Following up on the question asked here, what does the inscription inside the shoes mean?

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    Dunno... Puma? Nike? ;)
    – Lexible
    Jan 6, 2019 at 5:53
  • 10
    Left / right? :-D
    – lfurini
    Jan 6, 2019 at 8:27
  • 10
    Front toward enemy? Jan 6, 2019 at 9:01
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    The left one seems to have a different inscription (ending with "a", according to the key from Neo Darwin's answer). Is there an image showing it in full?
    – lfurini
    Jan 6, 2019 at 10:18
  • @lfurini - See below
    – Valorum
    Jan 6, 2019 at 11:53

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User UNITBlackArchive on Reddit identified the writing (in the Wakandan alphabet that was devised by Hannah Beachler) as

heir t'chaka

Presumably this is a pun on Air Jordan

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    So the answer to the question "How many easter eggs can you put into a pair of shoes and still walk comfortably?" seems to be "At least 2" (Air Jordan; Back to the Future).
    – lfurini
    Jan 6, 2019 at 13:29

These are letters from the Wakandan alphabet that was made for the film:

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In that language the shoes say heir (in lowercase).

Very cool touch imo. It perfectly describes King T'Challa. Really well done.

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    So is written Wakandan like Aurebesh, just a different script of English? Or does it just happen that "heir" is an English loanword? Or just Shuri's joke?
    – Adamant
    Jan 6, 2019 at 15:50
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    It's just a visual joke - I wouldn't read too much into it Jan 6, 2019 at 16:18
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    @Adamant - It's just Aurabesh with vaguely 'African' looking letters
    – Valorum
    Jan 6, 2019 at 21:38

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