Over the decades beyond defending our country the military has been responsible for quite a few trends.In fact,I learned that the military was also a source of inspiration for the idea of ready to wear or mass producing clothing. They put the bomb in the bomber jacket and the combat in combat boots.Military chic has been around but another trend that has crept up on us all is the brothel creeper (or creeper for short).The suede variation of the creeper was worn by WWII soldiers in North Africa.After trudging through desert sands soldiers were often spotted on the night scene at pubs and bars wearing the creeper(thus the name brothel creeper).While the shoes’ thick soles were sturdy in the desert sands it went on to becoming a sturdy trend throughout the ’70s ’80s and ’90s.
The platform sneaker in many variations made its debut in the following shows: Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring couture 2016 and Alexander Wang’s fall 2015 show. Alexander Wang turned up the heat, or should I say, height with the “goth stomper” ranging to as tall as 15.24 centimeters. My favorite interpretations of the classic shoe has to be the ones debuted by the Puma-Fenty collab and Jean Paul Gaultier. Gaultier gave the creepers a more glamorous edge with crystals. Even Rihanna released an interpretation of this edgy shoe. Rihanna gave her salute to the shoe by releasing it in retro colorways.The most recent color way was the hunter green and burgundy creeper with a gum bottom.
I don’t like to tie myself down to a specific style or trend but lately my signature has been a dress/skirt and sneaker combo. I wanted to reinvent the look of the classic creeper in a subtle way. I noticed the creeper is typically styled with grunge like pieces like plaid. Today I chose to style it in a more feminine chic way.I paired the motorcycle jacket with the floral summer dress to give the easy breezy dress an edge.
My outfit included a golden yellow skater dress (which I discovered in H&M’s glorious sale section), a cropped motorcycle jacket and the Puma x FENTY suede creepers. To add some finishing touches to the look, I added a black and gold watch to compliment the gold details in the jacket.