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I feel like every bone in me body's broke!
The Demoman on missing limbs

The Bootlegger is a community-created primary weapon for the Demoman. It is a single pirate's boot and a peg leg that replace the Demoman's standard boots.

This weapon functions identically to the Ali Baba's Wee Booties.

The Bootlegger was later contributed to the Steam Workshop, at Valve's request.

The backpack icon was contributed by


Item set

Swashbuckler's Swag
Item icon Swashbuckler's Swag.png

No effect


Main article: Crafting


Class Token - Demoman Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Demoman.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Loch-n-Load.png Item icon Ali Baba's Wee Booties.png Item icon Bootlegger.png Item icon Loose Cannon.png
Item icon B.A.S.E. Jumper.png Item icon Iron Bomber.png

As a crafting ingredient

Refined Metal Swashbuckler's Swag weapon Possible Results
Item icon Refined Metal.pngx4 + Item icon Bootlegger.pngItem icon Scottish Handshake.png =
Item icon Buccaneer's Bicorne.png Item icon A Whiff of the Old Brimstone.png

Update history

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • The Bootlegger was added to the game.

November 7, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Bootlegger is now equippable in Medieval Mode.

December 15, 2011 Patch (Australian Christmas 2011)

  • [Undocumented] Added sounds intended to play while walking with the Bootlegger equipped.

November 12, 2013 Patch

December 22, 2014 Patch (Smissmas 2014)

  • Added +25% Demo Charge meter on charge kill.
  • [Undocumented] The Bootlegger and Ali Baba's Wee Booties now have a 200% increase in turn control rather than 100%.

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • Changed attributes:
    • Added +10% movement speed bonus.
    • Changed 25 charge on charge kill to 25 charge on melee kill.

Unused content

  • The Bootlegger has two walking sounds that remain unused.


  • If a Spy changes their disguise from a different class to a Demoman wearing either Ali Baba's Wee Booties or the Bootlegger, their disguise weapon will be that of the previous disguise. For example, if they were disguised as a Pyro wielding the Degreaser before changing to a Demoman wearing the Booties/Bootlegger, their disguise will still be wielding the Degreaser, but be a Demoman to enemy players.



  • The term bootlegging originated from concealing hip flasks of alcohol in the legs of boots.


See also