Today, The Wizard of Oz is one of the most widely watched movies ever made. And to the millions who have witnessed Dorothy’s journey from Kansas to the mysterious world of Oz, few images are as iconic as that of the heroine dressed in blue-and-white gingham with a pair of glittering ruby slippers on her feet.
Interestingly, the book version of the famous slippers were silver in color; it was decided, however, that red would look far more impressive in Technicolor. And the swap turned out to be a sound one; even 80 years after the movie was first released, Dorothy’s slippers remain highly distinctive pieces of film memorabilia.
However, in the movie industry, it is common for multiple copies of certain props to be produced. And during production of The Wizard of Oz, this meant that several pairs of ruby slippers were made. While the exact number remains unknown, it’s believed that six or more pairs of the stunning footwear were once in existence.