There’s no base like foam

For the 70th anniversary of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. and Swarovski have commissioned twenty designers to update the Ruby Slippers; the actual shoes they produce will then be auctioned off, proceeds to go to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Among the designers: Betsey Johnson, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Fürstenberg, Manolo Blahnik (yes!) and Christian Louboutin — and Gwen Stefani, who these days has more of a rep as a fashionista than as a singer.

At one level, the prospect is frightening: for all I know, there may be sparkly Crocs in the offing. Still, those slippers are as iconic as a Chanel jacket or Schiaparelli’s prototype skort; the temptation to “improve” on the original is no doubt irresistible.


  1. localmalcontent »

    21 July 2008 · 3:13 am

    Only you could appreciate base formation and construction of ladies high heels;

    Hollywood in the late 1930s was already decades behind you, Chaz!

    What a difference you’d have made in that epic~!

  2. CGHill »

    21 July 2008 · 8:52 pm

    I am nothing if not thoughtful. Or somethingful, anyway.

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