Shoe companies like Switzerland-based On Running are choosing Portland for North American headquarters because it's where the talent is.
It's been two decades since Rob Strasser, a former Nike executive, convinced Germany-based Adidas to pick up and move its North American headquarters from New Jersey to Portland. Since then, a number of shoe and sports apparel brands have followed suit -- most recently and notably, Under Armour. Also this year, the fledgling Swiss running shoe brand On set up shop in Portland.
But the list is long of other shoe brands that have started in Portland or relocated here. Among them: Mizuno Running USA; Hi-Tec; Keen; Bogs Footwear; RYZ; Skora; Sseko Design; and Chinese brands Anta and Li Ning.
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