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* In the live-action movie of ''Film/BarbWire'', Pamela Anderson does a great deal of fighting in stilettos. On a plus-point, she uses dynamite and guns a lot more than hand-to-hand combat, but they are still impractical.

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* In the live-action movie of ''Film/BarbWire'', Pamela Anderson does a great deal of fighting in stilettos. On a plus-point, she uses dynamite and guns stilettos, with a lot more than hand-to-hand combat, but they are still impractical.of kicking. In the first dance of the movie during a dance, a man cat-calling her annoys her, and she removes one heel and throws it at him. It stabs him in the forehead, and he's dragged out unconscious by the bouncers.


* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' uses ''platform'' stilettos in battle. The comic is often NSFW, but [[http://oglaf.com/plumes/ the page in question]] is safe.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' depicts a ''male'' army that uses ''platform'' platform stilettos in battle. The comic is often NSFW, but [[http://oglaf.com/plumes/ Most of the page enemy flees in question]] is safe.terror, believing themselves to be fighting an army of giants.


There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point ([[HighHeelHurt they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life]]), if it's a misogynistic tool in a male dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or if this is only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other.

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There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point ([[HighHeelHurt they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life]]), if it's a misogynistic tool in a male dominated male-dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or if this is only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other.



* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'': Supplemental material reveals that the Knight Sabres are actually on tiptoe while wearing their [[PoweredArmor hardsuits]], because their armored boots are like a ballet slipper with a heel. The tech manual also states the heel is filled with a shock absorbing gel, which cushions the impact of harder landings.
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'': Yohko's devil hunter attire includes a red pair of high-heeled pumps. Not only does she fight in them, she's even shown capable of sprinting through forests and across rugged terrain, without any signs of difficulty, as though she were in track shoes!

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* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'': Supplemental material reveals that the Knight Sabres are actually on tiptoe while wearing their [[PoweredArmor hardsuits]], hardsuits]] because their armored boots are like a ballet slipper with a heel. The tech manual also states the heel is filled with a shock absorbing gel, which cushions the impact of harder landings.
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'': Yohko's devil hunter attire includes a red pair of high-heeled pumps. Not only does she fight in them, but she's also even shown capable of sprinting through forests and across rugged terrain, without any signs of difficulty, as though she were in track shoes!



* In ''Anime/JuniTaisenZodiacWar'', CreepyCrossdresser Rabbit and DarkActionGirl Boar wear high-heels in combat. Justified with the latter, as she fights with a pair of machine guns with infinite ammo, so she don't need to move around much.

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* In ''Anime/JuniTaisenZodiacWar'', CreepyCrossdresser Rabbit and DarkActionGirl Boar wear high-heels in combat. Justified with the latter, as she fights with a pair of machine guns with infinite ammo, so she don't doesn't need to move around much.



* Homura's MagicalGirl outfit in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has these, though in her case it [[FridgeBrilliance mostly makes sense]]: she fights with bombs and guns, enjoys doing the UnflinchingWalk, and her [[spoiler:TimeStandsStill]] ability means that she doesn't really need to run or do other things made difficult by wearing heels...in theory. In reality, there's a few implausible scenes, like the beginning of episode 9, where she runs in heels on an AlienGeometry set of ''floating train tracks'' and doesn't even stumble.

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* Homura's MagicalGirl outfit in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has these, though in her case it [[FridgeBrilliance mostly makes sense]]: she fights with bombs and guns, enjoys doing the UnflinchingWalk, and her [[spoiler:TimeStandsStill]] ability means that she doesn't really need to run or do other things made difficult by wearing heels...in theory. In reality, there's there are a few implausible scenes, like the beginning of episode 9, where she runs in heels on an AlienGeometry set of ''floating train tracks'' and doesn't even stumble.



* Shaina in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' fights in high heels. Including a scene where she dodges Shun's Nebula Chain, jumps and runs on it, an then hits Shun. However in the Manga version she wears more reasonable shoes as a part of her armor

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* Shaina in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' fights in high heels. Including a scene where she dodges Shun's Nebula Chain, jumps and runs on it, an then hits Shun. However However, in the Manga version version, she wears more reasonable shoes as a part of her armor



* Barbara Gordon, the second ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}. Lampshaded in ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2000}}'' #45, when her successor Cassandra Cain puts on Barbara's old costume. Cassandra, who usually uses WaifFu, keeps tripping and stumbling thanks to the heels. The ''Batgirl: Year One'' miniseries joins the long line of lampshades on this trope by having Barbara's heel snap off during her initial fight with Killer Moth. There [[JustifiedTrope it makes perfect sense]], since at this point she is ''not'' a crime-fighter, and was actually going to a costume party where high-heels fit in just fine. Once she decides to go pro, she cannibalizes some hiking boots to give her costume some better soles.

