8 pairs that'll take your style game up a notch—literally

Style avatar Rihanna’s revival of the creeper in her sold-out Fenty for Puma collection last fall made it the footwear of the season. The “soleful” look continues to have fashion legs for spring: In sandals, lace-ups and, of course, sneakers, it’s only the latest iteration of the spongy crepe-bottomed shoe. First adopted by Britain’s sartorial Teddy Boys in the ‘50s, the creeper was also a mid-70s punk mainstay that emanated from London’s stylish King’s Road. It’s a head-turning trend that runs from grunge to glam in this selection of our women’s favorites—and a couple for the lads.