Shoe Goomba

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This article is about the enemy. For the item, see Goomba's Shoe.
Shoe Goomba
A Kuribo's Goomba from Super Mario Bros. 3.
Artwork of a Kuribo's Goomba in the Perfect Edition of the Great Mario Character Encyclopedia
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Variant of Goomba
Goomba (Ice Skate)
“These Shoe Goombas are too much! But the kicks they're rocking are useful because they let you walk over Spike Traps.”
Celebrity DJ, Super Mario Maker 2

A Shoe Goomba, originally known as Kuribo's Goomba[1] (essentially meaning "Goomba's Goomba"), is a special type of Goomba that wears a Goomba's Shoe, first appearing in Super Mario Bros. 3.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3 / Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Kuribo's Goomba from Super Mario Bros. 3.

In Super Mario Bros. 3, Kuribo's Goombas only appear in World 5-3. When they spot the player, they will follow them by continuously jumping. If Mario knocks them off blocks, he can grab the Goomba's Shoe to walk on hazards, such as Munchers. In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, a single one appears near the end of the World-e level It's a Shoe-In.

Super Mario Maker series[edit]


Shoe Goombas return in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2, where they are enemies exclusive to the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 styles, and have the same attack pattern as before. However, they always leave their shoes behind, regardless of how they were beaten. When given wings, they will flutter for a few seconds after jumping. They have a variant known as a Stiletto Goomba, which has a greater stomp and Ground Pound ability when a Super Mushroom is given to it. In the Super Mario Bros. style, the stiletto is black, while in the Super Mario Bros. 3 style, it is red. In the Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. U styles, Shoe Goombas and Stiletto Goombas are replaced by Yoshi's Eggs.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]


A Kuribo's Goomba appears in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 in the episode "Super Koopa". Like in the game, Toad takes its Shoe by knocking it off a row of Brick Blocks, while stocking up on power-ups to bring to the Mario Bros. in Paris. Unlike in the game, the Goomba is not defeated, but runs away instead.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Shoe Goombas make their Paper Mario series debut in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where origami Shoe Goombas appear as enemies. They can be encountered if the player engages in a battle with the Spiny or Buzzy Beetle at the end of Breezy Tunnel. They are immune to jump attacks. When defeated, they drop a type of Flashy Boots weapon upon returning to the overworld.


Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Shoe Goomba
An origami Shoe Goomba from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 6 Moves Location(s)
Type Normal Stomp (3) Breezy Tunnel
Item drops Boots
You can't stomp them when they're safe in a shoe, but a defeated one will drop boots, so get to shoe collecting.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クツクリボー
くつクリボー (Super Mario Maker 2)
Kutsu Kuribō
Shoe Goomba
Chinese (Simplified) 鞋子栗宝宝
Xiézi Lìbǎobǎo
Shoe Goomba
Chinese (Traditional) 鞋子栗寶寶
Xiézi Lìbǎobǎo
Shoe Goomba
Dutch Shoe Goomba -
French Goomba chaussure Shoe Goomba
German Schuh-Gumba Shoe Goomba
Italian Goomba scarpa Shoe Goomba
Korean 신발굼바
Sinbal Gumba
Shoe Goomba
Russian Гумба-башмак
Shoe Goomba
Spanish Goomba en zapato Goomba in Shoe


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 8.