In L. Frank Baum’s classic story, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy did not wear ruby slippers; they were made of silver. According to legend, the change was made by a MGM screenwriter who felt sparkly rubies would have a greater appeal for the audience. Many literature critics see the use of silver shoes and a yellow (gold) brick road as an allegory for the fight between the silver standard and the gold standard.
In 1997, Tanaka Kikinzoku created a shoe worthy of Cinderella. It was made of four and a half pounds (2 kg) of platinum and displayed at an exhibition in the U.K. The woman whose foot best fit the masterpiece was given a gift.
Kikinzoku, who caters to wealthy consumers, also markets one-kilogram shoe insoles made of gold. According to sources, these golden insoles will give the wearer “golden power” as they walk.
In 2004, singer Alison Krauss, who was nominated for Best Song for the film Cold Mountain, wore a set of stiletto sandals covered in 565 platinum set diamonds—including a five-carat amaretto colored diamond. In 2007, Dreamgirl Anika Noni Rose was selected to wear Weitzman’s diamond “Dream Shoe,” which included over 1,420 brilliant cut diamonds set in platinum.
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