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Pretty, and powerful.

"Oh, it's a beautiful dress! Did you ever see such a beautiful dress? And look, glass slippers."

Some characters have quirky, fancy, or otherwise unusual footwear, which the narrative makes a point of mentioning. If pimped out enough, it can even be an Impractically Fancy Outfit (especially if there are high heels).

Can overlap with Tricked-Out Shoes if the shoes have special functions as well as being pimped out.

A Sub-Trope of Costume Porn, and Sister Trope to Nice Hat, Pimped-Out Dress, Pimped-Out Cape. High-Heel Power is a special case where fancy shoes make a woman appear feminine and sexy in an assertive way.

Compare All Women Love Shoes. See also High-Class Gloves.



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  • Green of the M&M's wears a classy pair of go-go boots.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ayakashi Triangle: Matsuri wears shoes styled to look like the tabi socks associated with Ninja such as him. They have spiral patterns on the bottom, in reference to his wind powers. He actually wears the same pair of shoes to school and for his exorcist ninja outfit, and even the sandals he wears otherwise have the same specific sole design.
  • Case Closed:
    • Conan himself has his red super sneakers. They are not only Tricked-Out Shoes that stimulate his feet with electronic pulses, they are also quite stylish. Whenever the story involves Shinichi, there is also something to be said of his navy sneakers.
    • There's a case in which ganguro girls were attacked (fatally, in one occasion), and one of the hints was how all of them wore really pretty white platform boots, which were very popular back then. It turns out that the dead girl ran over and killed a little boy because she was wearing said boots while driving, so the kid's maddened father started chasing after girls who wore similar footwear to beat them up in revenge. And one of these girls was Sonoko, who had nothing to do with the case but had exactly the same boots on - it took Conan's deduction skills and a huge Big Damn Heroes from Megure to stop the madman and rescue her.
  • In Dream Eater Merry, the Action Girl lead Merry Nightmare wears a cool-looking pair of black platform shoes, which has the same closed-eye sigil that's on her Nice Hat and Impossibly Cool Clothes.
  • In an episode from the Netherlands arc of Hana no Ko Lunlun, Lunlun meets a corrupt klomp maker whose clogs look gorgeous and are quite affordable, but suffer of terribly low quality. She decides to unmask his bad business ethics to "save" potential customers from wearing shoes that look super nice, but are risky to use.
  • The gender flipped version of Prussia in Hetalia: Axis Powers wears a really nice pair of white boots.
  • Kill la Kill: the outfits of the Kamui include very nice high heels, including Lady Satsuki and Ryoko Matoi as well as REVOCS President Ragyo Kiryuin. Ryoko's main outfit also includes a very nice pair of white sneakers, both Nui Harime and Nonon Jakuzure have very nice boots on their outfits (especially with Nonon's Marching Band Regalia).
  • An early story by Naoko Takeuchi, Miss Rain, has a beautiful pair of shoes as its MacGuffin. They belong to the mysterious School Idol "Miss Rain", who turns out to be the junior high student Rena Kuramitsu; her senpai Kei Furukawa sees her drop her shoes as she runs away from a ball, then realises who she is, and reveals that Rena is "Miss Rain" by having her put them on...
  • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Chibodee wears pretty cool red sneakers that are obviously modelled after the red Converse All-Stars.
  • Moriarty the Patriot: After faking his death as Irene Adler and assuming his new identity, James Bond wears platform shoes to help disguise his height.
  • In My Hero Academia, Izuku Midoriya's red-and-white sneakers are his Iconic Outfit and he's almost never seen without them. They're somehow able to take whatever punishment he puts them through, up to and including using One For All at 100% on his legs. They also mesh nicely with his hero costume and even earned a vote on the popularity poll. His second hero costume upgrade (named Costume Gamma) adds special power-reinforcing iron soles.
  • In Noir, Kirika's rather distinctive pink shoes have received a degree of Memetic Mutation among fans, and they're also the first clue that she was the one who killed her partner Mireille's family 10 years ago since she wore nearly identical ones back then and The Reveal is shot from the feet up.
