If you’ve got $225 lying around, the need for some new boots, and a commitment to the Halo fandom that has an unfortunate tendency to override common sense, then these new Master Chief-inspired clodhoppers from American shoe maker Wolverine might just be. the right thing.
The new boots, based on Wolverine’s Hellcat boot, are being developed in partnership with studio Halo 343 Industries, a collaboration that came about after fans began pointing out that the gear looked like something out of the Halo universe.
“Comments were pouring in asking the brand to make the boots a reality,” Wolverine said. “Now, after nearly a year of design and collaboration, Wolverine and 343 Industries are answering the call.”
The boots are Master Chief green (I don’t know what the shade’s official name is), appropriately rough and worn, and emblazoned with 117, the Master Chief’s Spartan number, and the UNSC – United Nations Space Command insignia. It also bears the logo of the Materials Group, the division of the Office of Naval Intelligence that developed the Mjolnir Powered Assault Armor used by the Spartans.
“Given our roots in military science fiction, we often hear from our fans that there is an appetite for a Master Chief-inspired boot. said John Friend, director of Halo and Xbox consumer products at 343.
“The limited-edition boot gives Halo fans the chance to step inside (the boots) to become Master Chief and bring the Halo universe into their everyday lives, and we look forward to seeing how fans react to the collaboration and upcoming releases. as part of our partnership with Wolverine.”
Unfortunately, the opportunity to “become Master Chief” will be limited to a very, very small number of Halo fans. Not because of the price—in fact, $225 isn’t an exorbitant price for a decent pair of boots—but because only 117 pairs are being made. It’s unclear how the boots will be allocated – first come first served, a lottery system of some sort, or something else entirely – but it’s safe to assume that regardless of the specifics, they’ll sell out quickly.
For the record, this is far from the first video game shoe collaboration in recent years. Razer recently collaborated on Sneki Snek sneakers (which are actually a lot more discreet than you might expect), and just this week the Overwatch League’s Justice of Washington released a pair of player slippers developed in partnership with TIME. EA and Puma teamed up to Need for Speed: shoes in 2019, while Call of Duty teamed up with Adidas and Pusha T for their own fancy shoes the same year.
This isn’t even the first set of boots inspired by a mystical super soldier created by Bungie: that honor goes to those fate boots 2, created together with the famous shoemaker Palladium. And believe it or not, this synergy between technology and shoes works both ways. Here’s a cute pair of sneakers from RTKFT that’s actually a PC powered by RTX 3080. It turns out that shoes and PCs are a natural match.
Wolverine’s Master Chief boots go on sale March 29. If you want to be notified when this happens, you can subscribe to Wolverine. with.