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Coolest Cartoon Characters with the Coolest Kicks

It’s not a shocking hypothetical to think some of our favorite childhood cartoon characters were into the coolest kicks. So, let’s explore that overlooked piece of information.

My love for tennis shoes started at a young age. In fact, the journey began around the time when cartoons were my #1 choice for television programming. As a kid, I was instantly attracted to the characters that were cool and dressed even cooler. I went deep into my memory bank to list my top 3 cartoon characters who wore cool kicks.

Jerald (Hey Arnold)

Jerald Martin Johanssen
Preferred Sneaker: Air Jordan Retro 4
Personality: Cool, trustworthy, knowledgeable, athletic, pragmatic, self centered, easygoing, snarky
Activities: playing basketball, hanging out with Phoebe and Arnold
Quote: “You’re a bold kid, Arnold.”
“Hmm, mm, mm.”

This smooth operator has an amount of poise that is not taught, but birthed. Whether it is him telling an urban legend story or rules to a street game, Jerald is the man with the plan. Laced with a 33 football jersey and a pair of red kicks, he is truly a memorable character.

Skeeter (Doug)

Skeeter Valentine
Preferred Sneaker: Nike SC Trainer
Personality: loveable goofball who always has a cheery disposition and kind attitude, extremely high IQ
Activities: beat boxing, playing the blues kazoo, sports
Quote: “Honk, honk!” “Cool, man!”
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Optimistic in every situation, Skeeter manages to find the bright side. Never tripping off of school girls, he focused on tapping into his unpredictable personality for needed comic relief. With a citrus blend of orange and yellow gym suit, Skeeter continues to captivate television screens.

Sandy Cheeks (Sponge Bob Square Pants)

Sandy Jennifer Cheeks
Preferred Sneaker: Dr. Martens Patent Leather Boots or Air Jordan 11 ‘Space Jam’
Personality: Inventive, intelligent, sporty, sassy, isolated, tough
Activities: karate, science, and everything Texas-related
Quote: “Howdy!” “Don’t you dare take the name of Texas in vain!”

Blessed with extraordinary logic, Sandy is the sense of reason on the show. Charismatic in every scene, Sandy will surely be a notable cartoon character. Oh, and did I mention what how cool her metallic kicks look with the futuristic space suit?


Writing is a craft that LaMon "Noy" Byrams developed at a young age, but never used it on a professional level. After interning at DTLR/VILLA, the company decided to acquire his literary talents to write compelling articles focused on their latest shoes and sneakers.

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