K·Swiss celebrates 55 years of on and off the court footwear making. The 55th anniversary is traditionally celebrated as an “Emerald” which becomes the key inspiration for this celebratory collection. K-Swiss was founded in 1966 when two Swiss brothers, Art and Ernie Brunner, moved to California to create a footwear brand focused on tennis. As avid skiers and tennis players, the brothers took inspiration from leather ski boots to create a court shoe that supported the aggressive side-to-side movements of tennis. The result was the K-Swiss Classic, the first all-leather tennis shoe manufactured in Los Angeles, California. The shoe utilized an innovative 5 stripe d-ring lacing system for lateral support, a unique 3 piece toe construction, and a replaceable rubber cupsole that featured herringbone brick tread for traction and durability. The K-Swiss Classic quickly gained worldwide acclaim and became a style statement both on and off the court. More than 55 years later the K-Swiss Classic is an icon of the sneaker industry and still influences the look and feel of our brand to this day. Born out of innovation, the Classic has evolved into a statement of timeless simple design, an expression of our passion for quality and craftsmanship, and an enduring symbol of our authentic tennis heritage.