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*Silver Shoes With Pointed Toes*

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The house began to pitch, the kitchen took a slitch, it landed on a Wicked Witch, in the middle of a ditch!

"You are very kind, but there must be some mistake. I have not killed anything!" Said Dorothy. "Well, your house did, anyway." Replied the little old woman, with a merry laugh. "And that might as well be the same thing my child, see!" She continued, pointing her magic wand to the corner of the fallen farmhouse. "There are her two feet, still sticking out from under a block of wood." Dorothy looked in the direction the woman pointed to, and the little girl gave a little cry of fright. There, indeed, just under the corner of the great beam the old farmhouse rested on, two stocking feet were sticking out, shod in metallic silver shoes with pointed toes."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
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Shod in Silver Shoes with pointed toes...

"Suddenly, one of the Munchkins, who had been standing silently by, gave a loud shout and pointed to where the Wicked Witch had been lying. "What is it?" asked the little old woman, and when she looked, she began to laugh. The feet of the old dead Witch had disappeared entirely, and nothing was left but the Silver Shoes with pointed toes. "Oh, she was so bad and old," explained the Good Witch of the North, "that she dried up quickly in the sunlight. Well, that is officially the very end of her, and thank goodness. But the Silver Shoes are passed down to you and you shall have them to wear always, and rightfully so." The Good Witch reached down and picked up the shoes, and after shaking the dust out of them, she glady handed them to Dorothy. "The Wicked Witch of the East was very proud of those magic Silver Shoes," said one of the Munchkins, "and there is some powerful charm connected to them; but what it was, and is we never knew..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
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Dorothy Gale holds the Silver Shoes. By W. W. Denslow circa 1900.

The Silver Shoes (also called Silver Slippers) are fictional charmed items from the magical Land of Oz. Their first and only appearance is in L. Frank Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. Despite this fact and due to the popularity the classic MGM musical movie of 1939 The Wizard of Oz, has achieved, most people believe the shoes Dorothy wears on her Oz adventure are of ruby red.

Interestingly, in Baum's book the shoes are infact not red at all, but made of out of silver and are designed in an arabian/dutch style with sharp pointy toes and maryjane style buckles.

The only thing the Ruby Slippers and the Silver Shoes both have in common is that in both versions they first were the property of Oz's infamous Wicked Witch of the East, and it's magic can only work by clicking the heels together exactly three times in a row. How the Wicked Witch created or obtained the shoes in the first place was never elaborated upon by Baum.

  • In the book, even though these shoes are described as if constructed of real solid hard silver, due to being magic shoes in a magic realm, they are flexible, comfortable and easy to move in. They can never wear-out and are accustomed to alter their size by shrinking or streching to perfectly fit the current owner at the time they wear them.

Three Times A Charm...

In the end of Baum's book, Glinda the Good tells Dorothy how the Silver Shoes work, she also says that they hold several mysterious powers inside them. This indicates that the shoes are able to do much more than carry people places. But what these other powers can do is left a mystery. The only charm that Baum does choose to elaborate about the pair, is that they can automatically take it's wearer wherever they wish to go by knocking the heels together three times and commanding the Silver Shoes to immediately teleport the wearer to their desired destination from point A to point B.

  • Also, note that the 1939 Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland are a much more powerful pair compared to the silver ones in the book. The Ruby Slippers can never be taken off unless through death and can even send volts of painful electricity to shock anyone who tries to touch or steal the pair. This happened when the Wicked Witch reached for them while Dorothy was imprisoned in her castle. Also, in Walt Disney's 1985 cult classic film Return to Oz, when the Ruby Slippers fell into the hands of the evil Nome King, he was able to kidnap the King Scarecrow, conquer the Emerald City, destroy the Yellow Brick Road and turn everyone in Oz to stone. Thus leaving Oz and it's inhabitants in a state of apocalyptic ruins. Once the Nome King is defeated by Dorothy, the shoes are finally retrieved and she uses the power of the shoes to restore everything to normal again and bring the people of Oz back to life. The shoes even stripped the underlying villain named "Princess Mombi", of her dark Witchcraft.