  • One Piece: As a thief, Nami went with practical and rather plain boots, but when she put that life behind her, she traded them for a preference toward wearing glamorous-looking high-heeled sandals, a holdover from her days of wearing sandals in a tropical environment growing up, along with her adoptive mother and sister and practically the rest of the islanders. However, she'll mix it up every so often with some other fancy footwear, including boots.
  • Pokémon Adventures has plenty of characters with nice shoes. The Red and Blue arc has Red with his white sneakers with red stripes, Blue and Yellow have their boots, and Green has her high-heeled boots. The Gold and Silver arc has Gold's sneakers and Silver's boots. Much like the Escaflowne example, both are used to find them when they're kidnapped by the Masked Man. Lt. Surge finds one of each of their shoes when he fishes their belongings from the Lake of Rage.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • The characters in the Pokémon anime have some very nice-looking shoes. The original series has Ash's black, red and white sneakers, mentioned prominently in the song "Type: Wild." Misty has her red sneakers with lightning bolts on them, and Brock has his navy sneakers. Gary has his strap-on boots, and even Team Rocket has some. Jessie has her high-heeled boots and James has his boots.
    • Khaos (see the Fan Works folder below) has also employed the trope with a few of the later characters, particularly Jasmine's sandals from the Johto series, Roxanne's ankle-strap D'Orsay flats from the Advanced Generation series, and Dawn's pink boots when not in her Platinum outfit. Dawn's case in particular plays a role in two cases of Dawn-based characters having high-heeled boots as their main pairs (the second case based hers off the more in-universe justified one).
  • Pretty much obligitory for the Pretty Cure, where each Magical Girl Warrior goes into battle wearing Impossibly Cool Clothes, each with a pair of platform boots (Futari Wa to Yes Precure 5 GoGo), or high heel boots (each since Fresh).
  • In the Puyo Puyo anime, this episode focuses on Rulue noticing Arle's new boots, note  so Rulue demands Minotaurus to make her new boots. Minotaurus does so, and although the boots were not a great color, Rulue likes the boots and she runs off to show Arle.
  • Bel from Reborn! (2004) has a pretty badass pair of white boots, with black laces.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The Senshi's outfits include personalized footwear. Rei/Mars's red Combat Stilettos (which shoes lover Naoko Takeuchi states as her favorite), Michiru/Neptune's blue/green pumps with laces and Hotaru/Saturn's elaborate purple boots with black laces are among the nicest.
    • The very camp villain Tiger's Eye wore damn fine knee-length black boots.
    • In an episode of the first anime, Mamoru got Usagi a pair of extremely pretty glass slippers as a birthday gift. Too bad these were "laced" with a Daemon...
  • Red Line: Badass Drivers JP and Sonoshee wear cool boots with stylish zippers and bulbous toes. Several other racers wear distinctive footwear, and their feet dominate intense Pedal-to-the-Metal Shots. It's like the foot equivalent of Gainaxing.
  • The Vision of Escaflowne : Hitomi's white sneakers with black accents. One episode even has Van use it as a clue to find her when she gets kidnapped (her shoelace broke and she dropped her shoe on the stairs as she was taken away).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Jounouchi's grey and black sneakers got a whole chapter devoted to them when they were introduced. The sneakers are very rare, but Jounouchi got them for a bargain price after winning in a test of courage. However, soon after he got them, a group of sneaker hunters beat him and his friends Yugi and Honda up and steal his shoes. He immediately got revenge and beat them up. It turned out that the shoe salesman hired the sneaker hunters to re-sell them again and again. Atem challenged the shoe salesman to a Game of Darkness, using the sneakers, coins and the salesman's own scorpion as game components. However, the greedy salesman soon tried to stab his scorpion with a knife and attempted to grab all coins from the sneakers, but he was unable to pull his fist out. Laser-Guided Karma kicked in and he got stabbed by his own pet. Atem/Yugi retrieved the sneakers from the salesman, and despite there is now a hole in one of his shoes, Jounouchi keeps it as a memory. Since then, the sneakers are part of every of Jounouchi's outfits, and he is rarely seen without them.

