Shoe Trend: Brothel Creepers

Something very peculiar has been stirring in fashion land this season: gone are the printed shoes, lace-up stilettos and pretty ballerina flats normally favoured by designers in the warmer seasons and in their place are some rather questionable replacements. Yup, it would seem designers from Miu Miu to Philip Lim have gone to the dark side, bringing to the runways s/s 2012’s hottest trend: ugly shoes we love to hate. From stripper heel-inspired Perspex numbers to flatforms and pointed velvet mules, ugly-chic is having a moment. And right at the front of the been-hit-by-the-ugly-stick queue? The queen of fabulously unfortunate footwear, the brothel creeper.

Brothel creepers ““ the flatform’s cooler, older sister – have been spotted on the most fashionable of feet, from Jessie J to devout creeper, Rihanna, and what they lack in grace and elegance they sure make up for in edgy coolness. Love them or hate them, creepers are set to stay firmly on our trotters through summer and well into next season.

The retro throwback flats first shot to sartorial infamy in their fifties heyday as the footwear of choice for oversized blazer and turned up jean-clad Teddy boys, before they witnessed a revival as the shoe du jour of seventies punks.

Stacked brogues on the Prada 2011 RTW catwalks signaled a stirring in the fash world and creepers were once again the shoe of choice.   If that wasn’t enough of a sartorial seal of approval, King Karl (Largerfeld, obviously!) featured the style heavily in his Chanel cruise collection. And if it’s good enough for Karl”¦

Creepers are surprisingly easy to wear and provide just the right dollop of edginess to an outfit. Team with a cutesy mini, a la Chanel, or up the ante with ripped tights and slashed daisy dukes. Even an ethereal floaty midi, crop top and skirt or oversized man’s shirt work with these babies.

Signal your inner angsty, Shoreditch teen with a pair of Underground’s double or triple stacked numbers ““ they’re the original and the best. As for design, anything goes, from plain or tartan to leopard print and embellished numbers. Or why not do a Ri-Ri and scribble some obscenities on the heel? Hmm, maybe not.

However you wear yours for summer, accessories with a smudge of black kohl and a generous helping of attitude!

Guest post by Jodi Lawler from, where you can find all you need to know on the latest shoe trends as well as fashion inspiration and beauty advice.

Jodi Lawler writes for, where you can find all you need to know on the latest shoe trends as well as fashion inspiration and beauty advice.

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