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People who prefer going barefoot in video games.


  • Every game where the Character Customization is at least half-decent, mainly regarding the outfit, will most likely allow you to go barefoot at all times. Of course, in most of these games, clothing comes with stat boosts, primarily defensive ones, so deliberately leaving an equipment slot empty probably isn't a good idea unless you enjoy getting your ass handed to you. However, some games get around this by allowing you to equip two outfits: one to increase your stats, and one to show on-screen regardless of what is equipped in the other slot. This way, you can appear barefoot while still getting the defense boost from wearing gigantic metal leggings.
  • Loads of Fighting Game characters go barefoot. This is appropriate, considering that loads of fighting game characters are martial artists of some kind, and many martial arts are practiced barefoot. For example:
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    • As the source of one of the page quotes, Ryu and Ken (along with half of everyone else) from the Street Fighter series.
      • Ryu does wear red shoes in Street Fighter I, but they're gone in all subsequent games (barring a DLC costume for Marvel vs. Capcom 3). Ken was barefoot in this game, but comparatively has been shown to wear shoes outside of battle, when not sporting his fighter gi; Ryu, on the other hand, seemingly never wears any other outfits.
      • Street Fighter III actually has three females who are barefoot while fighting: Elena, Ibuki and Makoto. The last, despite being known to stay in her gi (complete with no shoes) even during the cutscenes, was later confirmed to wear shoes outside the fights after all, thanks to the Street Fighter IV alternate costumes. Outside the female cast, it's limited to Sean, Urien and Gill, and, like Ken, they wear shoes outside of battle, only depicted barefoot when fighting.
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    • Darkstalkers has a few honorable mentions. Felicia is the only barefoot female fighter, Jon tends to burst out of his shoes and top when he goes wolf, and it's seriously doubtful there are any shoes in Sasquatch's size.
      • Some of the Midnight Bliss transformations will also have either this (like for Jon Talbain's) showing their feet (like for Sasquatch).
    • Ryo Sakazaki of Art of Fighting, as part of being the SNK answer to Ryu. In the original game Ryo wore geta that he'd kick off before fighting. In the legendarily awful OVA, he declares, "Not wearing shoes is part of our training!" but given the other Kyokugen fighters (Robert and Yuri) have no trouble with footwear, it's just him.
    • In The King of Fighters Momoko, a cute capoerista, has actually been seen only in one game during the entire series, and even in the ending, she wasn't wearing shoes at all.
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    • Mai Shiranui, who was featured in the same series, also counts, except she doesn't wear shoes only when she wears her kunoichi attire, as her only footwear in that case is in-step guards and black thin foot wraps. She drops the latter off, though, for the Fatal Fury 3 onwards.
    • Chae Lim in Maximum Impact, as for being a taekwondoist.
    • Christie Monteiro from the Tekken series (Only in her P1 outfit though, as she wears sandals in her P2 costume), mainly because she's a capoeira fighter. Due to the fact that you can customize the outfits, though, it's also possible to see barefoot Lili, Alice and Asuka.
      • In fact, Asuka does have an actual outfit in Street Fighter X Tekken, where all she has on her feet are Ibuki-esque wraps.
      • Nina Williams also had shades of this in her default outfit of the very first installment of Tekken. And that's straight to the point that in the intro movie, she's shown running from the police having a gun in her hand but no shoes on her feet.
      • Eddy Gordo, Christie's mentor, also counts for the most part, though some of his alternate outfits avert it.
    • Kira Daidouji, Catherine Kyoubashi and Angelia Avallone from Arcana Heart are all barefoot. Kira can justify it by her perpetually swimming in her water blob, at least.
    • Skullgirls has Ms. Fortune and Painwheel, with the first due to being a catgirl and the second one being a Living Weapon who looks like she stepped out from a horror movie.
      • Squigly also wears no shoes, she just wears a long dress and striped stockings.
    • Maria, a fighter Spaniard girl from Body Blows, doesn't hold up to the habit of wearing shoes during the battle. Neither does the local Dumb Muscle Dug.
    • Two kunoichi characters from a (rather crappy) PC-88 game The Queen of Duellist, Miyuki and Katana, wear instep guards.
