There’s no denying it anymore, the brothel creeper isn’t a passing one-season fad. They’re the marmite of footwear and yet, here we are, full schwing into a new season and these crepe-soled clompers are still storming down the runways, hitting the streets and finding themselves unexpectedly on the feet of our favourite A-listers and most style-stalked at fashion week. Prada’s sell-out striped sandwich-soled brogues from S/S’11 were a good (and marginally more feminine) introduction for quivering creeper-phobics. A thousand off-duty models swapped their signature ankle boots for Prada’s surprise ‘it’ shoes.
This autumn/winter however, creepers are heading back to their really hard-core roots: Underground, the London-based shoe-brand who specialise in anarchically British footwear, has had a phenomenal reaction to their classic brothel creepers with girls up and down the country buying authentic versions for a truly original look. None of this copping out lark with a faux spongy sole – we’re all about the double platform, no less!
So who better for Underground to collaborate with than king of rebellious Brit-cool, Ashish? We assumed that the Tipp-Exd and studded catwalk creepers that we saw pound the be-sequinned runway were one-of-a-kind can’t-touch-these catwalk creations, but luckily, the Ashish X Underground DIY creeper is available to you through ASOS.com – RIGHT ruddy NOW!
Even though the office is still divided into pro and anti-creeper camps, there’s been fierce debate from one and all over Style Hunter’s potential brothel designs. Being the ever-chic (and modest) ladies we are at Grazia HQ, we thought we’d go for this autumn’s motif of the moment – the polka dot.
I’ve picked some of my favourite creeper-clad fashionistas for inspiration on how to wear them, but you can also check out our fine Tipp-Ex skills with these shots of our lovely fashion intern-turned-creeper-convert Natasha Howard. Don’t you love her little addition of lacy ankle socks?
- Hannah Almassi
Images from Vicki Adamson/ASP, Anthea Simms/ASP, Phill Taylor and Hannah Almassi taken on the Olympus XZ-1