Founded : 1888
Founder : George Watkinson
Location : Colchester, Connecticut 
In Business : 1888 to 1893
Products : High-end rubber shoes
Acquired by U.S. Rubber Co. 1892

Basket-ball sneakers : 1892
Inventor : Irving Watkinson

Shoe Store advertising the term
Sneakers, was noted in newspapers as early as April 1889 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts 

Sneaker Gangs were noted in New  York City as early as 1894
Grand Father of KEDS ® 1916 Great Grand Father of PRO-KEDS ® 1949 and Uncle of Converse ®  1908
KEDS ® and PRO-KEDS ® are Trademarks of Collective Brands Converse  ® is a Trademark of Nike Inc