founded in New England in 1971, forever changing the shoemaking
business by incorporating the comfort of sport technology into
stylish men’s and women’s footwear.
It all started in 1971 with a van and a simple
plan. A father and son took footwear into their own hands, creating the
first ever casual shoe infused with sports technology, utilizing a
Vibram outsole. Since their early days, Rockport has always
believed that there should not be a separation between stylish shoes and
comfortable shoes. This philosophy is manifested in the attention
to detail given to both the design and level of comfort each shoe
delivers. From the revolutionary launch of the lightweight dress shoe,
DresSports, in 1983, to joining forces in 2006 with the adidas Group,
and beyond, Rockport has continued to push the boundaries of classic
footwear for men and women.
Today, the Rockport Company maintains its position
as an industry innovator, using only the best materials in their shoes.
Designed to accommodate an active, professional lifestyle, Rockport
strives to create footwear styles that allow a smooth transition from a
day at the office to a night on the town. From comfortable dress shoes
to heels, boots, boat shoes and everything in between, Rockport keeps
consumers around the world looking and feeling great all day long.
Rockport is credited with inventing the walking
shoe and popularizing walking as a form of exercise and a healthy
alternative to running.
In 1986, Rockport was preparing to go public
when the family decided instead to sell the company to British athletic
footwear giant Reebok. Bruce Katz
remained as president for one year before turning over the management to
a new Reebok CEO. Saul Katz stayed on as part of the management team
until retiring in his 70s. Later Reebok was sold to German
athletic shoe pioneer Adidas.
On January 23, 2015 Adidas announced, that
an agreement has been concluded to sell Rockport to Boston-based
athletic shoe maker New
Partners for $280 million. The Rockport brand will be assigned to
the company's Drydock Footwear division, overseen by a former top
Rockport executive. New Balance's Drydock division also includes the
non-athletic brands Aravon, Dunham, and Cobb Hill.
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