history-of-ruby-slippers

Many people that visit our site looking for red sequin shoes are doing so to complete a Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz costume. If that’s you, or you’re just someone who is curious about the facts and history surrounding these iconic shoes, then keep reading!

In the original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy actually wore silver slippers throughout her adventures in Oz. The reason they were changed to ruby colored for the film adaptation was to take advantage of the new Technicolor film technology. Little did they know at the time that this simple liberal use of creative license would forever immortalize Dorothy’s footwear and become the infamous ruby red slippers that we know today.

As is common with the wardrobe pieces of principle cast members in any professional production, several pairs were made for the filming of the movie. How many pairs exactly is unknown, but there are five pairs for certain that survive to this day. However, one of them has not been accounted for since 2005…

Stolen Slippers

In the middle of the night between August the 27th and August the 28th of 2005, an authentic surviving pair of ruby red slippers worn by miss Judy Garland herself during the filming of the classic The Wizard of Oz was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, MN. The shoes were actually borrowed for the temporary exhibit and only meant to be displayed until the 5th of September.

The case of the stolen ruby red slippers was never solved. While police and speculators alike seemed to suspect that it may have been an inside job, no arrests were ever made.

What’s even more bizarre, is that the theft occurred the night that the tragic Hurricane Katrina began brewing just offshore. One can’t help but think of the story of The Wizard of Oz and the other natural weather phenomenon, the tornado.

No one knows whether or not this stolen pair of slippers will ever resurface. Perhaps they will pop up somewhere sooner or later…somewhere like, eBay, perhaps?