However, in Baum's story nothing of the sort is ever mentioned in the 1900 book. The Silver Shoes have dozens of powers but the only one specifically revealed is the power of teleportation. Once the heels are knocked against each other three solid times and then given directions on call; the shoes will take three fast steps so sudden that the wearer will travel in the wink of an eye to their destination in exactly three seconds no matter the distance.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1900...


Silver Shoes with Pointed Toes--these antique silver shoes are from 16-700's Europe and are made out of real silver. There Arabic designs implicate there uniqueness and authenticity. Since L. Frank Baum was a collector of antique silver and used silver shoes to parallel the value of silver during the turn of the century, they are most likely the most realistic and closest version to what L. Frank Baum himself possibly envisioned in 1900 for the original character of Dorothy to wear.

"Dorothy looked down at her feet and noticed how old and worn out her leather boots were. "They surely will never do for a long journey, Toto," she said. And Toto looked up into her face with his little black eyes and wagged his tail to show he knew what she meant. At that moment Dorothy saw lying on the table the Silver Shoes that had belonged to the Wicked Witch of the East. "I wonder if they will fit me," she said to Toto. "They would be just the thing to take a long walk in, for they could not wear out." She took off her old leather shoes and tried on the silver ones, which fitted her as well as if they had been made for her. "
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

The Silver Shoes are the first magical item to be brought into the Oz adventure and are the first that are placed into the plot of the story. However, many other charmed items are mentioned throughout the original oz book such as the Golden Cap and in Baum's Oz sequel books he introduces the Magic Belt, Princess Ozma's Magic Picture and most notably the Powder of Life.

"There were several roads near by, but it did not take her long to find the one paved with yellow bricks. Within a short time she was walking briskly toward the Emerald City, her silver shoes tinkling merrily on the hard, yellow road-bed. The sun shone bright and the birds sang sweetly, and Dorothy did not feel nearly so bad as you might think a little girl would who had been suddenly whisked away from her own country and set down in the midst of a strange land. "
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

The Silver Shoes from Oz were originally the property and prized possession of the Wicked Witch of the East. The Wicked Witch was proud of her Silver Shoes because these shoes were not just any old regular pair, but a miraculously charmed pair. A pair of which held many mysterious powers inside of them. The shoe's magic had helped the Wicked Witch conquer the eastern quadrant in the magical Land of Oz known as the Munchkin Country. During her Wicked reign she made the majority of the Munchkin people who lived in the east her slaves, imprisoning them tightly in her bondage. And she forced them all to work for her night and day for many years with no mercy.

As fate would have it, the Wicked Witch of the East was accidentally killed by a descending farmhouse that had fallen from out of the sky after being swept up in a Kansas cyclone. When the house came crashing down it landed in the very heart of Munchkinland and right on top of the Wicked Witch and killed her instantly.

The farmhouse that had killed the Wicked old Witch, happened to also have passengers aloft, a little girl named Dorothy Gale and her little pet dog she called Toto. The Munchkins and their dear friend, the Good Witch of the North gladly welcomed her to Oz and thought she was a great sorceress. To thank and reward her for freeing them from many years of bondage the Munchkins gave Dorothy the magic Silver Shoes as a gift.

Soon after meeting the Munchkins, Dorothy set out to find a way back to her homeland. As it was believed that the only one powerful enough to send her back was the land's most powerful figure known as the great Wizard who lived in the Emerald City of Oz. Dorothy embarked on a quest as she followed the Yellow Brick Road which lead all the way to the city and on her journey she wore her new Silver Shoes.

