J.W Foster developed the first known running shoe with spikes back in 1890, enabling athletes to run faster than ever before. Over 60 years later, his grandsons, Joe and Jeff Foster, took over J.W. Foster and Sons in 1954 and gave it a new name: Reebok. While Reebok quietly made shoes for 30 years, it wasn’t until the booming fitness trend of the 80s happened that Reebok became a household name. Women all over the world flocked to pick up the Reebok Freestyle. When THE PUMP hit the markets in 1989, Reebok became one of the top shoe sellers.