The name comes from the Afrikaans spelling of rhebok, a type of African antelope or gazelle. In 1890 in Holcombe Brook, a small village six miles north east of Bolton, Joseph William Foster was producing and selling regular running shoes when he came up with the idea to create a novelty spiked running shoe. After his ideas progressed, he joined with his sons and founded a shoe company named J.W. Foster and Sons in 1895. In 1958, two of the founder’s grandsons Joe and Jeff Foster renamed the company “Reebok” in the United Kingdom, having found the name in a dictionary won in a running race by Joe Foster as a boy; the dictionary was a South African edition, hence the spelling.