K-Swiss was founded in 1966 by two entrepreneurial Swiss brothers, Art and Ernie Brunner who became interested in tennis after emigrating to the United States. They moved to California to pursue their dream of starting their own footwear company. As avid skiers in their home country they drew inspiration from leather ski boots to create the first all leather tennis shoe. Both sports share the need for a tight fit that supports aggressive side-to-side movement. This is how the K-Swiss Classic was born, and it remains one of the most influential sneaker brands of all time, winning numerous awards for excellence and success over nearly 50 years in the business. During that time, K-Swiss has powered some of the world's best tennis players to major championships. But the sneaker has also earned a place as one of the style icons of our generation, worn casually in country clubs and just as fashionably on city streets. K-Swiss' unique knowledge of both court performance and court style allow us to combine athletic expertise, everyday comfort, with country club roots for looks worthy of the upwardly mobile.