In 1910, Abraham Hyde, a Russian immigrant and cobbler, opened a shoe store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His specialty was "carpet slippers" made from remnants of colorful old rugs. In 1932, Abraham Hyde created his first athletic footwear: "pleasure skates" for his ice-skating customers. Under the direction of Abraham's son, Maxwell C. Hyde, the athletic line expanded to include baseball shoes, roller boots and bowling shoes.
During World War II, Hyde produced Army boots, and was the only American shoe company to receive the esteemed Army-Navy E Award for manufacturing excellence. After the war, Hyde resumed the production of athletic shoes, and in 1952 purchased the Illinois Athletic Shoe Company. During the '60s the company was chosen by NASA to produce footwear for the early astronauts. The boots worn by the first astronaut to walk in space carried the Hyde label!
In 1968, Hyde again expanded by acquiring the Saucony Shoe Manufacturing Company of Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Saucony running shoes were the closely kept secret of a small group of serious runners until 1977. That year, one of the Saucony shoes was recognized with a best-quality award by a top U.S. magazine. The resulting publicity established the Saucony name and its reputation for the high quality and innovative technical performance for which Saucony athletic shoes are known today.
Since then, Saucony has continued to produce quality shoes for serious and casual athletes, including Saucony walking shoes, Saucony sneakers, running shoes and more.
The popular Saucony ProGrid collection is a favorite among men and women runners of all ages and levels with its cushioned comfort, superior support and stability.