• Five Uncommon Resolutions for 2015

    By Nick on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

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    ​At Dansko, we strive to leave a lasting impact. Whether cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay or designing all-day comfort shoes, we aim to positively influence our neighbors (and our neighbor’s neighbors). This pursuit got us thinking: what uncommon New Year’s resolutions could we practice in 2015? We developed a list of five difference-making ideas below. Take a look—and commit to one, two or all five!

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      1. Double Up On Dinner. On nights when you plan your favorite meal—the dish that wows guests and excites family members—double your recipe and donate the second half to a local charity. Start by committing to a monthly donation, and then gradually ramp up your schedule to include two-to-three donations per month. From soup kitchens to food rescues, you’ll never be short on grateful recipients of your delicious dinner staple.
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      2. ​Invest In A Local Nonprofit. In many cases, time separates enthusiastic volunteers from enthusiastically volunteering. The solution? Grab your calendar and start small. Nonprofits appreciate consistency, making a two-hour monthly commitment a valuable use of your time (and theirs!). Give tours at a museum or arboretum, read books to children at your local library or help tend to a nearby community garden. Regardless of the organization or cause you chose, stick to it--volunteering requires resiliency! 

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      3. ​Save For The Less Fortunate. Every time you receive an unexpected gift, or stumble across unexpected savings, use your good fortune to serve others. Start by designating an envelope or box for your “philanthropy fund”; gradually stuff bills, checks and change inside. Set a goal, stick to it and then research a worthy organization or cause. Once you reach your goal, donate your “spare change” to an organization of choice, making a significant difference in the life of a less-fortunate family.

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      4. Clean Out Your Closet. The phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” often holds true—especially when it comes to our closets. Sort through your clothes, electronics and other household goods and think about the last time you wore or used an item. If you can’t remember, you can probably afford to make a donation! Start a pile and take some risks—you may not miss that sweater, or that scarf, as much as you think.

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      ​5. Organize A Nature Walk. On a pleasant winter morning, grab a handful of your closest friends and go on a nature walk in your local park. In addition to soaking up the beautiful scenery, soak up the not-so-beautiful scenery—wrappers, soda cans, milk cartons. Hand each person a large trash bag and collect any unsightly items as you go. The park will appreciate your service, even if they never knew you came!

      To learn more about our mission and values, and about the many ways to strive to make a positive difference in our community, visit Dansko.com.


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  • Recipe Time: Mixing It Up With Jeffrey Morgenthaler

    By Nick on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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    Way back in May, when winter had barely passed in Pennsylvania, we featured a Q&A with Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a renowned “mixologist” from Portland, Oregon. While working late nights and early mornings, Jeffrey started to battle a painful foot ailment called plantar fasciitis—a disorder that caused great pain under his foot and heel. Then, as his story goes, Jeffrey discovered Dansko clogs, his go-to shoe for busy shifts behind the bar. Now a loyal fan, Jeffrey continues to mix his way through “The City of Roses,” all while relying on his signature Dansko clogs for all-day comfort and support. 

    Just in time for the biggest bash of the year, we connected with Jeffrey to feature a fun and simple winter cocktail recipe. Take a look below.

    Happy New Year!

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      1½ oz blanded Scotch
      ¾ oz lemon juice
      ½ oz 2:1 simple
      1 tsp allspice dram
      ½ oz egg white
      Shake, strain, serve up, garnish with an orange twist
      To browse our complete collection of men’s shoes, including Jeffrey’s favorite Pro XP clogs, visit Dansko.com.


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  • 10 Winter Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes

    By Nick on Monday, December 22, 2014

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      1. Turn Snowflake Cutouts Into A Garland: Grab your scissors, fold your sheet of paper in half and start cutting—this age-old craft never gets old! To seal the deal, run a piece of baker’s twine between your snowflakes and hang the garland from your mantle.

      On Your Feet: Pro XP 

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      2. Serve A Warm Meal In A Soup Kitchen: It’s the most wonderful time of the year—so why not spread a little joy by volunteering at your local soup kitchen? Grab a ladle and start serving the less fortunate.

      On Your Feet: Hillary

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      3. Watch A Local Hockey Game: Bundle up for a classic winter duel, whether you stop by your local high school or visit the city to watch the pros. After all, few events say “winter” like ice hockey!

      On Your Feet: Sabrina

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      4. Decorate A Gingerbread House: Start by gathering all the necessary ingredients: licorice, gumdrops, peppermint candies, graham crackers, frosting and any other decorative items that come to mind. Then let your creativity flow.  Want to build a small cottage—or a full fortress? Go for it!

      On Your Feet: Celeste


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      5. Host An “After-The-Holidays” Party: In January, the holiday calendar drops off, leaving us waiting for the next big event. Why not plan your own? Put together a delicious dinner menu and invite your friends to a (late) New Year’s bash.

      On Your Feet: Rach


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      6. Stop On A Caroling Tour: As “Silent Night” and “Carol of the Bells” ring in the air, you’ll be thrilled you participated in this holiday tradition. Find a local crew of carolers and follow them from one stop to the next.

      On Your Feet: Maria


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      7. Explore The City: This time of year, the city offers countless opportunities to feel merry and bright. From outdoor ice skating to pop-up winter wonderlands, you won’t want to miss any of the action.

      On Your Feet: Candice


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      8. Watch A Holiday Show: Visit your local theater, or your nearby high school, to watch a festive holiday production. You’ll be caroling the whole way home!

      On Your Feet: Marisol
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      9. Cozy Up In Front Of The Fireplace: Grab your favorite book—and your favorite blanket—and soak up the warmth of a winter fire. For a true holiday experience, brew a cup of hot chocolate and bake a warm dessert.

      On Your Feet: Pro Felt


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      10. Watch The Snow Fall: The next time you wake up, and see snow delicately falling from the sky, bundle up and watch the magic from your front porch or window. If you don’t live in a snow-friendly area, savor the experience by watching a classic winter movie—you’re bound to see falling snow!
      On Your Feet: Chantal
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  • 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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      6. January 07 2015 Five Uncommon Resolutions for 2015
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      2. December 22 2014 10 Winter Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
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