What shoes would a zombie wear?

What shoes would a zombie wear? Well, assuming they still have a foot that is – anything goes!

What exactly is a zombie? A zombie is a human who has died, but the corpse is re-animated and comes to life again. This can happen by witchcraft or through some kind of infection. Zombies have a penchant for eating brains and biting humans to infect them and turn them into zombies too.

Zombies feature in Haitian folklore, with Haitian zombies created by sorcerers called bokors. The word ‘zombie’ possibly originated in Haiti or West Africa. ‘Zonbi’ is a Haitian creole word meaning a reanimated person. ‘Jumbie’ is a West Indian term for ‘ghost’, and ‘nzambi’ is the Bantu (an African language) word meaning spirit of a dead person.

I’m not sure what it is about zombies that make them so appealing in popular culture. Zombies feature in movies like ‘Night of the Living Dead’ (a classic movie from 1968); 28 Days Later; Shaun of the Dead and World War Z. Zombies are on popular TV shows like ‘The Walking Dead’, and there are games featuring zombies, such as ‘Resident Evil.’ In music, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is the most famous music video with dancing zombies. The Cranberries also sang a song about zombies, featuring the haunting, tortured vocals of Dolores O’Riordan, who also wrote the song.


A zombie during the filming of ‘I Survived a Zombie Holocaust’.

The reason I became interested in zombies was because I was in a zombie movie, lurching around in the background as a zombie extra.The movie is called ‘I Survived a Zombie Holocaust’, also called ‘I Survive a Zombie Apocalypse’. It is a low budget New Zealand movie. It had its world premiere in New Zealand on 16 August, and its UK premiere in London a week later. It will also have a US premiere at Screamfest, a horror film festival in LA in October. This movie exceeded my expectations. I did not have high hopes for a low budget zombie movie, but the script was well written and it was genuinely funny. It is a zombie comedy.


Zombie footwear. Shih Yen wears a pair of cream, slingback low heels as part of her zombie costume.

Prior to working on this movie, I had never given much thought to zombie fashion. I suppose blood stains and blood splatter are a must in zombie fashion. I have given even less thought to what footwear a zombie would wear. I guess boots or some other type of sturdy footwear like that would be appropriate for a zombie to shuffle or stagger away from humans wanting to kill them with shotguns. My costume was a torn beige suit covered in blood (golden syrup with red food colouring really). The shoes I had to wear as a zombie were a pair of cream, slingback shoes with low heels.

If you still can’t get enough of a zombie fix, here’s a website where they can print any image you want on a Converse or Vans sneaker. My friend went for a zombie image on her sneakers.

Converse sneakers with zombie image (Photo by Sarah Naylor).

Converse sneakers with zombie image (Photo by Sarah Naylor).



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