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* Barbara Gordon, the second ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}. Lampshaded in ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2000}}'' #45, #45 when her successor Cassandra Cain puts on Barbara's old costume. Cassandra, who usually uses WaifFu, keeps tripping and stumbling thanks to the heels. The ''Batgirl: Year One'' miniseries joins the long line of lampshades on this trope by having Barbara's heel snap off during her initial fight with Killer Moth. There [[JustifiedTrope it makes perfect sense]], since at this point she is ''not'' a crime-fighter, and was actually going to a costume party where high-heels fit in just fine. Once she decides to go pro, she cannibalizes some hiking boots to give her costume some better soles.



* Elsa Bloodstone of ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' wears thigh high stilettos.

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* Elsa Bloodstone of ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' wears thigh high thigh-high stilettos.



* The girls from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' usually dress pretty sensibly ([[NotWearingTights none of them have traditional super hero costumes]]), but not always. One issue showed Nico going into battle wearing stilettos and Karolina fighting alongside her in ''flip-flops'', which seems even more impractical. To be fair, they weren't attacking somebody, somebody attacked ''them'' when they weren't expecting it.

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* The girls from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' usually dress pretty sensibly ([[NotWearingTights none of them have traditional super hero superhero costumes]]), but not always. One issue showed Nico going into battle wearing stilettos and Karolina fighting alongside her in ''flip-flops'', which seems even more impractical. To be fair, they weren't attacking somebody, somebody attacked ''them'' when they weren't expecting it.



* Franchise/WonderWoman used to have this trope done straight, but ComicBook/PostCrisis onward usually has her wearing sensible flat soled boots.

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* Franchise/WonderWoman used to have this trope done straight, but ComicBook/PostCrisis onward usually has her wearing sensible flat soled flat-soled boots.



* In the fanfiction ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/81730 Fine Feathers]]'' Damian Wayne is in a situation where he must crossdress. He muses on how high heels would make more effective weapons than footwear, and demands Barbara Gordon teach him how to fight in them.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-23790/HeatherSin+Dreaming+the+American+Dream.htm Dreaming the American Dream]]'', a crossover between the Marvel Universe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xander (who was [[GenderBender gender swapped]]... don't ask) lampshades this when he notices that heroines wear high heels while running and fighting. At first when he got offered some he thought they were joking [[SeriousBusiness ...they weren't]].

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* In the fanfiction ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/81730 Fine Feathers]]'' Damian Wayne is in a situation where he must crossdress. He muses on how high heels would make more effective weapons than footwear, footwear and demands Barbara Gordon teach him how to fight in them.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-23790/HeatherSin+Dreaming+the+American+Dream.htm Dreaming the American Dream]]'', a crossover between the Marvel Universe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xander (who was [[GenderBender gender swapped]]... don't ask) lampshades this when he notices that heroines wear high heels while running and fighting. At first first, when he got offered some he thought they were joking [[SeriousBusiness ...they weren't]].



* ''Fanfic/FrozenMoonlight'' has these pop up as, during their first date Aoshi and Misao get attacked. She uses them more appropriately, taking them off and using them as an ImprovisedWeapon. Effective ones too.

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* ''Fanfic/FrozenMoonlight'' has these pop up as, during their first date date, Aoshi and Misao get attacked. She uses them more appropriately, taking them off and using them as an ImprovisedWeapon. Effective ones too.



** Jason notes that the footwear on the Sailor Scouts' Combat Modes is not ideal for mobility (According to him, the people of the Silver Millennium Moon Kingdom valued aesthetics over performance). However, he trains them to compensate for this. Notably, he trains Sailor Mars so well that she is able to rocket-run at superhigh speeds without ill effect.

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** Jason notes that the footwear on the Sailor Scouts' Combat Modes is not ideal for mobility (According to him, the people of the Silver Millennium Moon Kingdom valued aesthetics over performance). However, he trains them to compensate for this. Notably, he trains Sailor Mars so well that she is able to rocket-run at superhigh super-high speeds without ill effect.



* Fanfiction author KhaosOmega takes this up to eleven - several times over. With pairs ranging from the common aspects of the trope up to ballet heels and almost anything inbetween, his fanfictions even include an ability that makes someone even faster in heels instead of the other way around. And it's not just the girls, either, several male characters (prominently including his self-based OC Jet Brazie) often wear heels as well.
* This trope is discussed in ''Fanfic/MyHuntsmanAcademia''. Pyrrha, Blake and Weiss wear high heels into combat, but they're only to make themselves look taller and more imposing when Izuku asks if they serve any practical purpose in combat. While Weiss won't admit this due to her relatively diminutive height, Pyrrha freely tells Izuku that she simply got used to fighting in them after her PR department made her wear them in her tournament fighting days.

