Sick and tired of his wife’s obsession with shoes, a U.K. man did something to quell her fixation in an extraordinary way.
Colossal 14-foot-tall ruby red slippers inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” now sit on Andy Walker’s front lawn outside his home in Essex, U.K. — a humorous answer to what his wife wants, he said. They’re roughly around the height of a double-decker bus.
“She is always asking for this pair and that pair and I just thought this might shut her up,” Walker explained on Friday to Daily Mail. “We have a laugh with each other and I just thought how funny it would be.”
Walker said he purchased the shoes for £500 (around $623.50 at the current exchange rate) from a prop company. The slippers were originally used for a whimsical promotion at Harrods.
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In 2009, the high-end department store replicated a scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” where Dorothy’s house lands on top of the Wicked Witch of the East. Giant ruby slippers were produced for the installation, which was showcased that year throughout December outside the retailer’s windows.
Needless to say, Walker’s wife prefers shoes that fit — and she was not exactly thrilled with the eye-catching heels on her lawn.
“Like many others she’s got this ridiculous obsession with shoes,” he said. “I just got a phone call of her shouting ‘What are these in my garden?’” he explained. “I just told her they weren’t mine they were Dorothy’s.”
Now the shoes are attracting visitors.