Boots is a video which was released by Valve on April 12, 2011 in order to promote Portal 2. The video takes the form of an Aperture Laboratories investment opportunity video, and uses a combination of Aperture Science's hallmark animations and pre-rendered footage to showcase the advantages of the Long Fall Boots.
"Boots" Video Transcript
|[Aperture Science theme plays as the Aperture logo appears.]
Cave Johnson: Hello investors, Cave Johnson here.
[A blueprint diagram of the Handheld Portal Device is shown, named as "Quantum Tunneling Device".]
Cave Johnson: Now I know you've sunk a lot of money into the dual-portal device.
[The Portal Device is pulled apart to show its inner mechanisms in two further diagrams.]
Cave Johnson: But I'm here to tell you we're not banging rocks together over here. We know how to make a quantum space hole.
[Cut to a first-person view, reading "Test subject vitality trial: Vertical Deceleration Chamber" in the bottom left corner. A time counter and a heart rate graph are at the top right.]
Cave Johnson: Caroline?-
[The subject jumps off, shooting a blue portal on a slanted wall to the left and a orange portal on the floor in front.]
Cave Johnson: See, portal here, portal there...
[After falling through the orange portal, the subject's point of view turns to the right, showing a wall with height markings: 500m, 450m, etc.]
Cave Johnson: Heh heh! Look at this thing go!
[Red lights in the chamber turn on. The heart rate on the top-right monitor becomes erratic, and the subject swings their limbs in panic as they fall toward the floor.]
[Static cut to an animated scene. A stick-figure test subject crashes on the floor at a light blue painted target, and its limbs pop off as the Portal Device lands nearby.]
Cave Johnson: Now, we have run into a reproducible human error problem: a lot of expensive equipment getting broken.
[Two stick figures come in with a stretcher. One of them picks up the Portal Device and places it onto the stretcher. Portal Device’s “head” breaks.]
Cave Johnson: But don't worry, Cave took care of it.
[The both of them leave as panel sets unfold and scoop the injured stick figure into a fire pit hidden in the floor.]
[Zoom out to show a platform with a test chamber door above the painted floor target. Another subject is on the platform, wearing white boots.]
Cave Johnson: Gentlemen, I give you the Long Fall Boot.
[A rotating diagram is shown of the Long Fall Boot. The platform is raised to an extreme height. The diagram changes to a close up of the subject jumping from a height of 1100m.]
Cave Johnson: Think of it as a foot-based suit of armor for the portal device.
[The subject lands safely onto the painted target and cheerfully puts its arms up. Fade to a closeup of Chell's boots.]
Cave Johnson: I'm not gonna lie to you, it's expensive as hell. But check this out - we told this test subject to just go ahead and try to land on her head.
[Chell rebounds off an Aerial Faith Plate, and shoots and falls through portals while sliding off clear panels and doing flips in mid-air.]
Cave Johnson: Heh heh. She can't do it. Good work, boots.
[After falling a great distance, Chell lands in a crouch. The camera shakes. Chell stands up and walks offscreen.]
Cave Johnson: So anyway, we're between banks right now, just make those checks out to cash.
Cave Johnson: Cave Johnson, we're done here.
[The Portal 2 logo appears.]