    Comic Books 
  • The eponymous Hilda is almost never seen without her big red boots.
  • Envy Adams from Scott Pilgrim has a seemingly endless supply of fancy high-heeled boots. They even come up as a plot point in a flashback when she sells her Anime paraphernalia to pay for a pair, highlighting how she and Scott are growing apart. Much is made over the fact that Kim actually wore a pair of nice heels to The Clash At Demonhead's gig. She ends up taking them off halfway through.
  • Wonder Woman (1942): Diana is quite attached to the tall red and white heeled boots she wears as Wonder Woman and goes to great lengths to get a good cordwainer to make her a new pair after they get stolen and left on Titan while fighting the Saturnians.

    Fan Works 
  • KhaosOmega is really into using this trope.
    • Jet (based on Khaos himself) has two particularly well-known-in-universe pairs; both are high heels, the lower of which Khaos himself owns. That lower-heeled pair is often dubbed his go-to wedding heels while the other, higher heels are his iconic Ice Star red stiletto pumps.
    • Jet's sister Hollie also has a few pairs that especially meet this trope; of three total, two are high heels. One is an in-universe creation by in-universe character XJR while the other two (a wedge-heeled sandal and a pair of silver flip-flops) are pairs the character's basis has worn in real life.
    • Despite Anise being known as a serious slut for hot shoes, it's her teammate Lily who has the more iconic shoes of their Rune Angel team in the form of a black platform stiletto ankle boot she mainly wears locked on.
      • Some girls have special "fusions" of their original shoes and Lily's main ankle boots; color (and length as seen with Dawn's fusion) come from the other pair in the equation. Confirmed so far are a dark purple for Ayane, a studded pair with pink soles and spikier grey heels for Marnie, and the aforementioned pink knee-high for Dawn.
    • Jasmine Levesque is the only case of a character using Pokémon's Jasmine as a base to not use the sandals from her Gold/Silver look as this, instead combining the design and extreme nature of Jet's Ice Star heels with the color and primarily-locked-on method of wearing of Lily's ankle boots.
      • Jasmine's main teammates Ava Johnson and Danaerys Azeat also apply with extreme-heeled black ankle-strap pumps of their own, but in the forms of a Devious Femme-12 and Karo 0255 respectively.
    • Anastasia Brayton and Hikari Azeat primarily wear platform stiletto peep-toe boots. Anastasia actually got her blue knee-highs because she was originally intended to be an Anise alias and Anise only wears boots when they're high heels, and Hikari based her own pink thigh-highs on them.
    • Then there's Rosa Copeland, who has a serious collection of strictly lace-up thigh-high ballet boots. Justified in that they were the heels her ability to easily handle wearing them despite her serious lack of experience with high heels in general manifested in. She actually foresaw the possibility of a Rainbow Angel Series mandating a collection of thigh-high ballet boots named for her and had the designs be strictly-zip-up to better accomodate two lockable straps over the zippers. At least she prefers to be able to bend her knees in her pairs...
    • ...Because former Dark Vector girl Doven especially loves hers too tight for that. Jet actually planned for that aspect by banning ballet boots from being wearable with a Cleavage Window-sporting catsuit based on her old Cipher uniform's bodysuit, which already had a requirement for pink thigh-high boots to begin with.
    • Anzu Mazaki (Khaos always uses her Japanese name), like in canon, has her two pairs of platform sandals and the associated thigh-highs. More colors for the platform sandals exist in the Khaosverse (pink and amethyst in particular are described), and some individuals have been shown wearing pants and frilled ankle-socks instead of the fully-shown thigh-highs.
      • One case even has the white thigh-high and blue platform sandal on one side, and the red-and-black combo on the other. Anise intentionally invoked this case (the platform sandals here have wedge heels) by wearing white and blue to add two girls in black and red to her personal harem.
    • After her non-wrestling appearance at the 2018 Royal Rumble, Khaos has taken to giving any version of WWE's Alexa Bliss some shoe based on the black wedge pumps.
      • One case didn't get them, and this girl in thigh-high ballet boots was planned before the wedge pumps' reveal.
    • Much like the case of the two females where Anise intentionally invoked the case of an Anzu Mazaki variant sporting both of her canon color combos simultaneously, some Rainbow Angel females are former pornstars and their iconic shoes come from their days as such. The times of Anise wearing the black stiletto pumps of one with said wearer's Khaos-iconic partner for dom/sub intimacy actually has Anise add said wearer's name as an additional middle name. Another one, so submissive a maneuver in 2146 came as a major shock to someone whose top 1000 list for said maneuver didn't include her inspired two Series, one of which the pre-wedges planned Alexa variant landed in.
    • And then there's Kandyce Azeat, who's worn her pair of Jet's go-to wedding heels for so long that when she converted to an overall Beta in the Rainbow Angels' roster the harem's spell for keeping non-Prime Series girls in their Series-mandated shoes transferred from one of the many padlocks from the cuffs she had until then used to keep her pair on to the heels themselves.
  • The Rod Squad puts Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers into The '70s—and Gadget into platform shoes. Taken Up to Eleven when she dresses up and needs a crane to heave herself into her shoes.

