Shhhhh….. I’m going to let you in on a secret that could render me banished from fashion circles everywhere… I’m a major NASCAR fan. Yes, it’s true. Every weekend from February to November, I check the stats to see how my favorite driver(s) placed & share a text or two with my fellow fans here in NYCity (yes, I’m not alone). Why am I sharing this here? Well, every year in May, I load up my car for an 1,100 mile road trip from New York City to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Still, why am I sharing this here, in a story supposedly about shoes? Be patient… lunch on my first day is always at the Lancaster Barbeque in Mooresville, NC. For their famous pulled pork sandwich? Not really. In reality, it’s for the giant basket of fresh fried Hush Puppies they place on the table as you sit down. We polish off a few baskets before the first entrée arrives.
So, imagine my thrill when I found out that the legendary shoe collection that bears the same name was named as such because of the founder’s love of the same tasty little cornbread morsels that I too crave. All that set-up… now on to the real story: The Shoes!!!
Since 1958, these definitively American standards have been comforting the feet of celebrities, royalty, politicians, & common folk alike & as of late, have been making a seriously pumped up fashion statement to boot. The Hush Puppies name is synonymous with ultra light, suede slip-on styles that literally emanate resort cool. As of late, they have branched into a variety of styles that are as comfortable in the boardroom as they are on the boardwalk. The line now includes boots, pumps, brogues, flip-flops, ballerina flats, loafers, wing-tips, designer collaborations & even their high-tech FIVE collection, which combine function with some serious fashion detailing to create a new direction for the brand that has just begun to unfold.
For Spring 2013, Color is the word with it appearing in a variety of unexpected places from soles, to uppers to laces & inner linings. Regardless of the color or the shape, the same founding principles of comforting tired feet remains at the very core of every unit sold.
No matter what your function, you’ll find a pair of Hush Puppies to suit your needs. I just ordered a pair of Navy Blue slip-ons with a bright Orange sole, which I plan to debut on Saturday, May 25th… the next time I sit down for a basket of hush puppies at the Lancaster Barbeque. The circle will be complete.
Publicity: Harrison Fonteyne Snayd