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The first time I saw those red kitty design TUK shoes it was love. I had to buy them regardless of if they where comfortable or fit me, those where just semantics. The heart wants what the heart wants afterall.
One of the best decisions of my life.
Ok so after seeing them I did do the sensible thing and tried them on, they fit like a glove. Ok so they look great and they fit but then the price...£35. Doesn't seem like a lot but this was 8 years ago and I was a poor student with no actual need for another pair of shoes.
I took the dive anyway and bought them....but then, what if they hurt my feet after a while? What if they cause blisters or take ages to break in?
I must stop here and give out a bit of information about myself. I have the most awkward feet there is. I am a size four and a half with wide, flat shaped feet so buying shoes is very difficult. I always have to try them on and most of the times my toes don't fit because of the width or they hurt my feet quite easily.
Not with my pair of gorgeous kitty TUKs though. I wore them about my house a little to see if they would be easy to break in and then I went for it, a whole day walking about it then with minimal feet ache at the end of it. By this point I was in heaven and waiting for them to just fall to bits because, come on, nothing could be this too good to be true...or could it?
8 years on and my kitty TUKs are still with my shoe collection, still get worn (a lot) and still look exactly the same as the day I bought them. Perfect. Because of the hard, flat shape of the bottom part of the shoe I do sometimes get feetache from wearing them for prolonged periods of time but I can dance all night in them with no more achey feeling than in other boots or shoes so it isn't really a dpwnside.
For someone who has always been 'alternative' or 'goth' (pick one) these are perfect, they are there alongside with my New Rocks as the only pairs of shoes to have lasted the test of time.
In recent years TUK have become really on trend with a whole range of Creepers alongside stiletto heeled shoes and sparkly kitty shoes as well as a few more unique style pairs. But, you really do get what you pay for.
TUK are worth splashing that little bit extra on and the shoes will pay you back in fashion points and love to your feet.
I'll admit it, I'm a shoe hoarder! I have collections from almost any alternative brand, but i'm a sucker for those that are made in England, such as Dr Martens (the vintage ones) and TUK shoes. TUK shoes are designed for those who like something different or have an appreciation for the alternative scene, most famous for their selection of creeper designs. TUK is much like the Underground brand, however I personally prefer TUK as the shoes tend to last longer and feel of a much better quality.
The shoes available from TUK range from Mary Jane designer to boots to creepers, which of course means that the prices vary a lot too. On average you're looking at paying between £40-£80 for a pair of shoes from this brand. This does seem a little steep for one pair of shoes, however if you want something a bit different you're going to have to pay more, and they normally last a while too so you do get your money worth.
For the purpose of this review I'll base it on my pair of platform creepers made from a suede material. The visual appeal to these shoes are great, very unique and fantastic to make a statement, they're also available in numerous amount of colours to suit everyone's personality and preferences. The soles of my creepers are hollow, but they're also really thick which means it takes years for them so ware away extensively. The suede fabric is also very hard wearing, I've had my shoes for a couple years now and there are barely any marks, just a few faded spots from the sun and where I'd washed them.
For those of you who don't like shoes that are nasty to break in, there's no need to worry, the insides of the shoe are made from a padded fabric so there is instant comfort from the first step. The only problem I've found with these shoes is that the weight of the soles mean they slide up and down the heel of my foot, this doesn't cause any major discomfort but it does ruin the inside cushioning and creates holes in the fabric! However this doesn't bother me personally as it isn't visible from the exterior and has no impact on the performance of the shoes.
Overall the company has never let me down, each pair of shoe's I have purchased from them are either still going or lasted me a couple years, reasonable value for money if you ask me. I also get loads of compliments and they can jazz up any outfit! Recommended to anyone who likes something a bit different.
