Creepers are a platformed men’s and women’s shoe usually designed with suede uppers and thick crepe soles.
Creepers could first be seen on the feet of soldiers in World War II as they were used to combat the harsh dessert environment of North Africa. Following the war and army, the soldiers would wear the shoes to London clubs and nightspots. These shoes would later be called “brothel creepers”.
In the 50’s, Teddy Boys and other Rockabilly types began to wear the shoes to match their quiff and pompadour haircuts, drainpipe trousers, draped jackets, and velvet/electric blue fashion.
The shoe took off again in the 70’s with the emergence of punk. They would continue to stay popular amongst the new wave crowd as well.
Their popularity really took off in the 90’s with the rise of music genres such as goth, indie, ska, psycobilly, and Japanese Visual Kei.
Today creepers can be see on the feet of Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Types of creepers