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Reebok Finally Made Ripley’s ‘Alien’ Shoes Available to One and All (Except Women).


There are a lot of ways you could commemorate Ripley, Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Alien protagonist. Reebok, for example, has seen fit to celebrate her legacy in a way that Ripley herself would have loved. Except she would not have been able to participate, because of her womanly feet.

See, Reebok finally brought Ripley’s famous footwear to life for a brief run on their website, selling only 426 pairs (36 in the US). But in so doing, they made the curious decision to make them in men’s sizes only. Behold.


The irony of a Ripley shoe available exclusively to men should not need to be spelled out but, somehow, it flew right over the heads of everyone at Reebok so let’s take a moment. Ridley Scott’s Alien famously subverted action movie tropes by casting Weaver as its lead, making her the sort of badass leading lady that was as revolutionary then as it would be today. Ripley is the only woman on a team of astronauts and bests a malevolent, face-sucking, belly-bursting alien entity. The movie itself is replete with symbolism meant to drive home a deeply feminist film disguised as a sci-fi action flick. In Alien, Ripley is far more competent than her male crew members. Her feet, however, are not as large.

So making the shoes for men only (the smallest size was reportedly a men’s 9, which translates to a woman’s 11) betrays a pretty profound lack of understanding of Alien or at the very least of the sort of shoes Ripley, a woman, would wear.

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