    • In the first Bushido Blade, Tsubame was wearing toeless socks, which exposed her red toenails. In 2, she, apart from getting an M-16 instead of a sword, becomes (almost) fully armored, complete with combat boots.
    • Eternal Champions has some barefooters on the roster:
      • R.A.X, the cyborg. Since his feet are partially robotic, putting on shoes would likely be a daunting task.
      • Slash, the neanderthal. Also justified, as shoes are unlikely to have been invented in his lifetime. Not that he wears much else either.
      • Trident, the fish person; who also wears little else.
      • Jetta, the circus acrobat. (She even has a move that lets her spin around on her bare tiptoes.)
      • Midnight, the vampire. Probably due to his feet being skeletal, as well as his hands. This is the result of his body deteriorating, as he refused to feed on living humans to sate his vampiric hunger.
      • Raven, the tribal voodoo priestess.
  • AdventureQuest has two barefooters in its' arsenal. Aquella is one, given that she's a blend of Cute Monster Girl and a marine elf. Celestra the Huntress is another one, except she's actually human.
  • All Points Bulletin has Double B, the Mission Control during the tutorial for new Criminal players, who is barefoot despite her base of operations being an underground parking garage full of gangbangers who most likely aren't the tidiest people around.
  • Hurthlings from Ancient Domains of Mystery do not like shoes and get a dexterity penalty for wearing them.
  • Marky Dubois of Backyard Sports was like this originally.
  • Battleborn has Thorn, an elven ranger who only wears one boot. This is a trait shared by her race, as Aelfrin live in a heavily wooded environment and the boot helps give them better traction, when jumping from tree to tree; while the bare foot allows them to maintain contact with nature.
    • Orendi is another barefooter on the team. Unlike Thorn, she has both feet bare.
  • Zathia, the female Fairy, is the only character in Blaze 'n Blade series to be barefoot. Even despite she floats about the ground most of the time, it's pretty hard to spot on her 3D model; however, one of the many loading screens of Eternal Quest shows her sitting on the road without having any shoes at all.
  • Played with in Blaze Union. Mizer loves shoes, but he's made an oath to go barefoot until the poor are no longer oppressed.
  • Vella from Broken Age spends almost all the adventure barefoot, with no apparent discomfort regardless of where she walks on (in Act 2 there's even broken glass on the floor of some locations). Although her tendency to cross her feet in her idle animation may not be random.
  • All female characters from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Maria Belmont, Claudia, Laura, Carmilla, and Baba Yaga) are barefoot.
  • Most of the Mutant, Demon and Manimal-type characters in Champions Online, either due to unusual foot anatomy or savage personalities.
    • The most prominent example is FBI Agent Kodiak, who does not like people staring at his big hairy feet while never missing an opportunity to point out how big and hairy they are. Subverted with his Evil Twin in the Multifarian Mirror Universe, who has normal feet and wears shoes, but has a notably more bestial face instead.
    • Some of escaped prisoners from the Westside Prison wear only socks. The plant mutant Ivy is barefoot.
    • Many of the Mooks in Vibora Bay, mostly members of the Trey Kings (who dress in little more than leather straps), Sovereign Sons voodoo cultists and the more feral vampires of the New Shadows. Subverted with the Dogz, who wear shoes when not in full werewolf form.
    • Lemurians, even the humanoid ones, wear instep guards rather than shoes, mostly due to living underwater. Females are often completely barefoot.
    • Nearly all members of the Bigfoot tribes in Canada. Guess why.
    • And many player characters, of course.
  • Boki, the player character from Copy Kitty, doesn't wear shoes. The color of her feet (which matches her hair) indicates what weapon she's got. Since Boki is a Cat Girl, she overlaps with Barefoot Cartoon Animal.
  • The titular heroine from Dandara is always barefoot, though she does wear several ankle bracelets on each foot.
  • The Monk and Witch Doctor classes (regardless of gender) in Diablo III have several shoe and boot options which leave them barefoot. The Witch Doctor's default appearance in particular is barefoot. By applying the vanishing dye, any shoe or boot options can leave them barefoot. The Monk in particular voluntarily lives in Barefoot Poverty as part of his/her training. At least, before the game starts.
