The Rockport Company is a manufacturer of shoes based in Canton, Massachusetts. Founded in Marlborough, Massachusetts in 1971 by Saul L. Katz and his son, Bruce Katz, the company produces footwear and operates stores in the United States and 66 other countries around the world. It was purchased in 1985 by Reebok, today a subsidiary of German shoe company Adidas. Their shoes are characterized by having a shock-absorbing adiPRENE by adidas cushioning on the inside of the shoe to protect the heel at impact, and using premium full-grain leathers. Most of Rockport shoes now come from China. Some may be from India or other East Asian countries. Less common are shoes made in Central America or Mexico. None of their shoes are currently manufactured in the United States.