Creepers or Brothel Creepers are a type of shoe that originated during WW2 where soldiers in Northern Africa would use them because of the weather. With time they were adopted by Teddy Boys and became extremely popular when The Sex Pistols and Vivienne Westwood started using them and selling them. Since then, it has been adopted by various subcultures such as punk, psychobillies, greasers, ska, and even Japanese Visual Key kids.
(Creepers worn by Teddy Boys)
Recently, with all the flat form trends, creepers have started to resurface on to the popular culture most notoriously after being seen on the Prada S/S 2011 collection where Miuccia presented her own version of the shoe. Prior to this, they had also been seen in Dior, Dior Homme, Nathan Jenden, Yohji Yamamoto, Max Mara, Jil Sander, Sonia Rykel, Marc Jacobs, Costume National and the list could goes on.
Creepers come both with a rounded toe or a pointed toe and in low and high top variations. They can also be found in various materials such as suede and leather and the color scheme is endless ranging from basic tones, to animal print to an even wilder range of neon colors. Personally, I love this trend I have been wearing creepers for quite some time and I’ve had some 3 or 4 pairs of them. I love to wear them with skinny jeans but if done right I’ve seen them worn with dresses and skirts and they look equally fantastic.
(Mine from TUK Shoes)
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Where to buy Creepers?
http://www.underground-england.co.uk/ (My personal favorites)