"UNDERGROUND WAS BORN OF A LOVE FOR RENEGADE STYLE AND ROCK 'N' ROLL"
As movements and subcultures have cross-pollinated with increasing speed, Underground has remained a touchstone with those for whom style is synonymous with intelligence, independence and a rebellious spirit. In 1945, British troops returned from fighting in North Africa, many making their way home via the seedy nightspots of King’s Cross and Soho, where the crepe-soled desert boots they wore became known as brothel creepers. Inspired by the shoes’ suede upper and hardwearing sole, local cobblers adapted and refined the style until they were adopted in radically streamlined form by the emergent Teddy Boys. Channelling Edwardian dandyism and rejecting the conservatism of post-war Britain, the Teds were young, free and looking for a good time – their attitude reflected in the birth of rock‘n’roll. In the 70s, the rebellious rise of punk saw creepers return on the feet of some of the scene’s most independent-minded individuals, and they stayed popular as new wave took hold. As scenes and fashions have evolved and mutated at an ever-increasing rate, the creeper has endured – still the go-to shoe for the intrepid, the rebellious and the subversive. Creepers are as individual as the people who wear them. Available in a range of styles, fabrics and colorways with four sole variations, the combinations are almost limitless. What's yours gonna be?
Written by: Cristiana