Jelly sandals were first introduced to mainstream American fashion at a fair in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1982. From there, they became a hot (yet very niche) summer sandal. Cheery, comfy and shamelessly fun, there's something undeniably childlike about throwing these on. Now, designers are giving these whimsical shoes a sophisticated upgrade at fashion houses like Valentino, Gucci and Simone Rocha. Although highbrow fashion brands now have their own iterations, the jelly sandal is well-known for its very accessible price point (in the '80s, it was as low as $10), so rest assured that there is an option for all. Below, we round up the top jelly sandals to buy now. Get 'em while they're hot.
The caged sandal is the most iconic version of the jelly sandal. Pair with a white dress, or even throw a sock under it.
These cutout sandals have a surprising hint of sex appeal. The nude color has a touch of shimmer and looks like second skin. Plus, the thick ankle strap gives an ultra-slimming effect on ankles.
The everyday jelly sandal. This pair is super versatile and will go well with almost anything in your closet.
This caged style has a chunkier sole to give you a bit more height. The clear lucite color gives this style a nostalgic feel.
A new take on tie-dye! This blue and yellow almost looks like watercolors, making it a perfect fun-yet-subtle sandal.
Put a bow on it. These T-strap bow sandals will add a feminine touch to any look.
Go Greek. The braided straps on these sandals give this pair a Grecian update.
Valentino's take on the jelly sandal stays true to the brand's DNA: chic, romantic and fun.
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