Since 1958, Hush Puppies has been outfitting the nation and the world in distinctive, casual, comfortable fashion, growing from an idea for relaxing shoes to becoming one of the five largest global brands of casual footwear. Fronted by the immediately recognizable basset hound mascot, Hush Puppies footwear got its name thanks to a company sales manager's "light-bulb moment." Over a meal that included deep-fried corn fritters, he was reminded that the foodstuff's name, "hush puppy," arose because the treats were also used to quiet barking dogs—"barking dogs" being itself a moniker for tired, aching feet that could be eased by the brand's brushed suede uppers and lightweight crepe soles. Retailers and customers were sold on the concept: by mid-1959 the company had produced its first million pairs; by 1963, one in ten adults in the U.S. owned a pair of Hush Puppies shoes.
Celebrities jumped on the Hush Puppies bandwagon, and the likes of Warren Beatty, Perry Como and members of the infamous Rat Pack were seen wearing men's Hush Puppies shoes. The crepe rubber soles on a pair of Hush Puppies even saved the life of Keith Richards at a 1965 concert when he accidentally touched his guitar against an ungrounded microphone.
Nowadays, men's and women's Hush Puppies shoes, boots and slippers can include any of a number of innovations designed to keep wearers relaxed, stylish and on the move, from Worry-Free Suede® to Scotchgard™-treated leather, Bounce® walking technology to Zero G® soles, WaveReflex® technology to the planet-friendly Harmony™ initiative.
Grown-ups aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the satisfaction of Hush Puppies footwear: school, weekends or dress-up occasions, boys' Hush Puppies shoes and Hush Puppies girls' shoes are every bit as stylish and comfortable as those mom and dad love to wear.