Real Super Mario boots are a delightful MAR10 Day tribute

Mario is many things. Plumber, racing driver, princess rescuer, but we never considered him to be a fashion trendsetter exactly. That could all change this Super Mario Day (March 10 = MAR10, yer see?) with the unveiling of a prototype for real-life Super Mario boots in New York.

Now, these are not exactly ergonomic barefoot trainers so we're not sure how practical they really are for leaping over Baddie Boxes or driving karts, but the bulky rounded clogs do look like they'd leave plenty of space to move your toes around. Moreover, the workmanship and attention to detail look fantastic (see the best Nintendo Switch deals if you want to jump into Mario's shoes gaming-wise).

Mario's trademark footwear has been brought to life by Red Wing Shoes. They say they used "legacy methods and innovative materials" for a "pixel-for-stitch recreation" of the iconic design, fit for exploring the Mushroom Kingdom.

The leather work boots-cum-fashion accessory have a reinforced toe box appropriate for a working plumber, a rounded heel and slip-resistant treads. The heel pad is even made from "mushroom-infused materials" as a bonus power-up.

The Super Mario boots are on display at Nintendo New York for MAR10 Day and will remain there into April. Sadly, there's no news of any plans to put them into production yet. For more Super Mario Day fun, enjoy these mind-blowing Super Mario character design facts. And if you're looking for a Nintendo Switch to enjoy some Mario action, see the best prices in your region below.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.