a person or thing that creeps.
Botany - a plant that grows upon or just beneath the surface of the ground, or upon any other surface, sending out rootlets from the stem, as ivy and couch grass.
Often, a one-piece garment for an infant, the lower portion resembling briefs and having snaps or buttons across the crotch for convenience in diapering.
Chiefly Northeastern U.S. a spiked iron plate worn on the shoe to prevent slipping on ice, rock, etc.
So, that's what Dictionary.com has to say. But, they are forgetting about something... SHOES! The "brothel creeper," as they are technically known, has been around since the early 1950's and showed up again in the mid/late seventies on some of the coolest musicians of our time (i.e. Clash, Pistols...). I wrote about Creepers a few years ago and it seems as though, suddenly, they are everywhere nowadays. I kind of like seeing them on teens who have no idea of their heritage, but I worry that it's just a matter of time before the "trickle down effect" happens and we start to see them in Target or WalMart. God forbid!!
July 2013: me -- wearing the same outfit as above photo
In any case, I am not concerned if they are "all the rage" or super obscure, I wear them and have worn them for years. I even used a personal pair in the photo shoot for my Spring 2013 Rockabilly-inspired collection. Creepers are not new to high fashion or the catwalks -- designers like Nathan Jenden and Galliano have used them in their shows. And if they're good enough for Dior...
...and once again wearing them in 2009