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This Sonic the Hedgehog plush is non-canon, because you can see his feet

This time, the shoes are optional

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A plush Sonic the Hedgehog in a running position Image: Build-A-Bear Workshop/Sega
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

If there’s one thing we know about Sonic the Hedgehog — aside from his predilections for going fast and eating chili dogs — it’s that he doesn’t like to take his shoes off. Or rather, Sega doesn’t like it when he takes his shoes off, which is why we never see Sonic’s feet in video games. They are always contained within bright red shoes, and that’s canon.

But thanks to the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie and plush toy maker Build-A-Bear Workshop, we now have a way to experience the blue blur barefoot. Build-A-Bear is selling a Sonic the Hedgehog (movie version) stuffed animal with the shoes off for $29.99, which honestly makes him look extremely naked. But if you want a canon, fully accessorized Sonic plush, you can buy him as a Build-A-Bear’s collector’s gift set, which comes with red sneakers and a gold ring “wristie.” That set will cost you $46.

A Sonic the Hedgehog stuff animal holding a gold ring and wearing red shoes Image: Build-A-Bear Workshop/Sega
A Sonic the Hedgehog stuffed animal sitting and waving

If you so desire, you can also give your Sonic the Hedgehog plush a built-in sound effect, such as a personalized voice message, five pre-recorded Sonic the Hedgehog catchphrases, a dinosaur roar (on sale for President’s Day), or “I Got You Babe” performed by Sonny and Cher. You also have the option of making your Sonic the Hedgehog plush smell like Thin Mints Girl Scouts Cookies, among other delectable scents.

Really, though, the takeaway here is that Sonic the Hedgehog has blue feet and red paw pads, according to Build-A-Bear’s non-canonical take on Sega’s mascot. And if you prefer a plush Sonic the Hedgehog with the footwear permanently attached to maintain this illusion of always-on sneakers, you’ll have to search for one of Build-A-Bear’s older Sonic stuffed animals on the secondhand market.