You Can't Go Back Friday: Jelly Shoes

I feel I should preface this post with the admission that I think fashion peaked in the 80's.

No.  Really.


You can't tell, but I'm wearing an I <3 My Little Pony shirt.

So when pondering some fashions that I thought were all the rage and totally tubular, I couldn't get past jelly shoes (aka The Most Fantabulous Set of Footwear to Grace My Tootsies EVER).


Apparently, they (and by "they", I mean actual retailers who sell more than just 80's nostalgia stuff) still sell these.  J.Crew had a pair available when I went to Google Images to look for the above picture.

My mom fought and fought against the purchase of my white jelly ballet flats in first grade.  She didn't like the idea of me wearing "pool shoes" out and about.  And she thought they'd give me blisters.  Which they did.  Which did not matter because look at them.  It's like Cinderella's slipper, only plastic.

I believe "resplendent" is the word you're looking for.

10 comments:

  1. When I was little, I adored these shoes. At my grandparents house, they had an open well in the basement (it was a farm-like house..who knows WHAT that hole really was), and a bunch of us kids were playing down there. Apparently some smaller girl was taking a turn wearing my shoes, and she slipped halfway into the well thing, losing my jelly shoe to the dark water (i think it floated, but it was still scary). The child that I was, I was more concerned about the shoe than the kid who fell. I was angry that she was wearing my shoes in the first place. I ran outside to my mom yelling MY JELLIES, MY JELLIES! Someone fished it out for me. Ah, the days of jellies.

    Good post!

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  2. Well, that's just horrible. But I'm glad you got them back. :)

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  3. Oh my gosh! I loved the jelly shoe! I remember being so jealous of this girl down the block who had purple ones. With sparkles. Good times.

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  4. My daughter had a sparkly purple pair last summer - she loved them. :-)

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  5. I had pink ones, blue ones, green ones and yellow. I used to love wearing to different colors together. It was a rainbow on my feet.

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  6. lol! I had a JELLY WATCH. The band was about five strands, in each color. I could tell time in uber coolness.

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  7. Ok, am I the only little girl whose feet slid around in her jellies? Maybe it was the humidity of Florida and as much as I loved them - they really were a bit of a hazard when I was in a hurry.

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  8. So somewhere in the late 90's I decided I needed to join the "Jelly Shoes" comeback.

    I just have to say...those things hurt!!!

    No more jelly shoes for me!

    Love the picture :D

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  9. Still swimming under a pile of laundry, but I can't begin to tell you how happy your jelly shoe stories have made me!

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  10. So funny - I totally remember jelly shoes and jelly bracelets. My mom wouldn't let me have them :(

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