East Van Panto's awesome shoes: the lowdown on Dorothy's ruby Fluevogs

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       In East Van Panto's wonderfully warped and hyperlocal new spin on The Wizard of Oz, "ruby Fluevogs" magically appear on Dorothy's feet after she accidentally kills the East Van Witch.

      From there, actor Christine Quintana dances her way through the rest of the show in these rubber-soled, hourglass-heeled babies, with their velvet laces, top stitching, and rad red-purple-and-pink design.

      We hunted down the style, called the Enneagram Peacemaker, on the Fluevog shelves, and  we're here to report they're $359; they also come in black with white stitching for a less over-the-rainbow vibe.

      The cost is substantially less than Judy Garland's original shoes might set you back. One of four pairs of the classic 1939 film's slippers was insured for $1 million, but they're estimated to be worth between $2 million and $3 million. Those prices came out when the same pair of sequinned slippers were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in August 2005, and then found by the FBI this year, more than a decade later. 

      Its the second time this year Vancouver-based Fluevogs have made a splash on-stage: this summer, it outfitted all the main characters in groovy '60s looks for Bard on the Beach's hippie-dippie rendition of As You LIke It.

      As Dorothy, Christine Quintana rocks red Fluevogs instead of ruby slippers.

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