Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
This comic makes reference to the creepy new running shoe fad in which there are shoes that have very little support (they are supposed to make you feel like running barefoot) and have individual areas for each toe. The joke in the comic is that the shoes are so strange, Cueball is not even sure he would want to live forever if he would have to wear these shoes at all times.
The next joke is in the image text, which is a play on the common phrase "x is the best thing since sliced bread". The way that Randall uses the phrase in the image text implies that someone would wear sliced bread on their feet. Which is hilarious.
- [A man holding a sword looks up to a disembodied voice coming from above, and a box hovers in the air before him.]
- Voice: For saving my kingdom, I offer you a gift of great power.
- [The man puts down his sword, and the box opens, a glow emanating from within.]
- Voice: These magic shoes enable the wearer to outrun death itself.
- Man: Thank you. I...
- [A close-up on the man as he examines the shoes. They are like Vibram FiveFingers shoes.]
- Man: Whoa, wait. They have those creepy individual toes.
- [The man puts the shoes back in the box.]
- Voice: But they make you immortal.
- Man: ...I have to think about this.
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Can we choose to wear another pair of bigger shoes over the magic shoes? Davidy22[talk] 13:39, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
- Probably when you use the power of magic shoes, the magic shoes will "outrun" the bigger shoes, either manage to slip out of it or destroy it outright.
- That said, I agree with you, the magic shoes will be felt close to no shoes at all, and therefore daily you will wear other shoes over it. Arifsaha (talk) 16:32, 8 December 2014 (UTC)
There should be four toe-holes, not five. The fourth and last toes are almost always in the same toe-hole, as the shoes become very uncomfortable otherwise. The (four-toed) shoes, however, are very nice for relaxation, general purposes, and the outdoors.
- I have added a wiki link to these shoes and they have five toes!--Kynde (talk) 22:10, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
- Technically, since these are stick figures, they shouldn't have any toes. Anonymous. 07:24, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
- Technically, I don't even see any feet. 22.214.171.124 06:24, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
- Oh, look, a squirrel! ImVeryAngryItsNotButter (talk) 10:43, 28 May 2015 (UTC)
- After playing Mirror's Edge, the idea of using shoes with a separate space for the big toe grew on me. 126.96.36.199 03:20, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
I would like to note that shoes made out of bread were actually sold here. 188.8.131.52 21:31, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
Not sure enough of this to edit, but is it possible there is a whole loaf / sliced bread ~ whole shoe / toe shoe analogy going on here? Plm-qaz snr (talk) 08:32, 14 October 2014 (UTC)