Fan were thrilled when Reebok announced last month that it would celebrate the newly created Alien Day by selling the iconic “Alien Stomper” boots that Sigourney Weaver wore in Aliens—even though most saw through the made-up holiday as a blatant ploy to sell merchandise.
Yet, when they clicked on the link to purchase Ripley’s Alien Stompers, they discovered the shoes—ones that a female character wore in a blockbuster so successful that there’s a fake holiday around it—were only available in men’s sizes. But that wasn’t the only problem.
“Ellen Ripley, the lead character of the Alien films, is one of the most iconic female heroes in cinema history. And today, during the celebration of the franchise of which she’s the star, her fans have been screwed over in an incredibly crappy way.
Today is being hailed as “Alien Day” because April 26 (i.e. 4/26) matches the planet’s name in the first two films, LV-426. One of the most exciting promotions tied to “Alien Day” was Reebok’s decision to release a limited edition shoe based on the pair Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) wore in Aliens. The shoes, called “Alien Stompers,” went on sale at noon EST and all 426 available pairs quickly sold out.
It’s a shame they didn’t make more shoes available, but that’s fine. What isn’t fine is the discovery that when the shoes went on sale, they were only available in men’s sizes 8-12. Yes, the shoes worn by one of the most famous female characters in movie history were only released in men’s sizes.