Love ‘em, hate ‘em, or love to hate ‘em, creepers are having another moment in the sun. Introduced in the ‘40s, popularized in the ‘60s, and updated by Prada in 2011, Stella McCartney in 2014, and Alexander Wang in 2015, these closed-toe flatform shoes are a trend that never dies. On runways, streets, and even designed by style icon Rihanna, in collaboration with PUMA, these thick soled shoes are here to stay—for a season, at least, until they fade away and no doubt reemerge again in the future.
The new creepers we’re spotting on street style stars today are more preppy than punk, and put the chic in geek chic. There are all kinds of variations on the iconic creeper, including creeper oxfords and creeper loafers, as seen here. We’re drawn to this unusual footwear form because there’s something intriguing about the design that we can’t take our eyes off of—maybe it’s the height, or maybe the rebellious nature of their colorful history. Whatever it is, we’re game to be creeps this season. Join us by trying this trend and raise your shoe game to new heights. Pair creepers with tailored trousers or a ladylike skirt (add stylish socks if you dare!).