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Quote1.png I have no memories of a childhood. No visions of an early birthday, candles or cake. No idea what the world looks like from up on my father's shoulders. No memories of paper lanterns or of lions dancing to the rhythm of fireworks. All I have is a recurring dream. And a mask. Quote2.png
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Shoes, real name Lian Harper, is the daughter of Arsenal and Cheshire. Everyone thinks she's dead, but in fact she is alive and suffering from amnesia, living on the streets of Gotham. She is currently Catwoman's sidekick Cheshire Cat.

Lian before her "death"

As a child, Lian was apparently killed by The Electrocutioner. Her father and the world at large believed she was dead.[1]

In reality Lian had somehow survived, but had lost her memory. She would have recurring dreams of being rescued from a band of ninjas by a masked woman and abandoned on the steps of a church.[2]

Years later, now known as "Shoes", she joined the Alleytown Strays, a group of street kids in Gotham's Alleytown area. They survived as thieves and muggers living in "The Nest", a building which had once been the headquarters of Mama Fortuna. One day she and her friends attempted to rob a wealthy woman who wandered into Alleytown. Shoes stole the woman's watch only to find that it was fake and in the process the woman had pickpocketed her Gamekid. Later that day back at The Nest, Catwoman arrived and announced that she had bought The Nest and intended to turn the Strays into a gang of thieves under her leadership.[3] The Strays helped Catwoman to bring down the organised crime groups operating in Alleytown and become the "Queen" of Alleytown.[4]

Shoes later became an amateur vigilante in Alleytown as Cheshire Cat wearing a homemade mask based on the one from her dream. Her first attempt at heroics went poorly as she was outnumbered and overpowered by her larger opponents. Catwoman arrived to save her and accepted her as a protégé.[2] She accompanied Catwoman to Siddhart Roy's house to rescue Poison Ivy.[5]

Siddhart Roy was working for Simon Saint, a wealthy businessman plotting to take over Gotham. The GCPD, supplemented by Saint's Magistrate forces, cracked down on Alleytown looking for Catwoman. They arrested the Strays and demanded they tell them everything they knew about her. Shoes told them they would never find Catwoman, recounting a story from Selina’s own days as a Stray when she memorised the entire network of service tunnels beneath the city, allowing her to move about undetected.[6]

The Strays were released and retreated to Catwoman's secondary headquarters at an abandoned railway terminal. Shoes was sent out as Cheshire Cat to tap into the Magistrate's communications network, allowing the Strays to monitor the Magistrate's communications and talk to each other through undetected backchannels.[7] While doing that she realised that the signal being sent by "Oracle" announcing that Batman was dead was in fact a trap designed to lure out the Batman Family. Catwoman tried to leave Alleytown and was intercepted by a squad of Magistrate soldiers, but Cheshire Cat arrived to help her fight them off and told her the signal was a fake.[8]

Clayface approached Catwoman with a band of villains seeking redemption to help her in her fight against the Magistrate, including Lian’s mother Cheshire.[7]

Her father’s Black Lantern Ring informed him that she is alive, but his mind was taken over by Darkseid and he was drawn away to Earth Omega before he could look for her.[9] He eventually returned and began searching for her.[10]




  • Lian's hair is naturally black, but she dyes it blue. She also wears blue lipstick and nail polish.