Wolverine World Wide Inc has announced the appointment of German department store and catalogue retailer Karstadt Quelle AG, as the company's newest licensee for Hush Puppies footwear.

The agreement provides for the retail distribution of Hush Puppies shoes through 208 Karstadt Department Stores and through Quelle, which has a circulation of more than 24 million catalogues reaching consumers in 13 European countries.

"This new marketing partnership with Karstadt and Quelle represents a solid growth opportunity for the Hush Puppies brand," said Dan L West, president of Hush Puppies International.

"Germany is a very important consumer market. It is our goal to leverage the combined strength of the Karstadt Quelle operation and Hush Puppies brand to propel Germany into one of the top global markets for the Hush Puppies brand."

This new licensing agreement extends the Hush Puppies brand presence in the European Union (EU) to 20 countries.