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-Siderand other brands) announced an agreement to acquire Saucony. Both companies are based in the greater Boston, Massachusettsarea: Stride Rite in Lexington, and, Saucony in Peabody. Stride Rite was acquired by Payless Shoesin 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
The company is also a highly-popular racing shoe producer, making high-quality track spike shoes and
cross country racingflats. Saucony also makes shoes for specific track and fieldevents.Fact|date=March 2008
* [http://www.saucony.com/ Official website]
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