Our Open Toe Sneaker Company Examines The Most Iconic Shoes

Here at OpeToz®, we love a great pair of shoes, which is why we developed our amazing open toe athletic shoes. Our comfortable, supportive and fashionable footwear is sure to gain popularity throughout the United States. Today we wanted to take a look at some of the most memorable shoes in US history.

Ruby Slippers

One of the most famous movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz features gorgeous ruby slippers worn by Dorothy. Only four known pairs of ruby slippers exist from the movie production. Believe it or not, Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg bought a pair together for The Academy. Another pair can be found at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and a private collector bought another pair. The whereabouts of the fourth pair are unknown because it was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota.

What you may not know is that the iconic slippers were actually silver in the book. However, movie makers wanted to take advantage of the new technicolor film process, so they changed the color to a scarlet red.

Glass Slippers

Although Cinderella's glass slippers may be entirely fictional, they hold so much meaning and childhood memories in our culture. In the 1950’s Disney produced an animated version of the classic fairy tale, featuring an elegant, simple glass shoe. Designers such as Christian Louboutin have created interpretations of the iconic glass slipper that brought Prince Charming to Cinderella.

Power-Lacing Shoes

One of the most beloved film series of the 1980s was Back to the Future, starring Michael Fox as a time-traveling teen, Marty McFly. In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly discovers a pair of self-lacing high top shoes when he travels to the future. Fact became fiction when Nike revealed its own power-lacing shoes in 2016, the HyperAdapt 1.0.

Blue Suede Shoes

Written by Carl Perkins in 1955, this song gained popularity when covered by Elvis Presley in 1956. Originally played by Perkins himself, this song was wildly popular throughout the South. Due to appear on The Perry Como Show in 1956, the band suffered a terrible car crash and several members were hospitalized.

Shortly after, Elvis Presley released his cover of the song, which became a hit. It seems that Presley himself actually only wore one pair of blue suede shoes, which were sold for over $60,000 in 2013.

Fred Astaire’s Shoes

One of the greatest silver screen dancers of all time was Fred Astaire, who was well-versed in tap and other forms of dancing. Considered one of the most iconic classic movie stars, it’s no surprise that his tap shoes are so valuable. In 2013, a signature pair of his brown leather tap shoes from the 1941 film, You’ll Never Get Rich, was auctioned for over $50,000.  

We love a good pair of shoes, whether they can lace themselves or not. Unfortunately, our open toe walking shoes don’t lace themselves, but they are extremely comfortable and supportive. Whether you are running errands or performing physical activities, our open toe athletic shoes will feel as if you are walking on air. Shop our selection of toeless tennis shoes at OpeToz® today.

Written by Helen Ketcham

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