calls Cthulhu gets sucked into his world through the holes of their telephone speaker by his tentacles, but because the holes are so small, shoes don't fit through the phone-they get caught and fall off. Amusingly, anything else will go through, as though shoes are exempt from squash-and-stretch logic. Because of this, Irwin and Billy's shoes are left behind and it reveals they used Cthulhu's phone when Grim told them specifically not to. Mandy is also forced to leave hers behind when she goes in after them with Grim (who usually wears only his cloak and nothing else), spending the rest of the episode barefoot. Ironically, Mandy later confronts Cthulhu on a golf course and tells him to tie his shoes good and tight (which he does with snakes) and then he ends up the victim of his own whisking away through the phone, leaving behind his pair of golf cleats. His caddy is revealed to be human, who not only lacks shoes, but pants, too, pulled through the lines in his underwear.

    Real Life 
  • This happened to at least one of Ted Bundy's victims, Georgeann Hawkins, whom he abducted as she walked down the alleyway between her boyfriend's dormitory and her own. When he went back to the site to collect any evidence that might have been left, he found one of her shoes that had come off as he dragged her to his car.
  • Also happened to Evelyn Hartley, a 16-year old girl abducted while babysitting and never found. Her father became concerned when she didn't answer his phone calls and went to the house to check on her. Upon finding her left shoe and broken glasses in the living room and her right shoe discarded in the basement, he immediately realized something terrible had happened.
  • Not a violent struggle at all, but in Justin Bieber's stage strip at Fashion Rocks, he appeared, rather than deliberately taking the first sock that came off, to have lost it while he was taking his trousers off. Although, at the end of his strip, he did take the other sock off, that could be seen as (like the Doctor Who example listed above), merely to not look silly.
  • Many survivors of the 9/11 attacks recounted kicking off their shoes as they fled, knowing that they'd hamper their speed. As things settled slightly after both towers collapse, many people walking the streets noted the large amount of discarded footwear.
  • Similarly, in Washington, D.C. after news of the attacks reached them many of the women in the Capitol Building were told to kick off their heels and evacuate as it was believed one of the hijacked planes was headed their way (which was correct, as it's believed United Airlines Flight 93 was headed there before the passengers took back control of it and crashed it in a Pennsylvania field).

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