Mel Pop Heart ballet flats

My new obsession…

Mel Pop Heart ballet flats

… is with jelly ballet flats. Trust me when I tell you I’m every bit as surprised by this development as you probably are.

The fact is, though, I got a pair of the Vivienne Westwood for Melissa flats from Sarenza a couple of months ago, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I’ve worn them almost every day since then. Well, OK, I AM exaggerating a little. Only a little, though, because the fact is, these shoes are to me what sneakers are to most other people. They’re comfortable (WAY more support and cushioning than regular flats, seriously). They’re practical. (Well, it rains a lot here. What’s a good thing to wear in the rain? WATERPROOF SHOES, obviously.) They wipe clean in seconds when I’ve just gone tramping through a muddy field in them on Rubin’s walk, and I don’t have to worry that they’ll fall apart if they get rained on (and they WILL get rained on). In other words? Jelly flats for the win. Seriously.

These particular jelly flats are by Mel (you can find them here) and came to me courtesy of Surfdome who, no, don’t just sell clothes for surfers. I was surprised too. They arrived on Saturday morning and have barely left my feet since (no, they don’t make your feet sweat. Not any more than regular flats do, anyway.). This is probably not too surprising, however, given that I’m still deep in the throes of that whole ‘Closet Crisis’ I keep banging on about, and basically hate everything I own. Or all the clothes, anyway. I still love the shoes, and thank God for that, because that would’ve been awkward, huh?

Actually, though, I think that’s WHY I like shoes so much. They just always work, don’t they? You never have to wonder if you’re too fat/thin/short/tall for them, or whether they flatter your figure or whatever. They look the same every day, and if you’re very lucky, they smell like bubblegum. (Not these ones, though, sadly.) Thank God for shoes, huh? Especially the ones with hearts on the toes…

Mel heart shoes

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  • Amber these are too cute, I grew up wearing jellies and I love that they make grown up versions. My coworker actually has a pair of wedges by Mel and I couldn’t believe how comfortable they are. I think it’s time to get myself a pair.

    September 24, 2013
  • Fran


    When they came out I was afraid they’d be a bit frail so I wasn’t tempted, but if they are that strong then I suspect some will be coming my way soon. 😛 Rubin looks adorable as ever!

    September 24, 2013
  • Kate Spade has some Jelly Flats on sale at Zappos that I’ve wanted for ages. The bow on the toe is just adorable, and it rains a lot here too. I think I might need to take the plunge and get them. Or these, these are cute too.

    Fashion and Happy Things

    September 24, 2013
  • LOVE these (and the color version you chose too, red and nude is one of my favorites) and am definitely thinking of getting these. We’ll be shoe twins:))

    September 25, 2013
  • Jelly shoes always remind me of my stepfather, whose summer uniform consists of jeans, a t-shirt, a blazer and a grown up version of those jelly sandals kids wear. It looks hilarious, and sadly prevents me from taking these seriously 🙁

    September 26, 2013
  • Got a nude Tangerine pair from Mel, which comes with a bow (saved here: – but actually my save disappeared from the Challenge Week 2 post?), and also own two pairs of “fake” Mel (one has been saved here:
    As the real Mel shoes are covered inside with a kind of very thin and soft fabric, they are definitely very comfortable and don’t make your feet slide or stick or anything. As you said Amber, they’re the same than any other shoes for sweat and blisters, maybe even better actually.
    But the fake Mel… are awful. Softness disappears below 20°, giving way to blisters. Trust the bubblegum scent…

    September 30, 2013
  • Those are adorable!

    September 30, 2013
  • I finally managed to catch up on your blog! Hurrah. You are now wearing flats? How long have I been away????

    They are very very cute! And I am loving your new shoe shelves, I did spent a bit of time drooling over your shoes! I’d love a cool way to store mine, but I’ve already had to add an extra wardrobe and chest of draws to my room, I cannot fit anything else in here, first world problems, eh? I’m also admiring the skirt you got from Florida! How cute, I’m going to Florida in May – hopefully I can bag myself some equally beautiful items when I am out there!

    Corinne x

    October 1, 2013
  • Amy


    These shoes are so cute that you convinced me to check out Mel for myself. I ordered a pair with pink and black tiger stripes. Bright + waterproof = win in this grey Seattle fall and winter.

    October 2, 2013