When I was younger, I was always a little bit worried about Batman, leaping and bounding across the rooftops of Gotham City in what seemed to be smooth-soled Monkee boots.  As comic audiences and I aged, Batman eventually graduated to a thicker-soled combat-style boot, while Superman still rocked the Stride-Rite knee socks with the stylish divot-hem.  (The loss of that design element is one of the myriad of problems with Supey’s new nanite battle-armor look, by the way.)  Poor Wonder Woman only recently gave up heels (depending on the artist) but The Thorn has been wearing thigh-high stiletto streetwalker boots since 1972, while Black Canary was forced for YEARS to do martial arts flips and judo throws in corsair boots with a Cuban heel.  It seems that only the Flash, with his specially ridged yellow boots, really considered the practicality and workability of his footwear, and even that has been diminished by a bunch of strange seams in the latest designs.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would enjoy some nice Chuck Taylors, if they made the things in a 14 Wide, asking: Which superhero has the most awesome footgear?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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12 Comments

  1. JoeM
    May 22, 2013 at 11:31 am — Reply

    The Hulk’s bunny slippers!

  2. Dino
    May 22, 2013 at 11:42 am — Reply

    Didn’t say comic superhero, so I’ll throw this one out there: Bayonetta, from the video game of the same name. She wears stilettos that have guns as heels.

  3. Oldcomicfan
    May 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    Aw, I was going to go with the Hulk…. so what’s next after “most awesome footwear”? The most Colorful Codpiece?

  4. May 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    Batman where he has the bat symbol as boot treads

  5. Mike
    May 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm — Reply

    I was always partial to Thunderstrike’s boots. For a character drawn in the 90s, they looked pretty utilitarian, without going over the top by being covered in pouches.

  6. May 23, 2013 at 4:49 am — Reply

    Wayne Gretzky’s shoes that became in-line skates on “ProStars” (the cartoon where he, Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson were sorta like superheroes).

  7. May 23, 2013 at 10:09 am — Reply

    Chell from Portal has the most awesome / practical footwear.

  8. Mark
    May 23, 2013 at 10:15 am — Reply

    Only one man has It Right ultimate Nick Fury first time he show’s up
    “Gucci with flight upgrade as Armani on a mission is bad luck”
    Back when he was the superspy not superspy-master

  9. May 23, 2013 at 11:57 am — Reply

    Iron Man’s Rocket Skates!

  10. allenbt1
    May 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm — Reply

    Stiltman?

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