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Footwear & Tire Subcommittee

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The Footwear & Tire Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the detection, documentation, recovery, examination and comparison of footwear and tire evidence.

Forensic footwear and/or tire examiners undertake the following tasks: documenting, collecting and preserving footwear and tire evidence, and comparing and analyzing footwear or tire impressions.  Examiners provide expert opinions regarding source conclusions, determine the manufacturer, make, or model of the source of a questioned impression, compare questioned impressions, make, or model of an item of footwear or tire from an image or video, and write reports and provide testimony.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products


David Kanaris, Subcommittee Chair, Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory

Christopher Hamburg, Subcommittee Vice Chair, ANSI National Accreditation Board (Quality Task Group representative)

Natasha Wheatley, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, ADA County Sheriff's Office


Kacey Amorello, Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory

Corey Bartoe, Virginia Department of Forensic Services

Sarah Bohne, Colorado Springs Police Department

Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University (Statistics Task Group representative)

John Grassel, RTI International

Jeff Jagmin, Washington State Patrol

Brian Juengst, Maine State Police Crime Laboratory

Steven Lund, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), affiliate (Statistics Task Group representative)

Matthew Marvin, Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.

Alicia McCarthy, Ph.D., Thomas College, Affiliate (Human Factors Task Group representative)

Troy Mohror, Johnson County Sheriff's Office Criminalistics Laboratory

Heidi Prough, Michigan State Police

Nicole Richetelli, Noblis


J. Michael Ryan, Superior Court for the District of Columbia (Legal Task Group representative)

Rodney Schenck, Federal Bureau of Investigation

David Spadoni, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Jacqueline Speir, West Virginia University

Aimee Stevens, Illinois State Police 

Vanessa Styx, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory


Footwear and Tire Affiliate List


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On the OSAC Registry

  • ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 021, Best Practices for the Preparation of Test Impressions from Footwear and Tires. 2019. 1st. Ed. (added May 4, 2021).
  • ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 049, Best Practice Recommendation for Lifting of Footwear and Tire Impressions. 2020. 1st. Ed. (added September 7, 2021).
  • ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 050, Best Practice Recommendation for Photographic Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence. 2021. 1st. Ed. Errata 1, 2022. (added September 5, 2023).
  • ASB Technical Report 051, Scope of Work for a Footwear/Tire Examiner. 2020. 1st. Ed. Errata 1, 2022. (added October 3, 2023).
  • ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 052, Best Practice Recommendation for the Detection and Collection of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence. 2022. 1st. Ed. (added July 5, 2023).
  • ANSI/ASB Standard 095, Standard for Minimum Qualifications and Training for a Footwear/Tire Forensic Science Service Provider. 2020. 1st Ed. Errata 1, 2022. (added October 3, 2023). 
  • ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 126, Best Practice Recommendation for Casting Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence at the Crime Scene. 2020. 1st. Ed. Errata 1, 2022. (added April 4, 2023).

Published by a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) & Eligible for the OSAC Registry

Under Development

  • OSAC 2022-S-0032, Best Practice Recommendation for the Chemical Processing of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence.
  • OSAC 2023-S-0017, Standard for the Articulation of Footwear and Tire Interpretations.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Examination and Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Footwear and Tire Intelligence.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Verification and Review.
  • Best Practice Recommendation for Task Relevant Information and Human Factors Guidance.

Other Work Products

Process Maps

Reference Documents

Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Research & Development Needs

Webinars, Presentations & Training Videos

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies and Bibliographic References

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents, are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.

Reference Books:

  • Abbott, John, “Footwear Evidence”, Charles C. Thomas Publishing, 1964.
  • Bodziak, William, “Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination” (1st Edition), Elsevier Science Publishing Co., 1990.
  • Bodziak, William, “Footwear Impression Evidence: Detection, Recovery and Examination” (2nd edition) CRC Press, 2000.
  • Bodziak, William, “Tire Impression and Tire Track Evidence: Recovery and Examination”, CRC Press, February 2008.
  • Bodziak, William, “Forensic Footwear Evidence”  CRC Press, 2017
  • Cassidy, Michael, “Footwear Identification”, Canadian Government Publishing, 1980.
  • Deforest, Peter; Gaensslen, Robert; Lee, Henry, “Forensic Science - An Introduction to Criminalistics”, McGraw-Hill, 1983.
  • Fisher, Barry, “Techniques in Crime Scene Investigation” (6th edition), CRC Press, 2002.
  • Given, Bruce W; Nehrich; Richard B. and Shields, James C., “Tire Tracks and Tread Marks”, Gulf Publishing Company, Book Division, Houston, Texas, 1977.
  • Hilderbrand, Dwane, “Footwear, The Missed Evidence”, Staggs Publishing Co., 1999.
  • Kiely, Terrence, “Forensic Evidence: Science and the Criminal Law”, CRC Press, 2001.
  • McDonald, Peter, “Tire Imprint Evidence”, CRC Press, Raton, Florida, 1989.
  • Nause, Lawren, “Forensic Tire Impression Identification”, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2001.
Created July 9, 2014, Updated March 21, 2024