What's amazing with shoes is the stuff you can put on and in them. Included are retractable and attachable items. Alternatively, they can be magical or run on Applied Phlebotinum. Can overlap with Nice Shoes (if the shoes are pimped out enough), Shoe Phone (if the item is actually a shoe). Compare Jet Pack (which covers Rocket Boots), Tricked-Out Gloves, Armed Legs, Shoe Slap. See also Magical Accessory.
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Anime and Manga
- Air Gear has the Wind having ATs that retract leaving them with normal looking shoes when they aren't in use.
- Conan of Detective Conan has shoes that deliver an electric current through his legs. This greatly enhances his kicking ability.
- Daimos: Daimos had rockets on its feet AND retractable spikes to simultanesouly kick and stab Robeasts with.
- Mazinger Z: In episode 18, Mazinger-Z's feet got modified to include rockets allowed the Humongous Mecha move underwater.
- Megaman NT Warrior: Lan could attach wheels to his shoes to make them Rollerblade Good.
- Sneakers with retractable wheels were a fad in the 90s and early 2000s. They fell out of favor for safety concerns.
- Gunsmith Cats: Minnie-May keeps a small explosive kit in the heel of her shoe.
- Ichi the Killer fights with a special shoe that has a blade on it's heel.
- In Bleach, the source of Jackie's fullbringer technique "Dirty Boots" are her boots. The filthier they become, the more her strength increases.
- Two examples in One Piece: Buggy has special shoes with hidden knives in them, and much later can use the same gimmick to shot the Muggy Balls (tiny but deadly bombs). Pirate Captain Vander Decken also wears sandals with retractable blades.
- Fabiola Iglesias from Black Lagoon wears shoes with heel blades, which she uses to very painful effect on an unfortunate mook at the Yellow Flag.
- Occasional X-Men member Dazzler has been known to have skates that stuck to her shoes.
- Iron Man has also had skates added to his armor.
- Oh, and jet boosters, too.
- And high-powered magnets that allowed him to walk on walls. Pretty rarely used, of course.
- Chase Stein has recently obtained the Footstigons, which like his previously owned Fistigons shoot flames. He uses them to fly.
- The Spider-Man villain Mysterio has used magnetic boots in order to mimic Spidey's wall-crawling.
- In the very early days of Batman, before the utility belt was fully established, Batman would carry chemicals in the heels of his boots that could be mixed to create an explosive.
- Batman & Robin has the infamous "Batman on Ice" scene.
- The more popular Batman movie Batman Begins has a brief scene in which Bats removes a sonar-device from the heel of his boot and uses it to attract hundreds of bats to his location, distracting a SWAT team.
- In The Dark Knight, the Joker has a blade hidden in the tip of his shoe.
- Jade Fox in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has a spring-loaded shoe-knife.
- In From Russia with Love, Spectre agents develop a weapon that fits a hidden, retractable poison blade into the sole of a shoe, to give it a "nastier kick".
- Goldfinger had Bond wearing one shoe with a trick heel where he concealed one of the miniature radio tracers given to him by Q.
- L.A. Story: Harris K. Telemacher has a pair of shoes with roller skate wheels that pop out when he presses a button. He uses them to skate through an art museum.
- Undercover Brother. The title character had two pairs: one was elevator shoes with extendable heels that raised him into the air, the other had an extendable CD drive/cellular modem in the heel that he used to send data to the BROTHERHOOD.
- In the Wild Wild West film, the Gadgeteer Genius Gordon modifies one of Jim West's shoes with a switchblade. He uses it at one point during the fight on Loveless's train to kill a man strangling him from behind. In a later fight, it gets cut off by a guy with blades in his arms.
- In the Street Fighter film, Bison wears boots that allow him to levitate. How this works is never explained, but this is the least of the movie's problems.
- Marty McFly's self-tying Nikes in Back to the Future Part II.
- The Goonies: Data and his Slick Shoes.
- In Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr novels, Martian boots have built-in hidden containers for small useful items.
