• Shop the Trend: A Natural

    By Christina on Friday, December 19, 2014

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    ​From cable-knit scarves to minimalist ankle boots, we have the natural trend covered. Check out our favorite items below:

    1. Cable-Knit Scarf: Encounter the cold in comfort and style with this cable-knit scarf, complete with a buttery-soft texture and a patterned honeycomb design.

    From: AnytimeScarf

    2. Poplar Wood Bowl: Gracefully crafted from recycled poplar trees, this 14" wood bowl adds beauty and versatility to every kitchen--whether used as a center piece or a special-occassion salad bowl.  

    From: oneofakind2woodbowls

    3. Jute Tote Bag: Laid-back, casual and ready for inner-city shopping or warm-weather vacations, this woven linen tote offers long-lasting durability and everyday style.   

    From: IndependentReign

    4. Dansko Maria: Maria, a contemporary wedge ankle boot, pairs clean architectural styling with softly-curved lines and smooth nubuck uppers.

    From: Dansko

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  • Holiday DIY: All Wrapped Up in Holiday Cheer

    By Diana on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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    ​As the holidays draw nearer, to-do lists, shopping lists and grocery lists only seem to grow larger. So why not add a little fun to the holiday hustle and bustle by creating one-of-a-kind wrapping paper? Below, we offer three methods for turning every day present wrapping into an enjoyable (and economical) endeavor. Grab your scissors, tape and holiday-themed markers, and start wrapping!

    • Brown craft paper
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Metallic markers
    • Bows, ribbon, string and other present décor
    1. Grab your craft paper and roll out a nice, long sheet, big enough to cover your entire gift
    2. Cut a straight line at the far end to separate your piece from the roll
    3. Grab your markers and choose one of the three designs below
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      Design One: Dancing the Polka  

      Simple, clean and oh-so-trendy, gold polka dots will add fun and festive flair to your favorite gifts. Start by randomly placing gold dots throughout your empty sheet of paper. Keep the dots spaced somewhat evenly and, for the tidiest look, uniform in size. Once you’re comfortable with the look of the sheet, wrap your present the standard way—by folding the ends and taping the seams. We added tan and green garden twine for a naturally-pretty finish.

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      Design Two: Not-So-Fine Lines

      This playful design will let your creativity run wild. Start by drawing a straight line across the center of your sheet. Continue to add other horizontal line elements—from dots, to festive arrows, to holiday-inspired text—without trying too hard to keep your designs straight and even. Your “freehand” will add a homemade twist! Finish wrapping with a bright bow (we chose red for a fun pop of color).

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      Design Three: Holiday joyride

      Fun to make and to receive, this colorful design works with virtually any combination of holiday markers. Start at the top of your sheet and let your hand do the work, creating mismatched “hoops” in a diagonal fashion. Much like design two, you’ll want to focus on random spacing and uneven lines—this approach will add a creative touch to your gift! Once you reach the bottom corner of your sheet, wrap your present and add a simple bow; we chose white baker’s twine.

      There you have it! Three simple solutions to take care of your holiday wrapping needs. Happy wrapping—and happy holidays!


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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Holiday Party Planning

    By Mindful Magazine on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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    The holidays can be both a joyful and chaotic time of year. Families get together—a lovely experience, but when we’re hosting relatives and coordinating gift exchanges, a sense of obligation can crowd out some of our jollier feelings. There’s often so much doing that we don’t make time for being together.
    Here are a few simple ways you can mindfully plan your holidays and spread feelings of kindness and compassion liberally this season:
    Have A Mindful Potluck
    Cutting down on cooking is not a cop out. Extending the invitation to family and friends to bring their favorite recipes into your home is a great conversation starter—after all, we all have a few recipes passed down to us from our grandparents. Potlucks also cut down on worries you might have about guests not enjoying the food. You can extend your generosity a bit further by coordinating your potluck with the fundraising efforts of local food organizations.
    Dodge The Dogfights
    Getting together with relatives can be a real joy, but it can also create many challenges. There are lots of unspoken expectations about the holidays. And sometimes when we visit relatives, we feel like we’re a teenager again and not an adult. And the personalities! When with family, stick to topics you can all agree on. 
    Have A Gift-Light Holiday
    For some of us, giving gifts is as essential as the star on the top of the tree. But the stress of looking for the right “thing” can eclipse actually seeing and talking to the people we’re buying for. Happiness can’t be wrapped up in a bow. Instead of obsessing over what to get someone, consider that the perfect gift might be your presence. You can also give a gift as a family: do some volunteer work together, or take some time at the year’s end to send donations to organizations you care about. 

