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 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.
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.
Red slip-ons and grey socks
Orange shoes with white laces and purple socks
Yellow shoes with red accents and blue-green socks
Green shoes with white stripes and black socks
Blue shoes with white laces and bright green socks
Purple shoes with white dots and bright green socks
Pink shoes with white accents and purple socks
Brown checkerboard shoes with dark pink socks
White shoes with red and blue accents
Black oxfords with green socks
Red Mary Janes with blue and white-striped stockings
Yellow Mary Janes with turquoise and white-striped stockings
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.
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.
Kicks makes an appearance as a collectible trophy.
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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?
From "Betún" (shoe polish) and the termination -io (like some Spanish names)
From Roman name "Blasius" meaning "lisping"
From the now-disused Neapolitan word sciuscià, which was used to refer to shoe-shine boys after World War II.
シャンクShankuShank or Shunk, a portmanteau of shoe and skunk패트릭PaeteurikPatrickUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownКиксKiksTranscription of English nameUnknownUnknownSchubertFrom Schuh, meaning shoeBetunioFrom "Betún" (shoe polish) and the termination -io (like some Spanish names)UnknownUnknownBlaiseFrom Roman name "Blasius" meaning "lisping"UnknownUnknownSciusciàFrom the now-disused Neapolitan word sciuscià, which was used to refer to shoe-shine boys after World War II.UnknownUnknown