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OUR HISTORY

Rockport was 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. 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.


1971

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.

THE ROCKPORT HERITAGE COLLECTION DRIVES ON...

1982

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.

1983

Rockport launches DresSports, the first ever classic dress shoe engineered with an athletic sole.

DresSports are still a staple dress shoe.

1990

Rockport’s Vice President, Tony Post, runs the New York City Marathon wearing DresSports, proving the shoes’ remarkable shock-absorption and support.

TODAY, DRESSPORTS ARE MORE COMFORTABLE THAN EVER...

1994

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 nautical performance footwear.

2005

Rockport introduces washable shoes for both men and women.

Our washable shoes are made to wear, wash, and repeat.

2006

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.

2009

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

We continue to design shoes that weigh less than the average running shoe.

2013

Rockport introduces Total Motion® styles for both men and women. This collection is the unique combination of instant comfort, controlled stability, and flexibility.

Total Motion allows you to bend the rules of movement.

TODAY

Rockport continues to bring innovation to footwear offering a unique combination of contemporary style and engineered comfort, enabling people to Do More, Be More, Live More.

Style and comfort never looked so good.