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Hush Puppies have always strived to produce footwear that resembles their famous mascot - laidback, relaxed, and comfortable. All pairs of Hush Puppies at Cloggs are guaranteed under our Free Returns service and come with Free, Fast Delivery.
Hush Puppies began in the United States in 1958, and are frequently credited with creating the first truly casual shoe (in the modern sense), ushering in a new era of footwear. Hush Puppies have continued to be at the forefront of shoe style to this day, and they now offer an incredible choice of shoes, boots and sandals.
It’s hard to imagine a time before the introduction of casual, comfortable shoes. It’s equally unbelievable that this time was not too long ago at all. In fact, before the social and cultural revolutions of the late fifties and sixties, shoes were much more limited in choice; it was often a choice of either practicality or fashion, not a combination of both.
Hush Puppies changed all that. Founded in 1958, Hush Puppies were initially designed with pig leather (known for its softness and durability) and aimed at the rapidly expanding suburban population of the United States. This homely, relaxed attitude is even reflected in the name. Legend has it that a salesman for parent company Wolverine heard farmers using the phrase “hush puppies” in an attempt to quieten down noisy dogs, and, armed with the common expression of calling sore feet “barking dogs”, figured shoes with the same name should do the same job. The company knew they were onto a winner when they sold their millionth pair just one year later.
Their timeless, often suede or leather designs have remained immensely popular in all walks of life ever since. They’ve graced the feet of everyone from British Royalty to US Presidents to Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, who had the crepe soles of his Hush Puppies to thank for saving his life after a potentially fatal electric shock while on stage.
Today, Hush Puppies comfortably occupy a position on the pantheon of world famous shoe brands, and deservedly so. Like so many brands and styles, their original idea was one of striking simplicity, as is still evidenced in Cloggs’ range of Hush Puppies shoes today.
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