THE ROCKPORT STORY
Our story begins in 1971…
…in a small town in Massachusetts where a father-son team made an all too obvious observation that forever changed the landscape of comfort footwear. Why, they asked, aren’t there dress and casual shoes as comfortable as sneakers? With that and the know-how from the three generations of shoemakers who preceded them, they took the answer into their own hands, establishing The Rockport Company and introducing the first dress shoes with built-in sport technology.
Nearly 45 years later and our curiosity and commitment to innovation haven’t wavered. Most recently, we entered a new chapter in our history, joining forces with Boston-based Drydock Footwear to form The Rockport Group. Today, The Rockport Group is home to Rockport, Cobb Hill, Aravon and Dunham, an impressive collection of men’s and women’s brands that offer our customers only the best in fit, technology and comfort.
Call us biased, but we believe we’re on a path to becoming the greatest shoe company in the world. Follow our history below and stay tuned as we usher in a new era of innovation in comfort 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.
INNOVATION CONTINUES TO DRIVE US FORWARD.
Rockport creates its first line of women’s shoes, bringing the benefits of engineered comfort to women’s casual and dress shoes.
TODAY WE CONTINUE TO ELEVATE OUR WOMEN'S STYLES.
Rockport’s Vice President, Tony Post, runs the New York City Marathon wearing DresSports, proving the shoes’ remarkable shock-absorption and support.
DRESSPORTS LUXE, THE NEXT GENERATION OF INNOVATION.
Rockport’s nautical footwear is built with advanced technologies that have allowed sailors to conquer the world’s most perilous oceans. From the 1994 Whitbred Round the World Race, to the Volvo Ocean Race, and now the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Rockport equips the best.
Today, we continue to design nautically inspired footwear.
Rockport introduces washable shoes for both men and women.
Our washable shoes are made to wear, wash, and repeat.
Rockport joins the adidas Group and leverages adidas technology to bring sport-inspired innovation to casual dress footwear.
Today, ADIPRENE™ by adidas is in every shoe we make.
Rockport introduces truWALKzero styles for both men and women. This collection is unique combination of flexibility and lightness out of this world.
Lightness remains a foundational pillar of our brand.
Rockport introduces Total Motion® styles for both men and women. This collection is the unique combination of controlled flexibility and stability providing instant comfort.
Total Motion allows you to move without limits.
In 2015, The Rockport Company and Boston-based Drydock Footwear came together to form The Rockport Group, a standalone company home to an impressive selection of comfort brands, including Rockport, Cobb Hill, Aravon and Dunham.
The Rockport Group combines Drydock and Rockport's collective vision, talent and commitment to innovation, dating back to Rockport's beginnings in 1971.