The Shoe as a Weapon

Dallas Woman Attacked with Stiletto Shoe

A woman in Dallas attacked by another woman and beat her companion unconscious using a stiletto shoe as a weapon.

Police reported that the attack happened around 2:15 a.m. when two unidentified women drove up to the garage where Vanessa Sarmientos, 26, and Jordan Pope, 21, were. They cursed at Sarmientos then struck her in the eye with the heel of her stiletto shoe. Police said that this may have permanently disfigured the victim.

Pope fought back and was beaten until she lost consciousness. Police said that Sarmientos’ left eye was swollen shut, black and bleeding when they arrived.

The victims recognized the women from an earlier encounter inside a club called Wish Ultralounge, where one punched Pope. According to the report, the two were jealous of Pope because she had the audacity to talk with a club employee.

Both were taken to the hospital and Pope was released Monday with staples in her head and extensive bruising, according to her father, Bryan Pope while Sarmientos’ condition was unknown.

It’s scary to realize the type of people who are out there. As Amo Guro Michael Blackgrave says, you really need to reconsider going out to bars and clubs.

As I’ve said before, the incident shows just how important it is to keep your guard up. Although in this case the woman didn’t get knocked unconscious, the blow to her eye may very well have been a fight-ender.

I’m reminded of a story my friend told me of an incident that he witnessed at a Mexican club in Fresno. One guy came up to a petite lady seated at a table and caressed her face and said something like, “You’re so pretty.”

With a steel voice and a fierce glare she warned him, “Do not touch me.”

He didn’t get the warning, or maybe he was smug because he was bigger, she was a girl, and he was standing while she was seated. The next time he went to touch her face, she kicked him in the crotch, then leaped up, pulled off her shoe and began beating him in the head with it. Hopefully the guy learned an important lesson that day.

I have heard of lumberjacks using their spiked soles (“calked shoes”) as weapons. I was able to find a reference here:

“It was the classic era of eye-gouging, of getting an opponent down and tramping on his face with calked shoes. Once having the boots put to him, a man was marked for life with “Loggers’ Smallpox.”

I have seen a set of spikes designed to be put on top of the tongue of a shoe, and held in place by the laces. The result is a more damaging kick. Does anyone train with the shoe as a weapon, or have any tips?

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10 Responses to “The Shoe as a Weapon”

  1. Growing up where I did, and a lot of the men worked the docks and shipyards and all wore steel toed boots. It makes the flashy kicks a little unrealistic but a simple shin kick or knee stomp is made a whole lot more effective. Also, if you do get an opponent to the ground it was common practice to “shine your shoes on his face”. I guess it was an old school mix of boxing, bar-room brawling, and rough and tumble street fighting: an All-American Martial Art.

    BTW, and a little off-topic, but a lot of those same guys carried marlin spikes for the jobs, and it has a style all its own with respect to edged weapons work.

  2. Tommy,

    What’s a “marlin spike”?

  3. Check out a little description here:

    A lot of sailors and ship yard workers carried them for rope/ knot work. I have seen some that were 8-10 inches long and had very intricate lanyard work on the handle. Virtually no cutting edge, but thrusting and the blunt end can be used as a cudgel. My old man used to work the yards and he always had one on him.
    as an aside, a lot of guys used a length of rope tied into a special knot called a monkey’s fist (I might remember how to tie one…) that they would sometimes use as a sap, especially with a weight in the middle of it.
    These are really just improvised weapons because they were always readily at hand. A lot of this stuff, although very practical in the right context, exists as folklore these days. But then again, its that way with a lot of martial arts and the esoteric weapons they use.

  4. jimmyfatwing Says:

    Prime example of mindset in the use of a ‘weapon’, the foundation of Lofty Wiseman’s “Vital Pyramid”.

    Right / wrong, justifiable or not it shows you don’t have to have seen it in Black Belt for it to be effective.

  5. jimmyfatwing Says:

    As an aside, common ‘tool’ in UK (prob elsewhere also) was the Dockers Hook.

    @ http://www.creeksidecentre.org.uk/photos/CET055.gif

  6. It shows why Bruce Lee promoted the eye jap as a weapon: longer than a fist and it’s hard to fight after being poked in such a soft target. Pope fought back but we saw that she wasn’t sucessful due to the pain and blindness. The heel in this case was also more effective than a finger.

    Some marlin spikes are also sheathed beside the knife, so you have two weapons on you. Check option C in the first photo for an example of this: http://www.grohmannknives.com/pages/r3s.html

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  8. according to some legends, one of the weapons used in ancient china was a switchblade hidden in a shoe, the same trick shown in “007 from russia with love”.

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  9. “as an aside, a lot of guys used a length of rope tied into a special knot called a monkey’s fist (I might remember how to tie one…) that they would sometimes use as a sap, especially with a weight in the middle of it.”

    This weapon is called a “Slungshot”. Tradiionally, it has a weight (preferably metal) that’s wrapped in a mokey’s fist knot and a long section of rope that forms a handle (sometimes with a loop).

    This was a very popular sailors weapon, and they are illegal in many places. Modern versions exist with updated materials.

    In my personal opinion, the slungshot is one of the best and easiest improvised weapons for the modern world. It can be improvised quickly from available materials, is compact and easily concealed and packs a lot of power.

    A sturdy padlock on a short length of chain, rope, or a lanyard will make a fine substitute, and the components are unlikely to raise any eyebrows until assembled.

    The old “bar of soap in a sock” is another variation, though it doesn’t hit as hard.

    A practice model can be made from a length of rope and a tennis ball.

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