STUDIO INSCRIPTION: UNKNOWN
DESCRIPTION: TEST SHOES, NOT SEEN IN FINAL FILM
SIZE: UNKNOWN, ASSUMED SIZE 5
SOLE: NO FELT
MANUFACTURER'S INSCRIPTION: WCC
A test pair of slippers with curled toes and a short heel
Costume test photos taken 10/31/1938
Ornate rhinestone swirl pattern covering the shoe in addition to sequins
Western Costume Company claims to have made the Ruby Slippers for MGM, however, the only part WCC played was making the base shoes for the Arabian style pair. All shoes made for production were sequined by beaders in the MGM wardrobe department.
This pair was found with the others by Kent Warner while preparing for the MGM auction in early 1970. Debbie expected one of the pairs seen in the final film, but Kent had already sold/given all the pairs to other people. Debbie purchased this pair and kept them until auctioning most of her collection in 2011. Before that, they were available for viewing at her short lived Hollywood museum.
Unknown, auctioned in 2011 to an anonymous buyer.