Nostromo Crew Costume — I need shoes

Details of screen used shoes from Alien

Details of screen used shoes from Alien

I need shoes!  Specifically, I need to try to replicate the shoes worn by Dallas, and the majority of the crew of the Nostromo.  In fact, everyone wears these shoes except for Kane and Lambert.  They must be popular in the year 2122 (kinda like Air Jordan’s in the mid-80s.)  More likely though, they are simply company issue.

A little looking around on forums and perusing screen captures of the movie I’ve come to the conclusion that the best shoe to use as a starting point are a pair of PF Flyers Center Hi sneakers from the Archival Collection.  They aren’t an exact match but I have a cunning plan!

The cunning plan:

My unmodified pair of PF Flyer Center Hi sneakers.

My unmodified pair of PF Flyer Center Hi sneakers.

First off, the PF Flyers brand medallion things have to go.  They appear to be sewn on, so it should be as easy as taking a seam ripper to the stitches.  Second, there is a colored ribbon running up the heel which will need to be painted white. Third, there is a little green PF Flyer’s logo on the back of the heel that I’ll have to figure out how to remove.  Finally, the laces need to run through a set of D-Rings instead of the standard eyelets.  The plan is to acquire some 3/8″ white plastic D-Rings, cut small loops of thin white leather or nylon webbing, and attach them through the existing eyelets with Chicago Screws.

The shoes in the movie had three vent holes, not just two, but I’m not sure if I’m going to go that far.  I’m worried that trying to add another eyelet/vent along the inside of the shoe might prove difficult.  Besides, to quote Red from Shawshank Redemption:  “I mean, seriously, how often do you really look at a man’s shoes?”

I’ll be posting more details about the shoes used in the movie in subsequent posts as I attempt to recreate them.

The crew of the Nostromo from the 1979 movie Alien.

The crew of the Nostromo from the 1979 movie Alien.  Notice that all but Kane and Lambert are wearing the same kind of shoes.


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One Comment

  1. Thanks for all the tips. Its great to know that there are talented people out there looking out for others wanting to build a costume.

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