Reebok Created a Shoe Celebrating Ellen Ripley But Forgot One Thing: Women's Size

Source: Reebok/20th Century Fox
Source: Reebok/20th Century Fox

If you're a woman hoping to honor one of the most iconic heroines in film history, you'd better have some large feet. 

Because, apparently, Reebok's new Alien-inspired sneakers (which are now sold-out) were only produced in men's sizes. 

Source: Reebok

In honor of April 26, dubbed Alien Day, the brand, following in the footsteps of Nike's Back to the Future-inspired Power Laces, released a limited-edition version of the shoes that Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley wore in the 1986 sequel to Alien to fight off monstrous xenomorphs. 

Remember those clunkers?

Source: 20th Century Fox

According to i09, 426 pairs of Alien Stompers were released in men's sizes 8-12. A representative told them this was due to "retail demand." Huh?!

Another representative later clarified, stating: "The Alien Stomper was mis-categorized on our US website as a men's shoe. While size availability varied by market, the Alien Stomper is a unisex style and was produced in sizes (US Men's) 3.5–12, which is a typical size range for a unisex model." 

There is no evidence of the website selling smaller sizes, and many fans have since taken to Twitter to voice their disappointment with the release:

What's ironic, as many of the tweets point out, is that Alien is often praised for being one of the first films to challenge gender roles by casting a woman in a strong, heroic role. Yet Ripley herself, and the many women who have grown up idolizing her, likely cannot fit into a pair of Alien Stompers. 

Back in November 2015, Under Armour found itself under similar criticism when they released a Star Wars collection with only men's and boys' sizes. 

Read more: 7 Best Alien Movies That Will Either Make You Love Aliens, or Absolutely Fear Them

Reebok took what was a huge step forward for women in film and walked two steps back by allowing only men to purchase the shoes — then offered a half-baked excuse.

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