    By practicing a few of these quick-and-simple suggestions, you can make the most of your family time—and holiday time—this winter.
    Visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format. Happy holidays!
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  • Retailer Spotlight: Exploring the Lone Star State with Whole Earth Provision Co.

    By Nick on Friday, December 05, 2014

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    Way back in 1970, when leisure suits first emerged and skirts fell to the ankle, Jack and Linda Jones launched a company with roots beyond retail. Their store, named Whole Earth Provision Co., was inspired by the Whole Earth Catalog, a collection of short book descriptions and tools that offered a complete view of the world’s inner-workings. Thanks to the Jones family, shoppers could actually lay there hands on books and tools featured in the Whole Earth Catalog, an absolute dream come true for the catalog’s loyal fans.

    Over the ensuing three years, the Jones’ continued to add more and more items to their shelves, ultimately outgrowing their retail location. Eventually, the couple moved into a larger store around the corner, making room for more clothing, hammocks, outdoor gear, canoes, kayaks and eventually, Dansko shoes.

    Today, more than four decades removed from a small store in Austin, Whole Earth Provision Co. continues to excite customers, operating nine stores in five Texas cities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Southlake. Along the way, the store has supported nonprofits large and small, including the Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society and Hill Country Conservancy. From cleaning local rivers and parks to teaching outdoor classes for children, Whole Earth Provision Co. strives to serve others through local philanthropy. 

    In the spirit of the store’s passion for adventure, we decided to offer three compelling reasons to visit the Lone Star state (aside from the opportunity to shop at Whole Earth Provision Co., of course). Take a look below—and start planning your adventure.

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      You Can: Hike for Miles

      With 13 National parks and dozens of caverns, canyons and rocks to explore, Texas is a dreamland for outdoor enthusiasts. Of course, you’ll have to make a shortlist—ours includes Enchanted Rock, an enormous pink dome that rises out of Central Texas, and the rivers of Big Bend National Park, which meander through stunning limestone canyons—though your list will give you countless reasons to return again. Hike, camp, backpack and study the wildlife, all on one outdoor adventure. 

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      You Can: Experience the History

      “It’s like a whole other country,” Texans say. Well, we believe it: from the unforgettable Alamo to the Fort Worth Stockyards, a historical district filled with rodeos, a massive honky-tonk and a railroad tour, Texas’ historical sites never get old. And many of them, including the Stockyards’ famous cattle drive, make the state so appealingly unique.

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      You Can: Dance Across Texas

      If music festivals didn’t originate in Texas, the state simply found a way to turn the experience into a national pastime. From Wild, Wild West Fest to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, music aficionados uncover countless opportunities to “put on their dancing shoes” and move to the music. But even on quieter weekends, Texans keep movin’ and groovin’. From dance halls to vintage saloons, dancing plays an integral role in the state’s culture. Go ahead—join the fun!

      Can’t make the trek to Texas? No problem! Visit WholeEarthProvision.com for a list of outdoor websites, green resources, captivating videos and more.

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  • Five Looks for the Holiday Season

    By Christy on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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    ​Ahead of family get-togethers, all-day errands and “the most wonderful time of the year,” we offer five chic looks for the holiday season. Take a look below:

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      The Party Hopper. This time of year, invitations to holiday parties arrive by the bunch. Laugh, eat, mingle and play with a perfect blend of style and comfort. 

      The Look: Colorful-yet-subtle cropped pants, paired with a solid cashmere sweater and a layered necklace, create a fashionable (and functional) holiday outfit.  
      The Shoe: Pretty, polished and ready for everyday demands, our Bonita ankle boot, complete with an easy on/off back zipper and a fashionable ankle cutout, raises the bar on the style without sacrificing comfort.


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      ​The Coffee Shop Enthusiast. From festive peppermint mochas to classic hazelnut roasts, coffee shop trips serve as a holiday staple. Set yourself up for dozens of compliments with a casually-chic winter outfit.

