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Jelly Sandals Are Back, Baby

It's like the '90s all over again!

london, england   september 15 model ling chen wears airpods, a blue blouse, black skirt, and light pink jelly sandals after the emilia wickstead show during london fashion week september 2019 on september 15, 2019 in london, england photo by melodie jenggetty images
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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.

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1 Amira Jelly Sandal
Shiekh shiekh.com

The caged sandal is the most iconic version of the jelly sandal.  Pair with a white dress, or even throw a sock under it.

2 Melissa X Opening Ceremony Hatch Sandals
Melissa x OC shopbop.com

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. 

3 Eleftheria Jelly
Ancient Greek ancient-greek-sandals.com

The everyday jelly sandal. This pair is super versatile and will go well with almost anything in your closet.

4 Mel Possesion
Melissa shopmelissa.com

This caged style has a chunkier sole to give you a bit more height.  The clear lucite color gives this style a nostalgic feel. 

5 ASOS Jelly Flat Sandals
ASOS DESIGN us.asos.com

A new take on tie-dye! This blue and yellow almost looks like watercolors, making it a perfect fun-yet-subtle sandal.  

6 Alexandre Birman
Alexandre Birman italist.com

Put a bow on it. These T-strap bow sandals will add a feminine touch to any look.

7 Jelly Braided sandals
Blue Bird Shoes farfetch.com

Go Greek. The braided straps on these sandals give this pair a Grecian update. 

8 Rockstud PVC Flat Thong Sandals
Valentino neimanmarcus.com

Valentino's take on the jelly sandal stays true to the brand's DNA: chic, romantic and fun.


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