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Hot or Not: Creepers

Published 09/30/2013 by

Jeepers, are you wearing creepers?! The better question may be: what in the heck are creepers? No, we’re not talking peeping toms; we’re referring to the flatform-meets-oxford-meets-punk shoe that has come to dominate both runway and street alike, making it one of the latest trends in footwear.

Believe it or not, creepers originated decades ago, providing soldiers the ideal footwear for trekking across African deserts. Creeper shoes made their mark in the fashion world during the 1970s, when the trend quickly took hold among the punk rocker crowd. The name itself comes from the rubber, known as crepe rubber, used to create the sole of the shoe. Naturally crinkly, they give creepers that distinctive, toaster-oven look.

Now that you’ve digested some fashion history, the real question is: are creeper shoes a do or don’t? With the 70s long gone, the creeper shoe needn’t be exclusive to punks or rockers. Paired easily with skirts or skinny jeans, the creeper shoe may just prove to be an unexpectedly versatile option in your flats rotation.

So, what’s your take on the creeper shoe?  Is it a trend better left in the decade from which it came or will you be working this chunky-soled rebel cool kick this fall? Love it or hate it, one thing’s for sure: creepers make a sartorial statement.

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