How does an “ethically made footwear brand that produces in Portugal” end up with a booth at a Star Wars convention? Two years ago, the Po-Zu name wasn’t very well known outside of Europe but in the wake of The Force Awakens, most hardcore fans can tell you that they’re the people who make Rey’s boots.
Now Po-Zu and Lucasfilm are taking the relationship a step further. Announced back in the fall, Po-Zu will be releasing a line of Star Wars inspired shoes in August, something that we’ve covered here in the past. The line will be available for preorder on May 4th and Po-Zu is most definitely excited to bring “ethically made footwear to the mainstream” audience.
Celebration gave Po-Zu a chance to bring samples from the line directly to the fans. Kate Osborne, the Public Relations and Marketing Executive at Po-Zu, said the response to the shoes has been “incredible.” Anyone who visited the booth had the chance to get their hands on the forthcoming shoes and check out the high quality for themselves. It’s hard not to appreciate the craftsmanship and work that goes into the shoes. The leather for the Poe, Finn, and Stormtrooper boots is particularly noteworthy and I can personally attest to how comfortable their shoes are given my experience with their Rey/Piper boots. I’d be eagerly awaiting the preorder date for the Poe boots of it wasn’t for one tiny problem: they aren’t being made in women’s sizes.
Unfortunately, all of the Star Wars line will not be available in all sizes. According to Po-Zu, only the Rey, Chewbacca, BB-8 sneakers, Resistance sneakers, and the Stormtrooper shoes will be available in women’s sizing while only the Rey, Chewbacca, BB-8, and Resistance sneakers will be available in children’s. In other words, the Poe and Finn boots will only be available in a size 41 above. Perhaps it’s something we’ll see change in the future if there’s enough demand.
When asked whether Po-Zu would still be selling the original Piper boots that we saw in The Force Awakens (and in The Last Jedi trailer,) Osborne said that they would be “moving forward with the Star Wars branded” boots. While understandable from a business point of view, it’s certainly not hard to read between the lines.
Even so, it’s worth repeating that the Po-Zu/Star Wars line is most definitely quality. When we chatted about the shoes, Osborne said, “What I quite like is that they can be normal shoes and that they can also be cosplay shoes.” She’s 100% correct. While you might get some strange looks for the Chewie boots, the rest of the line is complete wearable on a daily basis. That’s something that can definitely help with the decision over whether to buy or pass when the price tag’s a little higher.
Excited for the Po-Zu/Star Wars line? Did you visit their booth at Celebration? Are there any must-buy shoes when the line goes up for preorder? Let us know in the comments!
There’s something special about a four day long convention that focuses on just one fandom and there’s something special about Star Wars. Put the two together and you get the fantastic spectacle that was Celebration 2015.
The weekend began with the worldwide broadcast of The Force Awakens trailer. Which you should all watch again right now.
It’s difficult to describe the energy and enthusiasm that comes from experiencing something like this not just with thousands of fans in the room but also with those across the world as thousands upon thousands more watch the trailer simultaneously. How many of us wanted nothing more than to sit down and watch it a hundred times more right then and there and then grabbed the nearest friend and cried a little at Han’s line? (All of us. The answer is all of us.)
This was truly a convention about shared experiences. From The Force Awakens trailer to the Battlefront III trailer to Season 2 of Rebels to our first hints about Rogue One, everyone was there to learn more about this galaxy that we all love and to happily discuss it for hours on end with their fellow fans. One merely had to walk by the convention center in the wee hours of the morning and see the queues already formed for day’s big panel or wander through the nearby hotel bars to see Star Wars fans coming together.
Celebration was more then just the news though. It was getting the first chance to see costumes from The Force Awakens in person. It was squeeing loudly when BB-8 rolled on to the stage. It was sitting in on discussion panels about Princess Leia or how the story group now works or diverse opinions across the fandom. It was making friends with whoever happened to be next to you in line. It was chatting with the Del Rey folks about all the awesome books they have out now and those that are forthcoming. It was watching all the trailers that premiered together yet again.
The exhibition hall certainly wasn’t slacking either. Fans were more then excited to get their hands on things like the new Her Universe pieces or show exclusives. The line to get into the Celebration store was unbelievably long at times due to excitement. (I heard the Hera Syndulla shirt sold out which should, y’know, tell merchandisers something.) It’s pretty cool when you can wander between booths that alternate between being shops where you can hunt for that missing action figure for your collection to one of the larger officially licensed groups like Hasbro or Lego or ANOVOS and see what they currently have to offer and maybe even some prototypes of their future products. You could even get your picture taken on some of the replica sets such as that of the bacta tank on Hoth or by Rey’s speeder or with the famous Roxy the Rancor. It’s tough to beat that sort of experience.
Of course, there were a few things that could’ve been handled better. Lines were a bit messy and confusing at times and I would’ve liked to see a wider range of panels available. Overall though? This was probably the best convention I’ve ever attended. Mary Franklin and all of the staff and volunteers deserve a round of applause for all of the hard work they put in. The Star Wars.com folks who manned the Cantina and ran the livestream during the entire con also deserve a ton of kudos. We the fanbase are a lucky group to have them.
It’d be impossible to mention everything that was so great about the convention and to be honest, I know this is sounding like I’m just exaggerating. If you ever have a chance to attend Celebration, I highly recommend it. There’s no experience quite like it. Just… just go watch the Closing Ceremonies to get a taste of the experience.
Or just watch The Force Awakens trailer again. Don’t worry: the fandom will be here to scream and cry right along with you.