    Films — Animation 
  • Cinderella: Cinderella is given glass slippers by the Fairy Godmother. Not only do they look pretty, they later are essential to the plot as she loses one and the Prince later uses it to find her. And Cinderella had taken a precaution by keeping the one she didn't lose should the other one break (which thanks to her stepmother did).
  • In Frozen, Elsa changes her coronation dress into An Ice Suit, complete with high-heeled snowflake shoes.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ali in Burlesque ogles a pair of incredibly sparkly heels.
  • Multiple characters in By Hook or By Crook remark on Shy's brogues. A waitress in a roadside diner compliments his suit but disapprovingly asks "what's with the shoes?", a transient in San Francisco remarks, "You've got two incredible shoes, and they match each other!", and his new friend Val compares them to "butterscotch brownies."
  • Cinderella (2015) has the gleaming crystal-like glass slippers, which also have a golden butterfly on the toes.
  • Rosa Klebb, villain of the James Bond movie From Russia with Love, hides poison daggers in the toes of her sensible shoes.
  • Fright Night (2011): Several characters comment on Charlie's sneakers, a cool pair of puce high tops with velcro bands. He wears them as part of his attempt to distance himself from his nerdy past.
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka: After getting out of prison Fly Guy returns to being a pimp. He wears elevator shoes with miniature goldfish aquariums in the heels. When one of his shoes breaks and the fish spill out on the ground, they flop around a little bit.
  • I, Robot: In the film version, Detective Spooner wears a "classic" pair of Converse tennis shoes (circa 2004, when the movie came out).
  • Jem and the Holograms (2015): Juliette Lewis wears a pair of Delman Pointed Toe D'Orsay Pumps that get a considerable amount of close-ups.
  • In Jojo Rabbit, Rosie Betzler's distinctive leather shoes are her Iconic Item, and they're given a lot of focus. They're used for a Gory Discretion Shot when Rosie is hanged by the Nazis for being a part of La Résistance; they're at eye level when her son, Jojo, finds her body.
  • Murat in The Man Who Saves the World has a pair of golden boots made from melting down his golden sword. One would presume this is supposed to be important, but like everything else in this movie it makes no sense and is never explained.
  • Though not meant to intentionally be seen by viewers, Reptile wears Otomix brand athletic shoes during his fight with Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat: The Movie. note 
  • In Pacific Rim (which has something of a shoe motif), Hannibal Chau flaunts his wealth with gold-plated dress shoes. They jangle like spurs any time he moves, and they get plenty of screen time. They also get referenced in the very last line of the movie, when a very much alive Hannibal crawls out of the dead Kaiju's stomach and yells "Where is my goddamn shoe?!"
  • Inverted in The Silence of the Lambs when Hannibal Lecter contrasts Clarice Starling's "good bag and cheap shoes".
  • Denny Colt in The Spirit favors Converse sneakers.
  • Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell: Valerie wears a pair of cowboy boots made from Graboid skin that was originally a gift her dad gave her mom.
  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent has a scene in which Javi and Nick stall orders to kill each other by trading shoes. Javi gives Nick his brown suede Gucci loafers, which he comments look nicer on his idol than on himself. Nick gives Javi his taos taupe checkerboard Vans slip-ons, which both men agree suit Javi well. A promotional interview with Javi's actor also vouches for the powder blue sneakers he wears in some earlier scenes.
  • Kathleen Turner in VI Warshawski keeps a pair of red high heels in a box at a bar for... safety?
  • The Wizard of Oz features the Ruby Slippers — which were silver in the book, but didn't show up well on film, so they had to change them.

