As seen in our shoe-themed issue 283, Rachel Quilligan compiled the five most iconic shoe moments in cinema history….
1. Cinderella’s glass slippers
If our Prince Charmings were as set on bringing us beautiful shoes as Cinderella’s was, we’d be a lot happier. When Disney re-released their 1950 animated classic on Blu-Ray in 2012 they enlisted the aid of designer Christian Louboutin to create a modern version of the glass slippers.
2. Marty McFly’s space boots
The futuristic Nikes Marty McFly wears in Back to the Future Part II have recently been replicated by the brand with their limited edition ‘MAG’ line, which was sold at auction to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
While these versions don’t automatically lace, Nike has indicated self-lacing technology may be available in 2015. “Power laces, alright!”
3. Dorothy’s ruby slippers
Dorothy’s magical, iconic shoes were dyed red in the 1939 film to take full advantage of the new Technicolor technology. Only four of the six pairs made for the film are accounted for – one pair is on display at the Smithsonian Museum; another belongs to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; one was sold at auction in 2002 for $666,000; while the last pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005. Seems someone was desperate to find a way home…
4. Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman boots
It takes a brave woman to rock shiny, over-the-knee boots, but Julia Roberts pulls it off with flair as Vivian Ward in the 1990 film Pretty Woman. Costume designer Marilyn Vance, who also worked on The Breakfast Club,
Pretty in Pink and The Untouchables, bought the famous black boots from a store in Chelsea, England.
5. Get Smart shoe phone
In an age before mobile phones, television spies had to turn to inconspicuous inanimate objects like neckties and watches to communicate. The most famous of these was Agent Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone. Inconveniently, the shoe phone had to be taken off and held up the ear to be used.