Saucony is an American manufacturer of athletic shoes, best-known today for its award-winning premium running shoes.
The company's first factory was founded in 1898 at Kutztown, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Saucony Creek. In 1910, Russian immigrant Abraham Hyde started a shoe company in Cambridge, Massachusetts called Hyde Athletic Industries. Over the years, Hyde became known for high-quality and technologically-innovative footwear including brands such as SpotBilt and PF Flyers; Hyde Athletic Industries bought Saucony in the late 1960s, and moved it to Cambridge. By the late 90's, when Saucony became Hyde's dominant brand, the name of the company was officially changed from Hyde Athletic Industries to Saucony.
In June 2005, the Stride Rite Corporation (maker of Keds, Sperry Top-Sider and other brands) announced an agreement to acquire Saucony. Both companies are based in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area: Stride Rite in Lexington, and, Saucony in Peabody. Stride Rite was acquired by Payless ShoeSource in autumn 2007.
Saucony's shoe boxes once had the phrase "sock a knee" printed on them. The Saucony brand represents the Saucony Creek's constant flow, and the boulders lining its creek bed.
The company is also a popular racing shoe producer, making high-quality track spikes and cross country racing flats. Saucony also makes shoes for specific track and field athletics events.