  • In the 1632 novel series, the sneakers some Americans wear (in 1630s Europe) receive more than a little comment from 1630s Europeans. The dress shoes worn by Michael Stearns get admiring attention from Rebecca Abranel.
  • Cinderella, with the glass slippers (although some versions make them fur-lined, which still fits this trope).
  • Isaac Asimov's David Starr, Space Ranger: On Mars, men (and presumably, women) wear hip-boots of the most riotous possible color combinations. David wears black-and-white boots, while Bigman (whose boots are chartreuse-and-vermilion) mocks him for their plain appearance. Bigman sees through David's disguise because of it.
    "And you're the only farmboy I ever heard of that was willing to wear simple black and white."Bigman
  • Several characters in Discworld.
    • Nanny Ogg once wears red boots as a Shout-Out to Oz.
    • Granny Weatherwax is well known for her tough old and well-worn boots.
    • Sam Vimes is a variation; his boots are always old and battered even when he can afford much better ones, but he's proud of the old cardboard-soled ones because he can feel the street through them and figure out where he is by the feel of the pavements.
    • Adora Belle Dearheart wears Mitzy "Pretty Lucrezias", which with their four-inch spiked heels are generally agreed to be the most dangerous footwear on the Disc.
  • In Holes, one of the very first things Stanley notices about the Warden, aside from her red hair, is her black cowboy boots with turquoise stones decorating them. In a flashback to Kissin' Kate Barlow's death, we find out that they were actually her boots first—after she died, the Warden's family took her cabin, and everything in it.
  • Subverted in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes", where the titular red shoes are very nice indeed, but the little girl who wears them is cursed to dance without stopping because she is too vain to go without them, and she ends up having to have her feet chopped off so she doesn't die of exhaustion.
  • In one of the Redwall books, Logalog sings a comic ballad about a shrew whose fancy shoes get stolen by an owl.
  • The plot of Scott Westerfield's So Yesterday revolves around a pair of these.
  • In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy has the silver slippers, which she uses to get back home to Kansas. She uses a magic belt in later books.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • Three and Four both talked about their shoes shortly after regenerating. Justified as they both kept the TARDIS key in one of them.
    • The Fourth Doctor wears a pretty fabulous pair of old-fashioned golf shoes in "The Seeds of Doom", which receive a lot of attention in a sequence where he puts his feet on someone's desk. He would later wear a pair of roll top riding boots.
    • The Fifth Doctor wore a pair of modern sneakers with an otherwise Edwardian cricketer's uniform.
    • As ever, it was Sixie who got it wrong, with a pair of snot-green boots and violently orange spats to not match.
    • The Seventh Doctor favoured an elegant pair of two-tone brogues.
    • The Eighth Doctor had a brief moment of excitement over his shoes.
      The Doctor: These shoes! [does a happy dance] They fit perfectly!
    • Ten's multiple Converses.
    • In "The Lazarus Experiment", the Doctor compliments Martha on her shoes while crouched down working on reversing the polarity of an anti-aging device.
    • River Song sports a pair of red Christian Louboutin heels in "The Time of Angels" which later show up in UNIT's Black Archive in "The Day of the Doctor".
    • Twelve's Loakes and Dr. Martens boots.
  • Firefly: River was known to tromp around in combat boots when she wasn't running around barefoot.note 
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Ted meets a girl at a wedding reception, but they use only nicknames. When he later tries to find out who she is, they call the bride so ask if she remembers the girl. She asks what shoes she wore — Ted remembers they were brown with sparkling snowflakes. The bride says they sound cute, but she doesn't know her. Robin however realizes she met a girl with shoes like these and knows she made a cake for the wedding. That's how Ted met Victoria.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has Charlie Kelly's pair of vintage Vans Sk 8 His; black suede with red inner lining, red soles, and a white foxing stripe, which are occasionally shown off when he puts his feet up. Somewhat subverted as they appear to be Charlie's only shoes, appearing in every episode and really show it, with the sole textures wearing down, and large holes creeping up in the worn out heels as time goes on.
