While they were awesome in theory, jelly shoes did not work so well in practice. The plastic would steam up as your feet got hot, and then you'd start slipping around in them creating blisters unlike you'd ever had before! But, they came in tons of rad colors, and I'm sure I talked my mother into buying me at least two pairs. The best thing we ever did with jelly shoes was put them in the freezer. They'd freeze in about five minutes, and then you'd stick your feet in the super cold shoes, and walk around squealing until they thawed again. This never got old.
So this is just the latest in pieces of my childhood that are now available for purchase again. Rainbow Brite and Transformers have been back for a little while and now I'm just waiting to see new commercials for My Buddy and Teddy Ruxpin. What's most bizarre about this whole turn of events is that fact that I (and people my age) are being targeted so aggressively with all our old toys. Whatever happened to being inventive and creating something new? Is this what happened to my parents when they were my age? I realize that most of the people I graduated high school with have full-time jobs and kids who might love Rainbow Brite, but for me (childless and part-time), it's just so foreign that I feel like the advertisers are trying to get me to reinvigorate my love for childhood toys--for myself. I guess that is the case with the jelly shoes, actually.
I won't be duped though. As kitchy and cool as it might be to show up to a party wearing new jellies, I remember all too well the pain that they caused to my feet. And considering the $40 pricetag--that's not a pain I'm inflicting on my credit card.