In the world of superheroes, their powers comes in many forms. Super-strength enables them to hurl cars over their heads and the ability to fly, or to run faster than the blink of an eye gives them the chance to save the world before we even know anything is wrong.
With all those flashy powers, glitzy lifestyles and heroic antics, the normal aspects of a hero's life are sometimes overlooked. I mean, consider the demands of a superhero's clothing - dashing to and from crime scenes, running through fire and kickboxing with villains must take its toll on those outfits. And, what kind of shoes should they wear to be able to fight bad guys in style?
Think of The Flash – and then imagine him wearing a pair of sandals. Super speed and flip flops just wouldn't end well. Superheroes wear footwear that have to aid their abilities – but they have become iconic in their own right. Footwear retailer Brantano has gathered some of their favourites…
Wonder Woman's Battle Boots
The heroine everyone recognises, Diana Prince, a.k.a Wonder Woman, is one of the longest-serving female superheroes. Making her debut in 1941, she is the daughter of Zeus. Lately she has been back in the public eye thanks to a new look for her role in the DC cinematic universe.
Her iconic look is one of confidence and colour and with her bracers and tiara, she wears red knee high boots with a signature white stripe. In a practical and much-praised move, many of her comic boot appearances have eschewed high heels in favour of flat boots.
In her latest iteration, Gal Gadot's heroine is clad in armoured knee-highs that have sandal-style straps and a wedge heel. Impractical? Maybe. Stylish? Definitely!
Star Lord’s Rocket Boots
Peter Quill, know as Star Lord, was portrayed by Chris Pratt in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. His guile and charisma helped lead a team of misfits against super-villain Ronan. Whilst doing so, he stays on-trend thanks to a space cowboy inspired look.
Wearing pair of reddish-brown walking shoes that are topped with knee-high greaves. The best bit? These boots have rocket boosters in them enabling Star Lord to cross large crevasses and thrust through the non-gravity of empty space. And who doesn't want that in a pair of shoes.
Superman’s Iconic Red Boots
When you think of Superman, immediately you'll think of blue and red spandex and cape - or the pants over clothing look. However, his iconic look isn't complete without the boots to match. Superman, when not hiding behind the Clark Kent alias, wears his just below the knee greaves with style.
The Power Rangers
The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers were a TV phenomenon in the 90s and are now set to launch themselves back into the public eye when their new action film is released in 2017 - I for one, cannot wait! Whilst combatting lord Zed, the team of heroes take their instruction from Zordon – but seem to take fashion tips from more famous superheroes, as they also wore colourful knee-high boots.
Captain America’s Combat Boots
The latest version of Captain America, played by Chris Evans, is a no-frills superhero that mixes patriotism with strength and very, very good lucks - aren't all superheroes just dreamy! Styled to portray a man who withstands no nonsense, cap's costume is a jumpsuit-style military outfit that isn't for messing with. Like his outfit, his boots are all about utility. Combat boots with a thick sole, they’re perfect whether he’s pursuing crime on foot or on his motorcycle.
The Joker’s Knife Boot
The clown prince of crime isn’t just the arch-nemesis of Batman, he’s also a challenging role for any actor to take on. In what is arguably his most famous on-screen appearance, and my absolute favourite, the Joker was immortalised by the late Heath Ledger as a dark, psychopathic villain in The Dark Knight. Interestingly, in this entire list of heroes, the villain is the only character to not wear knee high boots. His iconic purple suit caught the eye, but it was a hidden knife in his brogues that surprised Batman in a melee combat. Plus, they looked great with brightly-checked socks.
Ultimately, there’s a lot to be learned from superhero fashion. A longer length pair like knee high boots must grant some sort of secret super power along the way considering almost every superhero there is sports such footwear. Maybe the real secret to heroism and fame is in the shoes?