They weren’t sensible shoes by any means. They gave you blisters. The amount of foot sweat they caused was ridiculous in it’s own right and, man, they made your feet STINK. So, of course in the mid-80s they were the most bodacious shoes you could buy.
Jelly shoes hit the shelves and were almost immediately snatched up by girls everywhere. They were made of… well, a rubbery, jelly-like substance that actually looked pretty cool, but like we said… just not sensible. At first, we got to choose from a rainbow of colors (which was cool enough), but THEN they busted out the big guns. And by ‘big guns’, we mean glitter… INSIDE the “jelly.” Glitter! It was like someone had stepped into our dreams, plucked one out, and made it a reality!
Plus, we had the added bonus of wearing a sandal disguised as a shoe! Open toes? Not here, mister. We’ll take the breezy way out, thankyouverymuch. Jellies looked like simple flats but with little holes throughout. Looking back, we now realize this is mainly so our feet didn’t shrivel up and wither away in the sweltering heat caused by the rubber.
So, following in the steps of almost every other fashion to come out of the 80s, Jelly shoes were fairly ugly, not the least bit reasonable, and didn’t survive the decade. To this we say? Rock. On.
We ♥ Jelly Shoes.
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