- Not to be confused with Speed Down Boots.
The Slow-Down Shoes (スピードダウン Supīdodaun?, lit. "Speed Down") is a power-up that only appears in Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles. Slow-Down Shoes can temporarily decrease the speed of its user after being collected.
Slow-Down Shoes are found inside of bubbles which float around the Competition Mode's Zones. Here, they are depicted as gray shoes with white straps and socks.
In Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and the add-on continuation Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Slow-Down Shoes are one of the power-ups exclusive to the Competition Mode. If the player grabs this item, it has the opposite effect of the Power Sneakers, causing the player to move slower for ten seconds. During that time, it is still possible to pick up the Power Sneakers or any other item.
The Slow-Down Shoes stunt the player's jumping distance and make it harder to build momentum to get through loops than with normal speed, so it is recommended to avoid this power-up.
- In the 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, an unused monitor sprite in the game's coding features grey sneakers, which could possibly have had the same effect as the Slow-Down Shoes.