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I had my heart set on iridescent pink jelly slippers.
All my little girlfriends had a set of either pink or clear slippers, and they were just. so. cool. Debuting in stores just in time for the summer holidays, the flexible shoes were the most über-cool trend since jelly bracelets. And I had a lot of jelly bracelets.
We pulled up to Sears and I jumped out of the car, willing my parents to pick up their pace. I had jelly slippers to pick out! And as we approached the shoe department, I saw them – clear jelly slippers with just a subtle hint of pinky-purple. It was Cinderella-meets-JEM, and I was in heaven.
Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw them. RED! Red jelly slippers! Never had I seen such a bold colour emblazoned so ruthlessly on the squishy shoes. I would officially be the only girl on the block to sport the daring new hue. Could I pull it off? Should I be a fashion trailblazer? Heck yeah.
And so, one summer day in 1986, already tanned from endless hours spent outdoors sans sun protection, I posed in front of our mustard-coloured fridge – in our kitchen with groovy ceramic tiles – and made fashion history: the first girl in my neighbourhood to wear solid-hued jelly slippers.
Paging Anna Wintour.