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"Power Sneakers" redirects here. For other uses of the term, see Power Sneakers (disambiguation).

Sonic's shoes,[1][2] also referred to as the power sneakers[3] and Hi-Speed Shoes,[4] are objects that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are the distinctive, trademark footwear worn by Sonic the Hedgehog, which he does not take off.[5]

Concept and creation

According to character designer Naoto Ohshima, the design of Sonic's shoes was inspired by the boots worn by Michael Jackson on the cover of the music album Bad, and the colors were inspired by Santa Claus.[6] Additionally, Ohshima found the color red fitting for Sonic's speed, especially when his legs spun while running.[6]

Description

Appearance

Sonic's shoes are a pair of smooth, shiny red boots[7][8][9] with white tops folded into sock-like cuffs as part of the footwear,[9][10] pointed toes, white straps over the middles, and a gold buckle on the outermost side. Originally they had no visible soles, being completely dark red on the bottom. Starting in Sonic Adventure, however, they received gray metallic[11] soles with grooves.

Abilities and traits

While not stated, the shoes appear nearly friction proof, meaning they wear out very slowly; even after running with them for years at the speed of sound, the shoes show no more than slight superficial damage.

Variants

Slow Down Boots

Main article: Slow Down Boots

Sonic wearing the Slow Down Boots, from Sonic Labyrinth.

The Slow Down Boots are evil knock-offs of Sonic's shoes, made by Dr. Robotnik during the Super Labyrinth incident. They disable Sonic's speed and agility, and can only be removed with the Chaos Emeralds' power.

Light Speed Shoes

Main article: Light Speed Shoes

The Light Speed Shoes, from the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 version of Sonic Unleashed.

The Light Speed Shoes are upgraded versions of Sonic's shoes. They serve as Level Up Items which enables the Light Speed Dash. They first appeared during the Chaos incident.

2G Hi-Speed Shoes

Main article: 2G Hi-Speed Shoes

The 2G Hi-Speed Shoes, from Sonic Adventure 2.

The 2G Hi-Speed Shoes are shoes for Sonic that are specially designed for grinding. They were first used by Sonic during the Space Colony ARK incident.

Extreme Gear shoes

Sonic's Extreme Gear shoes, from Sonic Free Riders.

When making use of Extreme Gear, Sonic wears different shoes meant for Extreme Gear riding. These red and white shoes resemble high-top tennis shoes with yellow accents and gray soles.

Custom Shoes

Main article: Custom Shoes

Sonic with the Custom Shoes, from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

The Custom Shoes are special shoes designed by Alberto Robert during the Solaris incident. These shoes can harness the power of Gems to both alter their appearance and unlock new abilities, and can as well as be equipped with the Light Chip and Antigravity.

In other media

Animation

Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Main article: Hi-tops

Sonic wearing his hi-tops, from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic's shoes are referred to as hi-tops and Power Sneakers. In this media, Sonic needs them to protect his feet from friction or else he cannot run for long.

Sonic the Hedgehog (TV series)

Sonic's sneakers, from "The Odd Couple".

In the Sonic the Hedgehog television series, Sonic's shoes, in addition to protecting his feet, are equipped with anti-gravity jets and magnetic soles for different types of missions.

Sonic Underground

Main article: Sonic's sneakers (Sonic Underground)

In the Sonic Underground television series, Sonic's shoes, in addition to protecting his feet, are equipped with anti-gravity jets and magnetic soles for different types of missions. A version of them was given to him by his adoptive parents when he was very young.

Books and comics

Sonic the Comic

Sonic with a case of Power Sneakers, from Sonic the Comic #73. Art by Keith Page.

In the Sonic the Comic comic series published by Fleetway Editions, Sonic's shoes are referred to as the Power Sneakers. They were created and given to Sonic by Doctor Ovi Kintobor to reduce the friction on his feet. With them, Sonic managed to break the sound barrier for the first time, changing him from a brown and spiky hedgehog to his current blue and streamlined form.

Archie Comics

Main article: Sonic's sneakers

Sonic's sneakers early on, from Sonic the Hedgehog #0.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Sonic's sneakers were originally invented by Sonic's uncle, Sir Charles Hedgehog. They were made from Power Ring energy so they could never wear down from Sonic's speed. Similar shoes were also wore by several of Sonic's counterparts across the multiverse.

Films

Paramount

Sonic's shoes, from Sonic the Hedgehog (film).

In the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures, Sonic's shoes are a pair of Puma shoes that were given to Sonic by Jojo to replace Sonic's old shoes, which had been worn down to the soles. According to Sonic, they were the first real gift he had ever been given.

Early Sonic canon

In the Sonic the Hedgehog promotional comic, Sonic's shoes (referred to simply as "frictionless shoes") were created and given to Sonic by Dr. Ovi Kintobor. This was after Sonic's previous trainers were shredded by the accident that turned him blue. In these sources, there are no indications that the shoes help Sonic to run faster or that they help to protect his feet.

Trivia

Gallery

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References

  1. Official wallpaper released in promotion of Sonic and the Secret Rings.
  2. Sonic Maze Craze "How to Play" menu.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Genesis) United States instruction booklet, pg. 2.
  4. Xbox Live. Awards. "Sonic's Hi-Speed Shoes description: Slip into Sonic's Hi-Speed Shoes and experience the ultimate level of record smashing speed."
  5. Sarkar, Samit (11 June 2019). If Mario can surf barefoot, why can’t Sonic?. Polygon. Archived from the original on 12 June 2019. Retrieved on 12 June 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sheffield, Brandon (4 December 2009). Out of the Blue: Naoto Ohshima Speaks. Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sonic the Hedgehog Birthday Pack history pamphlet.
  8. Naoto Ohshima on Twitter (27 March 2017). Retrieved on 10 November 2020. "Sonic's boots were born influenced by MJ's BAD boots. MJ liked Sonic."
  9. 9.0 9.1 Naoto Ohshima on Twitter (23 January 2022). Retrieved on 24 January 2022. "SonicWorld: Say @NaotoOhshima what is the white part of Sonic's shoes? / Naoto Ohshima: It's boots."
  10. Naoto Ohshima on Twitter (25 December 2017). Retrieved on 10 November 2020. "DevanArcher101: Question for the designer of Sonic the Hedgehog @NaotoOhshima Are the white parts of his shoes that look like his glove cuffs part of his shoes or his socks? / Naoto Ohshima: It's all shoes. 😄"
  11. Sonic's concept art for Team Sonic Racing Overdrive.
  12. Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Game Gear) United States instruction booklet, pg. 3.
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