"That really hurt! I'm gonna have a lump there, you idiot! Who throws a shoe? Honestly! You fight like a woman!"The shoe is another one of those perfect improvised weapons. Not as Armed Legs, but holding the shoe in hand and whacking stuff with it. It's more likely done if an insect needs to be killed. Alternatively, it can be thrown. Sub-Trope of Clothing Combat. See also Combat Stilettos.
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Anime and Manga
- Hiyori in Bleach uses her sandal to slap people.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Izumi Curtis does this.
- In the Slayers OVA, Lina hits Naga with a bunny slipper when she doesn't feel like setting her on fire.
- Akira from Eden of the East vows to give the Manipulative Bastard Mr Outside a good slap with a slipper. He finally achieves this goal in the second film.
- Ryotsu in Kochikame throws his sandals out of his feet to take out enemies at a distance.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Leon's Cinderella monster attacks by flinging her glass slippers, which shatter painfully against the opponent or his or her monsters. The slippers then reappear on her feet, ready for another go.
- In an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, the school goes overboard with enforcing rules. At one point, Kotori and two other girls have enough and pelt the rule enforcers with their shoes. In another episode, Rio throws her shoe at Shark when he talks in the middle of a play.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Noboru Gongenzaka occasionally uses his metal geta as melee weapons.
- In One Piece, Nami throws her boot at Brook not long after meeting him and getting disgusted at his lecherous attitude toward women's panties. Hitting on Robin is what cues the boot.
- In the first episode of Senki Zesshou Symphogear AXS, Chris throws one of her shoes at Hibiki after the latter fails to hear over the noise of a helicopter.
- When battling Giga, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo exhausts all of his attacks, none of which seem to work against Giga. Don Patch then reccomends he use the "Fist of the Wap Wap with the Bottom of the Slipper Attack", which involves hitting your opponent with a slipper. Much to Beauty's surprise, it works.
- In The Nutcracker, Maria kills the Mouse King with her shoe.
Films — Animated
- Mulan: Mulan throws her shoe at Shan-Yu to draw attention away from Shang.
- In Shrek the Third, Cinderella actually uses her glass slippers as weapons.
- Coraline: Coraline gets mad at Wybie at one point and throws the heeled boots Other Mother made for her at him while chasing after him in the rain. (In the commentary, the filmmakers note that this would have very different connotations in the middle east.)
- Coco features quite a bit of this. Miguel's Abuelita Elena uses her chancla as a fearsome weapon towards any musicians who get too close to her family's workshop, and Mamá Imelda uses her boot to pummel the computer of a hapless afterlife immigration agent. Imelda also uses her boot as a weapon against Ernesto de la Cruz after learning Ernesto is responsible for her husband's untimely demise.
Films — Live-Action
- Random Task in the first Austin Powers throws his shoe, parodying Oddjob in Goldfinger with his hat.
Austin: Who throws a shoe? Honestly!
- The landlady from Kung Fu Hustle uses her slipper.
- Jessica Alba's character in Machete dual-wields stiletto-heeled shoes at one point.
- A character is garrotted with the laces of a pair of bowling shoes in Gutterballs.
- Dawn Summers has most of her head cut off by a thrown ice skate in the Black Christmas (2006) remake.
- Mia Thermopolis, in The Princess Diaries, slaps Josh Bryant with her flip flop for kissing her.
- Renate in Iron Sky stabs Klaus with her high heel near the end of the film.
- Funny Man: The Funny Man kills one of his victims by stabbing him in the eye with a high-heeled shoe.
Live Action TV
- Akiko Narumi in Kamen Rider Double uses a green slipper to Dope Slap Shotaro at least Once an Episode.
- In the first episode of The IT Crowd, Roy yells at a woman who called for assistance. At the end of the episode, she comes down to the IT cave and beats him with her shoe.
- Rejected in Doctor Who episode 'The Poison Sky'. Initially, Donna (Catherine Tate) was supposed to KO a Sontaran with a shoe. Problem? In her words: 'But because I'll only wear trainers, they didn't want it to be a trainer. Or thought probably a trainer would be too soft.'
- In "The God Complex" Rory complains of Amy having hit him with a shoe for insulting the Doctor. Worse, she had to bend down and unlace it first!
- Supernatural: The Wicked Witch of the West is brought down by a high heeled shoe to the face by Charlie, complete with the bad pun "Heel!" just before impact.
- In the first episode of the deservedly short-lived dramatic series The Playboy Club, one of the new Playboy Bunnies is fending off the unwanted attentions of a mobster. During the struggle, they both fall to the floor. She kicks him in the head, and her high heel (the dress code specified three inches) penetrates his temple and goes into his brain, killing him.
- Modesty Blaise: In "The Killing Distance", Willie takes down an assassin who is fleeing on a motorcycle by throwing his boot at him and knocking him off his bike.
- A loaded boot was the signature weapon of The white masked Grappler.
- JJ Dillon used to regularly give one of his shoes to a member of The Four Horsemen to use as a weapon on their opponents.
- Back in the old days, any wrestler who wore cowboy boots in the ring might take one off to hit an opponent with it.
Stand Up Comedy
- In Delirious, Eddie Murphy talks about his mother's shoe-throwing ability (including around corners).
- Shante from the Arc the Lad series can equip shoes and fights with them by taking them off and beating monsters over the head with them.
- In the "Soccer" game on the Wii Fit, you have to hit the soccer balls but dodge obstacles like flying shoes.
- The Kamen Rider Double example makes it into the Ganbaride trading card arcade game, but shot up full of AWESOME.
- One of B Jenet's super moves in The King of Fighters XI revolves around this trope.
- In World of Warcraft, players infiltrate the Dragonmaw Orcs in Shadowmoon disguised as an Orc Overseer, and one of the duties Overseers have is to discipline disobedient peons. This is done with "Booterang", a boot that flies through the air, hits a worthless peon, and returns to the thrower.
- In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, the battles with Kamek have him transform all of the stickers you use to battle into sandals, forcing you to fight him like this.
- In one of the lores from Diablo III, Abd al-Hazir mentions the time when his tent was ransacked by some quill fiends that he had to beat off with a shoe.
- Discussed in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas when CJ finds out the desperate scarcity of weaponry in Grove street.
CJ: Well what you going to do if the Ballas roll through, throw shoes at them?
- In the Looney Tunes "Notes to You" and its remake "Back Alley Oproar" a cat (Sylvester in the later version) is singing in an alley keeping someone (Porky in the original, Elmer in the remake) from getting sleep, who throws shoes (among other things) at the cat.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: Rolf does this twice, and one of which with multiple shoes.
- American Maid from The Tick uses her stiletto heels as throwing weapons.
- Space Thunder Kids: "I PLOTEST I PLOTEST I PLOTEST!!!"
- In The Simpsons episode "Itchy and Scratchy Land" Marge points out that violence isn't so funny what it happens to you. Bart says that it is funny watching it happen to someone else, which Lisa demonstrates by tossing her shoe at Bart. Marge does find it funny, before sending Lisa to her room.
- Legend had it that this appended with Nikita Khrushchev and his shoe-banging in the UN meeting in 1960, or so the story goes.
- At a press conference in Iraq, someone threw both his shoes at George W. Bush, who dodged both of them. Throwing shoes at someone is an especially great insult in many countries of the Middle East (not that it's a compliment elsewhere, but...). The guy was himself the victim of a shoe slap a year later in Paris, by another journalist who accused him of supporting dictatorship in Iraq. His reaction?
"He stole my technique."
- The Other Wiki has this entry on the phenomenon, and several examples.