Gaming's most fabulous footwear

We do a lot of list features here at GamesRadar, and each presents its own obstacles. So, just when we think we’ve done it all, a fellow editor throws the gauntlet down with an insurmountable challenge. “Does gaming have a greatest shoe?” Surely.

“I dare you.”

Above: It would seem nearly every icon shops at the Black and Brown Boot Emporium

But ask any lady in the vicinity: Not all shoes are created equal. Some carry innate abilities. Some offer a momentary power boost. Some are just fabulous! So whip out those charge cards kiddies, because we’re not only going to highlight gaming’s most iconic shoes, we’re also going to provide you with a purchasable, real-world equivalent.


Let’s get Mario out of the way. You don’t want Mario’s shoes. In fact, leaving the house dressed like any resident of the Mushroom Kingdom will likely land you on one of those Bravo makeover shows where some effeminate guy with lacquered hair will mock you into buying a tailored suit.

What you are really trying to say is “I’m a big fan of Nintendo, dating back to the early days.” And that’s fine - there’s a shoe for that:

Above: Nike Air Max Classic BW – $85-$125 eBay 

Mega Man Boot

Similarly, we all desire any stitch of clothing that recalls the glory days of Mega Man. Although, deep down what you’re really envious of is the Man’s matching kicks in every color of the rainbow, and not necessarily interested in dressing like a palette swapped robot every day. 

Having a pastel boot for every occasion is exactly the kind of thing that makes the terrorists hate us. Do the math and you’ll find Mega Man has accumulated 70+ shoes from his nine classic outings alone, and that’s the kind compulsivity that’ll land you intervention with the quickness. Just go with the classic blue. We assure you, people will get it.

Above: It’s official - Puma 917 Lo Mega! - $65 

Faith’s shoes - Mirror’s Edge

When is a shoe iconic? When your protagonist is a nubile urban acrobat with an eye tattoo, yet still more memorable for her footwear. These kicks may look like a Depression era clothespin, but since they give Faith the ability to use a skyscraper like Pommel Horse, almost any other shoe seems just plain silly.

This isn’t an altogether new concept, mind you. Ninjas have been incorporating the “spreadfoot” technique for years in the form of Tabi shoes. How exactly reducing your feet to two toes apiece heightens your agility is a mystery to us. But it worked for Faith, and more importantly, the Ninja Turtles, and that supersedes anything science or physics could possibly say on the matter.

LEFT: Short Tabi Boot - $22.95 
Co-developed by Asics and Japanese astronauts!
RIGHT: NIKE Rift Women’s Shoe – $58.99


  • PCG_Evan - April 30, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    Great stuff! Love the links to real-world equivalents.
  • JohnTheFisherman - April 29, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    damn...those sonic shoes are bitchin'
  • Killbashe - April 28, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    Dude you forgot the boots of springheel jack!!! WTF? They like save u from a 10 story fall!!! lol
  • sauron019 - April 28, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    last one is the awesomest !!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ravenbom - April 28, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    Wow, I would have never thought that Antista would be a shoe shill. Paul Ryan, maybe, but not Antista! Anyways, do the Tabi shoes come in western sizes?
  • helix92 - April 28, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    What about shoes on oblivion that let you walk on water... Jesus was over rated.
  • Squander - April 28, 2009 9:40 a.m.

    hahahaha :D hilarious article!! I love the Crocs of Faith!
  • iKOemos - April 28, 2009 4:17 a.m.

    Imagine being kicked in the face with those Schoen 1100 Spiked Boots. OW!
  • michaelmcc827 - April 28, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    Ok, this made up for the so-so top 7 this week...Great article!
  • manaconda - April 27, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    oh antista, you crazy girl. you crazy.
  • GoldenMe - April 27, 2009 11 p.m.

    Sonic shoes... I need a pair. Seriously.
  • symphonicdeathpop - April 27, 2009 10:49 p.m.

    Is that last pic from Bayonetta?
  • garnsr - April 27, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    What about those great big shoes in Landstalker and the other related games (by Climax, if I remember correctly.) Loved the games, but the bulbous-toed shoes stick in my head.
  • NelosAngelos - April 27, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    I'd buy those shoes. My red chuck taylors always remind me of Sonic's shoes whenever I put them on.
  • ELpork - April 27, 2009 9:20 p.m.

    wow, that's allot of money.
  • WonsAuto - April 27, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    I like the articles when you guys think you're out of ideas the best, they're always funnier. I recommend you guys show up to work blasted all next week, lol.
  • zurc136 - April 27, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    That last picture is awesome
  • patz9 - April 27, 2009 8:27 p.m.

    this is quite a weird article!
  • OxBidder - July 4, 2009 8:02 p.m.

    Does anyone else then me see a similarity to the rightmost Zelda boots, and Master Chiefs boots from Halo 2/3?
  • Person5 - April 30, 2009 1:51 a.m.

    I want iron boots NOW also about spiked boots I have no neo-nazi friends and I'm Jewish so hmmm

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