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* Fanfiction author KhaosOmega takes this up to eleven - several times over. With pairs ranging from the common aspects of the trope up to ballet heels and almost anything inbetween, in-between, his fanfictions even include an ability that makes someone even faster in heels instead of the other way around. And it's not just the girls, either, several male characters (prominently including his self-based OC Jet Brazie) often wear heels as well.
* This trope is discussed in ''Fanfic/MyHuntsmanAcademia''. Pyrrha, Blake Blake, and Weiss wear high heels into combat, but they're only to make themselves look taller and more imposing when Izuku asks if they serve any practical purpose in combat. While Weiss won't admit this due to her relatively diminutive height, Pyrrha freely tells Izuku that she simply got used to fighting in them after her PR department made her wear them in her tournament fighting days.



* Cinderella in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', as expected. She sharpens the heels and use them as throwing weapons.

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* Cinderella in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', as expected. She sharpens the heels and use uses them as throwing weapons.



* Film/{{Catwoman}} in the live-action adaptations. In the comics she usually wears more reasonable shoes.
** Noticeably jarring when in the ''Film/BatmanReturns'' mall her heels keep appearing and disappearing when she starts doing back flips and such.

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* Film/{{Catwoman}} in the live-action adaptations. In the comics comics, she usually wears more reasonable shoes.
** Noticeably jarring when in the ''Film/BatmanReturns'' mall her heels keep appearing and disappearing when she starts doing back flips backflips and such.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvionZFGBqA This scene]] from Creator/JackieChan's ''Film/ArmorOfGod'', which also demonstrates some of the problems with high heels in combat situations. On the other hand it gave some extra punch to their multiple GroinAttack.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvionZFGBqA This scene]] from Creator/JackieChan's ''Film/ArmorOfGod'', which also demonstrates some of the problems with high heels in combat situations. On the other hand hand, it gave some extra punch to their multiple GroinAttack.



* In the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie shows the impracticality of this, when Silk Spectre's boots slip out from under her, as she's trying to fight off the Comedian's rape attempt. On the other hand, her daughter seems to have no problem fighting in them during the prison breakout scene. Although in an interesting real-life subversion, if you pause the movie during various points in Silk Spectre II's prison fight scene, you can see that the actress is in fact wearing flat-soled boots as she walks. She's only in the high heels whenever she doesn't have to do anything action-oriented, or when she has to plant a heeled foot on a mook's chest.

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* In the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie shows the impracticality of this, when Silk Spectre's boots slip out from under her, as she's trying to fight off the Comedian's rape attempt. On the other hand, her daughter seems to have no problem fighting in them during the prison breakout scene. Although in an interesting real-life subversion, if you pause the movie during various points in Silk Spectre II's prison fight scene, you can see that the actress is is, in fact fact, wearing flat-soled boots as she walks. She's only in the high heels whenever she doesn't have to do anything action-oriented, or when she has to plant a heeled foot on a mook's chest.



* In the live-action movie of ''Film/BarbWire'', Pamela Anderson does a great deal of fighting in stilettos. On a plus-point she uses dynamite and guns a lot more than hand-to-hand combat, but they are still impractical.

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* In the live-action movie of ''Film/BarbWire'', Pamela Anderson does a great deal of fighting in stilettos. On a plus-point plus-point, she uses dynamite and guns a lot more than hand-to-hand combat, but they are still impractical.



* Averted in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''. The female IMF member hears on the radio that the female assassin who killed her colleague has escaped the trap set up for her, tears off her high-heeled shoes and races out of the room to inflict a major asskicking.

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* Averted in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''. The female IMF member hears on the radio that the female assassin who killed her colleague has escaped the trap set up for her, tears off her high-heeled shoes and races out of the room to inflict a major asskicking.ass-kicking.



* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Psylocke's thigh-high boots come with high heels, and Storm wears wedge heels with her Horseman [[spoiler:and X-Men attire]]. Storm at least can fly, making hers semi justified by RuleOfCool.

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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Psylocke's thigh-high boots come with high heels, and Storm wears wedge heels with her Horseman [[spoiler:and X-Men attire]]. Storm at least can fly, making hers semi justified semi-justified by RuleOfCool.



* In ''Film/PowerRangers2017'', the Pink and Yellow rangers are given wedge heels, despite being martial arts fighters.
* The five main girls of ''Film/SuckerPunch'' all wear high heels as part of their combat gear during their fantasy sequences. Of course the emphasis is on ''fantasy'' sequence and the girls are superhuman in them anyway so it really doesn't hold them back. While the actresses did their own stunts, there are a couple of shots where Baby Doll can be seen wearing flat boots instead of the high heels.
* In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', the Machine Gun Woman conducts all of her bloody rampages while wearing six inch stiletto boots.

