Goomba's Shoe

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This article is about the item. For the enemy, see Shoe Goomba.
Goomba's Shoe
A Wind-Up Shoe Mii outfit from Super Mario Maker 2.
A Wind-Up Shoe Mii outfit in Super Mario Maker 2, which is identical to a Goomba's Shoe.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Effect Heavily stomps enemies and can hop across spikes and sharp-toothed or spiky enemies.
“I heard a rumor that you can walk on top of Munchers if you put on Shoe Goomba's Shoe!”
Ruler of the Skies, Super Mario Maker 2

A Goomba's Shoe, also known as the Shoe, is a large, green-colored boot with a wind-up key sticking out of the back of it. It is worn by a Shoe Goomba. It is one of the most uncommon of all the power-ups in all of the Mario franchise, and made its first game appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3. The Goomba's Shoe was originally known in the PRG0 English NES release as Kuribo's Shoe (also formatted as Kuribo's shoe[1]), with "Kuribo" being the Japanese name of Goomba left unchanged. The name was correctly translated as Goomba's shoe in the PRG1 English NES localization. The name is localized in the re-releases of Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Game Boy Advance remake, but the item has been called Kuribo's Shoe again in Super Mario All-Stars, due to it being derived from the PRG0 localization.[2]


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Mario jumping on a Spiny with the Goomba's Shoe.
NES version
Super Mario All-Stars version

The first appearance of the Goomba's Shoe was in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they appeared solely in World 5-3. The Kuribo's Goombas of this level would hop around aimlessly in Goomba's Shoes and if jumped on by Mario, would be defeated; however, if Mario was to attack one of these Goombas from below, the Goomba will be knocked from the shoe and Mario could take it and ride in it. In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, there is an e-Reader level called "It's a Shoe-In" that uses the Goomba's Shoe and adds it coming out of ? Blocks in that level, like a normal power-up.

Once wearing a Goomba's Shoe, Mario will be able to easily hop across spikes and sharp-toothed or spiky enemies, such as Munchers and Spinies. Once the end of the level is reached, though, Mario will lose the Goomba's Shoe. In the original Japanese version, a hit will also cause Mario to shrink to Small Mario in addition to losing the shoe. However, if the player was already small, Mario will only lose the shoe, as in the international versions of the games.

In several of the unused levels of Super Mario Bros. 3, Goomba's Shoes can be found and used. Goomba's Shoe is also effective against other enemies that do not appear in the same level, such as Podoboo, Roto-disc, Chain Chomp, and Lava Lotus, as well as Firenake if positioned correctly.[3]

The Goomba's Shoe is one of the few power-ups not mentioned in the instruction booklet - not in the original, remakes, or the Virtual Console Operations Guide.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Main article: Ice Skate

While the Goomba's Shoe itself is not seen in Super Mario 3D World, a similar power-up called the Ice Skate that can be used to skate on frozen lakes is present. Both playable characters and Goombas can ride them. These shoes have different colors, which are based on the rider.

Super Mario Maker series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. style
High heel Super Mario Bros. Style
Super Mario Bros. 3 style
Super Mario Bros. 3 style (High-Heel)
A Shoe and Stiletto in the styles of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 in Super Mario Maker.

After being absent from the series for 22 years, the Shoe reappears in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2, along with a Stiletto variant (which can be black or red depending on the style) and giant versions of both. Big Shoes can Ground Pound by pressing down on +Control Pad down while midair. This attack can defeat enemies including Munchers, Bill Blasters and Boos which are normally indestructible, and stuns other players in multiplayer as well. It can be used only in the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 styles, with the Yoshi's Egg replacing it in the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U styles. Unlike in Super Mario Bros. 3, the Shoe can be dismounted, but an empty Shoe will disappear after a short while. The Shoe also has the ability shared by Yoshi to run across Spike Traps and Munchers and jump up and down on Grinders.

Adding wings to a Shoe allows Mario to flutter into the air while wearing one by holding the jump button, gaining extra distance akin to Yoshi's Flutter Jump. The winged Stiletto makes a noise reminiscent to a high-pitched feminine laugh when hovering.

While the default sized Stiletto variant functions identically to the normal Shoe, if giant, the Stiletto can destroy blocks and take out more resilient enemies with its ground pound, such as Thwomps and other normally indestructible enemies, such as Cannons and Bill Blasters.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

In volume 3 of Super Mario-Kun, Mario steals a shoe from a powered-up Rex and wears it as a Goomba's Shoe. The bad smell from the Rex's feet sickens Mario, however, and the enraged Rex pummels him.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Super Koopa in a Karoobi from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Goomba's Shoes only appeared in the episode "Super Koopa" of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (although they were shown in the show's opening sequence). During the episode, they were referred to as Karoobis, a mispronunciation of Kuribo.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Clone Jump sticker from Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Goomba's Shoes return as uncommon stickers in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Here, they are named Super Boots and lack the wind-up key on the back. They can be bought at Outlook Point. By pressing A Button, Mario can dodge most attacks with the boot. The boot also allows Mario to stomp spiked enemies, and also increases the power of other Jump attacks used when the boot is in effect. Shiny versions of this sticker appear as well, also for sale at Outlook Point.

Also, Clone Jump stickers retain the Goomba's Shoe's wind-up key on the back.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

The Boot Car in Paper Mario: The Origami King is a vehicle that resembles a Goomba's Shoe. Mario can ride it in the Scorching Sandpaper Desert. There is also a Shoe Goomba Folded Soldier that can be fought in the Breezy Tunnel.


Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese くりぼうのくつ
Kuribō no Kutsu
Goomba's Shoe

Chinese 鞋子
Dutch Schoen Shoe
French Botte de Goomba
Goomba chaussure
Goomba's Boot
Shoe Goomba
German Gumba-Schuh
Goomba Shoe
Italian Scarpa di Goomba
Goomba's Shoe
Portuguese Sapato de Sete Pés Seven-Feet Shoe
Portuguese (NOA) Bota de Sete Léguas (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3) Seven-League Boot
Russian Сапог Каруби (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
Sapog Karubi
Ботинок Гумба (Super Mario Maker)
Botinok Gumba
Башмак (Super Mario Maker 2)
From Karoobi, a mispronunciation of Kuribo, and Sapog (Boot).

Shoe of Goomba

Spanish Bota Karubi (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
From Karubi, a mispronunciation of Kuribo, and Bota (Boot).


Language Name Meaning
Japanese クイーンくつ
Kuīn Kutsu
Queen Shoe
Chinese 女王鞋子
Nǚwáng Xiézi
Queen Shoe
Dutch Stiletto -
French Talon aiguille
Goomba talon aiguille
Stiletto heel
Stiletto heel Goomba
German Stöckelschuh High-heeled shoe
Italian Scarpa col tacco High-heeled shoe
Russian Сапог
Spanish Zapato de tacón High-heeled shoe



  1. ^ M. Arakawa. NES Game Atlas. Page 39.
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  3. ^ Blue Television Games (May 12, 2021). What Can Mario Boot?! YouTube. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  4. ^ - Super Mario 3D Land: Game Design Before Fan Service (archived)