We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: the Ruby Slipper Round-up

Ruby shoes. Every girl needs a pair or some variation. Arguably the most famous piece of footwear in the history of, well… ever, is perhaps the ruby slippers that Judy Garland sported in The Wizard of Oz. Now while the flying monkeys, cracked out scarecrow and pedophile man in a tin suit  is enough to scare any young girl shitless, Dorothy booted through her adventure with relative ease as a result of that one supreme accessory.

The Wizard of Oz isn’t about camaraderie, overcoming fears and adventure, its about the power of shoes. Fashion: mixing blue and white peasant style dresses with glamorous glitter. Socks and slippers. Versatility of product, a slipper for all kinds of weather. Fashion choices that boost a girls confidence- that clicking sound when you walk down the street and you hold your head up high. Aside from GREAT music, this is what the Wizard of Oz has to offer, this is what ruby slippers are all about.

Ruby slippers have been created over and over again by numerous designers. Personally I am a fan of the above pair by the much adored House of Harry Winston. 1350 carats of rubies, 50 carats of diamonds, these are the most expensive shoes of all time… 3 million big ones, start saving your pop bottles kids.

Stuart Weitzman also created his own twist of the ruby slippers- ruby sandals, and I kind of love it. A much more accessible 1.6 million, these shoes, to my knowledge, were never worn. I believe they were to be worn at the oscars by some undeserving actress a decade ago, but as a result of the war in Iraq, the hoi polloi wanted to tone things down a bit. If they were mine, I’d wear them while washing dishes (its just one of those feel good things to do, you know?)


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