How to Wear Creepers

Originated in the 1940s as part of a World War II military wardrobe, creepers became a fashion statement in the late 1950s suited for mainstream females and members of hipster, rockabilly, punk, and skater subcultures. Named for their chunky crepe rubber soles that make no sound, creepers are thick-soled shoes with a somewhat geeky, androgynous appearance that pair better with certain styles of clothing. If you’re looking for style inspiration on how to wear creepers, keep on reading for our stylish tricks.

Opt for a style of creepers that suit your personality.

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Several of today’s fashion pieces complement creeper shoes for a trendy and modern look. Creepers today feature an array of patterns and styles in bold colors or fun and festive prints that can add some personality to your street style. You may think of going for animal prints, checkered patterns and even muted colors for a more feminine look, while bright hues and vibrant metallic designs will add some trendy touch to your style. Also, the thickness of the sole varies that may suit your personality. When pairing creepers with shorts and skirts, some women often experiment with a variety of hosiery and socks including tights, stockings, knee socks, or thigh-high socks.

Keep your style edgy and effortless.


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For relaxed weekend style, creepers in any design look great with boyfriend jeans, oversized coat, graphic tee, pants, and such. For dressed-up style, women often wear creepers with cuffed cigarette pants and a chic jacket. Like fashion blogger Jaime Ridge, think of a denim dress that will go well with a pair of creepers, so you’ll have an excuse to give your sporty sneakers some rest. Also, creepers make a bold fashion statement with cut-off shorts and tank in the summer, and skinny jeans and plaid shirt in the fall.

Dress up your clunky shoes with chic outfits.

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While creepers offer a somewhat boyish look, skirts and dresses give them a girly, chic style. Different dress styles that complement creepers include sheathes, shifts, and long summer dresses while structured blazers offer a casual look. Because these shoes offer a bold look on their own, you should balance patterned styles with solid-print clothing, and solid styles with patterned clothing.

Complete your looks by teaming your creepers with coordinating accessories.

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Creepers are fun to wear with many different pieces, bringing out their charm and personality. You should wear clothes that make your shoes stand out, or complement them with coordinating accessories. Like fashion blogger Flavia Linden, think of a pair of studded creepers that matches your bag and sequin blazer to create a cohesive look. Since creepers offer masculine style, feminine accessories such as drop earrings, pretty scarves, and bracelets offer balance. By following these tricks, you’ll be able to make your fall street style trendy with creepers.

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