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* In ''Film/PowerRangers2017'', the Pink and Yellow rangers Rangers are given wedge heels, despite being martial arts fighters.
* The five main girls of ''Film/SuckerPunch'' all wear high heels as part of their combat gear during their fantasy sequences. Of course course, the emphasis is on ''fantasy'' sequence and the girls are superhuman in them anyway so it really doesn't hold them back. While the actresses did their own stunts, there are a couple of shots where Baby Doll can be seen wearing flat boots instead of the high heels.
* In ''Film/BringMeTheHeadOfTheMachineGunWoman'', the Machine Gun Woman conducts all of her bloody rampages while wearing six inch six-inch stiletto boots.



** ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. Adora Belle Dearheart wears high heels and notes that in pounds per square inch, it's "like being stepped on by a very pointy elephant" and that she can "kick like a mule". Combined with the fact she's not really an ActionGirl (of the combat related type at least) and on a date at the time of first reference, it makes her footwear less impractical. She's also only ever described as kicking while sitting down. To make it simple, she stomps her heel down on the feet of annoying men, which thanks to her high and thin heels, has near armor-piercing qualities. It doesn't work on Trolls, though.

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** ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. Adora Belle Dearheart wears high heels and notes that in pounds per square inch, it's "like being stepped on by a very pointy elephant" and that she can "kick like a mule". Combined with the fact she's not really an ActionGirl (of the combat related combat-related type at least) and on a date at the time of first reference, it makes her footwear less impractical. She's also only ever described as kicking while sitting down. To make it simple, she stomps her heel down on the feet of annoying men, which thanks to her high and thin heels, has near armor-piercing qualities. It doesn't work on Trolls, though.



* In one of the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' novels, Gaia gets attacked by a bunch of thugs while dressed up for dinner with her dad. She reflects that one advantage to fighting in evening wear is that high heels can be used as a weapon. In her case, it [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] that she would be able to fight in heels, as she's been extensively trained from childhood in every kind of martial art with a name. Even though she hates wearing heels, walking and fighting in them probably isn't much of a problem for her.

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* In one of the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' novels, Gaia gets attacked by a bunch of thugs while dressed up for dinner with her dad. She reflects that one advantage to of fighting in evening wear is that high heels can be used as a weapon. In her case, it [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] that she would be able to fight in heels, as she's been extensively trained from childhood in every kind of martial art with a name. Even though she hates wearing heels, walking and fighting in them probably isn't much of a problem for her.



* Detective Kate Beckett of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' constantly wears 4 inch stiletto heels, despite the fact that her job requires a good deal of walking and running. The fact that this is impractical, and the fact that she pulls it off unrealistically well, is lampshaded constantly by other characters in the series.
** In "Nikki Heat", Natalie Rhodes postulates that she wears them because she needs the psychological edge that the height gives her against the men in her profession. Beckett agrees, but says she also just likes it.

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* Detective Kate Beckett of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' constantly wears 4 inch 4-inch stiletto heels, despite the fact that her job requires a good deal of walking and running. The fact that this is impractical, and the fact that she pulls it off unrealistically well, is lampshaded constantly by other characters in the series.
** In "Nikki Heat", Natalie Rhodes postulates that she wears them because she needs the psychological edge that the height gives her against the men in her profession. Beckett agrees, agrees but says she also just likes it.



* For reasons forever unknown to God and Man most of the Doctor's companions on ''Series/DoctorWho'' elect to explore strange new worlds in three or four inch heels.

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* For reasons forever unknown to God and Man most of the Doctor's companions on ''Series/DoctorWho'' elect to explore strange new worlds in three three- or four inch four-inch heels.



** Subverted with Rose, Donna, and Amy. Most of time all three are seen wearing sneakers. Donna explains it as follows: "Seriously, there is a ''ridiculous'' amount of running involved."

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** Subverted with Rose, Donna, and Amy. Most of the time all three are seen wearing sneakers. Donna explains it as follows: "Seriously, there is a ''ridiculous'' amount of running involved."



** It's occasionally played straight with Parker who despite normally wearing flat boots and other practical clothing can easily backflip through laser grids in stillettos and cocktail dresses when she doesn't have time to change.
* Referred to in the ''Series/{{MythBusters}}'' "Superhero Special". A build team filler segment involved how fast one could change into a superhero costume in a phone booth. After Kari won the competition, she commented that she ''needed'' the head start if she was going to chase down a villain while wearing high-heeled boots.

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** It's occasionally played straight with Parker who despite normally wearing flat boots and other practical clothing can easily backflip through laser grids in stillettos stilettos and cocktail dresses when she doesn't have time to change.
* Referred to in the ''Series/{{MythBusters}}'' "Superhero Special". A build team build-team filler segment involved how fast one could change into a superhero costume in a phone booth. After Kari won the competition, she commented that she ''needed'' the head start if she was going to chase down a villain while wearing high-heeled boots.



