Do you remember wearing jelly shoes with “bead socks?” They were the rage in the 1980s and early ‘90s. Well, jelly shoes have made a comeback in recent years, especially in sandal versions.

Jelly sandals now come in a variety of brands, styles, and colors – some even from well-known designers like Chanel and Jimmy Choo. While jelly sandals may be cute and fashionable – as well as cheap since they’re made of PVC plastic –  they can be bad for your feet.

Reasons Why Jelly Sandals Wreak Havoc on Your Feet

Although you may find some styles in rubber, usually jelly sandals are entirely made of PVC plastic. While plastic may make these sandals durable and waterproof for beach and pool use, it doesn’t allow your feet to breathe. When your feet can’t breathe, they may sweat more. Excessive sweating can cause:

  • Strong foot odor that may be embarrassing to some people.
  • Foot irritation leading to contact dermatitis, athlete’s foot, or blisters.
  • Your foot to slip and slide out of your shoe which may result in you twisting or turning your ankle.

Leather is a better choice for sandals since they allow your feet to breathe compared to plastic and other man-made materials.

Jelly sandals provide your feet with no arch support, which can make your feet roll inward while walking, causing pain to your heels, arches, balls of your feet, and toes.

Since jelly sandals often are flat with little or no heel, they can cause you to strain your Achilles tendon, resulting in pain radiating from your heel up the back of your leg. If you’re used to wearing heels, a flat shoe can overstretch your calf muscles. Also, flat jelly sandals can alter your gait and make you take shorter steps, especially if you feel like the sandals may slide off your feet due to the sandals’ fit or from excessive sweating. This altered gait can cause hip and lower back pain since your hips, knees, and feet are out of alignment because your feet are not properly supported.

Jelly sandals often provide no cushioning for your feet since they are constructed of a thin piece of hard plastic. Since your feet are not cushioned during walking or running, they will absorb the full force this movement places on your bones and muscles, leading to arch and heel pain, as well as possible injury from stress fractures.

The hard plastic edges on the straps and the insoles of jelly sandals also can cause friction  when the plastic rubs against your heels, the balls of your feet, and/or your toes. Blisters, cuts, calluses, and corns may form from repeated friction.

Pair Your Jelly Sandals with ezWalker® Performance Insoles for Increased Comfort

Since summer and sandals just go together, you can make your jelly sandals more comfortable by wearing them with ezWalker Performance Insoles. When you purchase ezWalker Performance Insoles, you will get insoles that are specifically designed to the contour of each one of your feet. That means you will receive customized support for your medial, lateral, and trans-metatarsal arches to relieve pressure on the arches, heels, the balls of the feet, and toes. You will walk better since your feet are cushioned, and your gait is re-aligned correctly due to the bio-mechanical repositioning of your feet. Therefore, your feet will feel better at the end of the day.

For open-toe, open-heel jelly sandals, secure the ezWalker Performance Insoles to the foot bed of each shoe with a piece of Velcro® to keep it securely in place. The Velcro allows you to easily remove the ezWalker Performance Insole, so you can use them in all of your shoes – casual and athletic footwear, work shoes and boots, and even fashionable high heels.

Visit to learn why ezWalker Performance Insoles are the right insoles for your feet. When your feet feel good, you feel good!