Posts Tagged ‘Dansko’
Myth #1: Dansko only makes clogs.
Dansko is of course known for supportive clogs that have been loved by healthcare professionals, teachers, and chefs for over 20 years, but over the past decade Dansko has greatly expanded its base to build sandals, wedges, heels, flats, boots, and even hiking shoes that offer similar levels of support and comfort to their legendary clogs. All you need to do is check out current styles such as the Odessa (below left), Olivia, Sabrina (below right), and best-selling Sophie to see that Dansko has successfully grown beyond its cloggy beginnings and into a multifaceted healthy shoe company with a little something for everyone.
Myth #2: Dansko shoes are clunky and heavy.
Well, for those of you who have embraced the normcore movement, you may fully appreciate how wonderful supportive yet clunky shoes can be.
But I am fully aware that normcore has its limits, so I’ll offer you the following…
Yes, the classic Dansko Professional clogs are built with a very durable and supportive sole that can seem stiffer than other shoes in your closet, however due to the extremely durable nature of the sole material, Dansko clogs are able to maintain continuous levels of support over the life of the shoes. Many other mass market shoes that use overly-spongy foams under the feet break down relatively quickly, and when this happens you lose support. Of course, as noted in myth #1, Dansko has developed dozens of styles recently that use softer, lighter, and more flexible materials underfoot than their Professional clogs. These new designs, such as the Allison, the Elise, and the Jovie, use durable, supportive materials that are much lighter and more flexible than what you might expect. It is with these designs that Dansko has put to bed the notion that they make only clunky and heavy shoes.
Myth #3: I have a Dansko clog, and I would like to try a different style. I should be the same size in my new style, right?
Not necessarily. Like most shoe companies, Dansko produces some of their shoes on different lasts (the form that shoes are built on) which can affect sizing. Some Dansko shoes also feature hand-made elements, and this of course can affect sizing as well. One of our most popular Dansko lines, the Pro XP clogs, run about a half size larger than their counterpart Professional clogs. Our best advice here is to contact our experts at 1-800-336-6657 if you have sizing questions or to visit one of our stores and try them on for yourself.
Myth #4: Dansko only makes shoes for women.
Dansko offers a line of clogs and other work-style shoes for men that offer great all-day support and durability. The Walker is one of our best-selling models, and it even outsells many women’s styles. Think guys don’t wear clogs? Well, thousands of chefs, doctors, teachers, and other professionals may disagree with you. I actually own two pairs of Pro XPs myself, and they are some of the most supportive, comfortable shoes that I have worn. So, gentlemen, are you man enough to take on a Dansko clog?!
Myth #5: Dansko is just another big shoe conglomerate owned by some far-off unseen entity.
Dansko is very much a home-grown American success story. Pennsylvania-based husband and wife team Peter Kjellerup and Mandy Cabot formed Dansko 23 years ago after visiting Europe and falling in love with European clog designs. Dansko has grown to currently employ about 180 people in its Pennsylvania headquarters and warehouse. In 2012, the company proudly announced that they had become 100% employee-owned, and Mandy has served as CEO for many years. What’s more, Dansko has been a leader in environmental sustainability as well. Both its headquarters building and warehouse are LEED Gold Certified.
Happy Feet Plus – Sarasota celebrates GRAND OPENING
Fri Nov 11th and Sat Nov 12th
Happy Feet Plus moved from South Tamiami Trail after 5 years, to the much livelier downtown location at 1453 Main Street.
This weekend on Friday and Saturday one of the founders, Jane Strong will be there, along with some of their shoe vendors, giving away FREE shoes every hour and FREE gifts with every purchase. The company is also offering sale prices on everything to introduce Sarasota to the Euro-Comfort footwear company. The store also has a foot scanner where customers can see a digital photo showing not only their foot size, but also their arch type and pressure points.
Happy Feet Plus is a locally owned Largo, FL based, shoe company that first opened as a kiosk in Tyrone Square Mall, St. Petersburg in 1985. The company is owned by Jane Strong & Jacob Wurtz, who now have nine retail store locations from Clearwater to Fort Myers, as well as a large online presence at www.happyfeet.com.
According to Jane Strong, “The Kenkoh Reflexology Massage sandal provides a new approach to pain relief, and has helped countless numbers of our customers with foot, knee and back pain”. Strong went on to say, “This sandal is what inspired us to get in the shoe business more than 26 years ago because of the astounding health benefits we observed ourselves!”
