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'Star Wars': New shoes prove definitively that 'Empire' is the best

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Image Credit: © & TM LucasfilmLtdEverybody loves Tatooine. It’s got great music, a sentient pit that eats people, and exciting job opportunities in the criminal underworld. But honestly, I’ve always preferred the ice planet Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back. Sure, the weather isn’t perfect. Sure, sooner or later, you’ll have to spend a night inside of a tauntaun corpse. People: It’s a planet covered in snow! Just imagine: Snowball fights would turn into transcontinental civil wars! Everyone would have their own Ice Castle!

Since I like Hoth more than Tatooine, I’ve also always been a bigger a fan of Empire than A New Hope. Unfortunately for my fellow Empire loyalists, there’s never been a way to definitively prove that Episode V is the best movie…until now. Because really, these new Empire Strikes Back shoes are the coolest piece of Star Wars merch ever. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the little details. The shoes are colored tan-white, like the rebel snow uniform, but the upper lace-loops have a dash of flightsuit-orange. The fuzzy fringe looks like wampa fur. There are little snowspeeders on top of the shoe, and as everyone who’s ever played Shadows of the Empire knows, snowspeeders are awesome.

Okay, okay, I realize that some flashy merchandise doesn’t prove anything about a movie. (Though I kind of rethought my Jedi-hatred after seeing some of the Ewok-themed boots Margaret Lyons discovered last time Adidas put out Star Wars shoes.) PopWatchers, what Star Wars products do you like more than the Snowspeeder kicks? And don’t we all want a Tauntaun sleeping bag for St. Patrick’s Day?

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