  • In Digimon World 3, Suzaku Leader doesn't wear shoes, which fits her oriental dancer outfit.
  • It's pretty hard to see because of their normal sprites, but female healers from the Disgaea series go barefoot.
    • A massively high-powered move-increasing boot in recent late-game Disgaeas is "Barefoot X", humorously insinuating that shoes are holding your characters back by default.
  • In Dota 2, the sorceress Lina, elven archer Windrunner, and the wolf-riding princess Mirana go mostly barefoot (with small straps around the arches of their feet), even though boots are a pretty standard item to have in-game. (As well as a bunch of other characters with non-humanoid legs.)
  • In Dragon Age II, elves are retconned into preferring to go barefoot most of the time. This includes party members Merrill and Fenris. Zevran from Dragon Age: Origins is an exception when he appears, since it's well established that he has a thing for leather boots.
    • When you talk to Merrill when she has no conversation at that point, she often mentions something that has to do with her lack of shoes, like not expecting to be walking on cold stone or some merchants trying to sell her shoes for some reason. And in some dark and smelly caves, she has a very upset line "I think I stepped in something."
    • One of Fenris's idle animations is checking the soles of his feet.
    • This actually seems to apply more to Dalish elves (like Merrill) instead of all elves. As for Fenris... his aversion to wearing shoes probably has something to do with the Lyrium tattoos all over his body.
  • Jo from Ehrgeiz has her wearing in-step guards in all of her costumes. Partially, that has something to do with her fighting style, capoeira, and partially with the fact that she was raised by the wolves.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Beast races (Khajiit and Argonians) in Morrowind can't wear shoes or boots. Justified in that they are digitigrade and have differently shaped feet to humans, elves, and each other. Despite the justification, this would be dropped in all future ES games as it was unpopular.
    • In Skyrim, despite being shown to create armor and clothing, very few Falmer are seen wearing anything on their feet. Possibly justified, as it is speculated that, due to their blindness, the Falmer use other means of detecting threats. This may include feeling vibrations in the ground with their feet.
  • The main character of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Monkey, goes barefoot. Kinda helps him look even more like his namesake.
  • Enter the Gungeon's Convict player character has chosen to remain in her shoeless prisoner uniform, as seen in the animated launch-trailer. Hard to tell in-game with such small, simple sprites, but she does give a barefoot pitter-patter sound when running on hard surfaces.
  • Ruvik of The Evil Within walks around with no shoes on, his feet coated in grime as a result. That said, he's in a Mental World, so it doesn't matter much, but it does show that either that is his preference or he just doesn't care.
  • Final Fantasy
    • In Dissidia Final Fantasy, three extremely attractive ladies go barefoot: Cosmos, The Cloud Of Darkness, and Ultimecia, plus one more (Yuna). Lots of people suspect the Dissidia designs were intended to target as many fetishes as possible, this is part of the reason why. Cosmos is a goddess, and as such isn't expected to wear shoes; Cloud of Darkness is a Hive Minded creature who happens to be the embodiment of the Void who's true form doesn't actually look like that; Yuna's lack of shoes comes from her source material (shoes get in the way when you do the Sending on the surface of a lake, apparently)... No clue about Ultimecia.
    • Matoya from Final Fantasy Dimensions is a barefoot dancer that joins the Warriors of Darkness.
    • In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, the Maenad are seen barefoot and in robes.
    • Nothing really compared to Final Fantasy X, where pretty much everyone went barefoot — the NPCs at least anyway. Seriously, 4 out of 5 random NPCs would be barefoot, with the vast majority being female. Out of the party, though, it's limited to Yuna (see above), Jecht (too manly for shoes), Yunalesca (dislikes more than just wearing shoes), and Kimahri (giant furred beastman). Justified by Spira's mostly tropical climate.
    • In Final Fantasy XI, the Mithra are barefoot by default. Or technically, they wear insteps that leave their toes and heels bare.
