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Creepy Cool

    Radiohead - "CREEP"

    Back in January, I posted about a fabulous pair of Rupert Sanderson pony skin, platform “creepers.” I wasn’t able to purchase these beauties because they were sold out. So, I have to settle for my less elegant, old school creepers.

    wearing my white "creepers"

    The Creepers -- rockabilly band from Australia

    I only wear these babies every once in a while because they are the type of shoe you can’t wear every day – people remember them. With the exception of my singer/songwriter bud Jensen, none of my friends appreciate the rockabilly and punk rock vibe they suggest.

    Stray Cats, Brian Setzer rocks out in his creepers

    "creepy" Jerry Lee Lewis

    Rockabilly music is a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, country, R&B, swing and boogie woogie. The music style emerged in the early 1950’s making its mark with lots of bass, energy, pompadour hairdo’s, bolo ties (check out WendyB’s post on these!) and brothel creepers (as they are technically known).

    The Clash - Mick Jones (second from left) in his black creepers

    Sex Pistols (pre Sid) - Steve Jones in red creepers

    In the 1970’s, Malcolm McLaren (who was Vivienne Westwood’s partner at the time) sold creepers at his shop in London and the shoe was popular among punk, new wave and ska bands. Typically, they were worn with stovepipe pants and white T’s, but some fans of rockabilly (known as Teddy Boys) also wore them with Edwardian style jackets.

    jacket - Belstaff
    tee - DSquared
    jeans - Guess
    shoes - T.U.K.
    shades - Gianfranco Ferre
    ring - Metal Pointus, Paris

    Brothel creepers are a little hard to find today, but they are still sold as stores like the British Boot Company and Underground shoes U.K.
    various creepers available on Polyvore