Reebok is an American-inspired, global brand that creates sports and lifestyle products built upon a strong heritage and authenticity in sports and fitness. The brand is committed to designing shoes that reflect creativity and the desire to constantly challenge the status quo. Reebok's United Kingdom-based ancestor company was founded for one of the best reasons possible: athletes wanted to run faster. So, in the 1890s, Joseph William Foster made some of the first known running shoes with spikes in them. By 1895, he was in business making shoes by hand for top runners; and the family-owned business proudly made the running shoes worn in the 1924 Summer Games by the athletes celebrated in the film "Chariots of Fire."