  • Many Fire Emblem games have at least one character who doesn't wear shoes, though sometimes this is only apparent in their official art (and, as characters tend to be drawn multiple times by different people, it may change from art to art). This is especially common with the Dancer class, and to a lesser extent the Brigand class (probably to emphasize their wild nature). The Taguel in Fire Emblem Awakening are also this when in human form, though the race they're an expy of, the Laguz of Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, did wear shoes while in human form.
    • Corrin (Kamui in the Japanese version), the customizable avatar of Fire Emblem Fates, is covered in ornate armor from head to ankle; however, their feet go completely uncovered. The only time they are seen with footwear of any sort is the special Hoshido New Years Day version of Male Corrin in Fire Emblem Heroes, who does wear a combination of toed socks—known as tabi—and sandals.
    • Azura, another major character from Fates, is also barefoot at all times. This is most likely to make it easier for her to dance, which she does at several important points in the game. Like Corrin, she also dons tabi and sandals in her special New Years Day version.
  • Alma from First Encounter Assault Recon goes barefoot in her child form, and bare-everything in her adult form.
  • Eve from Freedom Force is a Nature Hero whose feet - along with most of her body - are always bare.
    • Quetzalcoatl also follows this trope in Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich.
  • Milla Basset from Freedom Planet is the the only cast member to be a Barefoot Cartoon Animal; her description in this art of her notes "she has a strong connection to the earth" alongside this fact, implying her to be an Earthy Barefoot Character. Considering this is from a cast full of Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals, this would also make her an inversion of The One Who Wears Shoes.
  • Sveta from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is always barefoot. Interestingly, she can equip shoes, but will never actually wear them.
  • In Granblue Fantasy, Lyria prefers to go barefoot most of the time, which certain characters comment on, though she will wear shoes if the situation calls for it, like if it is snowing or if she is at a formal event. In the anime version, she starts out barefoot, but Katalina buys her sandals and she wears them for the rest of the show.
  • Guild Wars 2: The powerful, intelligent, sometimes naïve and playful Queen Jennah, despite wearing a regal gown, goes barefoot.
  • A mobile roguelike RPG called Hadashi no Shojo (or just Girl barefoot) involves a girl named Ena who wants to strengthen her feet by walking through a dungeon. There are shoe items that you can pick up, but, while your stamina doesn't drain off while Ena wears shoes, they don't net her experience points.
  • Abe no Yasutsugu, the Artificial Human onmyoji from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2, goes around barefoot, in a strange difference from Yasuaki in the first game, of whom Yasutsugu is an Expy.note 
  • Princess Yorda of ICO, which also serves as this game's Damsel in Distress, is a pure example of this trope. Given that she looks like a phantom girl, but without actually being one...
  • The eponymous character from Ittle Dew runs barefoot.
  • Shy-Ann, the meditating hippy flower-girl from Julia's Time Adventures, is barefoot. She is actually a time traveller just like the main character.
  • Himiko Yamatai from the KEIO Flying Squadron series, appearing from 2 onwards. She's never seen wearing shoes, probably due to the fact that she's something of a shaman queen, like her historical counterpart. Also, the kunoichi girl from 1 that doesn't appear anywhere else but in the intro FMV.
  • Kaede Smith from Killer7. Her nickname as part of the Killer 7 is actually "Barefoot".
  • Kieran in Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos is a Huline (a cat-human hybrid) and the only playable character who cannot equip footwear of any kind due to his unique leg structure.
  • League of Legends
    • Zilean is not wearing shoes. However, given that he's floating...
    • Janna, as well. Pretty much a non-issue since she can fly.
  • The Hunter from Left 4 Dead 2 is completely barefoot at all times.
  • Ilia from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The game's version of the Great Fairy as well, who also doesn't wear a shirt (but covers up with Godiva Hair).
    • Same could be said for Midna in her true form.
    • Hyrule Warriors uses an updated version of the Great Fairy design from Ocarina of Time, but while in that game she wore boots, here she's, again, barefoot.
  • Both Six and the Runaway Kid in Little Nightmares do not wear shoes, as to emphasise their fragility and vulnerability.
  • While anywhere else she appears with footwear on, Lufia II only gives Erim some tapings to cover her legs and no shoes at all.
