December, 1973, founder, David K. Quinn, gave nine hand-made pairs of slipper socks for family gifts. They were received with warmth and a rush of fond memories of "slipper sock" days gone by. Upon returning home to Lewiston, Maine, a former shoe capital of the East, David was encouraged by friends in the industry to manufacture those "memories" with improvements; using current materials and technology.
And, so, ACORN Products Company began - a simple cottage industry with one product: ACORN Slipper Socks. Wool. Grey twist. The original slipper socks were personally delivered to and from the rural Maine homes of cutters, stitchers, packers, and the like. Each one performed their job with meticulous care and pride.
The company grew into a factory setting in one of Lewiston's old mill buildings. Generations of skilled shoe makers hummed through the transition from cottage industry to factory production. ACORN focused on perfecting every last detail of the slipper sock. Just in time. When astronaut Ken Mattingly took his ACORN Slipper Socks on the 1982 Columbia space shuttle mission, the world opened up to ACORN.
We've designed and innovated ever since to create the classics America has grown to love: the original Sandal Sox, Polar Pairs, Tex Mocs, and Sheepskin favorites. From our beautiful Lewiston home we source the world to provide the best quality products, service and value. Our commitment: Comfort on Earth.