Saucony is an American sports brand that is by no means unknown to athletes. Founded in Pennsylvania in 1898, the brand derived its name from Saucony Creek as the company was founded on the banks of the Saucony. The Saucony Shoe Manufacturing Company, as it was originally called, produced running shoes. Independently, Abraham Hyde launched a shoe company named A.R. Hyde & Sons in 1910 and successfully produced slip-on shoes. Since 1923 he had been producing roller skates and in 1938 he added baseball shoes and bowling shoes to his range of goods. In 1968, these two companies merged. Then in 1977 the brand rapidly grew in popularity when a pair of shoes won the prestigious “Best Quality Award” of a US magazine. The “Trainer 80” was the first slip-proof running shoe on the market.