  • The fabulous mood changing red shoes in "The Wonderful Wizard of Buzz Issue" episode of The Latest Buzz.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • In one episode, the detectives get a search warrant to look for a pair of shoes that left a distinctive footprint at the crime scene. They don't find them until the suspect comes home wearing them. The last line of the episode is Detective Stabler saying: "Nice shoes."
    • The episode "Tortured" involves a dead woman dressed up as a prostitute, complete with some very chic boots... and one foot missing. The long explanation involves a college student borrowing a prototype from a house of fashion, then getting mugged by a guy with a very unhealthy foot fetish. He then escalates, forcing the victim — who came to his apartment by mistake — to model for him before getting way too personal...
  • In The Mighty Boosh, London fashion icon and occasional Wholesome Crossdresser Vince Noir is never seen anywhere without a pair of really nice ladies' boots, often with large heels. The knee high black boots in Strange Tale of the Crack Fox had the highest heels he ever wore in the show and were absolutely MASSIVE, making you wonder how he was able to run from danger and jump out of high-up openings without falling over.
  • Mister Rogers has some pretty nice sneakers.
  • One Life to Live's Blair and her current boyfriend break into her ex-husband Todd's office to steal information, disguised as custodians. Todd notices them as they're leaving and does a Double Take upon noticing that one of them is wearing a beautiful pair of high-heeled pumps (obviously not what a cleaning woman would normally wear). When she later visits him to pick up their daughter, he recognizes the shoes and realizes that she was spying on him and slyly compliments her-"Killer shoes, by the way." She thanks him, never realizing that she's been caught.
  • Schitt's Creek: Alexis and Moira regularly wear fabulous heels and/or platform shoes. David often sports some pretty fabulous sneakers.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In "Dead Man's Shoes", Dane wore a very expensive and distinctive pair of two-tone black and white shoes before he was murdered. When Nate Bledsoe puts them on, Dane's personality takes over his body. After Dagget kills Dane, the same thing happens again when Chips puts on the shoes.
  • Ryan Stiles got a lot of jokes made about his taste in shoes in Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

  • "Crep Hype" by British rap trio Foreign Beggars is an ode to these.
  • Part of the Leningrad Cowboys' trademark outfit are shoes that are as long and pointy as their hairdos.
  • Lit:
    • Lead guitarist Jeremy Popoff a custom made pair of shoes that were black with white flames on them. He was so attached to the shoes that he even wore them at his wedding (his groomsmen wore similar shoes but with the colors were reversed, making them white with black flames). In the music video for "Miserable", after the giant woman eats him alive, she spits out one of these signature shoes.
    • There's also the Giant Woman's shoes in the same music video, a pair of strappy, black platform heels.
  • Radiohead's "There There" music video has Thom Yorke's walk through an unusual forest lead him to a tree holding a pair of glowing leather boots (later revealed as Sprint Shoes), which he attempts to steal as replacements for his tackier-looking red and white sneakers. The forest proceeds to subject Thom to several punishments, taking the boots back, and trapping him in the woods.
  • "My Adidas" by Run–D.M.C.:
    Now, me and my Adidas do the illest things
    We like to stomp out pimps with diamond rings
    We slay all suckers who perpetrate
    And lay down the law from State to State
    We travel on gravel, dirt road or street
    I wear my Adidas when I rock the beat
    On stage, front page, every show I go
    It's Adidas on my feet, hi-top or low
  • Steam Powered Giraffe have a song about a particularly fancy pair.

