One of New York Comic Con 2015's most eye-catching booths is for Ghostbusters merchandise, but it's not related to the upcoming all-women reboot directed by Paul Feig. Instead, this medium-sized spot in the 1500 aisle of the show floor is stopping foot traffic with a limited-edition line of gorgeous handmade Ghostbusters sneakers.
Stantz, Spengler, Venkman and Zeddemore: We all know these names, and anyone who's ever been to a pop-culture convention has surely seen people in costume as the four Ghostbusters. Now those cosplayers can go one step further by wearing a sneaker designed to match the classic brown suits, complete with red-on-black name badge.
The shoes come from an Australian company called Nookiee, and although NYCC 2015 attendees can get up close and personal with the sneakers, they can't actually buy them at the show. Today, the first day of the convention, represents the public debut of the shoe line, and interested parties can now pre-order on the sneakers on Nookiee's website.
Josh Pell, the founder of Nookiee, told Polygon that the idea for Ghostbusters shoes came to him in the middle of the night a few years ago. He hastily sketched out a design in the dark, and the final product is "not far off of" the original sketch. But there was a lot of hard work in getting from that point to today, not least of which was obtaining the official license from Sony Pictures.
"They were willing," said Pell when asked about Sony's response to his pitch, "but it was really hard."
The Ghostbusters shoes for the individual characters come in a tan color, with elbow pads inspired by the suits located on the heel. Nookiee is also selling pairs of leather shoes with an embroidered "no ghost" logo on the side and "who you gonna call" embroidered on the heel; those sneakers come in black and white. And the most colorful footwear in the line is a leather pair featuring Gozer. The tan shoes sell for $100, while the leather ones cost $120; all seven shoes are available in men's and women's sizes. Nookiee expects to ship the orders in the first quarter of 2016.
Nookiee will take pre-orders until the shoes sell out, and Pell said that once that happens, that's it for this collection — the company won't produce any more pairs. But he has plenty of ideas for follow-up products if this line is successful, including Ghostbusters-inspired leather loafers (he was wearing a custom-made pair of these). Pell also plans to produce merchandise for other brands, including He-Man and Knight Rider, although Nookiee hasn't yet secured the licenses for them.
If the crowds around the company's NYCC 2015 booth are any indication, Nookiee has a bright future ahead. For more on the Ghostbusters sneakers, check out our photos of the shoes above.