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Our Guide To Melissa Shoes | Iconic Styles, Fit & Size Guide

Giving us nostalgic, pop luxury vibes, the iconic Melissa shoes are back on the block once again. Launching the original ‘jelly’ shoes, Melissa’s avant-garde designs have been revolutionising the footwear industry since 1979.

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Seen on the ultimate Instagram girls, their fashion-forward collaborations and playful platform styles are a key trend this season. With jelly, not being your usual material of choice, feel free to fire away with your questions because our guide is here to answer them all.

What are Melissa Shoes?

Melissa is a Brazilian brand, born as French Riviera-inspired jelly shoes. They were known for their unrivalled collaborations before collaborations become the thing. They’ve previously conceptualized with big names from Karl Lagerfeld to Hello Kitty.

Melissa shoes are made from a unique patented plastic material called Melflex® that is highly flexible and comfortable, and that can be moulded into various designs. Melissa’s shoes are marked with the ox head icon which means they are made 100% of real plastic.

Where are Melissa’s shoes made?

Melissa’s shoes are all made in Brazil by Grendene. They are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of synthetic footwear and have over 40 years of experience.

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Do Melissa shoes smell?

Melissa shoes have a signature smell, they not only look delicious they are infused with a sweet, bubblegum scent. If taken care of the scent can last up to a year.

Do Melissa shoes run true to size?

Thanks to Melflex®, their very own PVC, every pair of Melissas is flexible, comfortable and resistant. Melissa Shoes do run true to size. Bear in mind they do not do half sizes and they do not stretch so if you sit in a half size it might be wise to round up.

Please see our size guide to help you.

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How to clean Melissa shoes?

Although Melissa jelly shoes are well-known for their durability, taking proper care and cleaning them well will prolong their lifespan. It’s a good idea to use a wet towel or wipe them down to remove dirt attached to the surface of your shoes, avoid washing machines and dry cleaning.

Protect your shoes by not putting them under the sun or using heat on them. High temperatures accelerate the ageing of rubber, making them brittle and in the worst-case scenario, crack. Avoid hanging them to out dry so they don’t lose their shape and then remember to put them back in your bag to keep their signature smell.

How to stretch Melissa shoes?

Melissa’s shoes are made of plastic, so they do not stretch. Hence, why you must find a pair that fits your feet perfectly.

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Are Melissa shoes sustainable?

Melissa shoes are cruelty-free and 100% recyclable. Their approach is responsible, for putting the planet first. All plastic can be reused and they encourage you to return your shoes when they no longer are wearable so they can repurpose them.

They use no animal ingredients, raw ingredients or auxiliary materials in their production, including finishing process (glossy, matte, flocking) and no animal testing.

Melissa Shoes Collaborations

In 1983, Melissa launched their first of many collaborations with the iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier. Renowned for his eccentric and avant-garde designs it was a match made in heaven. The products created in collaborations carry the signature of big names in fashion, art and design and are accessible to everybody.

Currently, on allsole you can find their Viktor and Rolf collaboration which is providing us with the perfect platform sandals to pair with white socks for summer. The Blossom platform sandals are decorated with intricate laser-cut flowers and adorable floral appliqués across the front strap, mixing a cute look with an edge.

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