Picture of R2D2 heels
These ARE the droids you're looking for!
Forget protocol, droid, and mash up everyone's favorite astromech with mid-heels and create the greatest footwear the Empire has ever seen. These R2D2 shoes are the hottest thing this side of Tatooine and they’re cooler than Hoth. 

The wide heel of these shoes was removed and replaced with a steel bolt to provide strength and support, but at a fraction of the size. An R2D2 toy covers the heel bolt, and the toes have been decorated with lenses, blue accents, and a blinking red LED to let everyone know just how this droid rolls.

This project follows mostly the same process as Dinosaur Heels, but with a few more additions to take it to the next level. Whether you're dashing to Tosche Station for power converters or just going to the store, these R2D2 heels are sure to give you geek cred faster than you can shut down all the trash compactors on the detention level.

Here's what I used to make mine
  • MIG welder
  • soldering iron
  • propane torch
  • rotary tool
  • elecric drill
  • rubber cement
  • foam glue
  • 2-part epoxy (extra strength - not "quick setting")
  • white spray paint
  • 1x button cell battery holder
  • 1x 3V coin cell battery (mine was CR20163)
  • 2x identical R2D2 toy action figures (about $8 each)
  • white shoes in desired size (mine were free)
  • 1x SPST (or SPDT) switch
  • 2x 5mm red blinky LEDs
  • 2x 5mm LED holders
  • 2x mini flashlights - lenses only ($1 each)
  • 1/4" - 20 threaded rod
  • 2x 1/4" - 20 hex nuts
  • 2-3mm blue foam sheets ($1 each)
  • sunglasses (mine were $1)
  • thin-gauge wire
  • heat-shrink tubing

Ready to save the galaxy in style? beep boop beep!
MarniD1 month ago

A friend of mine made these for me for my wedding day - I was sooo happy.

mikeasaurus (author)  MarniD1 month ago

Wow, this is amazing! I feel honoured to have my shoes made for your big day. Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing a picture here, it's really made my day. Enjoy the Pro Membership!

I love it!

Amazing Creativity!!!

Scottcole3 months ago


davidbarcomb9 months ago

Unique design

Wow I will follow wow again
doodlecraft made it!1 year ago

I made my own version! I did a mix up with C3P0 and R2D2...without the tech. Here's the link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Star-Wars-C3PO-and...

And I entered them into the Remix contest! Thanks Mike! :)

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mikeasaurus (author)  doodlecraft1 year ago

You're so crafty. Your shoes look great!

BadPuns1 year ago
R2-D2 Heels.
Tools needed:
MIG welder...

Well, that escalated quickly. Cool project.
Kelly022 years ago
Very unique design!!
ragu19752 years ago
Very cool Mike! I hope that's not you wearing them in the pic...and if it is...nice legs! Haha
maggieblove2 years ago
If this ever becomes a trend I might kill myself
Chloe82 years ago
cool design. Can they really hold our weight?
doodlecraft2 years ago
I love these! On the lookout for some shoes to use as a base! :) Although I am sure they wont be quite as techy...love them!
Kiteman2 years ago
The iO9 entry on these has 20k+ views as I type.
monsterlego2 years ago
How cool is that? brilliant design
DustySeven72 years ago
just a safety tip, using a solding iron to melt plastic is bad for you health as melting plastic releases Carbon Monoxide
3366carlos2 years ago
nice idea, just don't break your ankles.
pghjim2 years ago
Pretty cool - You could market these as R2D-Shoes!
mma belle2 years ago
Are the R2D2s resistant toys?
onemoroni12 years ago
Really awesome instructable.
ynze2 years ago
You just hit the BoingBoing twitter account :-) Pretty cool!
dollarcraft2 years ago
You always come up with the best projects, Mikeasaurus!
Corvair1402 years ago
An excellent project; and, dare I say, Mike; you have great ankles!

I suspect these would also look good using Daleks. Or maybe a Dalek on one shoe and a Cyberman on the other .... you have raised many possibilities!
busfault2 years ago
The reflectiveness on the tops of the shoes might not be good if you wear a skirt.
Great job!!!
depotdevoid2 years ago
Oh wow, this is made of awesome!
Jayefuu2 years ago
Nice build Mike! You're definitely going to win the internet with this. You going to auction them?
mikeasaurus (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago
I just know we can blow up the Death Star if more Alliance fighters had appropriate footwear. I'm considering becoming an intergalactic cobbler
Kiteman2 years ago
I have been experiencing The Internet for some time now, and I believe I have discovered the correct term to use here:


(As for the channel in the back of R2, I imaging backing him up to the blade of a band saw several times would work?)
mikeasaurus (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Thank you, Mark.

I considered a saw to remove the back of R2 and get him to fit before I come to the soldering iron. The plastic wall of the toy wasn't very deep, and where the toy was going to connect to the heel was right where the toy's battery compartment was. The R2 unit is sealed shut, so you can't change (or move) the battery without breaking the toy apart. Also, since the heel bolt is round I thought more surface area contact the better.

If there is a "next time", I would like to explore more (better) methods of affixing dissimilar materials, unobtrusively and without 2-part epoxy.
ChrysN2 years ago
Wow, they light up and make sounds, that is awesome!
mikeasaurus (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
beep, boop, beep!
Lindie2 years ago
Pretty cool! But what would I wear them with?
mikeasaurus (author)  Lindie2 years ago
An R2D2 dress, of course!
StoryAddict2 years ago
Teehee, I think you left evidence of copying the instructions from your dino version in step 1, since I'm pretty sure you didn't pick these white heels for their crock skin texture ;) These are really fun though! Great work!
mikeasaurus (author)  StoryAddict2 years ago

I wanted to try and reuse the same wording, but seems like I missed that one. Thanks for letting me know, it's fixed now. 
(Aside from stealing most of the text from step 1, I also shamelessly copied steps 2, 5, and 6!)
Ninzerbean2 years ago
That first picture is so fantastic - the blinking light - way cool!
caitlinsdad2 years ago
Little known fact, they destroyed Alderaan because the shoe rule "No white after Labor Day" was not to be tolerated.