After having many adventures throughout the land and meeting a Scarecrow who wanted brains, a Tin woodman who desired a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who longed for courage. Dorothy encouraged the three to come with her to see the Wizard also and after another set of many adventures involving Kalidahs, Deadly Poppies and Field Mice, they all finally reached the Emerald City. There they eventually spoke with the Wizard. The Wizard made a deal with Dorothy, requesting that she and her companions kill Oz's last Wicked Witch known as the Wicked Witch of the West to prove themselves worthy in exchange for their wishes to be granted. Now the Wicked Witch ruled over the western quadrant of Oz known as the Winkie Country. She also had enslaved the Winkie people to work for her night and day just like the Wicked Witch of the East had once done to the Munchkins before Dorothy came. So Dorothy and her friends all set out in search of the Witch of the West.

After being captured by the Witch's Winged Monkeys, Dorothy and Toto were imprisoned in the Wicked Witch's castle. And once the Witch saw the Silver Shoes Dorothy was wearing she thought up of a Wicked plan to trick Dorothy and steal the magic shoes from the girl to strengthen her own dark powers.

"But the wicked old creature was very cunning, and she finally thought of a trick that would give her what she wanted. She placed a bar of iron in the middle of the kitchen floor, and then by her magic arts made the iron invisible to human eyes. So that when Dorothy walked across the floor she stumbled over the bar, not being able to see it, and fell at full length. She was very startled but not much hurt, but in her fall one of the Silver Shoes came off; and before she could reach it, the Witch had snatched it away and put it on her own skinny old foot. The wicked woman was greatly pleased with the success of her trick, for as long as she had one of the shoes she owned half the power of their charm, and Dorothy could not use it against her, even had she known how to do so. The poor little girl, seeing she had lost one of her pretty shoes, grew angry, and said to the Witch, "Give me back my shoe please!" "I will not," retorted the Witch, "for it is now my shoe, and not yours." "You are a wicked creature!" cried Dorothy. "You have no right to take my shoe from me." It is mine now, so I'll keep it, just the same," said the Witch, laughing at her wickedly, "and someday I shall get the other one from you, too." This made Dorothy so very angry that she picked up the bucket of water that stood near and dashed it over the Witch, wetting her from head to foot..."
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"Give me back my shoe!"

However, the Witch's plans to retrieve the shoes backfired because in anger and defense, Dorothy threw a bucket of water at the Witch who was allergic. Thus, ultimately killing her as she melted away. Dorothy became a hero to the Winkies and was praised throughout all of Oz for killing Oz's most vile villains. But even after the Wicked Witches were both dead, Dorothy was still unaware of the charm the magic Silver Shoes possessed.

Successfully defeating the Witch, Dorothy used the magic Golden Cap the Wicked Witch owned which allowed her to call upon the flying monkeys. Dorothy had the monkeys carry her and her company safely back to the Emerald City. There they discovered the shocking truth about Oz's ruler. They all learned that the Wizard was a phony illusionist and humbug named Oscar Diggs. The Wizard promised to find a way to take Dorothy home to Kansas if they kept his secret safe and the group agreed to keep Oscars true identity a secret. The Wizard made a plan to leave Oz in his hot-air balloon with Dorothy, but when the balloon departed Toto ran after a green kitten to chase in the streets of the Emerald City. By the time Dorothy caught Toto again it was too late. Dorothy was left far behind as the balloon floated up into the sky and into the clouds.

So Dorothy, along with her friends eventually ventured out seeking the beautiful Sorceress named Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Glinda lived in a ruby palace and ruled fairly over Oz's southern quadrant called the Quadling Country. As Dorothy was desperately hoping she could help her find a way home, as Glinda was her last resort and chance of salvation. After encountering Fighting Trees, the dainty enclave called China Country and the mean spirited Hammer-Heads, Dorothy made it all the way to Glinda's home.

How Glinda The Good Granted Dorothy's Wish...