  • Half of the NPCs in The Mana World, especially in grassy areas, hang around shoeless, including magic users, villagers and a few traders like Gwenyth and the nameless Trader in Hurnscald. Since Character Customization is in effect, the player characters can be that as well, for a very small defense tradeoff.
  • Jeff Woodie from Maniac Mansion, as a stereotypical Surfer Dude, is the only barefoot character. Justified in that he believed that he and his friends were going to the beach, not the Edisons' mansion.
  • The title character from Sega's arcade game Ninja Princess (released in the West as Sega Ninja) is barefoot in the kunoichi outfit she spends the vast majority of the game in. The small size of her sprite, combined with a flesh tone very similar to the dirt ground, makes it hard to tell in-game, but promotional art makes it more obvious.
  • Armie Buff in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is revealed to be this. Her overall appearance comes at a surprise to everyone in the court as she was present on one half of the trial as a drone. Even as a wheelchair-bound orphan, she doesn't have a proper reason to remain shoeless in the court, - or anywhere, at this matter, - so barefootedness mostly seems to emphasize her nature as a Hikikomori. Not to mention that after her case is over, she gets out of the wheelchair and stands on the floors of the Defendant Lobby, still without any footwear.
  • Pokémon
    • Maylene from the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games. Perhaps because she's a Fighting-type specialist, she believes it's healthier for one to go barefoot. In Platinum, she remains barefoot even while walking to Snowpoint City!
    • So do Bruno, Phoebe and Marshal of the Kanto, Hoenn and Unova Elite Four, respectively.
    • Among the kinds of regular trainers you battle, the Psychics often go barefoot. Swimmers and Tubers do as well, but they don't count since they're in swimsuits. Also male Fighting-type trainers, wearing karate gis. And in X and Y, female Fighting-type trainers also go barefoot.
    • N Harmonia from Pokémon Black and White is depicted barefoot in a flashback to his childhood, presumably due to his upbringing, but he averts this as an adult.
    • This is a character customization option for the player avatar in Pokémon GO.
  • Chell, the player character in Portal, for some reason. Her Advanced Knee Replacement prosthetics (that prevent falling damage) don't seem to require it. This may be because at the start of the game, she was sleeping. Averted in the sequel, where she wears the Long Fall Boots instead.
  • Elika, from Prince of Persia (2008) is a barefooting, spicy princess with feet made of steel, running and jumping from burning deserts to rocky cliffs sans shoes, all the while fighting to stop an evil, pissed off god from breaking out of his prison, without even taking a minute's break.
  • Puyo Puyo has two examples: In all of her appearances, Harpy goes barefoot (though as she's a winged humanoid, she never needs to touch the ground with her feet). Rulue, the "Fighting Queen" appeared unshod for the first three games (possibly to keep in line with being a Kick Chick); however, starting from YON (and previously in Madou Monogatari for Saturn), she wears sandals.
  • The Quest for Glory series has a few examples:
    • The katta in Trial by Fire wear no shoes, as they are a feline race; who appear to walk digitigrade.
    • Also in Trial by Fire, is the harem in Raseir; led by the princess Zayishah. When the hero first meets Zayishah, he helps her escape from the city by giving her his change of clothing- including boots- which she puts on to disguise herself as him. In the game's end scene, she resumes wearing her harem outfit.
      • Mayzun, Zayishah's personal assistant, is another barefooter. Though she is the most dressed of all the girls; having only her hands, feet, and eyes exposed.
      • Nawar, another member of the harem, is seen again in Dragon Fire. She too wears her same harem clothing, bare feet and all. Though aside from visiting the thieves' guild in the end, if the hero is a thief, she never seems to leave the inn where she works.
    • Janna, the innkeeper in Wages of War is another barefooter, who is never seen outside of her inn either.
    • Katrina from Shadows of Darkness seems to remain barefoot at all times too, from the moment the hero meets her. Even after being resurrected from the dead in Dragon Fire, if the hero chooses to do so. She does have the abilities to fly and teleport in Dragon Fire though, so she probably wouldn't need to walk very often.
  • Ratchet of the original Ratchet & Clank, but only in the very first game. Even then, he can later be given shoes for special circumstances, such as magnetic boots or boots which enable him to grind down a rail.