* In an early episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam Beckett "leaps" into a small-town coroner/mortician in the early 1960's, and has to solve the murder of a young woman. [[spoiler:He discovers that the woman was killed by a jealous friend who took the victim's own spike-heeled shoe and hit her, driving the heel into her brain, in a manner very like the Robert De Niro film mentioned above.]]

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* In an early episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam Beckett "leaps" into a small-town coroner/mortician in the early 1960's, 1960s, and has to solve the murder of a young woman. [[spoiler:He discovers that the woman was killed by a jealous friend who took the victim's own spike-heeled shoe and hit her, driving the heel into her brain, in a manner very like the Robert De Niro film mentioned above.]]



* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Scully. She's only 5'2", but the footgear issue was lampshaded in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", when the actress playing Scully asks her how it's possible to run in heels that high (which Scully does have to do on the job). She then demonstrates, and can be seen running back and forth in the background while Mulder has a conversation with the actor playing him.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Scully. She's only 5'2", but the footgear issue was lampshaded in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", " when the actress playing Scully asks her how it's possible to run in heels that high (which Scully does have to do on the job). She then demonstrates, demonstrates and can be seen running back and forth in the background while Mulder has a conversation with the actor playing him.



* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has two perks relating to this, "High-Heeled Heroine" and "High-Heeled Hurt". One allows you to run and do acrobatics in heels, the other makes it possible to use them like the other kind of stiletto.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has two perks relating to this, "High-Heeled Heroine" and "High-Heeled Hurt". One allows you to run and do acrobatics in heels, the other makes it possible to use them like as the other kind of stiletto.



** The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance Tactics Advance]] series in general has several instances of this, most notoriously, the hume Black Mage.

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** The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance Tactics Advance]] series series, in general general, has several instances of this, most notoriously, the hume Black Mage.



** Tela Vasir from the DLC "Lair of The Shadow Broker". The original version of the armor model she wears (it's the hidden "extra heavy armor" from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'') didn't have these, but apparently Bioware modified it just for her.

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** Tela Vasir from the DLC "Lair of The Shadow Broker". The original version of the armor model she wears (it's the hidden "extra heavy armor" from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'') didn't have these, but apparently apparently, Bioware modified it just for her.



* Samus, in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' has what are best described as combat wedges, on her [[LatexSpacesuit Zero Suit]].

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* Samus, in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' has what are can be best described as combat wedges, on her [[LatexSpacesuit Zero Suit]].



* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' (and ''[[VideoGame/SaintsRowIV IV]]'', by extension), you can wear 5 inch platforms without having difficulty moving. But then again, this is the game which allows you to juggle pedestrians 50 feet in the air using explosive ammo. Realism isn't particularly high on it's list of priorities. The same applies to Shaundi as part of her sexyfied revamp.

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* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' (and ''[[VideoGame/SaintsRowIV IV]]'', by extension), you can wear 5 inch platforms without having difficulty moving. But then again, this is the game which allows you to juggle pedestrians 50 feet in the air using explosive ammo. Realism isn't particularly high on it's its list of priorities. The same applies to Shaundi as part of her sexyfied revamp.



* Shiki's boots in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' are heeled, but not ridiculously so. The most amusing example of this trope, though, comes in the form of the footwear equipment that, given a high enough Bravery stat, [[{{Crossdresser}} anyone can wear]]. Of these, the best would have to be the Enamel Pumps -- their stats in terms of defense aren't impressive, but the wearer ''keeps their balance when hit by enemy attacks that would otherwise knock them around.'' Oh, irony.

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* Shiki's boots in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' are heeled, but not ridiculously so. The most amusing example of this trope, though, comes in the form of the footwear equipment that, given a high enough Bravery stat, [[{{Crossdresser}} anyone can wear]]. Of these, the best would have to be the Enamel Pumps -- their stats in terms of defense aren't impressive, but the wearer ''keeps their balance when hit by enemy attacks that would otherwise knock them around.'' Oh, the irony.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Amber lampshades this when she describes what ''[[GenreSavvy she]]'' would [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=462 wear]] if she became a superhero. Robin on the other hand, demonstrates ContractualGenreBlindness. Doubly ironic considering Robin is a former [[ActionGirl government agent]] with actual superpowers.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', Amber lampshades this when she describes what ''[[GenreSavvy she]]'' would [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=462 wear]] if she became a superhero. Robin Robin, on the other hand, demonstrates ContractualGenreBlindness. Doubly ironic considering Robin is a former [[ActionGirl government agent]] with actual superpowers.



* At a certain strip of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Princess Sara kicks the Dark Warriors' asses, and shoves a heel into the mouth of one. He complains it tastes horribly.

