Our favorite tire sidewall designs

tire sidewall design

There’s a subtle way to add a unique look and feel to your vehicle that a lot of enthusiasts don’t always pay attention to in the modification and customization process: the sidewall design of your tires.

When you think of a tire’s sidewall a lot of different things might go through your head. Measurements, technical specs, maybe even white or black lettering. But what about the visual design of the sidewall itself?

We put together a short list of some of our current favorite tire sidewall designs based on lettering and typeface choices, as well as the use of unique functional features that make them stand out.

Off-road tire sidewall designs

The sidewalls on off-road tires tend to have a more aggressive look, with wide blocks and patterns throughout the tire that give off the rugged look a lot of 4x4 enthusiasts and lifted truck drivers are after. The below make up our top-three picks.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3

bfgoodrich mud terrain sidewall view

The BFGoodrich KM3’s uniform sidewall pattern consists of wide and jagged blocks meant to eject mud and protect it from sharp rocks while giving any vehicle they go on a more menacing look.

Toyo Open Country A/T III

toyo open country sidewall view

The Open Country A/T III tire’s pattern runs uniform throughout the tire and contains a slightly less blocky design than a mud-terrain.

Nitto Trail Grappler M/T

sidewall view of nitto ridge grappler

All Nitto Grappler off-road tires feature unique reversible tire sidewalls to suit your taste, but the Trail Grappler M/T is a particularly good-looking tire that makes it obvious what you use your vehicle for.

Street tire sidewall designs

All-season tires and performance tires are designed to perform in almost all weather conditions due to their sleek design. To highlight some noteworthy characteristics, here are some all-season and performance tires that incorporate these features into their sidewall design.

Pirelli Cinturado Strada All-Season

sidewall view of cinturato strada

The Cinturato Strata’s design features a two-lane road that continues throughout the tire sidewall in a symmetrical pattern, meaning the design looks the same from any angle.

Nankang NS 25 All-Season UHP

sidewall view of nankang ns25

Nankang’s NS 25 All-Season UHP (ultra-high-performance) has a checkered pattern along its sidewall, highlighting its racing-oriented performance attributes.

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

sidewall view of michelin pilot sport

To showcase the sport performance of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, the checkered flag design is featured near the logo alongside its signature velvet lettering.

Winter tire sidewall designs

Winter tires are meant for the harshest winter conditions: snow, ice, slush and freezing temperatures. In addition to M+S lettering or the three-peak mountain/snowflake logo which denote safety in grueling winter conditions, these following add some unique sidewall designs to remind you just how strong these tires are in their element.

GT Radial Champiro Ice Pro 3

sidewall view of gtradial ice pro

To proudly display its confidence in winter weather, the GT Radial Champiro Ice Pro 3 displays a snowflake and icicle design that is uniform throughout the tire.

Yohohama IceGuard IG53

sidewall view of iceguard

Highlighting its durability and tread life, the Yokohama IceGuard IG53’s sidewall features a unique chevron and arrow design.

Goodyear Wintercommand

sidewall view of goodyear wintercommand

The Goodyear Wintercommand features a couple of snowflakes next to a double peaked mountain showcasing its strength in these winter conditions(not to be confused with the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake Symbol).

Bonus picks

Looking to add some vintage flair to your ride? Check out these whitewall tires!

Vogue Custom Built Radial VIII

sidewall view of vogue tires

The Vogue Custom Built Radial VIII sidewall features either a white, gold, or white and gold pattern around the tire: a perfect finishing touch for classics cruisers and lowriders.

Coker Classic

sidewall view of coker classic

The Coker Classic vintage tire features its signature whitewall design and will definitely spruce up any truck or vintage car.

See anything that catches your eye? Stop by any Discount Tire location to find a tire with the right design for you.