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Are You Ready for This Jelly? 17 Shoes That Say Yes, Yes You Are

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You know the saying, if you were old enough to wear it the first time, you're too old to wear it the second? We don't think it holds true when it comes to jelly shoes. Even if you were old enough to ride the first big wave of jelly shoes back in the '80s, we encourage you to do it again. Jellies are looking mighty sophisticated this time 'round, even available as the holy of fashion holies, the YSL Tribute shoe. It's also hard to argue against the shoe's practicality. Who wants to wear a full-calf rain boot during a humid summer thunderstorm when you can keep your feet dry in a cheerful green ballet flat from kate spade? And this posh-er cousin to flip flop is undeniably great for pool- or beach-side fun—all you need for sand removal is a garden hose (try that with a "real" Trib shoe). Check out 17 of our favorites in the gallery above, and allow them to convince you that the second time is definitely the charm. —Julie Chen

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