TUK Black Mary Jane
– Perfect for the space in between casual and dressed up, the TUK Black Mary Jane are perfect for any occasion.
– The TUK Black Mary Jane features a low platform height that is approximately 1 ¼” at the heel and ¾” in the front and is made of a mixture of EVA and rubber that contributes to the sole’s bendability.
– With an all-black upper made of our high quality TUKskin™ material — the TUK Black Mary Jane polishable synthetic faux leather is both soft and breathable.
– TUK Black Mary Jane with removable memory foam insoles for added comfort.
– TUK Black Mary Jane brings everyday wear ability with a clean style while incorporating the edge & originality that T.U.K. is known for.
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Originally from Northampton, England, T.U.K. has moved to the sandy shores of San Diego, CA since 1990. English footwear since the 1890s, brought the distinctly British aspects of the shoe and found the greatest inspiration and influence in the ever growing Southern California punk rock scene. The main result was: a one-of-a-kind distinctive brand of footwear that fosters punk roots across the entire world. T.U.K.’s first retail store was opened in 1991, selling their very own shoes in-house. Demand sudden began to grow, and soon T.U.K. was selling its products worldwide. T.U.K. fabricates a variety of footwear from women’s high heels to unisex sneakers, but the most popular design is, without a doubt, the creeper platform design.
Made from crepe rubber during WWII, the thick creeper-sole helped soldiers in the deserts of North African across the hot and sandy terrain. John Ayto claims to have labeled the name ‘brothel creeper’ during those wartime years. The Smithsonian Museum suggests that the crepe in the thick sole might have provided the creeper name towards the shoe. It can also possibly be associated with Ken Mackintosh’s dance tune which had great popularity in 1953 called “The Creep.”
Like fashion does, it followed the foot steps of these soldiers and the thick soles began to catch on in England. In London, the decades following the war gave way to a kaleidoscopic cultural underground with subcultures exploding with a variety of styles during the time.Influenced by the Edwardian dressing manner of the Dandies, the Teddy Boy style grew along with the introduction of American rock n’ roll music. Teds wore even bulkier, draped jackets, and high-wasted trousers.
The creeper shoe was also well worn by the Ton-Up boys from the 1950s and later on by the rockers of the ’60s, who enjoyed wearing them as an alternative shoe when they weren’t riding their motorbikes. Greased hair was the hair style of preference. And if you looked down and your feet at any moment, you’d be sure to see the Teds boasting their fine, slickly polished oxfords, or the crepe-soled classic, platformed creepers.
And as we know, through the ‘60s and ‘70s was the rise of the Rockers and the Mods, who took hold their liking in classic Teddy Boy-centric garb ebbed and flowed, and it wasn’t until the great rise of punk around the mid ‘70s when the creeper was once again seen on the feet of many, an uproar that surged well into the ‘80s, thrived in the ‘90s, and eventually exploded with the great expansion of the world-wide web. The creeper shoe has since then been adopted by subcultures like indie, ska, punk, new wavers, psychobilly, rockabilly, greasers and goth, Japanese Visual Kei, and was also worn by Bananarama, and the singer of Republica Saffron.
Now more than ever before, outsider styles and subcultures hold the style inspired around the whole world, and with its historical background that is deeply woven in the English style and at the West Coast punk way of living, T.U.K. is able to perfectly represent and illustrate the culture clash/expansion of the past few decades.