TUK is definitely my favourite alternative shoe brand with excellent shoe designs and unbelievably cheap prices. Are you bored with the same old shoes in the same old shops? Are you looking for something a bit different, a bit edgey, with a bit of a twist? Are you fed up of specialist shoes being so highly priced? Well worry no more because TUK has the answer to all of your needs. First of all, do not buy TUK shoes from market sellers or other general shoe stores who can almost double the prices; their easily to navigate and funky website (www.tukshoes.com) has everything you need and all of the latest discounts. Postage and packaging is also reasonable. As far as the shoes are concerned, whether you are goth, emo, punk or just generally alternative, there is something for you. A wide range of shoes with amazingly funky designs, patterns, pictures, shapes and sizes all come under the TUK heading, from flats to 13cm heels with 5cm platforms, there is something for everyone. They are amongst the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn although don't keep them on too long as they will become heavy, particularly the huge platformed variety. The only other thing I would consider is, although they are solidly made and have yet to fall apart on me, they can appear flimsy and are definitely for occasional wear if you want to keep them looking good.
I am a big lover of shoes, and the more awesome looking the shoes, the more I fall in love with them.
I found TUK originally when I was shopping in Schuh as they had a few of their different styles in store and I just fell in love with what I saw, truly amazing shoes.
My favorite of all their shoes are the super platforms, as they are hugely high heeled shoes with a platform front so they are still easy enough to walk in, whilst making me tall, and they come in the sexiest of designs ever. I recommend after reading this you get to TUK's website and check out the amazin range of super platforms.
I own quite a few pairs of TUK now, and I love them all. Even when new they were comfortable and never hurt my feet, and easy to walk in, despite being 6 inches high heels. They never pinch or rub, and after a full night out they were still comfy on my feet.
I have had my shoes for a while now, and they still look and feel like new, so these shoes are great quality, and this is made even better by the fact that most of TUK shoes cost less than £50 a pair! The sale section on their site always has some great bargains too.
TUK also do flats, trainers, mens shoes and loads of other different types of shoe in cool styles and colors, so they truly are worth checking out for some awesome foot wear that you will just find so perfectly comfortable and yummy, you will never want to take them off your feet.
I bought my first pair of T.U.K. shoes a few years ago at Camden Market, they were flat ones with a buckle and a cat design - I still have them and wear them whenever I get the chance! They are fun and stylish, if a little different!
Although all of T.U.K's shoes are meant to be 'punk', there is quite a big range of styles, from pretty flats to extreme heels.
The design of each pair of shoes is really something cool and different, and the shape, design and pattern is becoming iconic. T.U.K. is a really strong brand because of their unique style.
But for me, comfort is just as important as style. I have really wide feet and find it very difficult to find nice shoes to fit. T.U.K. shoes are fortunately quite broad, and even the high heels (and some of them are VERY high) are really comfortable.
Prices start at £25 and don't usually go much above £50, so they are quite reasonably priced too. They are very hard-wearing and don't scuff easily. This is my favourite brand of shoes, they look great, are stylish, different, and don't cost a fortune.
About two years ago, I was browsing around Camden Locks market and I saw a stall offering discount shoes. These beauties shone out to me from across the marketplace. Red leopard print Doc Martin style boots, with a lovely chunky heel. Reduced to a bargain price of £15. And for once, these lovely shoes fit my mansized feet! I was over the moon, and a match was made.
Since then, I have quite literally worn these shoes to death. They have split along the heel. I still wear them when the sun shines, but they are honestly well on their way out. However, I wouldn't hesitate to get another pair of these funky, well made shoes. In fact, im on the lookout for another bargain pair right now. Never know, lighting might strike twice!
T.U.K is an amazing shoe company, 'born in England, raised in California'. Having been established as a company for over 20 years, TUK specialise in alternative style shoes, boots, creepers, platforms, hi-heels and sneakers. By alternative, I mean shoes which will typically appeal to those from various sub-cultures; such as punk, metal, goth and industrial. In other words, if your staple shoe label is Clarks, these probably won't appeal to you! ;)
TUK describe themselves as supplying; 'Rock n Roll inspired footwear for men, women and children. We strive to produce original and creative styles to suit the eclectic tastes of people whose lives revolve around music, art and fashion.'
TUK are primarily an online store, but you will see them out and about too, if you look in the right places. You generally won't find TUK on the high-street, but alternative markets and stores will often stock TUK, as do some Schuh stores.
Recently, TUK have started working alongside Emily the Strange to product a range of fantastic shoes, clothes and accessories. Ideal for all goths!