The Sarasota store, which they newly renovated in earth tones has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The store is managed by Kathy Lanier who also ran the location they moved from. The store is open seven days a week. Mon – Sat 10 am – 6 pm Sun 11- 5 pm. On First Friday they stay open until 9 pm. For more store information call 941-924-2536 or check out www.happyfeetplus.com
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Dansko Professional Clogs
For decades, Dansko has been providing safe and durable footwear that place a special emphasis on the workplace. Over the years, they have gained the respect of doctors, nurses, and chefs for their superior material and construction, as well as their commitment to reducing their environmental footprint. Busy professionals in fast-paced environments need shoes they can trust in messy situations, and just as easily clean up afterwards.
With accreditation from the American Podiatric Medical Association, Dansko provides products that are ergonomically sensible and utilitarian enough for hot kitchens and busy hospitals. Rather than adding to the discomfort at the end of a long day, Dansko footwear is engineered to alleviate pain and correct posture.
One aspect of the Dansko Company that has won the loyalty and respect of customers for decades is their dedication to environmental cleanliness. Thoughtful planning and responsible building material choices have earned Dansko awards and resulted in the greenest facilities possible. In addition to a reduced environmental footprint, the apparel and footwear company participates in dozens of humanitarian and philanthropic efforts locally and internationally. Habitat for Humanity, the Land Conservancy, and the Special Olympics all consider Dansko an avid supporter. A company sponsored Haitian Relief Fund collects money for displaced earthquake survivors, numerous youth and family oriented events are funded in part by the company. It is this steady and significant commitment to the community and environment that endears the company to its customers.
Professionals in every field of fast-paced, unpredictable work stand by their decision to purchase Dansko footwear. They have a solid yet flexible construction that was originally designed for use in athletic trainers, yet has been adapted to accommodate prolonged usage in adverse conditions. Chefs praise them for their non-slip, oil-resistant, and water-resistant properties. Kitchens can get very greasy, wet, and hot, dependable shoes can prevent dangerous burns and accidents. Kitchen professionals all over the world wear Dansko for style and safety purposes.
Dansko has made a name for themselves among the medical community for their rugged, comfortable clogs and shoes. Emergency response persons encounter unpredictable and potentially dangerous situations. The confidence of knowing that a sharp tool is safe in a doctor’s hand despite the mess on the ER floor is peace of mind only appreciated in the heat of the moment. Nurses and doctors rely on the ergonomic benefits of the shoes for the health of their feet. Active styling lends range of motion, while removable insoles and anti-microbial linings keep the feet protected. Arch support with a contoured midsole provides support to known trouble spots. Healthcare professionals prefer the durable toughness of Dansko to the many alternatives.
Leading industry professionals, and those that need performance under pressure, turn to Dansko for their solution. For decades, they have provided reliable, affordable footwear for the working-class individual and taken initiative in the community. Their humanitarian efforts and community outreach initiatives return a percentage of their profits towards the enrichment of the people who support them. With a strong reputation for excellence and a commitment to continue towards a lower environmental impact, Dansko is a leading name in their business.
Do your feet seem to hurt more in the cold weather months? It could be that with the transition from summer sandals to winter shoes and boots that you are squeezing your feet into constrictive, and painful, footwear. If you are, there is a greater chance of aggravating your bunions, or other foot pains and ailments.
All summer long your feet were happy spending a lot of time in sandals, especially if they were supportive sandals like Birkenstock or Finn Comfort. With the cooler temperatures, you’ve got to switch to closed footwear. If your feet are hurting more nowadays, take a look at the toe box width and the arch support in your everyday shoes.
A narrow toe box, especially in a pointy-toe shoe, will aggravate an existing bunion or start you on the path towards a painful bunion. Shoes or boots without any (or enough) arch support may allow plantar fasciitis pain (in your heel) to develop. You may also feel pain in the ball of your foot. This could be as a result of wearing high heels and stressing the metatarsal area, or simply because your footwear has insufficient metatarsal support.
Relief can be found. Look for footwear with a wide toe box that will not squeeze your toes. Also look for footwear with great arch support, especially in the medial and metatarsal arch areas.
Several closed shoe options exist in the Footprints line as well as in Finn Comfort, and Taos. Clogs are a great choice if you need room for your toes to move and breathe. Birkenstock, Dansko, Finn Comfort, Footprints, Tatami, and Taos offer dressy and casual clogs.
Great footwear at great prices. What a great deal! Stop by a Happy Feet Plus store near you and save.