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This article refers to a character called Kicks. For information about the shop of the same name, see Kicks (shop).

Japanese シャンク Korean 패트릭 Chinese Unknown
French Blaise Italian Sciuscià Spanish Betunio
German Schubert Dutch Kicks Russian Кикс
Kicks AF.png
Artwork of Kicks from Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
Species Gender
Skunk Male
Birthday November 30th Sagittarius
Service Shoe shining (City Folk)
Selling footwear (New Leaf, Pocket Camp, New Horizons)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

Kicks is a skunk who first appeared in Animal Crossing: City Folk, where he shines shoes for a living in the city. He is such a good shoe shiner that some animals who enlist his services are unsure that they are wearing the same shoes as when he began. He wears a brown hat with matching brown suspenders. The name "Kicks" is a reference on the slang word for tennis shoes, "kicks." He also has an Australian accent in the US English release, and a Cockney accent in the UK version English release.

Kicks returns in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, where he runs the shoe shop Kicks. In both of these games he sells footwear.



Animal Crossing: City Folk

Kicks, as he appears in City Folk

Kicks can be found outside a run-down building beside Lloid's auction house on fair weather days. He does not appear if it is raining or snowing, and he appears even if the player time travels. When talked to, he will offer to shine the player's shoes for 500 Bells. Kicks's shoe-shine changes the player's footwear (i.e., the color and appearance of their socks and shoes). He will not charge the player if their shoes do not change after shoe-shining.

The player may choose whether their footwear should be matched by color or by style. If "Go by color" is chosen, the dominant color of the player's worn clothing items and hair color is taken into consideration. Kicks doesn't seem to distinguish colors too well: for example, a player wearing pink clothes and accessories may receive red shoes, and vice versa. If "Match my style" is chosen, the dominant style of the player's worn clothing items is taken into consideration.[1]

Like hairstyles, there are different footwear for male and female players, but Kicks will eventually give the option of wearing footwear of the opposite gender.

Boy's Shoes
Color Style Appearance Description
Red Funky Red slip-ons and grey socks
Orange Striking Orange shoes with white laces and purple socks
Yellow Gaudy Yellow shoes with red accents and blue-green socks
Green Fresh Green shoes with white stripes and black socks
Blue Cool Blue shoes with white laces and bright green socks
Purple Refined Purple shoes with white dots and bright green socks
Pink Cute Pink shoes with white accents and purple socks
Brown Subtle Brown checkerboard shoes with dark pink socks
White Fancy White shoes with red and blue accents
Black Strange Black oxfords with green socks

Girl's Shoes
Color Style Appearance Description
Red Funky Red Mary Janes with blue and white-striped stockings
Orange Striking Orange sandals
Yellow Gaudy Yellow Mary Janes with turquoise and white-striped stockings
Green Fresh Green Mary Janes with white socks
Blue Cool Blue pumps with black socks
Purple Refined Purple pumps
Pink Cute Pink shoes with white soles and burgundy socks
Brown Subtle Brown slip-ons with white and brown socks
White Fancy White dress shoes with black bows and black socks
Black Strange Black patents with white and black socks

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Kicks, as he appears in New Leaf

Kicks opens up his own shop, also called Kicks, on Main Street. The player must have spent 8,000 Bells at Able Sisters and lived within the town for 10 days for the shop to open. Once available, the player may purchase shoes and socks being offered. Kicks allows the player to try on shoes, but not socks.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Kicks can be found outside the Resident Services building once a week, on a random day. In order for him to appear, the Able Sisters store must be built, and the Resident Services must be upgraded from a tent to a building. In addition to selling shoes and socks like before, Kicks now also sells bags.

Villager info

Happy Home Designer amiibo card

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#103 Kicks - Series 2
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: November 30th
Dice value: 1
Hand sign: Paper
102 Reese List of amiibo cards
#103 Kicks
104 Labelle

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Kicks makes an appearance as a collectible trophy.

  #625 (3DS) 560 (Wii U) Kicks
NTSC-U: Crikey! This shoeshine has really come up in the world. He used to work in a faraway city, but now he runs a shoe store with an impressive collection of shoes to choose from. And you can tell from that sharp-looking hat he's wearing that his is a style you can trust.

PAL: Hello, chum! This friendly shoe shop owner used to shine shoes in the city, but now he's managed to save up enough money for his own little shop in town. His outfit might make him look like he sweeps chimneys for a living, but don't worry - you definitely won't find any soot on his wares, awright?

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Kicks appears from time to time at the Market Place, selling shoes and socks.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Support Spirit

Class: ★★

Ability: Sticky-Floor Immunity
* Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 1000G
  • Scan the Kicks amiibo


Names in other languages

Shank or Shunk, a portmanteau of shoe and skunk


Transcription of English name

  Schubert From Schuh, meaning shoe

  Betunio From "Betún" (shoe polish) and the termination -io (like some Spanish names)

  Blaise From Roman name "Blasius" meaning "lisping"

  Sciuscià From the now-disused Neapolitan word sciuscià, which was used to refer to shoe-shine boys after World War II.