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"That really hurt! I'm gonna have a lump there, you idiot! Who throws a shoe? Honestly! You fight like a woman!"

Using a shoe as a weapon. Not as Armed Legs, but holding the shoe in hand and whacking stuff with it. It's more likely done if an insect needs to be killed. Alternatively, it can be thrown.

Examples of Shoe Slap include:

Anime and Manga

  • Hiyori in Bleach uses her sandal to slap people.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Izumi Curtis does this
  • In Slayers OVA, Lina hits Naga with a bunny slipper when she doesn't feel like setting her on fire.

Fairy Tale



Live Action TV

  • Akiko Narumi in Kamen Rider Double uses this at least Once an Episode.
  • In the first episode of The IT Crowd, Roy yells at a woman who called for assistance. At the end of the episode, she comes down to the IT cave and beats him with her shoe.
  • Rejected in Doctor Who episode 'The Poison Sky'. Initially, Donna (Catherine Tate) was supposed to KO a Sontaran with a shoe. Problem? In her words: 'But because I'll only wear trainers, they didn't want it to be a trainer. Or thought probably a trainer would be too soft.'


Real Life

  • Nikita Khrushchev and his shoe-banging in the UN meeting in 1960.
    • Note that it has not been confirmed whether this actually happened or not. Accounts are conflicting, and the one photo that shows Khrushchev with a shoe in his hand was faked.
  • At a press conference in Iraq, someone threw a shoe at George W. Bush, who dodged it.
    • Throwing shoes at someone is an insult in many Arab countries (not that it's a compliment elsewhere, but...). Wikipedia has this entry on the phenomenon, and several examples.
      • The guy was himself the victim of a Shoe Slap a year later in Paris, by another journalist who accused him of supporting dictatorship in Iraq. His reaction? "He stole my technique."
  • This is commonly threatened by mothers in Southern Asia.

Video Games

  • Shana from the Arc the Lad series can equip shoes and fights with them by taking them off and beating monsters over the head with them.
  • In the "Soccer" game on the Wii Fit, you have to hit the soccer balls but dodge obstacles like flying shoes.
  • The Kamen Rider Double example makes it into the Ganbaride trading card arcade game, but shot up full of AWESOME.
  • One of B Jenet's super moves in The King of Fighters XI revolves around this trope.
  • In World of Warcraft, players infiltrate the Dragonmaw Orcs in Shadowmoon disguised as an Orc Overseer, and one of the duties Overseers have is to discipline disobedient peons. This is done with "Booterang", a boot that flies through the air, hits a worthless peon, and returns to the thrower.



Western Animation

  • In the Looney Tunes "Notes to You" and its remake "Back Alley Oproar" a cat (Sylvester in the later version) is singing in an alley keeping someone (Porky Pig in the original, Elmer in the remake) from getting sleep, who throws shoes (among other things) at the cat.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy: Rolf does this twice, and one of which with multiple shoes.
  • American Maid from The Tick uses her stiletto heels as throwing weapons.
  • Mulan throws her shoe at Shan-Yu to draw attention away from Shang.
  • <smacks shoe on table like a gavel> "I PLOTEST I PLOTEST I PLOTEST!!!"
  • In The Simpsons episode "Itchy and Scratchy Land" Marge points out that violence isn't so funny what it happens to you. Bart says that it is funny watching it happen to someone else, which Lisa demonstrates by tossing her shoe at Bart. Marge does find it funny, before sending Lisa to her room.
  • In Shrek the Third, Cinderella actually uses her glass slippers as weapons.