Sunday, 6 November 2011

Brothel Creepers

I thought it is time to pay some attention to the creepers which you can see everywhere at the moment.

They were first worn during WWII by soldiers who were located in the North African desert who needed such hardwearing shoes with crepe soles for the climate and environment there. They then had their first “appearance” in London when ex soldiers wore them in the London clubbing scene after WWII – hence the name Brothel Creepers.

Then in the 50s the Teddy Boys wore them with their drainpipe trousers. In the 70s they had another comeback when Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood sold them to a more rocker inspired crowd. Since then the Creepers finished off the look of some subcultures like punks, pschobillies and Goths.

And now well, they were all over the AW11 catwalk and gone “mainstream”. Pretty cool, ey?!?


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  2. Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood catered to the PUNK rock scene with their shop "Sex" - NOT the "rocker" crowd (biker style - leather and boots, etc).
    I really hope they don't go mainstream. It's not fun to be one of the sheep.