- Doc Savage was a man Crazy-Prepared enough to carry equipment everywhere in his body, including components for a small bomb on the heels of both of his boots (interestingly, it used a binary explosive: both boots carried chemicals that became explosive when combined).
Live Action TV
- Get Smart has a Shoe Phone.
- Maxwell Smart has also occasionally had other things in the heels of his shoes, like Cyanide Pills.
- Deadliest Warrior: the retractable shoe knife used by the KGB.
- Jim West in The Wild Wild West TV show had a blade in the tip of the shoe and whatever the plot demands in his heel.
- Partway through Kamen Rider Drive, Kiriko receives special boots based off of the Drive suit which can be powered, enhancing her running, jumping, and kicks (much like Detective Conan, above).
- CHiPs had an episode involving a series of broad-daylight jewelry store robberies. A woman would walk in to the store posing as a potential customer and would eventually ask to see some of the more high-end merchandise. The woman wore platform shoes (it was The '70s, after all) with small roller skate wheels hidden in the soles that would pop out when activated. When the store employee came back, she would then grab the items and the skates would allow her to make a fast getaway.
- Joe Scruggs' "Late Last Night", a children's song describing dreams about trying on different shoes and performing various activities, begins with a verse about bouncing in spring-loaded shoes. The video depicts them as glittery boots with Spring Coils grown out of the outsoles, and reveals that they materialize from white sparkles of undisclosed origin.
- Many early roller skates were designed to be carried in a backpack until needed, and then tied by ropes to the user's shoes.
- One of the original gadgets in the James Bond 007 was the shoe escape kit.
- In the first iteration, Kopaka Nuva could split his Ice Blades in ice skates, Gali Nuva could use her Aqua Axes as flippers, Onua Nuva could use his Quakebreakers as rollerblades, and Nuju Metru's Crystal Spikes could be used as snowshoes.
- In the second iteration, Kopaka could split his Frost Shield into Avalanche Skiis, Gali could split parts of her Elemental Trident to become shark fins, and Pohatu could use his Stormerangs as Jetarangs when attached to their feets.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess features Iron Boots, which, allow you to Wall Crawl on certain magnetic surfaces, as well as anchoring you firmly enough to withstand a rolling Goron, and, in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, sinking on water so you can walk at the bottom of a flooded area, and gaining more traction against fans. Ocarina Of Time also has the Hover Boots, that allow Link to run in the air for a second, which grants more horizontal distance than jumping, or get blasted like a bullet by a fan so he can reach areas too far to just run to.
- Soap Shoes for Rail Grinding. Featured in Sonic Adventure 2.
- In Team Fortress 2:
- The Soldier can equip Gunboats: Steel-shoes that allow him to absorb damage from Rocket Jumps, and he also has the Mantreads, which decrease the knockback from explosions and Pyro Airblasts, as well as allow him to Goomba Stomp foes.
- The Demoman has Ali Baba's Wee Booties and the Bootlegger, both of which which adds 25 HP to his max health, 10% to his max movement speed, and triple turning control when Shield Bashing.
- Bayonetta: Bayonetta could attach weapons to her shoes, specifically the back of her heels.
- Kazooie has four pairs of these — the Turbo Trainers (for Super Speed), the Wading Boots (for walking across shallow yet dangerous surfaces), the Springy Step Shoes (for making a Spring Jump, of course), and the Claw Clamber Boots (for walking up walls).
- Portal 2: the 'Long Fall Boots' Chell wears to prevent fall damage.
- Cerberus soldiers in Mass Effect 3 have boots equipped with rockets. They only use them to cushion their falls after jumping from heights or to jump up onto the battlefield from unseen points below it.
- In Ratchet & Clank, Ratchet has the Magneboots (later replaced by the Gravity Boots), which allow him to stick to certain surfaces. He also has Grind Boots, which allow him to grind down rails. The Charge Boots, present from Going Commando to Tools of Destruction, allow Ratchet to dash forward with rocket boosters in the shoes, and the Hoverboots replaced them starting with A Crack in Time.
