Jelly shoes are officially back and the nostalgia is REAL

A cult classic sandal returns.

jelly shoes

by Jazzria Harris |
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Any true 90s kid will most likely have a special place in their heart for jelly shoes. The staple sandals of our childhood, they were worn everywhere from the seaside to the school disco with pride and made the perfect pairing for every look from our best capri pants (or pedal pushers, as they were then) to hanky hem summer dresses.

If you’ve recently found yourself wondering what ever happened to the jelly shoe (okay, just us then?) we've got some big news for you, as they’re back in a big way for summer 2024. So big is their resurgence, that the humble squelchy shoe made its way onto the catwalks for the coming season as well as back into some of the biggest high street stores.

SHOP: The best jelly shoes

For maximum nostalgia points you can’t get much better than a pair of jelly fisherman sandals. To style these, lean into the vintage aesthetic and pair with floral dresses and pretty blouses for a fun, whimsical feel.

Ballet flats are a huge trend right now, so why not combine the two styles in this jelly pair? While they may be more on the expensive side, you’ll get maximum cost-per-wear from these, especially if you opt for a go-with-all clear colour-way. Just think of them as your best neutral flats and pair with everything from jeans to tailored trousers and dresses.

ASOS London Rebel flat jelly shoes in clear
Price: £14 (WAS £30)

Heading off on holiday sometime soon? Jelly sandals will be the perfect shoe to pack in your suitcase. Perfect for wearing to the beach, for a busy day of sightseeing and even for more relaxed evenings, you’ll get endless outfits out of just one hardworking pair of shoes.

We’re obsessed with Mango’s ballet flats for a unique take on jelly shoes. The chic gold colourway makes these ideal for dressing both up and down while the cut out detailing makes them feel extra special.

If you’re a lover of the chunky sandal trend, you need to add Schuh’s off-white jelly style to your summer sandal rotation. With a supportive strap and foot hugging sole, they offer both comfort and style in ample amounts.

Still not over the Barbiecore hype? Us either and we’re pretty sure this would be the pair of jelly shoes Barbie would keep in her wardrobe. Featuring a comfy padded footbed, stylish open toe design and platform for added height, they’re oh-so-good for so many reasons.

CIDER platform heeled sandals
Price: £11.90 (WAS £19.90)

Get the designer inspired look for less with these gooey-looking jelly mules. Available in muted pink and candy red, they look good enough to eat and definitely good enough to wear all summer long.

Jazzria Harris is the assistant style editor at heat working across fashion and beauty. She’s always on the lookout for the next skincare wonder ingredient, the perfect peach-toned eyeshadow and the ultimate pair of killer heels (she is only 4ft11, after all).

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