      The Look: Cuffed jeans serve as the perfect base for a delightful layered look. On top, add a traditional oxford button-down, a neutral striped sweater and a coordinating buttoned jacket.
      The Shoe: Experience our trimmed-and-tailored Oksana flat, a shoe that outlasts the busiest of days. A memory foam footbed delivers all-day comfort, while a decorative band offers a feminine touch.


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      The Casual Champion. Present buying, food shopping, errand running—the holidays have a knack for building busy agendas. Why not look your best while on the run?

      The Look: Grab your comfiest, coziest crew-neck sweatshirt and a pair of brightly-colored pants for a cheerful pop of color. Your simple ensemble will make a statement from the supermarket to the shoe store.    

      The Shoe: For comfort with a can-do attitude, step into Sabrina, our supportive, stylish, active-casual sneaker with soft suede uppers and a slip resistant outsole.

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      ​The Holiday Explorer. Whether visiting faraway family or nearby friends, the holidays offer the perfect excuse to explore a new town, city or country. Embark on the journey in comfort and style.

      The Look: Start with a pair of skimmer khakis in classic tan, and then add a touch of color with a button-down sweater in heathered plum. Finish the look with a quilted vest—left open, of course.
      The Shoe: Designed with versatility in mind, our Allison mule features a floral embossed upper and a soft, cushioned ride, offering a go-to shoe for everyday travels. 


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      The Girl Who’s Ready for Anything. Spontaneous trip to the city? Check. Dinner with friends and family? Check. Pulling off the biggest party of the year? Check. Head into the holidays with a chic new look, ready for the all of it.

      The Look: A solid-color sweater offers a perfect top layer, while bright-blue pants deliver an unexpected (and oh, so fashionable) finish.

      The Shoe: From wardrobe defining to wardrobe enhancing, Liza delivers modern style—and all-day comfort—with graceful lines and a crepe textured rubber outsole. 