  • Classical Mythology: Hermes' pair of winged sandals.
  • Norse Mythology: On Ragnarök, Vidar, son of Odin, kills the Fenriswolf by stepping into his mouth and ripping his jaw apart. He's protected by special leather boots (made from the leather stripes thrown away by the shoemakers).

    Professional Wrestling 
  • When he was doing his Iraqi sympathizer gimmick in the WWF during the first Gulf War, Sgt. Slaughter was quite proud of his curled-toe wrestling boots, supposedly a gift from Saddam Hussein himself.
  • When wrestling in the ring, AJ Lee would wear knee-high Converse Chuck Taylors in competition. When not in competition, she would wear regular high tops or ankle-high Converse All-Stars. One of her promos even mentioned them, with a jab at the others preferring various high heels outside of competition.

    Video Games 
  • As an obvious pun, Pendles the sneaky professional assassin snake man from Battleborn wears a dope pair of sneakers for sneaking. Said sneakers have a subtle squeak regardless of terrain.
  • Played with in Bravely Default II. Adelle's sandals aren't special per se, and even noted in-universe to be worn out. She nonetheless likes them as they were a meeting gift from Elvis.
  • Only referenced but not shown in Dragon Age: Origins by Leliana. She's quite okay with traveling and camping in the cold and wet wilderness of Ferelden, even though she's really at home in the Decadent Courts of her homeland. But the worst thing about it is clearly the lack of nice shoes that go with a Pimped-Out Dress. Shoes are Serious Business!
    Leliana: I once drank a thimble of dwarven ale. Woke up a week later in Jader wearing nothing but my shoes and a towel.
    Leliana: Oh? You... like shoes, do you?
    Leliana: It'll be fun, I promise! We'll get some shoes too! Ah, shoes! We could go shopping together!
    Leliana: I saw you looking at that girl in town earlier. You know, the one with the... with the shoes!
    Leliana: Orlais is very fashionable, almost ridiculously so. ...but the shoes!!! When I left Orlais, the fashion was shoes with delicate tapered heels and embellishments in the front. A ribbon perhaps, or embroidery. In soft colors of cause, it was spring. I had my eye on a pair my shoemaker was working on. It was covered in pale blue silk with ember beads on the toes.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy VIII, Rinoa's slingback ballroom pumps with closed, pointed toes and double ankle straps are likely custom-made due to her being from a wealthy family, and have been the bane of many a cosplayer. They get plenty of close-ups, which are justified as most of them come from the dance sequence.
    • Final Fantasy XIII offers Lightning's knee-high strap-covered combat boots and Vanille's fur-trimmed, turned-up, square-toe cowboy boots. And yes, both get occasional shots of said shoes for no particular reason other than varying camera angles.
  • There's no shortage of cool footwear in Guilty Gear, like I-No's red thigh-high boots and Jack-O''s sleek black pumps that look a lot like Sailor Venus's orange ones.
  • Honkai Impact 3rd:
    • Seele wears a very nice pair of high heels in her Anniversary Ball outfit.
    • Kiana Kaslana's alter ego form Herrscher of the Void wears an elegant pair of high heels in her Parasol Kaisein outfit.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Xion in Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days has some rather nice pointy-toed heels that get at least one close-up shot. Also applies to Larxene in that both Xion and she are the only two members of Organization XIII to have higher heels on their boots out of femininity.
    • Likewise, Roxas instead of wearing boots like all other members, wears bulky black sneakers styled akin to how Sora's shoes are.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Snake compliments the shoes of the old soviet scientist Granin by literally saying "Nice shoes". Granin cites this compliment as the reason he's giving him valuable intel. Turns out another spy wired the shoes.
  • Tracer's running shoes in Overwatch.
  • Pokémon:
    • Each of the Trainers wear nice-looking runners in each game, and in Pokémon X and Y, one can even buy different pairs of shoes, as part of Kalos' fashion trend. In the same game, they can double as roller blades since not far into the game, you can attach roller blades and go faster.
    • Cynthia, the Champion of Sinnoh in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, wears black high-heel boots with a yellow stripe to go with her black Badass Longcoat, showing her to be quite classy though benevolent. (Though this is Depending on the Artist, since her in-game sprite is not detailed enough to confirm her wearing heels, though most official art of her shows them.)
    • Pokémon Sun and Moon continue the trend of players being given nice shoes at the outset, as well as being able to buy other kinds of footwear in the various shops in the Alola region. Other examples include the white sneakers worn by members of Team Skull, with the leader Guzma and admin Plumeria even having their own kicks to signify their rank. Gladion has a pair of red sneakers for his role as enforcer. The members of the Aether Foundation also have some very nice white shoes, with President Lusamine having a pair of open-toed high heels with gold accents.
    • Pokémon Sword and Shield again feature players having nice shoes to start out with, with not only being able to buy more from the shops in the Galar region; but the Non-Uniform Uniform of the Gym Challenge also includes many kinds of high tops that match the color scheme of each gym leader. Other examples include the high tops worn by Galar Champion Leon as well as the punk boots worn by Team Yell (whose members are later revealed to be the gym trainers of Spikemuth) and the rival Marnie. The gym leaders Allister and Melony (both exclusive to Shield) also have very sleek white boots. Nessa also wears red high heels with a Pimped-Out Dress when not on the battlefield, as shown on her rare League Card.
  • Punishing: Gray Raven: Lucia in her summer coating wears a pair of high heels and a tropical light blue dress.
  • The Caninu and Felineko of Solatorobo wear shoes that have a bump pattern on the sole that leaves pawprint-shaped marks.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Much was made of Sonic's Soap shoes in Sonic Adventure 2, and the Grinding ability that came with them. Sonic, however, has always had distinctive red/white shoes, since it's the only thing he wears (besides a pair of gloves).
    • Shadow, meanwhile, has hoverjet-equipped white and red shoes that look identical to Gundam feet. May or may not be his actual feet as by some accounts he's a cyborg in addition to being genetically engineered.
  • The various Squid Kids in Splatoon have an array of colorful sneakers, courtesy of Shrimp Kicks.
  • Street Fighter:
    • Guy, originally from Final Fight, is often noted for his sneakers, which he wears with his Highly Visible Ninja uniform. This has resulted in a meme stating, "Real ninjas wear Nikes!"
    • Fellow Bushin ninja Maki (from Final Fight 2) also switched to sneakers for her appearances in Capcom vs. SNK 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 3. Perhaps her brother-in-law's fashion choices rubbed off.
    • Along with her school uniform, Sakura Kasugano wears a snazzy pair of red Converse All-Stars when she participates in street-fighting tournaments. They're traded in for black mid-calf boots in Street Fighter V (as Sakura now works part-time at an arcade), but return as part of Sakky's Nostalgia Costume.
    • Guy's best friend and rival Cody sports what appears to be a pair of Adidas Superstar come Alpha 3. Unlike Guy's Nike Dukes (which were first shown off in SFA; he instead wore jika-tabi in his very first appearance), it's implied these were part of his attire back in the original Final Fight.
  • Super Mario Bros.: The major human girls of the series (Peach, Daisy, Rosalina, and Pauline) each wear a very nice pair of colorful and matching pumps in their normal attire. Peach's are either light pink or a magenta/red, Daisy's are orange, Rosalina's is silver to match her silver crown, while Pauline's are distinct ankle-strapped black pumps.