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* At a certain strip of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Princess Sara kicks the Dark Warriors' asses, asses and shoves a heel into the mouth of one. He complains it tastes horribly.horrible.



* Androssi Zahard from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' uses stilettos. That turns out to be a bad choice of shoes, since twice, they are successfully attacked to throw her off-balance, so that one got subverted good..

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* Androssi Zahard from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' uses stilettos. That turns out to be a bad choice of shoes, shoes since twice, they are successfully attacked to throw her off-balance, off-balance so that one got subverted good..good.



** Also, it is one of the many problems with the new costume of THE CRIMSON COMET!!! Granted, she just got the superpowers and the curves a couple weeks ago and she hasn't gotten over it yet.
* Quickly {{justified|Trope}} for Mindstar's four inch heels in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}''. As a telekinetic, she can use her power to fly, float, or reduce her weight.

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** Also, it is one of the many problems with the new costume of THE CRIMSON COMET!!! Granted, she just got the superpowers and the curves a couple of weeks ago and she hasn't gotten over it yet.
* Quickly {{justified|Trope}} for Mindstar's four inch four-inch heels in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}''. As a telekinetic, she can use her power to fly, float, or reduce her weight.



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has a lot of fun with this in his ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' review. First the Catwomen [[DeconstructedTrope stumble all over the place]] [[LampshadeHanging while the critic mocks them]], then they [[DefiedTrope take their shoes off]] and reveal that the heels are perfectly functional [[ShoePhone as handguns]].

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has a lot of fun with this in his ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' review. First First, the Catwomen [[DeconstructedTrope stumble all over the place]] [[LampshadeHanging while the critic mocks them]], then they [[DefiedTrope take their shoes off]] and reveal that the heels are perfectly functional [[ShoePhone as handguns]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' animators didn't even try to make the stilettos she wears seem practical. In close-up shots they are about 5-6 inches long! More bewildering is the fact that Cybersix travels by jumping with great agility from one uneven rooftop to the other making those shoes a complete impossibility, [[RuleOfCool they are however really, really cool looking and her running and fighting scenes are awesome so you forget about any of this almost immediately]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' animators didn't even try to make the stilettos she wears seem practical. In close-up shots shots, they are about 5-6 inches long! More bewildering is the fact that Cybersix travels by jumping with great agility from one uneven rooftop to the other making those shoes a complete impossibility, [[RuleOfCool they are however really, really cool looking and her running and fighting scenes are awesome so you forget about any of this almost immediately]].



* If one of the ladies of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' were working undercover, and their disguise included heeled shoes, they'd become this should the need arise (as in the episode "Glamour Girls"). Otherwise, they'd would be seen in more tactically appropriate footwear.

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* If one of the ladies of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' were working undercover, and their disguise included heeled shoes, they'd become this should the need arise (as in the episode "Glamour Girls"). Otherwise, they'd would be seen in more tactically appropriate footwear.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and Shego's fight in the Bermuda Triangle club in ''[[TheMovie So The Drama]]'', where their heels don't impede their usual jumping-about SheFu. However, it's the only example from the series; usually they wear more sensible boots.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and Shego's fight in the Bermuda Triangle club in ''[[TheMovie So The Drama]]'', where their heels don't impede their usual jumping-about SheFu. However, it's the only example from the series; usually usually, they wear more sensible boots.



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. In one episode, Jack's geta are destroyed, and he tries on a pair of stilettos that remind him of his old shoes. He manages to still be a great fighter wearing them, but changes shoes when he's mocked and catcalled because of how sexy his legs look in heels.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. In one episode, Jack's geta are destroyed, and he tries on a pair of stilettos that remind him of his old shoes. He manages to still be a great fighter wearing them, them but changes shoes when he's mocked and catcalled because of how sexy his legs look in heels.



* American Maid from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''. With her they really are Combat Stilettos because she uses them as throwing weapons.

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* American Maid from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''. With her her, they really are Combat Stilettos because she uses them as throwing weapons.



* The girls from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' wear these in their fairy forms, and sometimes run while wearing them. Not very often tough, because they fly more. They loose them in the third season and go barefoot. They come back in the fourth season.

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* The girls from ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' wear these in their fairy forms, and sometimes run while wearing them. Not very often tough, though, because they fly more. They loose lose them in the third season and go barefoot. They come back in the fourth season.



** There are RealLife accounts of women being accosted while wearing high heels, kicking their attacker, and having the heel break off ''in the attacker's body.'' There's also an account of a woman who was pursued into an alley by an assailant, except she had gotten her shoe off by the time he reached her, and stabbed him with it.

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** There are RealLife accounts of women being accosted while wearing high heels, kicking their attacker, and having the heel break off ''in the attacker's body.'' There's also an account of a woman who was pursued into an alley by an assailant, except she had gotten her shoe off by the time he reached her, her and stabbed him with it.



