About us

From Hood Rubber Company's founding in 1896 and merger with B.F. Goodrich in 1929 to its the final plant closure in 1969, the company was a leader in canvas sneaker manufacturing in the United States of the late 19th and early 20th century.  At its peak, the company produced 90,000 pairs of footwear a day, plus numerous other products.  Hood Rubber Co.’s Watertown, Mass., plant employed over 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.  
The Hood Rubber Co. of today 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 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.