The climactic clash from Aliens has inspired this highly collectible double-pack of Alien Stompers
April 26, 2017 – 1986 was a momentous year in cinema history. Not only did kick-ass heroine Ellen Ripley return to the silver screen in James Cameron’s Aliens, it also marked the debut of Ripley’s signature footwear: the iconic ‘Alien Stomper’ boots made especially for her by Reebok.
Answering the dreams of die-hard film fans and sneakerheads alike, Reebok will commemorate the moment by releasing a pair of highly collectible Alien Stompers this year. Drawing rich design details from the climactic duel between Ripley and the Xenomorph Queen, the ‘Final Battle’ pack is a nostalgic celebration of one of the most intense blockbuster finales in cinematic history.
The ‘Queen’ Alien Stomper was inspired by the gloss finish of the Xenomorph exoskeleton. A tribute to the deadly matriarchal villain, the shoes are assembled using high-sheen black patent leather and a toxic green glow that pulses beneath the translucent midsole as a nod to
the Queen’s corrosive blood. To complete the ensemble, the Stomper’s signature forefoot
strap is embroidered with ‚XX121’, the code designation given to the extraterrestrial species.
The ‘Powerloader’ Alien Stomper, inspired by Ripley’s battle-ready cargo suit, is an impressive work of art. Icy orange outsoles complement the striking ‘safety yellow’ leather
upper, while red arrows reference the suit’s hydraulic movement. Debossed ‘PWL’ heel
graphics and call-outs clarify the model’s identity, including the P-5000 serial number. As a
nod to the canopy that protects Ripley during the final showdown, mesh panels overlay the
Reebok logo, while quilting on the tongue and insoles evokes the industrial mechanoid’s
The unisex sized shoes will be packaged inside an ornate box that is also dripping with
symbolism. Reebok designers immersed themselves in the film’s folklore, combing the
Internet for obscure visual references and freeze-framing repeatedly to unlock minute details
hidden in the loading dock where the final battle takes place.
The Queen’s chamber (inner box) is decorated with an alien hive pattern, while the
Powerloader bay (outer box) is modeled after the chamber that houses the suit. For the outer
box, there is a green splatter that references the alien’s acid blood burning through the
container as well as key design cues that take direct references to the outer lock door, and
various hidden details that reference “Aliens” as well as Reebok mythography. The inner box,
inspired by the Alien Hive, has a distinctive pattern that hides Xenomorphs, face huggers, and
eggs, and also incorporates design details from the body of the ship, including the iconic floor
grates, air outtakes, and hazard stripes from the Powerloader.
The lavish cube is made by hand, using high-gauge cardboard which has been printed using
multiple techniques and then debossed to add depth and texture. Tucked away safely inside,
each shoe is stored in a separate drawer.
The Reebok Alien Stomper ‘Final Battle’ pack will release for 329€ on July 18th, 2017 at The Good Will Out. The pack is paying homage to the original film release date for the “Aliens” movie. The event and the release take place at Sneakermuseum (Jülicher Str. 14, 50674 Cologne).