The Rocket Shoes (ロケットシューズ Roketto Shūzu?) are power-ups that first appear in Sonic Chaos and later appeared in Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble. In both titles, the player can find these power-ups inside monitors and only use them as Sonic the Hedgehog, although Tails can use an equivalent in the latter game known as the Hyper Heli-Tails (ハイスピードヘリテイル Hai-Supīdo Heri-Teiru?, lit. "High-Speed Heli-Tail").
Rocket Shoes are a pair of footwear which are similar to Sonic's own sneakers. What makes them special is having rocket engines set behind of them. After breaking a monitor containing the Rocket Shoes, they will be strapped on to Sonic's feet, and he will begin flying immediately while wild background music can be heard during the event. After a short while though, the Rocket Shoes will disappear and the player falls down to the ground.
While using the Rocket Shoes, the player must use the . With it, the player can gain or lose altitude or change direction. However, controlling the Rocket Shoes can be tough as upward rising and descent can be rather quick or turning in the opposite direction can be strenuous. If the player bumps into a hazard, the Rocket Shoes are immediately lost. Tails cannot use the Rocket Shoes, so they are replaced with something else.
First appearing in Sonic Chaos, Rocket Shoes can be found from monitors at Turquoise Hill Zone, Gigalopolis Zone, Sleeping Egg Zone and Mecha Green Hill Zone. Due to the short nature of Sonic Chaos' levels, it is almost possible to fly through the entirety of an Act in the air. While playing as Tails, monitors with Rocket Shoes are replaced with Super Ring monitors.
The player also has to complete the first Special Stage by using Rocket Shoes to fly to the end of Stage and collect the Chaos Emerald before the time runs out. Here, the amount of time the player can use the Rocket Shoes for is unlimited. At same time the player can collect normal size Rings and even bigger rings that give points. Rocket Shoes can also be found throughout the fourth Special Stage as well.
Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble
Rocket Shoes make a second appearance in Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble, where they are again found from monitors in Great Turquoise Zone. In this game, Sonic has the ability to perform a mid-air flip attack by pressing either button while flying. The player also starts the third act of Atomic Destroyer Zone with Rocket Shoes until suddenly Metal Sonic starts following Sonic and hits him from behind, making the player lose the Rocket Shoes and prepare to face another duel with Metal Sonic. While playing as Tails, Rocket Shoes and Jet Boards are now replaced with the Hyper Heli-Tails power-ups.