Sandals are not my thing, especially jelly sandals. I am not a beach person (actually, the beach terrifies me) and the feeling of hot sticky plastic glued to my feet in summer is my idea of a nightmare. But I do love the look of them. In the last 12 months we have seen jelly shoes and sandals make a huge comeback. They are far more fashionable than they used to be when I was a child, but are they more comfortable? I insisted to anyone that would listen that they would still be horribly uncomfortable, even though I hadn’t actually tried a pair in years. Then I was challenged. Holster Fashion, a globally renowned Australian maker of jellies footwear, believe their jellies are the comfiest available and offered me to choose a pair to prove me wrong. When I looked over the designs on their website it didn’t take much arm twisting for me to say, “ok …. give it your best shot”.
My dislike for jellies tracks way back to my childhood. Not only did I hate the sticky feeling you would get on a scorching hot Aussie summer day, but they had zero arch support and as a dancer (I started ballroom dancing at age 4) it pained my feet to walk around completely flat footed. My concerns are still present today with most shoes and when I look closely at even the most expensive shoes very few have arch support. I know I sound like a grandma right now but arch support is imperative in a casual shoe, and it can make all the difference to your posture.
When it came time to actually pick a Holster style I liked it was challenging. I liked at least half a dozen but I settled on the Masquerade Stud Wedge Sandals in Champagne colour. Here is my review of the sandals.
- I was hesitant picking the Champagne colour based on the website image because it looked perfect in the photo but as I am pale skinned it could have made me look washed out if it wasn’t exactly as pictured. It turns out the colour is true to picture and the soft neutral shade. It is so beautiful.
- The 4.5cm wedge style gives a short person like me just enough height without looking too dressy, and it isn’t too much heel for someone who would be tall. The contour in the middle of the shoe provides arch support (!!!!!) and the angle isn’t too steep so your feet don’t slide forward much.
- The inside sole of the shoe has a slightly cushioned pad in what feels like a fabric covering. It makes the shoe extremely comfortable to wear and also assits the foot in not sliding forward.
- The masquerade design is a thong/flip-flop style with the toe separator leading into a design of 8-figure shapes up to the ankle straps which secure with a buckle on the outer-side of the foot. The plastic is embellished with nickle-free copper studs (not glued on. Actually studded) and feel soft on the skin. It doesn’t pinch like some jellies can.
- I haven’t had an extremely hot day (40°C+) to test these on since receiving them but I have tested them against pretty hot weather and they didn’t get glued to my feet. I still had a bit of sweat but I found the ‘fabric-feel’ pad on the inside of the shoe made it less noticeably and I didn’t slide around everywhere.
Overall, I do think these shoes have completely changed my perception of jellies so I guess I was wrong about them all being horrible. I think Holster have done a great job in modernising jellies and especially for women who want to stay classy but have something fun to wear.
NOTE: I am wearing Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics High Intensity Nail Color in Glee on my toes.
What Holster say ….
For those ladies looking for a little bit of height and a little bit of mystery, these wedges have it all. A selection of neutrals and high summer brights along with a 4.5cm heel, these wedges will be your absolute go-to this season. Also available in a flat jelly and a genuine Swarovski® elements jelly.
Australia $69.99 from Holster Australia (ship internationally), David Jones and Mathers
USA & UK – Buy online from Holster Australia or visit their stockist list for a full list of stockists.
What do you think of jellies? Love or loathe? Have you tried Holster jellies? Let me know by commenting below!
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