"The Silver Shoes," said Glinda the Good. They have many mysterious and wonderful powers held within them. And one of the most astonishing things about them is that they can carry you to any place in the world in three steps, and each step will be made in the wink of an eye. All you have to do is to knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go. "
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Luckily, Glinda the Good was not only beautiful and fair, but also a very intelligent Sorceress who was in touch with all things mysterious within Oz. Glinda kindly explained the magic of the Silver Shoes and the charm held inside of them in exchange for the magic Golden Cap that Dorothy was carrying. Glinda told Dorothy how the spell of the shoes worked and how to use it, which was to knock the heels together three times in a row and command them to take her wherever she wished to go in the world. Dorothy said goodbye to the Ozians and was ready to go home.

"Dorothy took Toto solemnly in her arms, and saying goodbye to her dear friends one last time, she clapped the heels of the Silver Shoes together three times, saying "Take me Home to Aunt Em!" Instantly she was whirling through the air so swiftly that all she could see or feel was the wind whistling past her. The Silver Shoes took but three steps and stopped so suddenly that Dorothy rolled over several times on what felt like grass..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
"At length however, Dorothy sat up to see where she exactly was, "Good Gracious!" She cried. For she was back home, and sitting in a broad field on the grassy Kansas praries-Dorothy was finally home again. "
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

As Dorothy clicked her heels, she was instantly lifted into the air and was carried away. And when she open her eyes again, she and Toto were sitting on the prairie of Kansas with her guardians Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. But to Dorothy's surprise, she was barefoot in her stockings, the Silver Shoes were lost forever.

  • Since the Silver Shoes are an enchanted element they must stay were they belong. When leaving Oz the shoes are stripped of the magic that holds them to Dorothy's feet explaining how they happened to slip off and drop into the desert below during the way back home. However, having lost the shoes over the vast Deadly Desert, one might ask how it was that Dorothy didn't fall into the desert too since the shoes magic would not work outside of Oz. This is because she specifically commanded the pair to take her to Aunt Em who was in Kansas. Therefore the shoes were obliged to do as they were commanded before falling off and being lost forever between the two realms that separate Oz from the outside world.
  • Baum states that the Silver Shoes were never recovered.

In Wicked:

In Gregory Maguire's 1995 mature Oz novel titled Wicked, the shoes are not Ruby Slippers. Nor are they made of silver like in Baum's book. The shoes are not called by any specific color or gem. They are created and designed in such a unique and authentic way, that nothing has ever been done nor seen before them. The shoes are the very first of its kind. So instead they are described like this:

"From a pile of ash shavings she withdrew a shoe, and then another. Were they silver? – or blue? – or now red? – lacquered with a candy shell brilliance of polish? It was hard to tell and it didn't matter; the effect was dazzling." (

The character Turtle Heart probably describes their symbolism best:

"To look in glass," said Turtle Heart, pointing to the roundel he had made as a toy for Elphaba, "is to see the future, in blood and rubies." (1.8.46)

The shoes are the one thing the Witch wants above all else, both in the musical and Baum's book strictly for the pairs mysterious powers. But Elphaba wants the shoes for slightly different reasons than her movie counterpart. While in the MGM movie and Baum's book, the shoes were symbols of power and protection. In Maguire's reinvisonment the shoes are symbols of what Elphaba has secretly craved all her life; love, respect, acceptance, and family. Above all else, Nessa's shoes represent Elphaba's need to be accepted and considered important, particularly to her father. The shoes aren't just related to themes of family and acceptance, though. They also, as in the movie, represent beauty and authority. Interestingly, though, that becomes more of an excuse for Elphaba to justify her obsession with getting the shoes from Dorothy:

"Should she pursue Dorothy, should she snatch those shoes away – and what were her real motives? Was it to keep them out of the hands of the Wizard ... Or was it to snatch back some small shred of Frex's attention?" (5.10.1)

Ultimately, Elphaba is the one who turns the shoes into something more than they really are. And other than considered dazzling to look at, the shoes really don't have much power at all.

  • (Gregory Maguire combines elements from the 1939 film and paying homage to the 1900 book by Baum by making the slippers both ruby and silver while adding his own twist to his own version of the classic Oz tale.)

