ABOUT US

History

TREAD AIR UK ...... (T.U.K  FOOTWEAR) WAS FOUNDED IN 1991 BY IAN WHITE. ALTHOUGH ORIGINALLY A NATIVE OF NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND, HE DECIDED TO MIGRATE TO THE USA IN 1990.

IAN WAS RAISED IN THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY. HIS FAMILY HAD BEEN MANUFACTURING FOOTWEAR IN NORTHAMPTON ENGLAND SINCE 1890. IT WAS IAN'S KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY, COMBINED WITH HIS BRITISH SENSIBILITY AND THE ADOPTED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN LIFESTYLE THAT GAVE BIRTH TO T.U.K. FOOTWEAR.
 

The beginning

IN 1991 T.U.K. OPENED ITS FIRST RETAIL STORE IN SAN DIEGO, CA. MAKING UNIQUE DESIGNS, SPECIFICALLY TO SELL IN-HOUSE.  IN NO TIME AT ALL, DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THE OFFICIAL T.U.K. WHOLESALE COMPANY WAS BORN.

Expansion

SOON T.U.K. OUTGREW ITS INITIAL DIGS, AND MOVED INTO ITS OWN WAREHOUSE SPACE.  CONTINUING TO MOVE UP AND OUT, EVERY 2 YEARS OR SO, EVENTUALLY SETTLING IN POWAY, CALIFORNIA, WHERE WE ARE TODAY.   

Collaboration

 
THROUGHOUT THE 90'S AND EARLY INTO THE NEW CENTURY, THE BRAND GREW AND BECAME KNOWN FOR THE UNIQUE DESIGNS. WITH DEMAND FOR THE STYLING FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE T.U.K. BEGAN INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION. AS WELL, T.U.K TOOK ON  VARIOUS LICENSED CO-BRANDED PRODUCT, AND BEGAN COLLABORATIONS WITH SOME OF THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS AROUND. 

Culture rich

TODAY WE ARE AS PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC, ART, AND FASHION, AS EVER. FIRST AND FOREMOST WE MAKE SHOES. PROVIDING TRADITIONAL CLASSICS AND UNIQUE VARIATIONS OF MORE MODERN STYLING FOR THOSE WHO WANT QUALITY FOOTWEAR WITH AN EDGE. T.U.K NOW DISTRIBUTES IN OVER A DOZEN COUNTRIES ACROSS THE PLANET.  WE LOVE WHAT WE DO AND WELCOME YOU ON BOARD TO ENJOY THE RIDE.