  • Mingxia from Red Alert 3: Paradox, the commando unit of the Atomic Kingdom of China, usually runs on a killing spree with her feet bare... At least according to the available concept art. Not to mention that she's the only character in the entire mod and, perhaps, the entire series to ditch shoes during the battle.
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles:
    • In the cutscene before you fight Alexia Ashford, you can briefly see that she put her shoes on the floor. You'll see them after the first three seconds of this video.
    • More notably, Manuela from the same game.
  • Tati from Rise of the Kasai always goes around barefoot.
  • Several characters in the Sacred series, mainly The Inquisitor and the Dwarf in their default attire. In 2 (but not in Underworld) the jungle elves known as Dryads are often barefoot. Even their queen, Dyria, wears heelless, toeless footwear.
  • Kunoichi's alternate costumes in both Samurai Warriors and Warriors Orochi Z have her traverse practically barefoot, wearing only instep "guards" (i.e. toeless, heelless socks). In Warriors Orochi, Da Ji also runs around barefoot (well, bare pawed, since she's a fox demon).
  • Sengoku 3 has Kurenai running around in toeless, knee-high socks.
  • Dahlia Gillespie from Silent Hill and Claudia Wolf from Silent Hill 3, most likely for reasons of faith.
  • Maria Robotnik is barefoot in the few shots of Sonic Adventure 2 that her feet are visible. She gains blue shoes when the exact same scene is depicted in later games like Shadow the Hedgehog, however.
  • The June 2019 update of Splatoon 2 adds Friendship Bracelet, which actually acts like an anklet rather than a bracelet, and also occupies the entire shoes slot, letting its' wearer go barefoot everywhere. Also possible to do by accident with a glitch that removes all of your clothes, along with shoes.
  • Rick from the original Splatterhouse series is barefoot all throughout the first game, and whenever he dons the Terror Mask again in the sequels.
  • In Spore, there is no footwear option in any stage costume creator. This is because in the creature creator there are thirty-two different types of feet available, wildly different in form.
    • However, it is possible to arrange clothing parts around the feet in a way to simulate footwear. The developers included examples of this in Galactic Adventure, in the form of Smelvin and Barbados.
    • Robot feet can also be used to represent shoes.
  • The protagonist of The Suffering, Torque, takes off his shoes after entering his cell in the intro. When his cell door is opened, he leaves his shoes behind and spends the rest of the first game barefoot.
  • Koa, the main player character from the farming and exploration sim Summer in Mara is a true island girl and explorer, bare feet and all. Her character bio details that she especially enjoys the feeling of warm soil under her soles after the sun sets. The developers have even stated that if they ever get around to adding clothing customization and crafting, you still won't be able to put anything on her feet (save maybe ankle bracelets). Barefoot island life 1-0.
  • Child Miis from Tomodachi Life never wear shoes, even when outside. Certain outfits also don't have shoes.
    • In the spinoff Miitomo, footwear is independently customizable, so you can have your Mii always barefoot regardless of outfit.
  • The Touhou series has quite a few examples:
    • Tewi Inaba, the Youkai earth rabbit. This emphasizes that, while she may look human, she is still very much a wild animal at heart.
    • Cirno as well. She wears sometimes socks, but never shoes.
    • Kanako Yasaka too, is either barefoot half the time, or in really loose straw sandals.
    • Minoriko Aki doesn't seem to be wearing shoes, either. Oddly, her sister is.
    • Seiran and Ringo respectively only wear socks and go completely barefoot despite being a part of the Lunar military sent to "purify" Earth.
    • Clownpiece, a fairy of Hell, is not completely barefoot, but wears pajama leggings with the design of the American stars and stripes.
    • Clownpiece's boss, Hecatia Lapislazuli, goes completely barefoot despite being a goddess of Hell alongside wearing a shirt and skirt that are best described as coming from Hot Topic.
  • Myosotis, the player character of a flash-based adventure game, The Trader of Stories: Bell's Heart, remains shoeless throughout the entire game and still prefers to walk that way even though she's heading to the peak of a cold and icy mountain. In the sequel, A Grain of Truth, not only is Myosotis still barefoot, but most of the people she meets are also barefoot.
