Rockport is a manufacturer and supplier of fashionable, durable shoes. Since its establishment in 1971 by Saul and Bruce Katz, Rockport has made a name for itself by seeking out the latest and best technology and materials in order to design footwear that will outlast the most challenging of outdoor activities.
Indeed, a look at the company’s incredible range of footwear shows that Rockport is so much more than just a shoe manufacturer. Rockport is rightfully proud of the fact that it has created a whole collection of shoes for all kinds of occasions – from office wear to mountain adventures – with comfort and support as its guiding design principle. The company produces casual shoes, trainers, walking shoes, hiking boots, dress shoes and moccasins, and every single shoe has an incredible amount of research and testing behind it. Rockport believes that its shoes should not only enable you to walk without hurting your feet, but also encourage you to use your whole body in order to walk upright, breathing properly and exercising well as you do so. Walking comfortably has almost become a Rockport trademark.
As early in its history as 1984, Rockport emphasised its contribution to public understanding of health issues by having one man walk through every American state, endorsing the health benefits of walking as he went. In 1992, Rockport teamed up with the American Hiking Society and organised a mammoth hike from coast to coast across the United States. Because of Rockport’s dedication to improving foot health and support, both the company as a whole and a number of its leading products have been awarded seals of acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association and also the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.
This is not to say that Rockport’s shoes are merely functional. As well as having been the official footwear supplier to the 1994 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, Rockport began managing Ralph Lauren Footwear in 1996 and has a whole host of high-profile endorsers, from international sportsmen to politicians.
Rockport now owns numerous outlets and concept stores the world over, having branched out into international sales in 1987. Its catalogue includes not only shoes but also branded jackets, coats, jumpers, shirts, t-shirts and trousers in various styles. Most recently Rockport has developed a new range of smart, practical, waterproof shoes, with styles suitable to both trekking and office wear.