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  • Built on Innovation, Executed in Style.

    1971
    Father and son, Saul and Bruce Katz, hit the road selling shoes out of the back of their van and launch Rockport as the first company to use advanced materials and technologies in casual shoes.

    1990
    Rockport Vice President Tony Post runs 26.2 miles in the New York City Marathon wearing DresSports-proving the shoes' remarkable shock absorption and support.

    1993
    A team of climbers wearing Rockport Umbwe Trail performance boots summit Mt. Kilimanjaro-Africa's highest peak at 19,341 feet above sea level.

    1994
    From the legendary Whitbread Round the World Race, to the Volvo Ocean Race, Rockport's advanced nautical footwear has equipped sailors to conquer the world's most perilous oceans.

    2006
    Rockport joins the adidas Group and leverages adidas design and technology to bring sport-inspired innovation to casual and dress footwear.

    2009
    Eight athletes compete in the NYC Marathon wearing the newly relaunched DresSports shoe that weighs less than the average running shoe.

    TODAY
    Rockport continues to bring innovation to footwear, with the unique combination of contemporary style and engineered comfort-in the unrelenting pursuit to create the most walkable shoes in the world.

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