Clothes of the Seventies, Jellies (shoes)

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Description: Little flat shoes made of plastic,and they also come in assorted styles and colors.
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cin - July 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I HAVE a pair! They're clear, closed toe but have 'breathing' cutouts all over. There's a strap across the top (sort of a t-strap) & they do have a metal buckle. They are sized Women's 9 or Men's 11! I didn't realize dudes wore them too!?
Sarah - September 16, 2007 - Report this comment
You can get these now at Claire's w/matching purse. I've even seen the jellies socks!!! I believe you can find the shoes at Sears or Walmart too
jason - December 28, 2007 - Report this comment
any self respecting soulboy in the 80's would of worn these
becky - January 04, 2008 - Report this comment
these are definitly 80's not 70's
Valerie - January 10, 2008 - Report this comment
These are most definitely 80's - I should know. I was class of '76.
Anna - January 29, 2008 - Report this comment
These are most definitely 80s and they didn't look like the photo you have until the 90s. In the 80s, when I was little, they only came in a pointed-toe "ballet flat" style. I remember because my feet were wide and I couldn't wear them. In the early 90s they started making them like sandals (in the above picture) and I could actually wear jellies. :)
H. Stowe - March 01, 2008 - Report this comment
We didn't have "jellies" in the 1970s unless you count the simple flip-flops that were made out of this same type of soft plastic. We didn't have this type as shoes or sandals though until the 1980s.
Demji - April 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the exact shoes pictured in both the clear color and in brown--"root beer" it was called. That was in 1981 -- so these shoes date back that early, at least. I also darned near killed myself because of those shoes! I very stupidly wore my "root beer" ones when going out fishing with my Dad one day. As anyone who's worn them knows--they have no tread or traction on them at all. At the end of the day my Dad was getting our boat up on the trailer, it was misting rain--and I decided to walk up on the dock just to take a look around. Next thing I knew, I slipped off the dock, fell 5 feet onto the concrete landing, and came within inches of smashing my head against someone's boat trailer hitch. I single handedly almost gave 6 or 7 middle-aged men standing around (including my father) heart-attacks. As it was--I was a little cut & bruised, but with no serious damage.
Eugol Dlareg - April 15, 2008 - Report this comment
When I was in 8th grade, we called those shoes "Tupperware shoes".
Hollis - July 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I wore the root beer jellies in Honolulu every day to work behind the bar at the Merchant Square Oyster Bar and it was 1978....
m - May 06, 2009 - Report this comment
we called them spaghetti shoes and mine were slip on no strap. They were 80's!
Kerri - July 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I absolutely most positively wore these in high school in Texas in the late 70's! Maybe we were just ahead of the fashion world from the rest of you who didn't get them until the 80s but I sincerely doubt it lol. I remember my feet sweating like crazy in them in the Houston humidity and heat and wearing them to the beach in Galveston was NEVER a good idea and yes we had them both in the Mary Jane sandal type style AND the slip on ballet flat type style. I can't believe they are still around and my kids wore them when they were little even. Strange how fashion just circles around.....
Marly - September 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I too remember wearing them in the 70's. They were cheap but durable and they made my feet sweat despite the air cutouts. Every girl I knew had them. We'd get them at this cheap-o department store picking through big bins. Ahh, memories...
Dean - July 11, 2010 - Report this comment
In the Dallas area where I lived, Jellies referred to brightly colored, transparent plastic fishermen's sandals worn by women in the mid-80s with a variety of mid-80s casual clothes (I especially remember them with the oversized drop-waist dresses that were everywhere at the time). I later learned that an almost identical style had been popular among trendy males in the UK in the mid-70s, worn with high-waisted, baggily pleated, pegged trousers, close-fitting tops, and slicked-back hair, either influenced by or influencing David Bowie of the same period.
Lisa Koffler - January 18, 2011 - Report this comment
The 80s and 90s have them, too.
Lea - October 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a pair of jellies in 1979 for a trip to Europe. I was 7 and I wore them to the beaches there. They were cute--no problems. I was happy to see them again in 1995 while in college. I bought them and wore them on the last day of school. Big mistake. I had so many blisters by the end of that hot day that I threw the shoes in the trash when I got home. Luckily I didn't have to walk anywhere the next few days!!!
70s Kid - February 06, 2014 - Report this comment
We had jellies in the 70s. I had about 6 colors. My mother hated them but my cousin bought them for me behind her back.
Elizabeth - March 23, 2015 - Report this comment
Sorry, folks, especially those of the younger generation. Jellies WERE available in the 1970s. In fact, I got my first pair around 1976 or 1977. I had friends new to L.A. from Cambridge, MA who got theirs back east even earlier. At that time, the west coast lagged far behind the east coast when it came to fashion. And the Valley lagged behind the City (L.A.).
Elizabeth - March 23, 2015 - Report this comment
That is definitely the original Jelly style in the photo. I can tell by the covered heel. The newly manufactured Jellies in that same style have an open heel. Those in the photo are undoubtedly vintage.
Kayjay - September 13, 2015 - Report this comment
being a true soul boy in the mid 70s I bought these late 70s in red, and went brilliant with my denim dungarees
Sully - January 12, 2016 - Report this comment
London soul boys were wearing jellies in '76/'77 before the punks started wearing them. We wore them with Smith's jeans, bib 'n' brace overalls or 'pegs' and mohair jumpers. They were only clear back then and we used to wear them with loud coloured socks to go with a pair of red, green or blue Smith's. They were slightly different to the ones in the picture though, but similar enough.
Joy - July 16, 2017 - Report this comment
We wore the slip-on ballet flats style in Texas in the '80s, mostly with Mexican dresses.
Donna - December 13, 2019 - Report this comment
I had mine in the 70s they had the closed back I would wear socks that matched my dresses and in the water when we went to the cape because I didn't like the crabs grabbing my toes.
Bean - January 19, 2020 - Report this comment
I had them in every color they made! The ballet flat style. Even though they made your feet sweat and you would have the lines of dirt when you took them off lol

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