'No Place Like Home' Shoes Use GPS To Get You There

British artist Dominic Wilcox has designed a pair of shoes called "No Place Like Home," inspired by Dorothy's red slippers in The Wizard of Oz. The shoes are equipped with GPS and tell the wearer how to get to his or her destination with a click of the heel. Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel have more.

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If you've ever thought...



UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (As character) There's no place like home...

CORNISH: And wished you could just...



UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (As character) Close your eyes and tap your heels together three times.

CORNISH: Well, hold on to your house because now you can.


A British artist has designed a pair of shoes inspired by Dorothy's ruby slippers in "The Wizard Of Oz" that really will help you find your way home.



JUDY GARLAND: (As Dorothy) Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

DOMINIC WILCOX: The shoes can navigate you home, of course, and I've called them No Place Like Home.

SIEGEL: That's the wizard behind the No Place Like Home shoes, Dominic Wilcox. The secret to his magic is a GPS device built into the heel.

CORNISH: They look like a pair of men's dress shoes: grey with red trim. On top of the left shoe are several LED lights arranged in a circle that point in the direction you should walk.

SIEGEL: And on top of the right toe is a row of lights that tells you how much farther you have to go. So instead of following the yellow brick road, you follow a blinking red light.

WILCOX: I think electronics are the closest thing we have to real magic in some way. You know, you can do things, and if the electronics are hidden, particularly, there's some feeling of surprise and magic comes about by using things like that in inventive ways.

CORNISH: There are currently no plans to mass produce the No Place Like Home shoes. In fact, as of now only one pair exists, making them far more rare than Dorothy's original ruby slippers.


GARLAND: (Singing) Some day I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me, where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops, that's where you'll find me.

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