Saucony (pronounced|'sɒkəni, "sock-a-knee") is an American manufacturer of athletic shoes, best-known today for its award-winning, premium runners' shoes. The company has roots going back to 1906, when its first factory was founded at Kutztown, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Saucony Creek. In 1910, Russian immigrant Abraham Hyde started a rival shoe store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over the years, Hyde's operation became known for high-quality and technologically-innovative footwear; Hyde bought Saucony in the late 1960s, and moved it to Cambridge. 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 Shoes in autumn 2007.

Saucony's shoe boxes once had the phrase "sock a knee" printed on them. Saucony is Native American for "mouth of a creek/river."fact|date=October 2008 The brand's logo represents the Saucony Creek's constant flow, and the boulders lining its creekbed.

The company is also a highly-popular racing shoe producer, making high-quality track spike shoes and cross country racing flats. Saucony also makes shoes for specific track and field events.Fact|date=March 2008

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