* Stripper heels from dance supply stores are also designed as being easy to be active in despite frequently reaching heights of five inches and more, since they are stronger, thicker, and more carefully balanced than stiletto heels. They often include a wedge to assist with balance. While not combat-related, a good pair of stripper shoes actually qualify as sports equipment for Samba dancers, particularly those who participate in Carnival-type parades, where they will be dancing non-stop for ''hours''. Antonia Eklund, who moved from Britain to Brazil to train as a Samba dancer, discusses this (among other things) in an article [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31438911 here]].

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* Stripper heels from dance supply stores are also designed as being easy to be active in despite frequently reaching heights of five inches and more, more since they are stronger, thicker, and more carefully balanced than stiletto heels. They often include a wedge to assist with balance. While not combat-related, a good pair of stripper shoes actually qualify as sports equipment for Samba dancers, particularly those who participate in Carnival-type parades, where they will be dancing non-stop for ''hours''. Antonia Eklund, who moved from Britain to Brazil to train as a Samba dancer, discusses this (among other things) in an article [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31438911 here]].



Incidentally, this is the reason cowboy boots for both men and women have high-ish heels. However, these heels are ''not'' stilettos and are rarely more than 2 inches tall. Lower than an inch and you're looking at a style called "ropers" or "rancher boots". In fact, this is the [[http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21151350 historical origin of high heels]]. They became a fashion item for men as an imitation of the military equestrian item, then got adopted into women's fashion, then were phased out of men's wear as the fashions changed, and remained a mostly feminine item (see RuleOfSexy), except in the functional uses described here.
* It's also easier to keep your feet in place on motorcycle footpegs if there's some heel to your footwear. Hence, motorcycle boots (like cowboy boots) for both men and women generally have heels somewhere between 1 and 2 inches tall. Again, like cowboy boots, they are rarely stilettos although some womens' designs are both higher and skinnier.

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Incidentally, this is the reason cowboy boots for both men and women have high-ish heels. However, these heels are ''not'' stilettos and are rarely more than 2 inches tall. Lower than an inch and you're looking at a style called "ropers" or "rancher boots". In fact, this is the [[http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21151350 historical origin of high heels]]. They became a fashion item for men as an imitation of the military equestrian item, then got adopted into women's fashion, fashion then were phased out of men's wear as the fashions changed, and remained a mostly feminine item (see RuleOfSexy), except in the functional uses described here.
* It's also easier to keep your feet in place on motorcycle footpegs if there's some heel to your footwear. Hence, motorcycle boots (like cowboy boots) for both men and women generally have heels somewhere between 1 and 2 inches tall. Again, like cowboy boots, they are rarely stilettos although some womens' women's designs are both higher and skinnier.


* Not surprisingly, stilettos are commonly used weapons in physical domestic disputes and one well-publicized lover's spat ended with a man being bludgeoned to death by his high-heel wielding girlfriend.

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* ** Not surprisingly, stilettos are commonly used commonly-used weapons in physical domestic disputes and one well-publicized lover's spat ended with a man being bludgeoned to death by his high-heel wielding girlfriend.

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* Not surprisingly, stilettos are commonly used weapons in physical domestic disputes and one well-publicized lover's spat ended with a man being bludgeoned to death by his high-heel wielding girlfriend.


There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point (they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life), if it's a misogynistic tool in a male dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or if this is only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other.

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There is a [[FlameWar fierce debate]] over the use of this trope, ranging from a realistic point (they ([[HighHeelHurt they are very hard to balance, tiring to walk and can damage the feet and spine by prolonged use in real life), life]]), if it's a misogynistic tool in a male dominated medium just to make the heroines more appealing, or if this is only another trope in fantasy and comics, no more unrealistic than any other.



Not to be confused with [[KnifeNut a combat stiletto]], nor [[ShoeSlap shoes being directly used as weapons]]. See RuleOfSexy, ImpossiblyCoolClothes and TheseTropesAreMadeForWalking. Compare KickChick and WithMyHandsTied, as this trope may sometimes be used together with the said two.

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Not to be confused with [[KnifeNut a combat stiletto]], nor [[ShoeSlap shoes being directly used as weapons]]. See RuleOfSexy, ImpossiblyCoolClothes and TheseTropesAreMadeForWalking. Compare KickChick and WithMyHandsTied, as this trope may sometimes be used together with the said two.
two. Tends to overlap with HighHeelPower.


* Nikki (as [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Jessica]]) of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fame pulls this off [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome spectacularly]]: after effortlessly throwing three burly security guards to the ground, she places her stiletto heel against the temple of the one that's still conscious to get information out of him, threatening to stomp down and stab his brains if he doesn't talk.

