The English county of Northamptonshire is internationally famous for its history of shoemaking and leatherworking, dating back to the 18th century. The setting seemed like the perfect way for British designer Dominic Wilcox to unite his No Place Like Home creation with the county's Global Footprint Project, which celebrates the arts and heritage of the area's creative industry. Wilcox created a pair of shoes that operate the same way that Dorothy's ruby slippers worked in The Wizard of Oz. Although the 1939 film relied on a bit of screen magic to transport the young girl between two worlds, Wilcox's shoes use a GPS tracking device and computer software.
When you click the modernized ruby slippers together, they engage the GPS unit hidden in the heel and activate a set of lights that point in the direction you should travel to get to your destination. Locations can be uploaded with special mapping software via computer. It's a fun play on the classic film favorite. We got a kick out of watching Wilcox slip into his creation and walk to the gallery where the Global Footprint exhibition is taking place. See the shoes in action below, and lament the fact that these shoes didn't exist when you were a drunk college kid trying to find your way home — not that we'd know anything about that, of course.