Founded in 1958, Hush Puppies shoes have been synonymous with comfortable, stylish footwear for over 50 years. Revolutionizing the concept of casual footwear in the United States and around the world, Hush Puppies shoes are well-known for their durability and comfort.
The name of the company came surprisingly from the footwear’s first sales manager, James Gaylord Muir. While in the southeastern United States, he ate a meal that included hush puppies, a popular southern bread that is made from corn and is deep fried. He was told that the name came from farmers who threw the round cornballs to their barking dogs in hopes of quieting them. Because the term “barking dogs” was a metaphor for sore feet at the time, Muir quickly adopted the name, as the new shoes he was pitching were meant to comfort sore feet.
When sales began sagging in 1994, Hush Puppies shoes at this site, Wolverine, considered removing the shoes from its collection. Overnight, Hush Puppies shoes became popular with world leaders, celebrities, politicians and fashion designers, helping to renovate and re-shape the brand.
Hush Puppies shoes are now an internationally-renowned brand, with 17 million shoes sold in over 165 countries around the world each year. Each shoe has a high-quality rubber sole, that is once rumored to have saved the life of Rolling Stone’s guitarist Keith Richards. Additionally, the suede that forms the shoe is is resistant to stains, scuffs and water, ensuring that the shoes will look great for years to come.