I’ll say it before you do – I’m not really the creepers type. Not only am I not an achingly cool hipster, but I also have size 8 feet and a slight complex about them. And creepers do not flatter the larger foot.
When I first spotted them on the feet of my favourite bloggers, creepers brought back woeful memories of shopping for school shoes. As a gangly and awkward 14 year old with size 8 feet, finding school-appropriate shoes that did not resemble cruise liners was a near-impossible task. My lovely mum would take me round the shops but every trip ended in tears and the subsequent purchases earned me the (short-lived, thankfully – the high street soon caught on to the plight of the big footed teen) nickname ‘Boat Feet’.
So, when creepers became a stylish footwear choice and not just medically prescribed, I stayed well away. This was one trend I would not be trying…
Zara dress and blazer, Cos shoes via eBay, Topshop hat, Wallpaper Rose collar
I first tried these shoes at Cos in Westfield Stratford City with Gem, during our LFW stay. I wanted some ‘edgy’ shoes to wear with my rather boring jeans-and-jumper outfit and spotted these in the window, so went in to try them on. Of course, the ones in the window were a cute size 4 and looked positively petite in comparison to my clunking size 8s. But I quite liked their ugliness, and had half-decided to make a purchase when I spotted the £125 price tag. Back on the shelf they went.
Idly browsing eBay a few weeks later, I spotted the exact pair, in my size, languishing at £10 with only a day left on the auction. So I bided my time, swooped in with a last-second bid and won them for £48. Come to me, ugly shoes!
When they arrived I was initially horrified by the absolute SIZE of them. They are GINORMOUS. My first thought was to pair them with skinny floral trousers and an oversized knit but after looks of horror from my boyfriend, an exclamation of ‘they are HORRIBLE’ from my brother and even a ‘I’m not really sure about those shoes, Jen…’ from my mum, I went in another direction. By wearing my creepers with a cute, girly dress, structured blazer and hat, their ugliness is balanced and they don’t look quite so monstrous. They’re not my favourite shoes, but I like the edge they add to simple outfits and think, with a little practise, I’ll grow to love them.
Here are my tips for wearing creepers:
- Team bulky shoes with a delicate dress to balance your outfit
- Add pretty accessories, like this lace collar from Wallpaper Rose
- Don’t overdo the prints – keep it sleek and simple
- Avoid mannish tailoring and loose-fitting pieces