Review: Mel heart front jelly shoes

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Mel jelly shoes with hearts, c/o Spartoo, £57.99

Yup, I did it: I got a pair of the Mel heart-front shoes I wrote about a few weeks ago. Is anyone really surprised?

When I featured these back in May, I’d only come across the blue and red version, and I wasn’t too sure about them, saying that although I loved the IDEA, I thought they looked a little too cartoonish. Well, I still think they look a little cartoonish (I mean, they’re jelly shoes with hearts on the front….), but when I discovered this pink and black version, which is a lot more toned down, I suddenly decided I loved them.

And I do. Love them, that is. As with the Melissa flats I featured last week, these aren’t going to be my day-to-day or special occasion shoes, but I love the idea of wearing them almost like high-heeled galoshes: well, they’ll be so much more fun than a pair of wellies on a rainy day, won’t they?

I bought my usual size 4 in these, and I realise I’m pretty much repeating what I said last week about the flats, but if I’d ever wondered about the comfort of jelly shoes (And I had), those fears have been put to rest: I was actually amazed by how soft the uppers are, and how comfortable they are to wear. I actually think they’re more comfortable than a leather or other man-made upper, and don’t seem to require any breaking-in, which is great. Whether or not they’ll still be comfortable after a full day’s wear remains to be seen: I suspect not, to be honest, because my experience is that most heels will still to pinch a little bit at least by the end of the day, but fingers crossed.

To answer the questions that always come up when I feature Melissa/Mel shoes:

1. No, the heel doesn’t bend: it’s not jelly all the way through, and there’s a regular (strong) stiletto hiding under that upper.

2. Yes, I suspect they will make the feet sweat. Well, they’re plastic: it seems inevitable, really. I don’t have this issue with any of the Lady Dragons I have, because they’re peep toed slingbacks, which means most of the foot is exposed, and therefore doesn’t get sweaty. These are enclosed, so I’m guessing that, like any non-breathable upper, they won’t exactly keep you cool. My Melissa flats aren’t any worse than any other enclosed shoes I own, though, so I’m hoping these won’t be either.

3. They don’t smell like bubblegum. This is Melissa’s lower-priced range, and these shoes don’t have that fabulous bubblegum scent that the Lady Dragons do. I think that’s a shame, because I LOVE the scent of those shoes, but I know some people absolutely hate it, so while these do have a faint scent when you take them out of the box, it’s not the super-sweet bubblegum smell you might be expecting. Shame.

I ordered these from Spartoo, using a gift code supplied by the store: the size 4 has since sold out in this colourway, but there are other sizes available, and they’re also stocked in black, with a red heart, which I think is pretty cute too.

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  • Reply July 25, 2013


    I’ve been on the fence about the whole jelly shoe thing for so long, considered some of the Lady Dragons but was not sure about the comfort etc.

  • Reply July 25, 2013


    Jelly, high heels seem so weird to me, but they don’t look as weird as I would expect. You are right, great for a rainy day at the least! :-)

  • Reply October 4, 2013


    I wore them last week at the friend’s wedding. At first it was okay. But few hours later… I thought that my feet would fall off. The pain was terrible. But still I managed to wear them something about 10 hours. I don’t blame shoes for that discomfort – it’s normal with high heels. Althought my feet were hurt I didn’t have any abrasions. Also at the end of the party shoes were extremely dirty but the next day I cleaned them without any problem:) One, little minus – my feet sweat and shoes fall of few times while I was dancing – I would almost killed myself:D

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