Peter Farran

Acorn Slipper Socks: As Used by NASA Astronauts and Here on Earth Since 1982

In Design Classics on November 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

Acorn Slipper SocksImage by Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Astronauts Clock Up Over 5,000,000,000 Miles in Their Acorn Slipper Socks

Creator: David Quinn
Created: 1976
Origin: Lewiston, Maine

As the name suggests Acorn slipper socks are half slipper and half sock with a non-slip suede sole and leather reinforcing band which surrounds the foot. The sole is lined with a layer of memory foam which moulds to the shape of the foot and keeps it warm. The sock part of the slipper sock is knitted from a non-itchy hypo-allergenic cotton yarn. Acorn slipper socks were born out of the need for a warm, lightweight and comfortable slipper that didn’t fall off the foot easily.

Acorn slipper socks were first created in 1976 but it wasn’t until 1982 that they were first taken aboard a space shuttle mission by astronaut Ken Mattingly shortly after which they became NASA standard issue for shuttle missions. Acorn slipper socks originated in Lewiston, Maine, USA a former mill town during the industrial revolution.

David Quinn, a childhood skier had remembered traditional slipper socks at the mountain chalets where he’d stayed. Not finding a readily available alternative he worked with a cobbler and local merchants to create a batch for family and friends and went on to create greater quantities for NASA, armchair astronauts home and comfort lovers around the world.

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