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For the Level Up Item in Sonic Adventure 2, see Air Shoes (Level Up Item).

The Air Shoes,[1][2] also referred to as the Hover Shoes,[3][4] are recurring objects in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are the trademark[4] rocket-propelled shoes worn by Shadow the Hedgehog. Their origins are unknown, although Shadow has worn them since his awakening on the Space Colony ARK.[5]



Shadow 4

Shadow's Air Shoes from below.

The Air Shoes are mainly white and smooth with black heel regions. Above the topline, they have what appears to be a red tongue and black topline collar. Around the rim of the soles, the Air Shoes have red strips of metal on the rear and front of the bottom, broken below the in-steps. Over time, these strips have been depicted with spots where the red paint has been scratched off, pertaining perhaps to either Shadow's longevity or battle scars. On the bottom of each sole is an orange-yellow line of five small "jets" (three up front and two on the heel).

Features and traits

The Air Shoes produce powerful rocket exhausts from their jets which are used to propel them forward. For Shadow, the Air Shoes are the primary source of his speed.[3] By using them to glide just above the surface,[3] Shadow can propel himself at extreme speeds that rival (and supposedly even surpass[2]) those of Sonic the Hedgehog.[4] Because the Air Shoes propel him forward at a constant pace just above ground level, Shadow moves as if he is simply skating along a surface when running with his Air Shoes.

  • Shadow hovering with his Air Shoes.
  • Shadow flying with his Air Shoes.

The Air Shoes' jets are controlled by Shadow at will. By increasing their intensity, Shadow can produce fire from his Air Shoes' jets to attack opponents[6] or provide extra power to jump.[7] The Air Shoes can also produce strong enough propulsion to let Shadow hover in midair (though they have no flight capabilities) and boost forward at speeds matching the Sonic Boost at a hovering height just above the ground.[8]

In other media

Archie Comics

Rocket shoes

The Air Shoes in the Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Air Shoes are called rocket-skates. They are worn by Shadow the Hedgehog and allow him near-Sonic speeds.

Sonic X

In the Sonic X anime series, the Air Shoes appear during the Shadow and Metarex Saga, where they are worn by Shadow the Hedgehog.

Sonic Boom


Shadow using his Air Shoes in Sonic Boom.

In the Sonic Boom franchise, a version of the Air Shoes appear, where they belong to Shadow the Hedgehog. In this media, the shoes keep much of the same appearance, with the only change being that they have larger cuffs and the red goes onto the shoes as well.



Mephiles the Dark wearing his imitation of the Air Shoes.


  1. Sega (November 13, 2011). Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Nintendo Wii. Sega. Area: London Party. "Shy Guy: The shoes that Shadow wears are called Jet Shoes, right? [...] They're Air Shoes! They let him glide across the ground as he runs."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (27 February 2004). Sonic Battle. Gameboy Advance. Sega. "Shadow Run: Shadow's running skill. With help from his Air Shoes, he can run faster than Sonic."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sonic Rivals 2 (PlayStation Portable) United States instruction booklet, p. 8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood official website. Characters: Shadow the Hedgehog. Sega. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved on 4 July 2016. “Shadow is an artificially-created life form designed by the renowned scientist, Professor Gerald Robotnik, at the height of his career. His trademark hover shoes propel him at extreme speeds that rival those of Sonic and he has the ability to distort time and space using "Chaos Control."”
  5. Sonic Team (November 18, 2005). Shadow the Hedgehog. PlayStation 2. Sega. Area: Final Haunt. Cutscene 5.
  6. Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (27 February 2004). Sonic Battle. Gameboy Advance. Sega. "Shadow Slider: Shadow's dash attack. He uses the fire from his Air Shoes to attack opponents."
  7. Sonic Team, Sonic Team USA (27 February 2004). Sonic Battle. Gameboy Advance. Sega. "Shadow Jump: Shadow's jumping skill. He uses the power of his Air Shoes to jump."
  8. Sonic Team (4 November 2011). Sonic Generations. PlayStation 3. Sega. Boss: Shadow the Hedgehog.
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