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02/09/2011 20:02 BST | Updated 02/11/2011 05:12 GMT

Brothel Creepers - The Shoes That Are Creeping Back Into Fashion

It's time to start borrowing from the boys as this season sees the return of the Dandy. Pinstripes, white shirts and trousers provide a fresh riff on tailoring, while silk ties and overcoats pack a manly punch.

And with a nod to British subcultures of the Fifties, brothel creepers have become the surprise shoe of the season. Once the sartorial symbol of Teddy Boys and rockabillies alike, they're enjoying a reincarnation thanks to the eternally influential Dolce and Gabbana and their embodiment of masculine dressing.

Originally created in North Africa by WW11 soldiers who attached rubber soles to their suede boots, on leaving the army many found their way to London nightspots wearing the same crepe-soled shoes; soon to be known as Brothel Creepers. Who knew an act of practicality could become such a fashion statement?

Famously paired with drainpipe trousers, socks and pompadour hair in the 1950s, the shoes, demeanour and image became synonymous with that decade. Despite a dip in popularity in the 60s, their anti-fashion status was revived in the 70s and 90s by the punk and gothic scene, something we can thank Camden for, which brings us to today.

Showcased at Balenciaga and Prada (yes there's a waiting list), not to mention a collaboration between Ashish and Underground, a Brit cult creeper brand, even the likes of Rihanna and Elle Fanning are experimenting with the 'Frankenshoe'. And in the world of fast fashion, one doesn't have to wait long for trends to filter onto the high street.

So where's best to buy? Original George Cox creepers are hard to find, but the British Boot Company now stock a selection of styles, while Underground England and Topshop have some cheaper soles on offer. It's a trend best worn authentic, so take after the Teddies with tapered trousers, sheer blouses and a draped blazer. Just don't forget a small dose of attitude - those pointy black toes certainly tap to the beat of rebellion.