Although this shoe is generally associated with 70s & 80s punk, it actually dates back to World War II. Soldiers wore them in the deserts of North Africa, relying on the hardwearing crepe sole to provide them with protection from the climate and environment. After the war, the ex-soldiers continued stepping out in them ...on the town and "elsewhere", which is when they became known as "brothel creepers".
During the 50s, neo-Edwardian dandies known as Teddy Boys rocked them with skinny drainpipe jeans, a drape jacket, bolo tie and fabulous Elvis coiffure. (Their distinctive nickname was coined in 1953 by the Daily Express newspaper, when it shortened Edward to Teddy in a headline.)
Later, Malcolm McLaren made them famous when he sold them at his punk-centric "Let it Rock" shop on King's Road in London.
Fashion-forward RiRi recently got on a creeper kick that doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon. And small wonder, they're a great way to add some bite if an ensemble threatens to become too florally frou-frou, and let's face it, they're just plain comfortable.
These awesome Love/Hate creepers are by Undergound and available at 3939Shop.com.
- Lesley Scott