- Mega Man X: Part of Dr. Light's Powered Armor enhancements are Tricked Out Leg Armors. X1's leg armor enables him to dash (a feature X has from the start in later games), X2's lets him do dash in the air, X3's enables 3-way air dash (including upwards), and with the Leg Chip he can either air dash twice or air dash after a dash jump, X4's (both Fourth and Ultimate Armor) gives him air dash and hovering. X5's Falcon Leg lets him fly (for generous seconds and makes him all but invulnerable during flight) and Gaea Leg makes him immune to spikes, not sliding during wall clinging and able to push certain blocks, X6's Blade Leg enables 4-way very fast air dash that makes him go through enemies and Shadow Leg makes him immune to spikes, not sliding down during wall clinging and a high jump that makes him do Ceiling Cling, X7's lets him glide in the air, X8's Icarus Leg gives him a higher jump, Hermes Leg gives him faster running speed and ability to dash through enemies, and Ultimate Leg combines the two.
- Mega Man Zero: the third and fourth game enables enhancements to your armor parts, including your shoes. It ranges from increasing running speed, double jumping, jumping on water surfaces, giving friction to Frictionless Ice, protection against blowing winds, dashing through enemies, sliding down walls slower, and, in case of the secret Ultima Chip, almost all of the above.
- Schlock Mercenary:
- Captain Tagon has a "Dorothy system" in his boots, so named because when he clicks his heels together, a string of Razor Wire comes between the boots, which is a useful emergency weapon.
- In the "Mallcop Command" arc, the shoes that Captain Tagon wears as part of his civilian guise have Griponan soles, which allow the wearer to walk on almost any surface regardless of which direction gravity is pulling. He uses the ability to ambush the Parkata Urbatsu runners at the point they planned to gather before escaping.
- Rudy from The Story of Anima augments his kicks with steel-plated shoes.
- Shao Jun from Assassin's Creed: Embers has the traditional Hidden Blade in her shoe, rather than mounted on her wrist.
- When there's trouble you know what to do, CALL CYBORG! He can shoot a rocket from his shoe, CAUSE HE'S CYBORG! - Cyborg, Teen Titans
- In Iron Man: Armored Adventures:
- Inspector Gadget: though, in his case, the gadgets actually do pop out from the bottoms of his feet.
- In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Flint's first invention is spray-on shoes, which solves the dilemma of having to tie your laces. Unfortunately, they don't come off. Ever.
- Motorcity: the Electroblades have rocket-powered skates, tying in with their hockey theme.
- In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer Dennis tries to kill Spongebob and Patrick with spikes that come out of the bottom of his boots. Even better, his boots have the phrase "Your head here" and an arrow pointing downward on them.
- A Tom Terrific story arc had a group of kids scared of participating in a series of school athletic events because of a bully. Tom gives them each a pair of shoes that he says will make them far better athletes than the bully. They're plain shoes, but Tom was building up the kids' confidence. And it worked.
- Wile E. Coyote has resorted to tricked out shoes in his pursuit of the Road Runner. Guess how that turned out.
- Lacer from Atomic Puppet has artificial intelligence, a variety of gadgets, can walk on walls, and can run at super speed. On the other hand, it's evil and seeks to lead machines in a revolt against the human race.
- The Raw Toonage segment "My New Shoes" features shoes with spontaneous neon bling, a personal grooming feature, an elaborate system of gears, the ability to turn into car-shaped rocket propelled shoes with a drag parachute, vertical takeoff capability with space travel, included carjack, orange juice maker, clothes washing machine, toaster, the ability to inflate several times the size of the wearer, the super speed capability to outrun a race car, retractable stilts that can reach a basketball hoop, the ability to transform into a tank, the ability to come alive and dance, displaying cartoon eyes and a personality, suggesting an advanced form of sentience, the ability to jump back onto the wearer's feet, and automatic running, jumping, and sliding features. They are also suitable for dancing.