This month, Disney is heading down the Yellow Brick Road to bring us “Oz the Great and Powerful,” a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” that tells how our favorite Technicolor land got its wiz. And while the story might not include Dorothy’s fabled ruby slippers, designer Nicholas Kirkwood is making sure there are plenty of Oz- (and ogle-) worthy shoes to fill the void.
London-based shoe designer Kirkwood partnered with Selfridges for a capsule collection of “Oz”-inspired footwear, including heels fit for the film’s trio of witches – Glinda the Good Witch; Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East; and Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West – and, for the first time in his career, a pair of men’s brogues, of course tailored for Oz himself. The shoes include plenty of Kirkwood signatures – laser-cut and printed leather, glitter, satin, and suede – and will be available at Selfridge’s Shoe Carnival, taking place now until April 21. Costumes worn by “Oz” cast members – including Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, and James Franco in the title role - are on display in the windows at Selfridges.
If you can’t get to London to snag a pair of Kirkwood’s kicks, you can re-create Dorothy’s classics with our Paper House Wizard of Oz Ruby Red Slippers Puzzle. While you’re putting it together, dazzle your friends with a little red slipper trivia – designed by chief MGM costume designer Gilbert Adrian, multiple pairs of ruby slippers were made for the 1939 production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Five are known to have survived; one is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Maybe one day, Kirkwood’s shoes will be as beloved.
- Lindsey Anne Baker, guest blogger