  • Konami from Consolers wears blue and pink boots with DDR arrows.

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    Western Animation 
  • In Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, the Gromble wears red high heels on his four feet. The Gromble is male, incidentally.
  • Maggie's punk boots in The Buzz on Maggie.
  • Dexter and DeeDee from Dexter's Laboratory have interesting pairs of footwear. Dexter has his black boots that tend to make a scratching noise when he walks. DeeDee has her pink ballet shoes which usually make a squishing sound when she walks.
  • Murdoc Niccals of Gorillaz is notoriously proud of his Cuban-heeled boots and almost always wears them even when wearing nearly nothing else. According to the biography, Rise of the Ogre, he was deeply annoyed by Damon Albarn upon first meeting him, because:
    The first thing Damon said to Murdoc, pointing down at his boots, was "Your Cuban heels are crap. Look, mine are the proper sort." Damon was wearing a pair like Murdoc's, but with fancy gold spurs and solid silver heels.
  • Sid's Beatle boots in Hey Arnold!. There's also the Nancy Spumoni Snowboots from "Arnold's Christmas" which every girl in town wants for Christmas. Helga's mother spends an entire day waiting in line to get the very last pair.
  • Hilda has her big red boots. She also has similar looking boots for her winter attire and school uniform.
  • Jonny Quest wore PF Flyers, even appearing in commercials for the shoes.
  • Luan Loud's shoes from The Loud House stand out from the rest of her family's in that they are brown slip-on shoes with a pink squirt flower on each.
  • Florence from The Magic Roundabout sports a pair of white laced ankle boots in a vintage "Babybotte" model where it has the trademark heel blocks at the back of her boots. The post-2005 CGI era has her ankle boots in beige with the heel blocks connected to the soles in a tan color.
  • On Milo Murphy's Law, Milo doesn't wear shoes, but slippers. Word of Saint Paul says that they're the old fashioned, durable kind, and that he wears them because, with Murphy's Law, he doesn't wear anything with shoelaces.
  • Say what you want about My Life Me and its notorious character designs, but one can admit how cool Birch's black punk shoes with purple laces look. Also, her cousin Liam also wear black Converse-looking shoes with green laces.
  • Many female characters of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. Highlights go to Twilight Sparkle's black dress shoes, Rainbow Dash's knee-high boot version of sport shoes or (in the third movie), Sunset Shimmer's black knee-high high-heel boots.
  • Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb wears a pair of white Mary Janes which matches her red and white ensamble.
  • The Raw Toonage short "My New Shoes" (a parody of Run D.M.C.'s "My Adidas"; see the Music folder above) is about a kid with Tricked-Out Shoes with so many bells and whistles, he starts to worry his shoes are cooler than he is.
  • Kimi's purple cowgirl boots in Rugrats.
  • Phantasma's white high heeled boots in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School.
  • Disco Stu in The Simpsons has shoes with goldfish in the soles. Unfortunately, the fish are dead, because he can't take them out or feed them.
  • South Park:
    • In the episode "The List", a group of girls fakes a list that says Clyde is the cutest boy in the class so they can date him and get shoes.
    • Even Wendy is distracted by one particularly cute pair of shoes.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants, as The One Who Wears Shoes (not when Sandy is wearing her suit or when Spongebob is with a minor character who also wears shoes), wears black leather loafers, which helps add to his dorky personality, especially with the squeaky sounds as he walks.
  • Star Butterfly's boots in Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Her mother also has some nice-looking boots that are usually hidden by her dress.
  • Most of the characters in Teen Titans. Robin has steel-toed boots designed to look like Chuck Taylors, Beast Boy has Velcro sneakers with paw-print soles, and even Cyborg has some pretty cool-looking feet. Glen Murakami had this to say on the character designs:
    "I just didn't want them super-buff like the Justice League characters. I wanted them to have a clumsy quality about them. And like all teenagers, they would really be into footwear. Big clod-hopper shoes. That's why I gave [Robin] the metal [steel-toe] combat boots."
  • Wander over Yonder:
    • Lord Hater, the show's main antagonist, is a living skeleton who can shoot lightning and punch someone with enough force to send through a planet. He also wears high-tops, hidden by that black-and-red cloak he wears. They're even lampshaded by Wander on at least one encounter.
    • Dominator wears a pair of black, Converse-like high tops when she's shown as a teenager-like young girl.
    • Wander himself also has a very nice pair of navy-and-black shoes that he wears on his travels.

    Real Life 
  • Elvis Presley and his Blue Suede Shoes, which themselves were originally Carl Perkins' Blue Suede Shoes.
  • KISS wore some outlandish shoes.
  • Elton John wore some gigantic shoes as The Local Lad in The Who's Tommy. He even took the part on the condition that he got to keep them afterwards. Prominently featured in his Licensed Pinball Table, Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy.
  • Due to his short stature, Doctor Steel wore platform boots. On one occasion, they had lights in the soles.
  • Clown shoes, always ridiculously oversized and often bright red.
  • Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are one of the most iconic sneakers ever made (just look how many times they're referenced on this page alone!).
  • Lolita fashion has Rocking Horse Shoes (originally designed by Vivienne Westwood), which can have platforms up to eight inches high! It also has a variety of chunky Mary Janes, tea-party flats, and, in the fashion icon Mana's case, hooker heels. But it's just Mana who wears those. But he can get away with it, because he's AWESOME.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic has an impressive collection of Vans sneakers.
  • Imelda Marcos owned thousands of shoes, and it became so well known that it was, among other things, referenced in a DLC item for The Sims 3 called "Immaculate Marcos". A number of them have sadly been left to rot though.
  • Traditional Mongolian boots manage a layered look, being waterproof, being able to keep people warm in winters of -40F, and have highly intricate and colorful patterns on them. Normal Western boots are referred to in colloquial Mongolian as plain boots, which, by comparison, is pretty much true.
  • Mary Jane shoes, named after the Buster Brown character of the same name.
  • French-Egyptian fashion designer Christian Louboutin is well-known for designing high-heeled pumps with red lacquered soles, with which Louboutin fiercely protected the trademark to.
  • Lady Miss Kier, formerly of Deee-lite, is known for her penchant for Nice Shoes, having a special relationship with offbeat Canadian shoe designer John Fluevog.


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Trading Shoes

Nick and Javi stall their respective assignments by trying on each other's shoes.

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