Milestone: Brooks Looks Back at 100 Years

A timeline of the firm’s major moments:

1914
John Brooks Goldenberg buys Philadelphia bathing shoe and ballet slipper maker Quaker Shoe Co.

1920
The firm launches baseball cleats.

1938
Pedicraft kids’ shoes are introduced.

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1957
Company becomes Brooks Shoe Manufacturing Co. Inc.

1967
Brooks opens its first international factory in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

1974
Brooks’ first performance running shoe, the Villanova, is released.

1975

The company leads the athletic market by debuting EVA midsoles.

1977
The Vantage, an overpronation running shoe, debuts.

1979
The World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates wear Brooks’ baseball shoes.

1981
Wolverine World Wide buys the brand at a bankrupcy auction.

1982
The Chariot launches.

1983
Brooks’ Greg Meyer wins the Boston Marathon in 2:09:00.

1987
Debut of “Brooks for Women,” running shoes anatomically adjusted for women.

1992
The Beast motion-control style is introduced.

1993
The Røkke Group acquires Brooks and moves it to Bothell, Wash.

1994

The Adrenaline GTS is released.

1998
J.H. Whitney buys the company.

1999

Brooks launches “Run Happy.”

2001
Jim Weber joins the firm as CEO.

2004
Russell Athletic acquires the brand.

2006
Brooks becomes a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

2008
BioMoGo, the first biodegradable midsole, is introduced and wins FN’s Green Award.

2009
Brooks begins a multiyear partnership with Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series.

2010
The brand’s adaptive DNA cushioning technology is unveiled.

2011
Pure Project launches and Brooks takes the No. 1 spot with running shops.

2012
Footwear News names Brooks as Brand of the Year

2014

The firm relocates its EMEA team to Amsterdam and prepares for a summer move into a new global HQ in downtown Seattle.