In the successful Broadway Musical adaption of Wicked--the shoes are first silver. But when a magic spell is cast upon them to help the handicapped Nessarose walk without any assistance, the shoes appear to turn to a beautiful red in colour due to the walking spell.

Silver Shoes -a Novel by Paul Miles Schneider

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Lost Silver Shoes.

When Donald Gardner's parents tell him they'll be taking an exciting road trip through Kansas, he openly cringes. He is sure it will be a boring summer vacation. But at one of their final roadside stops on the way home, they are approached by a poor woman offering to sell a curious item—an antique shoe made out of solid silver. While Donald's mother is initially reluctant, she is ultimately smitten with the shoe and buys it.

Donald is skeptical that the shoe is anything more than a relic, but when the new school year starts, he brings it in for show-and-tell, attempting to impress his classmates. His friends liken it to something out of The Wizard of Oz, and his teacher agrees the idea is not far-fetched considering author L. Frank Baum wrote about “silver shoes,” not ruby slippers, which were strictly in the movie. Yet when he accepts a dare from his two best buddies to try it on, frightening and incredible things begin to happen. Strange animals cry out in the night. Dark, shadowy shapes lurk in distant corners. Scratching sounds are heard just outside his bedroom window. And when he meets George Clarke, a reclusive man who has been in hiding and on the run for many years, Donald finds out there is a lot more to Baum's story than he thinks, and comes to discover that the Silver Shoe's are the same pair that a little farm girl named Dorothy wore during a fateful trip to another dimension known as Oz over one hundred years ago.

Join Donald as he unravels Baum's earth-shattering secret in …"SILVER SHOES!"

The Wizard of Oz 1939

(See Ruby Slippers for more information.)

In the iconic 1939 film starring Judy Garland, the Silver Shoes are changed to Ruby Slippers. This was famously done to take advantage of the new color process called Technicolor that was being used in movie pictures and was something considered state of the art in the era of which the film was made.

Russian Slippers

In Alexander Melentyevich Volkov's The Wizard of the Emerald City, the shoes are the source of Elly Smith's (his version of Dorothy) protection instead of the Good Witch of the North's magic marking kiss. Elly 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 spooky 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 Wicked 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. The shoes are ultimately lost on the way back home just like in Baum's original book.

The Wiz 1974-1978

In the funky African-American musical version of Oz, in both Broadway play and Motown film, Dorothy's Shoes are kept Silver like in the original book.

Return to Oz 1985

In Walt Disney's film Return to Oz, Dorothy's slippers are kept Ruby. After falling into the Deadly Desert when Dorothy first returned home to Kansas, they are recovered by the Nome King, who uses their powers to invade Oz, conquer the Emerald City, kidnap the King Scarecrow and turn the Ozians to cold hard stone with the help of the vain Princess Mombi. After defeating the Nome King and Mombi, Dorothy gives the slippers to Princess Ozma.

The Muppets Wizard of Oz 2005

Dorothy's magic shoes are kept Silver in this made for TV movie and are made by Designer Manolo.

Syfy's Tinman mini series 2009

The spirit of Dorothy Gale, aka The First Slipper, meets her great granddaughter, D.G. in a black and white portal dimension to give her an Emerald Charm that will help her throughout her journey in the "Outer Zone" aka Oz. The spirit of Dorothy resembles the Dorothy from the 1939 film, yet wears metallic Silver Shoes.

Dorothy & the Witches of Oz 2011

In this version, a grown up Dorothy and inspiring children's Author, wears the Silver Shoes as she remembers that her dreams of Oz, are not dreams after all, but a long line of suppressed memories from real adventures in Oz.

ABC's Once Upon A Time Oz Episode: 2014

In the popular TV show Once Upon A Time, the characters from Oz are brought into the plot of the story. The Silver Shoes also make an appearance.

Legends of Oz, Dorothy's Return 2014

In this CGI sequel to the Oz stories, Dorothy Gale's shoes remain Silver in the comic prequel that starts at the end of the first story when the Wicked Witch of the West is melted by Dorothy.

Silver Shoe Gallery

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