How did a British toddler’s feet get all cut up and bloody after only 30 minutes of wearing a pair of new jelly sandals? That’s what the world wants to know.
Jelly sandals are those "squishy, candy-colored shoes that make you feel as if you are walking across a tray of Gummi Bears," as the Los Angeles Times once described them.
According to the curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, these plastic shoes were invented in the late 1950s or early 1960s, possibly by a French manufacturer trying to make the best during a leather shortage.
But that history probably doesn’t matter to 2-year-old Esme Connor, whose ankle was inflicted with deep cuts after wearing the plastic shoes, which she received as a birthday gift on June 3, reports the Daily Mail.
"I couldn't believe it because she had only been wearing them for half an hour," Esme’s mother, Lisa Connor, said. "It's not like she was running around in them for hours. She was just plodding around the house and then came running in in tears. There was blood all round her ankle and on the soles of her foot. Of course there will be new shoes that rub, but this is ridiculous. We had family and friends round on [June 3] to give her presents for her birthday. When I put them on her she said they weren't comfortable so we took them off straight away.”
The popular retailer Next, where Lisa said she does all her clothes shopping, sold the shoes in question. The company issued a response, according to the Daily Mail: "We are terribly sorry for the distress caused and we are taking this matter very seriously. We've asked for this pair of shoes to be returned so we can carry out a detailed inspection of this shoe, since this is the first complaint of this nature that we've received."
But Lisa said she wants the shoes to be taken off the market.