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 towering ‘Alien Stomper’ boots made for her character by Reebok. Following the monumentally successful release of the film-correct Alien Stompers in 2016, Reebok have announced the sequel – this pair of highly collectible Stompers in mid-cut formation. Extracting design inspirations from the climax 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. And just wait until you see the packaging!
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. Completing the ensemble, the Stomper’s signature forefoot strap is embroidered with ‘XX121’, the code designation given to the extraterrestrial species.
Inspired by Ripley’s battle-ready cargo suit, the ‘Powerloader’ Alien Stomper 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 evoke the industrial mechanoid’s upholstery.
Both shoes are packaged inside an ornate box that is also dripping with Aliens symbolism. Reebok designers fully 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 lavish cubic box is made by hand with high-gauge cardboard that has been printed using holographic techniques and then debossed to add depth and texture. Tucked away safely inside, each shoe is stored in separate drawers. The Queen’s chamber is decorated with an alien hive pattern, while the Powerloader bay is modelled after the docking bay that housed the suit.
The Reebok Alien Stomper Final Battle pack will be available on July 18 from select Reebok accounts.