Some Things Just Get Better With Age – All hail The Creeper!
Fashion Reporter: Sian O’Donnell
The brothel creeper: as recognisable in British culture as Barbara Windsor, roast dinners on Sunday and the Union Jack dress. So what better way to celebrate this year’s festivities than with the Limited Edition, Rock ‘n’ Roll Royalty Underground Creepers!
Nothing symbolises cool Britannia better than a pair of beaten up brothel creepers. From the 1950’s to today, people are still going crazy for the comfortable and style savvy footwear. And what says it more aptly than ‘Love’ and ‘Hate’ studded on the back of a pair of patent royal blue and black leopard print creepers – biker chic at its most tantalizing?
With the zip detailing around the front and the bronze metallic shine on the creeper wedges (we need!) the origional, Underground Creepers have come up trumps again with a collaboration with East London’s 3939 shop. At £140, these British Beauties are too good to go trouncing through the mud at festivals this summer, save for best only – crying into your pimms due to irreversible scuff marks is not a good look!
The crepe- soled shoes have long since been the uniform of Teddy Boys, punks and ska-heads but have recently been inherited by the fashion industry (oh, the irony!), taken over from where Doc Martens left off. Brit School pop stars and X-Factor hopefuls, through to grime kids and catwalk models have since embraced the look as their own, personalised in a range of garish colours, textiles and animal prints. It is a trend that does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
In contrast, more elaborate designs, styles and concepts are being produced at such a rate, the WWII soldiers in the African desert, who were first to adopt such footwear for their climate surroundings, would be stomping in their graves. Who said Rock ‘n’ Roll was dead?