If you grew up reading storybooks full of enchanted trees full of saucepan-clad and moonfaced men, and thumb-sized girls born in flower buds, I’ll take a little guess and wager that you love a little glitter in your wardrobe every now and then. I personally loved reading stories about wishing chairs and fairy dust as a little girl—books I lovingly categorize as glitterature—and I find I quite enjoy having a little sparkle in my life even though now I’m all grown up (sorry Peter).
So when I caught a glimpse of these dazzling glitter jelly sandals one of my classmates was wearing in a lecture, I was absolutely enchanted. Glitter can be pretty difficult to work into your outfit unless you’re going out for New Year’s Eve, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz or Ke$ha, so to find a little shiny “stylespiration” in this Fashionista’s outfit was really nostalgic.
Jelly sandals are something I used to wear when I was little (and my mum told me she even had jellies as a girl!). They’re definitely a step back in time, and I love that they’re coming back in style and are being worn by all of the cool and quirky girls on campus, like this Fashionista.
Coming up to summer, jelly shoes are an awesome option because the cut-outs allow your feet to breathe like a normal sandal would, but the cute childhood flashback design gives them a point of difference. Plus, they’re super versatile because if you thought these could only be worn with more feminine outfits such as dresses and skirts, think again! This Fashionista shows us how it’s done by wearing hers with a casual twist, pairing it with skinny jeans and a low-key, street-chic outfit.
If you needed any further reason to splurge on a pair of these, the best part is that you won’t need to splurge at all! Shoes can easily get up to $100 and more, so it’s a relief on our university student wallets to find out that you’d be hard-pressed to find a pair of jelly sandals that are more than 50. Yay!
I love that this Fashionista’s pair are a little more grown up too, as they feature a small heel, which give you a bit of height. Wearing heels to class isn’t exactly the most practical choice (if you’ve ever had to walk to campus from public transport you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about), so these small, thicker heels are super comfy while still helping to elongate your legs and streamline your look.
If you’re after a bit more in terms of colour choice, jelly sandals also come in suit-everything black, opaque pastel shades such as lilac and a variety of printed patterns. But of all the colours, the clear glitter ones are still close to my heart, so insert a little magic into your life and get yourself a pair of twinkle toes!
Spotted: Miu Miu left a trail of glitter down the runway at its fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection where it showcased a range of sparkly heels.