From Hood Rubber Co.’s founding in 1896 and merger with B.F. Goodrich in 1929, to its final plant closure in 1969, the company was a leader in canvas sneaker manufacturing in the United States. At its peak, the company produced 90,000 pairs of footwear per day, in addition to numerous other products. Hood Rubber Co.’s Watertown plant employed more than 9,000 workers and was the largest footwear plant in the world. The company was considered ahead of its time in employee welfare, organizational methods, and manufacturing innovations.
Now, operating under new leadership and a new name, Hood Rubber Company, Inc. is a footwear manufacturer that is rewriting the rules. With a focus on designing products for today’s ﬁercely independent, boldly individual youth, the company’s debut collection combines the quality tailoring of fresh, contemporary athletic footwear with the heritage and authenticity of Hood’s 20th century canvas sneakers to create timeless, modern silhouettes. These design details are the inspiration for Hood Rubber Company, Inc.’s full range of footwear and accessories for men and women.