Win a pair of original jelly sandals
Remember these? The sandals of so many of our childhoods, the single shoes so many of us lost to the sea? Well they’re back (not those ones from the sea) and in no small part thanks to a Worthing mother who wouldn’t settle for the China-made copies flooding the European market.
Created in France in 1946, the original fisherman-style Méduse Sun jelly sandals earned themselves a special place in fashion history when a craze for the brightly-coloured footwear hit Europe in the 1980s and 1990s. And when Kelly White moved to Worthing two years ago, she started a search for the sandals she remembered from her childhood so that she and her children could play on the pebbly beach.
“I eventually stumbled across these original French jelly sandals online and fell in love with the story behind the brand, not to mention the jellies themselves which were just like I remembered but even better as they now came in a rainbow of over 20 colours!”
Kelly discovered that a Frenchman first created jelly shoes during the leather shortage following World War II, when they were given the nickname Méduse, meaning jellyfish. With the sandals still being made in France, using traditional injection moulding techniques and high quality PVC, she became convinced that there would be demand for the shoes in the UK and founded her company Sun Jellies to bring them to our shores.
“I thought that other people were likely to have fond memories of the jellies from their childhood and this combined with the authentic retro design and the fun, practical features made me confident that it would be a good business to run from home while my children are young.”
Now sold online at www.sunjellies.com, through shops in London and Manchester and at Brighton vintage boutique Wolf & Gypsy, the business is going from strength to strength.
Enter the competition
To try and tempt an Indian summer down to the South Coast, we’re giving away a pair of original Méduse Sun jelly sandals to one lucky reader!
To be in with a chance of winning a pair in the size and colour of your choice (subject to availability) simply leave a comment below sharing your childhood memories of jelly sandals – or even a story from the not-to-distant past.
Deadline for entries is midnight Sunday 8 September and a winner will be chosen at random and contacted via the e-mail address used to leave their comment in the week commencing 9 September.