When I was little, I had a pair of jelly sandals that I wore every single day. I would cry if I was forced to wear anything else. Though there were some seriously cool sandals in the '90s, jellies took the ultimate cake. Mine were pink and had a pair of mini plastic sunglasses and a smily face attached to them. I lived in fear that they'd melt if they touched the pavement, but alas: Jelly sandals practically became part of my identity.
When I grew out of them, I demanded a new pair, which were silver with a thick, thong-style strap. These didn't live up to the original, but I won't get bitter about it. I mean, we all loved '90s styles, especially the amazing denim from the era, but nothing hit home quite like jelly accessories. I'm talking shoes, backpacks, bracelets, hair bobbles: You name it.
Even now, as a fully-fledged adult (kind of), I'm still on the hunt for a pair of jelly shoes that are work-appropriate. And now that '90s fashion is in full force (unless you live under a rock, you likely know that flannels, crop tops, and platforms are reigning supreme right now), I'm going to cop me some '90s-inspired sandals for summer to let me relive the glory days. I may not have had a cell phone, my own apartment, or job, but I had my jelly shoes. Here are 11 '90s sandals we couldn't have lived without back then.
1. The Classic Jelly
Seriously, I'm feeling all the feels right now.
2. These Stretchy Beauties
Steve Madden Slides, $54, Etsy
These with a pair of flared jeans were everything.
3. Platform Sandals
Material Girl Wave Flatform Wedge Sandals, $41, Macy's
You know you love these. Baby Spice definitely would've.
4. Square Toe
Black Leather '90s Sandal, $32, Etsy
Literally anything square toe killed.
How '90s is this whole look?
6. Anything Esprit
Vintage '90s Esprit Flats, $24, Etsy
These with some glittery socks would've slayed.
Bonus: They're super comfy.
8. Sky-High Platforms
Chunky Blue Denim Platform Shoes, $44, Etsy
These are denim. You can't get more '90s than that.
9. Anything Metallic
Charles David "Bella" Platform Sandal, $105, Nordstrom
With a ribbed sole, too? Nailed it.
10. Jelly Flats
JuJu Christabel Cut Out Jelly Flat Shoes, $16, ASOS
You need the jelly sandals and flats.
11. Platform Flip Flops
Are you feeling what I'm feeling?
12. Anything With Thin Straps
Chunky Heel Platform Lace Up, $37, Etsy
The wrap-up straps? Come on.
With a floral midi skirt, these clogs scream '90s.
Cue "Bittersweet Symphony" right now. If these don't have you feeling like the '90s, I don't know what will. Fashion is cyclical, and in this case, I'm totally into it. So bask in nostalgia all season long.