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In 1906, William J. Riley, a thirty-three-year-old English immigrant, founded the New Balance Arch Support Company in Boston, producing arch supports and other accessories that improve the fit of shoes. In 1934, Riley opened a partnership with Arthur Hall, who resold his products to people who, by virtue of their occupation, remained standing for a long time. In 1956, Hall gave his share to his daughter Eleanor and her husband Paul Kidd. They continued to sell arch supports until 1961, when they designed the "Trackster," the first sports shoe with grooves in the sole for added grip. It was also the first shoe available in various widths. The Trackster brought New Balance fame as an innovator and manufacturer of cutting-edge shoes.

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