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  1. 2014 (81)
    1. December (5)
      1. December 19 2014 Shop the Trend: A Natural
      2. December 17 2014 Holiday DIY: All Wrapped Up in Holiday Cheer
      3. December 10 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Holiday Party Planning
      4. December 05 2014 Retailer Spotlight: Exploring the Lone Star State with Whole Earth Provision Co.
      5. December 02 2014 Five Looks for the Holiday Season
    2. November (7)
      1. November 26 2014 Fall Cleaning: Five Ways To Tidy Up Your Shoe Collection
      2. November 24 2014 Thanksgiving DIY Overload: Bringing the Outside In
      3. November 19 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Rest Up for the Holidays
      4. November 14 2014 Recipe Time: Serving Others with Thanksgiving Favorites
      5. November 11 2014 Retailer Spotlight: Heading West with Schnee's Shoes
      6. November 06 2014 Shop the Trend: Fresh and Festive Cranberry
      7. November 03 2014 Fall Days at Dansko: Our Halloween Celebration
    3. October (10)
      1. October 31 2014 The Switch to Standard Time: Ideas For Our "Extra Hour"
      2. October 30 2014 “Be Good to Your Feet" With Dr. Stacie Grossfeld
      3. October 28 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Get Out and Explore
      4. October 24 2014 If These Shoes Could Talk: Stories From Our Fans
      5. October 22 2014 Autumn Road Trip: Lace Up Chantal and Take a Leaf-Peeping Adventure
      6. October 16 2014 Recipe Time: Fall Favorites with Mugshots Coffeehouse
      7. October 10 2014 10 Fall Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
      8. October 07 2014 The Ultimate Nurses’ Bucket List (And A Giveaway, Too!)
      9. October 03 2014 Dogs & Clogs: Recommendations from the Experts
      10. October 02 2014 Dansko and the Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle
    4. September (8)
      1. September 22 2014 Runway Rundown: Q&A with Designer Karolyn Pho
      2. September 19 2014 Spotted: TV Host Meredith Vieira
      3. September 18 2014 Kickstart Your Daily Routine With Airman Annelise Rowe
      4. September 17 2014 Dansko Voted Best for Workers
      5. September 12 2014 The Birth of a Comfort Generation
      6. September 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Tuning Into Your Taste Buds
      7. September 05 2014 Staff Picks: Our Favorite Fall Styles
      8. September 04 2014 Get to Know Tamara: Our Go-To-Work or Go-Out Shoe
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      1. August 29 2014 Four Nursing Lessons and One Big Giveaway
      2. August 27 2014 Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets
      3. August 25 2014 Recognizing our Footwear Family with Five Anniversaries
      4. August 21 2014 Shop the Trend: On Active Duty
      5. August 19 2014 Momentum Magazine: 5 Ways to Incorporate Bicycling Into Your Daily Routine
      6. August 14 2014 Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots
      7. August 12 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Three Ways to Focus the Wandering Mind
      8. August 08 2014 The “Art” of Mneme Therapy: How Kim Ingwaldson Makes A Difference Every Day
      9. August 06 2014 Five Dancing Tips and One Stylish Sandal for your Latin Dancing Routine
      10. August 05 2014 Retailer Spotlight: Vintage and Modern Shoe Care Tips from Simons Shoes
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      1. July 30 2014 Summer Days at Dansko: A Dip & Dessert BBQ Spectacular
      2. July 28 2014 Shop the Trend: Refreshingly Cobalt
      3. July 23 2014 A Passion for Fashion: Q&A With Marcus Allen
      4. July 21 2014 Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"
      5. July 15 2014 The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?
      6. July 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Practice in Posture, A Seated Guide to Meditation
      7. July 10 2014 Fran’s Four Fabulous and Functional Summer Hairstyles
      8. July 08 2014 10 Summer Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
      9. July 03 2014 Retailer Spotlight: 10 Paddlesport Tips from Route 96 Power and Paddle
      10. July 01 2014 The Essential Guide to your Fourth of July Tablescape
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      1. June 30 2014 In the News: Dansko Co-Founder and CEO Mandy Cabot
      2. June 27 2014 Food, Farms and Comfortable Clogs: Q&A With Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett
      3. June 24 2014 Summer Days at Dansko: Team Day 2014
      4. June 20 2014 Cabot Creamery Makes a Difference in Local Communities
      5. June 17 2014 Shop the Trend: Rooted in Vintage
      6. June 12 2014 A Moment For Mindfulness: Introducing Guest Bloggers Mindful Magazine
      7. June 10 2014 Kickstart Your Art Collection with these Five Artsy Tips
      8. June 05 2014 A Woman of Many Titles: Q&A with Image Consultant Michele Gustafson
      9. June 02 2014 Trend Alert: Your Complete Guide to Normcore
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      1. May 30 2014 Shop the Trend: Fresh and Fabulous Florals
      2. May 28 2014 10 Summer Suitcase Essentials for your Next Adventure
      3. May 22 2014 Brooklyn Chef Justin Warner Shares Three Kitchen Essentials (Hint: He wears Dansko shoes!)
      4. May 20 2014 Let Your Garden Grow: An Early June Planting Guide
      5. May 16 2014 A Month of Celebrations: Dansko Recognizes Teachers and Nurses
      6. May 14 2014 A Mixologist’s Journey: Q&A with Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler (And a Cocktail Recipe, too!)
      7. May 13 2014 Dansko Volunteers Hit the Road During "Footwear Cares" Month of Service
      8. May 08 2014 Mother's Day 2014: Why Do We Celebrate Mom?
      9. May 07 2014 Lace up Your Sneakers and Visit Our Top Walking Cities
      10. May 01 2014 Six Stretches for your Workday
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      1. April 29 2014 "America's Best Cook" Contestant Presses Onward – In Dansko Clogs!
      2. April 25 2014 A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree
      3. April 23 2014 Shop the Trend: Bright, Bold, Beautiful Tangerine
      4. April 21 2014 Earth Day 2014: Five Steps for Conserving Water at Home
      5. April 17 2014 Q&A with Street Style Blogger Dana Landon
      6. April 14 2014 Recipe Time: A Sweet Spring Treat from King Arthur Flour
      7. April 01 2014 10 Spring Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
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      1. March 28 2014 Volunteers Leave a SPLASHing Impact
      2. March 26 2014 Spotted in Dansko: Acclaimed Chef Suzanne Goin
      3. March 24 2014 Celebrating Employee Ownership with a Little Competition (And a LOT of Laughter!)
      4. March 21 2014 Suits, Sweaters and Dansko: Q&A with New York Designer Drew Villani
      5. March 20 2014 Now Introducing: Word of Foot!
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