The TUK Website
The website divides into Mens, Womens and infants shoes, then sub-divides into different styles of shoes. As far as it seems from the site, Womens sizes run from 3-9, Mens between 3-12 and childrens from 4-12. Styles vary from Creepers, low, mid and hi-heels, sneakers, platforms, Mary Janes, Winklepickers and boots. Generally, the shoes are prices between £20-£50. Personally, id recommend the hi-heels for women; with the fluffy materials and star patterns. And the multi-coloured Creepers for the boys.
The website is fairly easy to use, with good, clear pictures and prices. Good for a browse, but be careful not to be tempted into shoes you cannot afford!
Delivery is only £3.99 for orders under £45.00, which is pretty good for shoes. Orders over this amount are free delivery. Shoes are sent between 9am and 3pm, recorded delivery signed for. I have ordered from them before and found the customer services very good. Payment is through thawte, which is secure.
My favourite TUK shoes
Some people will hear this description, others will and see immediately why i feel in love with these sexy, funky superboots. Imagine the scene - Maroon, leopard print Doc Martin style boots, with black laces. To save the endless monotony of laces, the boots have zips up the inside.
The bottom of the shoes is a chunky black rubber sole, with the trademark skull and crossbones TUK logo and bones down the foot. Honestly, this is my favourite bit. Alongside the free mini replica keyring which comes with them. As i mentioned, mine have now split, but this was after almost daily rough usage for quite a while. They have survived travelling, drumming and more than a few festivals.
Where to buy?
Schuh - Online and in stores. See the website for a store finder at http://mule.schuhstore.co.uk/home_normal.asp
TUK home - http://www.tukshoes.co.uk/default.aspx
Ebay! - www.ebay.co.uk
Camden locks and stables markets, London
Carnaby Street, London
Basically, if you have a local alterative market or store, they will more than likely stock TUK. If they don't, you don't pay extra on the website, and they often have clearance lines and special offers so are well worth a look.
As you might be able to tell, I am a huge fan of TUK shoes. When I am rich, I will have several different pairs. In fact, I might just have a TUK dedicated cupboard. :D The shoes are hardwearing, funky, unusual and a real conversion starter. Having said that, I am well aware these won't be everyone's cup of tea. They are loud, in your face and statement making. If that sounds like your deal... check out TUK. Amazing shoes, without the expensive of similar alternative ranges such as New Rock.
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I was visiting my friend in Aberystwyth a few years ago and we came across this funky little clothing come goth gift shop and in there were the best shoes. They were flat with a chunky sole, Mary Jane style, with a cat face on the front. Unfortunately, no size for me so I went away empty handed. A few months later on one of my trawls around Camden I saw the very same shoes and had to have them. This is how I fell in love with TUK shoes.
You would have thought for such unusual and fantastically styled shoes they would hurt. Not so. I can honestly say they are the most comfortable pairs of shoes I've had. The thick sole keeps feet nice and warm in the winter too so I wear them all year round and they are a real talking point. Everyone comments on these shoes. They are very well made and robust, I wear them loads and they still look like new. I think they'll last me a long time yet. The attention to detail of the product is fantastic too. The sole of the shoes has a raised bone pattern, and the shoes came with a rubber keyring that matched this. For the quality of the shoes and the novelty factor of the design, the price is uncredible. I paid £35 for mine from Camden and this priced is matched on their website.
Since buying these shoes I had to look up the whole range on the web and it's fantastic. They have such amazing designs, I truely had to restrain myself from buying them all. They have a wide selection of styles for men, ladies and kids. I wish I had a little one to buy for as the kids shoes are too adorable! The site is split into styles, boots, flats, heels etc so it's easy to find what you want. Also they have a number of character ranges such as Emily the Strange which are just as crazy and fantastic in their designs. Prices for everything is reasonable, around £25-£35 for most shoes, more for boots and there's a clearance section with shoes for as little as £12.
In the ladies range most shoes are available from a size 3 up to a 9, which is great news for taller ladies with bigger feet as 9s are hard to come by usually in funky shoes. Men's sizes go up to a UK size 12 whilst little un's shoes go up to a little size 12. There's full conversion charts on the site too. Delivery is free for orders over £45.
Overall, I'm so excited about finding this company. Girls, for crazy shoes that don't hurt and won't break the bank try TUK. Available from the website and in funky little boutiques and markets around the country.
I use the word funky too much...
Punk and Gothic shoes and boots.