In recent months, my feet have mostly been wearing Jubes from Mel by Melissa. I’d only heard of Melissa by her range of jelly shoes with Vivienne Westwood which were kinda out of my price range, and from what I’d heard not that comfortable, but when I saw that Melissa did a range of cheaper (yet still bubblegum scented) jelly shoes under the brand of ‘Mel’ I snapped up two pairs in a heartbeat. I think I’m kinda late to the Mel party as I bought mine in March from Schuh in Bluewater- one pastel pink pair and one black as I couldn’t decide which colour would go with more of my clothes- for £25 each and I’ve actually got loads of wear out of both pairs at both work and play.
Upon researching Mel, I discovered that all of their shoes are not only vegan-friendly but they’re also recyclable. Last year, after watching Collapse, I started thinking more and more about my usage of plastic, but then came to the realisation that there’s absolutely no way that I could cut plastic out of my life like I have done with meat as it’s just EVERYWHERE and in almost EVERYTHING! So I really like that Mel have considered that in their usage of plastic as I’m sure it not something that all shoe manufacturers think of.
I bought both pairs a size larger than I usually would as I found them to be a little tight. They’ve lasted really well so far- they haven’t fallen apart nor do they stink like hell like virtually every other pair of pumps I’ve owned after a few weeks of wear- in fact, they still smell of bubblegum, albeit only mildly! I think the holey crochet design helps in the sweaty-feet-in-the-summer factor and the larger size has also given a bit of room for foot swell when I’ve either been walking across town or generally been a bit hot. Also, I discovered on Monday is that I can go paddling in them too- bonus!
I rationalised my decision to buy both pairs by telling myself that two pairs of these are still cheaper than one pair of Viv/Melissa pumps (that I was considering just moments earlier in Urban Outfitters). I’ve actually had a few comments from girls asking me where they’re from and are often not surprised that they’re ‘by the lady that made the jellies with Viv.’
All in all, I’d really recommend these shoes for the summer- they’re so comfortable- and I am, in fact, considering making another purchase from the range. Will you be investing in a pair? x