Creeping Florals

Creeping Florals

"Height without the pain" is my defence point about brothel creepers, the cult-to-mainstream shoe and their ability to pair up with just about anything – actually the more contradictary the better – anything light and frothy to take the weight of those heavy rubber soles.   With three pairs and counting in my 'stomping shoes' section (along with the Docs and trainers), I've actually become Miss Creeper to some people and now to my two pairs of TUKs, some vintage deadstock ones, I've now added a pair of Underground ones. 

Underground have recently been getting catwalk happy, most prominently by collaborating with Thierry Mugler on their A/W 11-12 show shoes and in London, the spiritual home of the shoe as seen on WWII returning soldiers to Teddy Boys to 80s punks, Ashish complimented his sequinned take on Brit-grunge with a pair of houndstooth special edition creepers as well as a pair of studded black ones that had been customsied with Tippex.  Not sure if peeps in the US do with Wite-Out what we did back at school with Tippex.  Rather than correcting typos, we took to our black Eastpak rucksacks with Tippex, drawing peace signs, smiley faces and band names.  Ashish upholds that tradition with their customised creepers that sit perfectly with the enlarged sequin plaids, ripped up jumpers and cobweb knee tights.   








The studded ones complete with a bottle of Tippex are now available on ASOS (I hope the houndstooth ones make it there eventually too) but you can leave them sheeny shiny black if you wish if messing around with white correction fluid isn't your thing.  Of course no one really needs to spend ¬£125 on a pair of creepers and a bottle of Tippex but the encouraged premise of the collaboration is fun and got me thinking about more developed doodles beyond Tippex-ed peace signs.   



WilliammorrisI had a somewhat more specific idea with what to do with my pair of shiny studded Underground creepers and alas, it didn't involve Tippex.  I don't think I could conceivably go out there pretending to be 15 with skulls, hearts or "Blog Off" written on my shoes.  I'd feel like some sort of a misguided hack trying to relive my teenage years if I did.

Instead, I defected to an American product and ditched the Tippex in favour of a sharper, more accurate oil-based Sharpie white pen (thanks to Erica of PS, I Made This for gifting me with a shit ton of Sharpies…).  I liked the contrast of a traditional looking William Morris floral motif and the brothel creeper and following on from my post about 'Defiant Florals', I took this 'Wey' pattern from Morris' river series and took to the shoes with a shaky freehand.  With my shoddy drawing skills, I couldn't be exacting with copying the pattern onto the shoe but hopefully no William Morris expert is going to coming up to my feet with a magnifying glass.  I'll keep them well away from the peeps at the V&A museum. 

In less than an hour, I had myself a pair of Morris-esque patternated creepers with the D-ring panels coloured in red and blue (I actually just wanted to test out the different Sharpies on the leather…). 





They're probably not the secondary-school customised hi-jinx creepers that Ashish nor Underground had in mind but that's the beauty of giving people a blank black creeper canvas I suppose…


How apt that they should go with this Christopher Kane A/W 10 jacket that I bagged in the sample sale (hopefully everyone in London popped along…) with traditional W.I. floral embroidery running up the sleeves and on the back that somewhat falls in line with what I tried to do with the shoes.  'Tried' being the operative word.  Oh well, that was an hour of indoors activity well-spent even if I might have to also try and procure these 7cm heightened pointy Underground creepers as a plain unadorned replacement.   



(Worn with Topshop shirt and Balenciaga skirt)


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  1. s

    2011-06-19 at 2:36 PM

    amazing creepers… Good job!!!
    The jacket is so wonderful ;D
    Salom√©’s Thoughts: Sex & the city Later


    2011-06-19 at 2:39 PM

    I love the platform shoes, so Japanese: tall, but comfortable.
    About the jacket is so 80s.
    I love your outfit posts the bests, as I always say: And when you create your own fashion.
    Besos Susie.

  3. ana

    2011-06-19 at 2:48 PM

    Love the floral creepers… :))

  4. Madame M

    2011-06-19 at 3:29 PM

    Love love it! Remember when I was a teen in 90’s.

  5. Joy D.

    2011-06-19 at 3:42 PM

    I am inspired! They remind of the devastee oxfords in their newest collection. Now I have to try this.

  6. Teodora

    2011-06-19 at 4:13 PM

    Now the creepers and the jacket match perfectly! Great job.

  7. Philippa

    2011-06-19 at 5:29 PM

    this is such a good idea! I’m feeling very creative with all my spare time at the moment 🙂

  8. bravegrrl

    2011-06-19 at 6:22 PM

    love them! i like the little added color as well 🙂
    and yes, we u.s. punkers did the white-out thing haha

  9. vasilieva

    2011-06-19 at 6:29 PM

    these prints are fantastic, absolutely love all the colours

  10. tasha

    2011-06-19 at 8:52 PM

    You did an awesome job with that floral pattern, and they look great.
    I’m so jealous of your blazer . . .

  11. Kate

    2011-06-19 at 9:00 PM

    Super clever! You did an amazing job!

  12. 3:

    2011-06-20 at 2:45 AM

    I remember doodling on my shoes – I Sharpie’d in anime characters a la Hvbao, and pictures of bunnies eating cupcakes! I had a very embarrassing pair of shoes.
    Yours, however, came out much nice than mine ever did. Cheers to Sharpie customizations!

  13. Sarah Licentiate

    2011-06-20 at 2:33 PM

    William Morris graffiti – that’s a great idea, and really well executed.

  14. michele

    2011-06-20 at 6:08 PM

    That jacket is supreme! And I love the DIY, creepers are the best shoes ever!

  15. Wardrobe Block

    2011-06-20 at 6:42 PM

    They go so well with the CK jacket!

  16. Mary

    2011-06-21 at 2:25 AM

    I think you did an excellent job with the creepers, and they go fantastically with the Christopher Kane jacket (so jealous!).

  17. Sophia

    2011-06-21 at 10:50 AM

    Love it, also did you get your hair cut? looks amazing

  18. Roos

    2011-06-22 at 6:54 PM

    I think yours are better, than the Ashish’ ones.

  19. On aura tout vu Monaco

    2011-06-24 at 10:02 AM

    Hello !
    I think you blog is really interesting with a lot of good articles. Keep it working, we love it.
    By the way, nice creepers !
    See you

  20. XIronman

    2011-08-24 at 10:05 AM

    wow, you make it your style

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