Jeepers creepers, your shoes hurt my peepers

In The Local's new Fashion Fix column on Swedish trends, Englishwoman Victoria Hussey gets up close and personal with shoes - namely "brothel creepers" from WWII that have been making a steady return to Stockholm pavements.

Jeepers creepers, your shoes hurt my peepers

The shoes with enough controversial aesthetic to cause religious elders to question their beliefs, countries to divide, mountains to crumble; the brothel creeper has been making a steady return to our pavements over the past few seasons and they’re here to stay.

Once the shoe of choice for fifties Teddy Boys and eighties Punks, the brothel creeper is basically a school lace-up sitting on top of a chunky creped platform. Imagine an overweight plimsoll and you’re nearly there.

If it seems the Swedish fashion pack has been a little slow in catching on it is perhaps understandable considering the fact these shoes are so damn ugly.

Thick, clumpy, unwieldy; am I selling them to you yet?

For sub-cultures the world over, the creeper’s innate ugliness is exactly why they’ve been worn by many an angsty teenager or young rockabilly over the years.

The beauty of the creeper is in its ugliness.

IN PICTURES: See Elodie Pradet’s photographs of Stockholmers wearing creepers and other footwear

In recent years, top fashion designers Muiccia Prada, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry among others have shown creepers on the catwalk. Prestigious endorsement indeed.

Should their place on the catwalk mean they’re no longer considered the underground footwear of choice for outsiders with punk tendencies, who cares, they’re cool and I want a pair.

I may or may not choose to wear them with fully-fledged mohican and slashed tartan clasped with safety-pins; the beauty of the creeper is its ability to make any typically safe ensemble look edgy and punk.

And now, bang on trend.

Stockholm girls know what I’m saying; they’re digging these new old kicks:

FLASH FASH FACT – Bet you’re wondering about the provenance of the oddly named brothel creeper. They actually have their origins in World War II when soldiers in the desert wore thick-soled boots; they were worn later by ex-soldiers in dark London nightspots.

Victoria Hussey

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).