Footwear and Tire Track Examination


Footwear and Tire Track Examination Sub-Committee

International Association for Identification
Footwear and Tire Track Examination Sub-Committee
Scope of Practice

Footwear and tire track evidence involves the evaluation and comparison of shoe and tire impression evidence; broadly defined as substrates or other surfaces that have retained the characteristics of shoe soles, feet, or tire treads that have been impressed against them.

The footwear and tire track sub-committee is currently comprised of 3 areas of expertise impression evidence. These areas each require specialized training and experience:

Further information can be found at the website for the Scientific Working Group for Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence. (SWGTREAD's FAQs are available here)

It is recommended that examiners complete a training program as described in "The Recommended Course of Study for Footwear and Tire Track Examiners." (Visit the IAI Store-Publications)

Footwear Outsole

Tasks Involved:

Tire Track/Tread

Tasks Involved:

Barefoot Morphology Impressions

Tasks Involved:


  1. Bodziak, W.J., Footwear Impression Evidence, CRC Press, 2000
  2. McDonald, P., Tire Impression Evidence, CRC Press, 1993