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This article contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

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Once essential for negotiating minefields, goblin mine shoes have been made obsolete by the goblin land mine. They remain exceptionally useful, however, for avoiding pressure plates, pit traps, and other hazards common to old ruins and abandoned fortresses. Goblin mine shoes are 2-foot wide metal plates that can be strapped onto any normal shoe. A system of gears and hinged plates prevents the shoes from interfering with normal walking and spreads the hero’s weight over a much wider area. This effect fives the character a chance to avoid any trap that is triggered by being stepped on.[1]