The Many Joys Of Jelly Shoes

These PVC gems were the definitive shoe of your childhood. They’re making a comeback.

1. No one can forget the thrill of wearing their first pair of jellies.

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2. Perhaps they were sparkly.

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3. Or Classic Black.

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4. Precariously platformed.

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7. Or glow-in-the-dark.

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8. Some were neon rad.

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9. Others boldly opaque.

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10. A special few were psychedelic tie-dye.

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11. But more often than not, irresistibly sparkly.

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12. Very, very sparkly.

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13. For getting fancy, the heeled jelly was a perfect option.

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14. Whether you owned one pair, a closet full, or were sorely deprived, it was hard not to covet the infinite options.

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15. Inexplicably beloved by all, there was no wrong way to wear the jelly.

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16. With some feminine socks, they were classic.

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19. Always a good choice for the pool.

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20. A snarky addition to hipster chic.

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21. The ultimate way to show of socks with sass.

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25. But perhaps they were best complemented by the requisite ’90s anklet.

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27. Perfect for every age and size.

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28. And the coyest of ways to flaunt a snazzy pedi.

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29. It’s hard to compete with this fetching jelly-overall ensemble.

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30. Even “The Dude” sported jellies in “The Big Lebowski” (1998).

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31. But such beauty brings pain, and jellies were no exception.

There was no way around the jelly shoe blister.

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32. And with ionic style came an iconic stench.

Rubber + sweat = rough times in the world of foot odor. But hey, at least we looked adorable.

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33. Unless you opted for this supportive variety, the ankle sprain was a perpetual risk.

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34. And for those of us left out of the trend, life was tough for a little while.

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35. But no need to be jelly! Like all the best looks of yore, jellies are making a well-deserved comeback.

In June 2012, Azealia Banks wore coral jelly shoes in London. Even designers like Marc Jacobs are following suit with wood-soled incarnations of the classics (upper right).

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JuJu “Maxi” jellies, featured in a Charlotte Righton runway show.

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Diane von Furstenberg “Jaya” Jelly Sandals

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Vivienne Westwood Wing Jellies

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39. Long live the jelly, in all its glitter glory.

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