  • Concept art from Trine 2 depicts Zoya, Isabel, and Rosabel as being barefoot. In-game, Isabel and Rosabel retain this status, while Zoya reuses her model from the original game and wears boots.
  • Characters in Wii Fit are frequently depicted barefoot, as the Wii Balance Board is designed to be used without shoes (socks are okay, but the player's Mii omits them). This carries over to the trainers in-game, which in turn carries over to the Wii Fit Trainer that appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS; she fights barefoot as well.
  • The Witcher 3's Keira Metz is a cute, classical barefooting witch who is never seen anywhere near shoes. It's a little bit funny because she detests the dirtiness of the outdoors yet still goes barefoot everywhere.
    • Possibly, Keira's barefooting habits are part of her disguise as a village witch doctor, picked up to hide from the Witch Hunters. Her illusory "city outfit" which she conjures during her date with Geralt does have shoes (but then again, it's illusory and she does not put on actual shoes).
  • World of Warcraft, as of latest expansion, maintains remarkable parity of attitude towards shoes among its races. Alliance and Horde alike have:
    • One race with hooves that preclude wearing shoes. Footwear is equippable for everyone though — it just doesn't show on their model except the ankle part (Draenei and Tauren);
    • One race with non-traditional foot anatomy that seems to be similarly incompatible with displaying shoes (Worgen with their bestial paws, and Trolls on their bizarre two-toed feet with vestigial third toe on the heel);
    • One race which, while generally wears shoes, is sufficiently in tune with nature to feel equally comfortable with or without them (Night Elves and Orcs). Thus they often forego proper shoes, sometimes even when wearing full battle armor, in favor of soleless ankleguards;
    • One race which has a seemingly modern approach to clothing, in tune with their advanced technology, and may sometimes omit shoes out of their casual or informal work wear (Gnomes and Goblins);
    • And two races which seem to firmly consider not wearing shoes an indignity (Humans, Dwarves, Blood Elves and Undead).
    • The Pandaren race to be introduced in Mists of Pandaria seem to have unremovable painted-on sandals, which is a bit jarring for a beastman race.
    • The druid class has a particular predisposition to this. Druids start off barefoot, and while shoes are as important source of stats for every class as any other equippable item, druid specific armor has multiple examples of having shoes appear as ankle bracers. The armor made for monks also seems to gravitate towards this due to them being the martial arts class. Averted by shaman armor despite NPC shaman frequently going barefoot to be more in touch with the elements, specifically earth.
    • An item was added into the game in patch 5.3 that allows making shoes invisible for everyone regardless of race and class. Obviously someone, somewhere, realized such a feature may be in demand. While it was slated for removal when the patch's storyline concluded, mass protest occurred to the point where the developers promised to reintroduce it at the earliest possible opportunity. Upon the release of the Legion expansion, the item was added to the transmogrification wardrobe, so that players who had previously acquired it could use it for their transmogs again. In the latest upcoming patch, the item is converted into an option to hide boots. (There will also be options to hide all other armor items, excluding legwear.)
    • Of known lore figures, the night elf High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind and traitorous former Arch-Druid Fandral Staghelm are shown barefoot. Near the end of the Cataclysm expansion, this was averted: Tyrande received a model update changing her from a barefoot priestess in a gown to a Magical Girl Warrior lookalike in a Mini Dress Of Power and high heels.
    • Evil empress Azshara, ruler of night elves ten thousand years ago, doesn't wear shoes either when the players pay her a visit in the past. Her justification is apparently a display of power and arrogance.
    • Likewise, her minions the Nightborne elves from Legion expansion have numerous unique armor models for both genders. Not one of them has shoes... or much coverage of anything else, really.
    • The civilian nightborne elves do mostly wear shoes, except for the children; who are barefoot.
    • Thalyssra, the leader of the rebellion that opposes the nightborne antagonists, also remains barefoot- along with her ally Valtrois- even after being cured of their withered condition. Though her other ally, Oculeth, does start wearing shoes after being cured.
  • Yakuza: When fighting in the underground Coliseum, Kazuma Kiryu eschews shoes.


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