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Not to be confused with Slow-Down Shoes.

Dr. Eggman's Deluxe Speed Down Boots (Dr.エッグマン特製・スピードダウンブーツ[1] Dokutā Egguman Tokusei Supīdo Daun Būtsu?), known simply as the Speed Down Boots (スピードダウンブーツ[1] Supīdo Daun Būtsu?), are objects that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are a pair of boots created by Dr. Robotnik that look like Sonic's shoes, but with the ability to take away Sonic's trademark speed.



In terms of design, the Speed Down Boots look nearly identical to Sonic's shoes. As such, they are a pair of red-colored shoes with white cuffs, pointy toes, and white straps across their middles. They also have gray soles with Dr. Robotnik's face on them.

Features and abilities

The Speed Down Boots are made with the power of the Chaos Emeralds, meaning that should someone put them on, the only way to take them off is with the Chaos Emeralds' power.[1]

The Speed Down Boots are very heavy, which serves to drain Sonic from his speed and ability.[1] However, they do not inhibit the usage of the Super Sonic Spin Dash.


Sonic Labyrinth

In Sonic Labyrinth, frustrated at his constant defeats at the hands of Sonic, Dr. Robotnik realized that Sonic always used his speed to defeat him. As such, he invented the Speed Down Boots, which were designed to strip Sonic of his agility and speed. In addition, he had them fashioned from the power of the Chaos Emeralds in order to make them irremovable without the Chaos Emeralds' power. The scientist would then replace Sonic's shoes with the Speed Down Boots while Sonic was asleep. When Sonic later awoke, he put the Speed Down Boots on as Robotnik had intended. Soon after, Sonic noticed that his feet felt heavier than normal, and noticed Robotnik's face on the Speed Down Boots' soles. Soon after, Robotnik gloated about his plan across South Island, inadvertently revealing how to remove the Speed Down Boots in the process.[1]

Even while wearing these Speed Down Boots, Sonic realized he could still use his Super Sonic Spin Dash, which was unaffected by the Speed Down Boots.[1] By relying on his Super Sonic Spin Dash, Sonic was able to brave Robotnik's Super Labyrinth where the doctor held the Chaos Emeralds. In no time at all, Sonic took the Chaos Emeralds back from Robotnik and had the Speed Down Boots removed.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Sonic Labyrinth (Sega Game Gear) Japanese instruction manual, pg. 4-7.