Rihanna’s tenure with Puma began with a bang, as her debut shoe, the Suede Creeper, proved to be a smashing success. If there was anything to lament about the original release, it’s that men with the good taste to love this shoe were left to admire it from afar. Not anymore.
The Suede Creeper takes two classic, but seemingly disparate elements of streetwear, the Puma suede and the classic creeper, and combines them in a single shoe. The creeper, a thick, crepe soled style of shoe that has been a mainstay in the fashions of various rock subcultures, punk, new wave, ska, rockabilly, grunge, and goth, to name a few, since the style first gained popularity amongst the early, post-World War II rock scene.
Of course, the hard distinctions between musical subcultures have been blurred over time. The mix and match thinking that has led to countless forms of cultural blending allows the Suede Creeper to seamlessly incorporate the distinctive, thick sole onto the classic Puma silhouette.
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