I am a librarian in the Chicago suburbs that has held a fascination with "The Wizard of Oz" and the Ruby Slippers since I was a child. I have spent decades researching and recreating the original slippers, and at this point, I am widely considered to be a slipper historian and expert level replicator. I have spent the last 10 years having supplies custom made across the globe to create the most authentic looking replica slippers. In 2016 I created a limited number of pairs for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's #KeepThemRuby campaign which raised the funds necessary to conserve the museum's pair of slippers for decades to come. I have spoken at length to the museum's entertainment curator and conservator who spent over 200 hours working on the shoes.
I have been researching the unaccounted for pair of Ruby Slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" since 2012. While I have come no closer to actually locating them, I have been able to verify their existence through a number of people as well as in a single scene in the movie. It is my hope that with enough social media attention the missing pair can be located and documented.
If the slippers are able to be located and documented, I plan to publish a book of my research, and possibly release a documentary.
Examples of my replica work are below.