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* Nikki (as [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Jessica]]) of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fame pulls this off [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome spectacularly]]: off: after effortlessly throwing three burly security guards to the ground, she places her stiletto heel against the temple of the one that's still conscious to get information out of him, threatening to stomp down and stab his brains if he doesn't talk.



* Scully on ''Series/TheXFiles''. OK, so she's only 5'2", but the footgear issue was lampshaded in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", when the actress playing Scully asks her how it's possible to run in heels that high (which Scully does have to do on the job).
** What makes it better is that she actually [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments demonstrates]], and can be seen running back and forth in the background while Mulder has a conversation with the actor playing him.
** Once, she [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome turned her heels into a self-defense weapon by kicking someone in the face while wearing them]].

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* Scully on ''Series/TheXFiles''. OK, so she's ''Series/TheXFiles'': Scully. She's only 5'2", but the footgear issue was lampshaded in the episode "Hollywood A.D.", when the actress playing Scully asks her how it's possible to run in heels that high (which Scully does have to do on the job).
** What makes it better is that she actually [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments demonstrates]],
job). She then demonstrates, and can be seen running back and forth in the background while Mulder has a conversation with the actor playing him.
** Once, she [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome turned her heels into a self-defense weapon by kicking someone in the face while wearing them]].them.


* Lucy Liu is 5'2 while Jonny Lee Miller is 5'10. When they play Joan and Sherlock in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan's UnlimitedWardrobe contains a lot of CombatStilettos to [[ScullyBox combat the height difference]]. She's not a hands-on ActionGirl but is a BadassBookworm, an ex-surgeon, and a skilled detective.

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* Lucy Liu is 5'2 while Jonny Lee Miller is 5'10. When they play Joan and Sherlock in ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan's UnlimitedWardrobe contains a lot of CombatStilettos these to [[ScullyBox combat the height difference]]. She's not a hands-on ActionGirl but is a BadassBookworm, an ex-surgeon, and a skilled detective.


** Tira wears heels as of ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV'', and it carries over in ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburVI'' along with ThighHighBoots.
** 2B, from the aforementioned ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', appears as a GuestFighter in ''VI'' with the CombatStilettos maintained.

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** Tira wears heels as of ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV'', and it carries over in ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburVI'' along with ThighHighBoots.
''VideoGame/SoulcaliburVI''.
** 2B, from the aforementioned ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', appears as a GuestFighter in ''VI'' with the CombatStilettos this trope maintained.


* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' occasionally lampshaded this. One episode has Prue buying both her sisters an emergency pair of sneakers to slip on in case demons attack, and another has a replacement whitelighter criticise their clothing choices for fighting demons. Billie adopts an outfit for fighting demons with these shoes - and is told to give it up by the sisters.

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* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' ''{{Series/Charmed|1998}}'' occasionally lampshaded this. One episode has Prue buying both her sisters an emergency pair of sneakers to slip on in case demons attack, and another has a replacement whitelighter criticise their clothing choices for fighting demons. Billie adopts an outfit for fighting demons with these shoes - and is told to give it up by the sisters.

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* ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'': The Amazons all dress in a MinidressOfPower and high heels. The movie shows how awkward this is when they try to run across uneven ground.


** Tira wears heels as of ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV'', and it carries over in ''SoulcaliburVI'' along with ThighHighBoots.

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** Tira wears heels as of ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV'', and it carries over in ''SoulcaliburVI'' ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburVI'' along with ThighHighBoots.


* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} being a stage magician and a HotWitch superhero, almost always fights in heels.



* Ivy Valentine from ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]''. Though she does actually make use of them by stamping on opponents while they're lying down and twisting her foot around. Ouch.

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* ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'':
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Ivy Valentine from ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]''.always wears heels, going with the dominatrix theme. Though she does actually make use of them by stamping on opponents while they're lying down and twisting her foot around. Ouch.Ouch.
** Tira wears heels as of ''VideoGame/SoulcaliburV'', and it carries over in ''SoulcaliburVI'' along with ThighHighBoots.
** 2B, from the aforementioned ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'', appears as a GuestFighter in ''VI'' with the CombatStilettos maintained.
** Amy Sorel gets a pair of heels to go with her dress in ''VI''.


** All the regal fighters have used them at least once: Princess Peach, Princess Zelda, and Rosalina (which are not such a bother for her as she mainly [[PowerFloats floats around]] the battlefield). Zelda temporarily dropped the heels after ''Melee'' in favor of boots, but goes back to [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs sandal-like heeled boots]] in ''Ultimate''.

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** All the regal fighters have used them at least once: Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Princess Zelda, and Rosalina (which are not such a bother for her as she mainly [[PowerFloats floats around]] the battlefield). Zelda temporarily dropped the heels after ''Melee'' in favor of boots, but goes back to [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs sandal-like heeled boots]] in ''Ultimate''.

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