Dorothy’s ruby slippers, worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz,” have been iconic since the release of the movie in 1939. Here are 5 little known facts about those infamous shoes that you probably never knew!
# 1 – Dorothy had Silver Shoes
In the original novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy actually wore silver shoes, but when the movie was made, they decided to change them to ruby in order to take advantage of the new color capabilities in TVs.
# 2 – Missing Ruby Slippers
Many pairs of ruby slippers were made during the production of the film, and 5 are known to have remained to this day. In 2005, one of those 5 pairs of shoes were stolen and never seen again.
# 3 – The Rejected Shoes
Two pairs of red shoes were designed for the film. One pair was Arabian styled with jewels and curled toes. However, these shoes were rejected due to the fact that they did not fit well with Dorothy’s farm girl style.
# 4 – Finding The Right Size
Judy Garland requested that one paid of shoes be made a half size bigger in order to accommodate for the swelling in her feet towards the end of the day. According to Rhys Thomas in his Los Angeles Times article, “all the ruby slippers are between Size 5 and 6, varying between B and D widths.”
# 5 – Memorabilia
The known remaining shoes have been sold and displayed in many different places for various amounts, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The ruby slippers are known to have been sold for as much as $666,000.