Sometimes it seems like there are plenty different footwear brands around, but you know this feeling survives only until you really hit the stores. And then you probably just roam from store to store, trying to find at least something that would look even a little different, even a little closer to your style. Hopeless, I know. Well, today I’ll show you a brand that clearly put the footwear on a different, certainly higher level.
As all good things in the world T.U.K. Footwear was created by love. Yeah, literally. The future T.U.K. founder Ian White (whose family was into footwear business in UK for at least a century) fell in love with a lady who lived in USA. The ocean didn’t look like a big obstacle for him and in 1991 he moved to San Diego. Ian’s first American business was a shoe store, but very soon he got an idea of an own footwear-making company, an own very unique brand. Luckily for him the connection with UK factories was still there and soon his new company was born – T.U.K. Footwear.
First of all I have to admit, if somebody showed me these shoes without naming the manufacturer, I’d say they were made in UK. It’s really a sort of original, quirky and funny stuff you’d expect to see coming from there. I love the fact T.U.K. doesn’t concentrate on a certain style and produces a whole huge variety of completely different shoes. As you can see, they can be very different here: urban ones, sporty ones, gothic ones, shoes on high platforms, shoes with various cool appliques, retro or even rockabilly models, office style, anything. Still they have something in common, of course – they seem to tell you a lot about the person who wears them, and that is what I love about anything that spins, rumbles and shines in the world of alternative fashion. The idea, the attitude of every pair of T.U.K. shoes is impossible to deny or ignore.
While already having a strong following, T.U.K. Footwear still continues to get more and more exposure in the world. For instance they already had a collaboration with infamous Hello Kitty which was quite a success.