The Silver Shoes are enchanted and magical items from the Land of Oz, that were originally owned by the Wicked Witch of the East. They carry a powerful charm, which allows the wearer to travel anywhere they desire. But only if they knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to wherever they please. They will then take three fast steps and you will arrive at your wanted destination.
HistoryThe silver shoes (also called slippers) hold a very strong, magical, and mysterious charm inside them and were once owned by the Wicked Witch of the East. But when Dorothy Gale and her pet dog, Toto, arrived in the Land of Oz after being carried by a cyclone, her Kansas farm house fell right on top of her and killed her. The Munchkins and the Good Witch of the North gladly gave the shoes to her for good luck and also as a reward for forever setting the Munchkins free from the Wicked Witch's bondage. Later on, the Wicked Witch of the West tried to trick Dorothy and steal them, but in defense, Dorothy threw a bucket of water on her and destroyed her as well. Unaware of the charm the shoes had, Dorothy went to the beautiful Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, hoping to find a way home and back with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry again. Glinda explained the charm to her, which was to knock the heels together three times and command them to take you wherever one wished to go. Dorothy used them for her and Toto to finally return home after her adventures in Oz. The shoes, however, fell off of her feet on the way back and were lost forever in the Deadly Desert. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
Ruby slippersScreenwriter Noel Langley famously changed L. Frank Baum's silver shoes to ruby slippers because he believed that red would stand out better on screen than silver against the Yellow Brick Road for the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz
In Alexander Melentyevich Volkov's The Wizard of the Emerald City, the shoes are the source of Elly's (his version of Dorothy) protection instead of the Good Witch's kiss. She is therefore attacked by an ogre when removing them, and afterward wears them even when she sleeps. They aren't taken from the Witch's feet, but rather brought by Toto from her dwelling (a dark cave). This was possibly done to avert the problem of a person wearing them to be impossible to harm, since in that book the hurricane was created by the Witch to destroy mankind, and redirected upon her by the Good Witch of the North, who suffered no ill effects for harming her. It is said she only wore them on very special occasions. They are lost just like in Baum's book.
In Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West it is revealed that Frex created them and Glinda enchanted them.