• Five Dancing Tips and One Stylish Sandal for your Latin Dancing Routine

    By Nick on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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    ​From San Francisco to Philadelphia, summer nights present the perfect opportunity to leave the house and experience the warm outdoors. Neighborhood walks, outdoor meals and evening hikes often fill our agendas, though a new summer phenomenon has started to surface: outdoor Latin dancing. Towns and cities nationwide have caught on to the craze, encouraging dancers to “move and groove” under the stars.

    At Dansko, we’re always looking for an excuse to show off our best moves. This got us thinking: which Dansko style would we choose for a night of dancing?

    With a striking cross-strap design, gorgeous full-grain leather upper and on-trend wedge heel with stud detailing, our Frida sandal effortlessly fits the bill. But Frida offers more than just style: a memory foam insert and breathable leather socklining will keep you moving from the first dance, to the last dance, to dinner and dessert, all in one stylish pair of sandals. So, what are you waiting for? Strap up those sandals and hit the dance floor. We’ll see you there.

    Before you embark on your night of swinging and rumbaing, we’d love to share a few tips for your next performance. Time to practice—summer won’t last forever!

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      1. Pick a style—and stick to it! Whether you choose the Cha Cha, Danza or ever-popular Salsa, we recommend learning one style before attempting another. If you try too many styles at once, you may confuse your steps! 

      2. Focus on your feet. Before you think about your hips, or even your arms, you will want to master the most important element of Latin dance—your footwork. Develop your dance steps, incorporate your hips and arms, and dance away.
       
      3. Learn the intricacies of leading and following. For Latin dances to work cohesively, leaders must know when to lead and followers must know when to follow. Picture yourself in a conversation with your partner; always tune into his or her moves, and anticipate when to respond.
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      4. Stay positive (and confident). Once you learn the ins and outs of basic Latin dance, the steps (and spins) will become second nature. Stay confident, and let your feet guide you from start to finish. As soon as you begin to second-guess yourself, the rhythm will become harder to follow!

      5. Dance with people of all abilities. Virtually every Latin dance requires a partner. So why not test your skills with a pro—and perfect your moves with a beginner? By practicing with a wide range of partners, you will learn all the intricacies of rhythmic dance.
       
      We hope you practice your skills this summer—and use our tips to become a Latin dance pro! Get outside and enjoy a free-spirited night of dancing in comfort and style.
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  • Retailer Spotlight: Vintage and Modern Shoe Care Tips from Simons Shoes

    By Meghan on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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    ​Located just west of Boston, Massachusetts in historic Coolidge Corner, Dansko retailer Simons Shoes has developed a rich history of serving local (and faraway) shoppers. The acclaimed shoe store has sold “luxurious comfort shoes” and delivered exceptional customer service for 122 years, offering style and value in every pair sold. Over the past century, the business has changed drastically, though owner Michael Kerstein holds tightly to Simons’ core value:

    “It’s all about doing the little things correctly,” he said. “Customers walk in with expectations, and we must meet or exceed them in every way possible.”

    For Michael and the Simons team, personalized, neighborly service has launched the store into one of Boston’s favorite local boutiques. Sales associates hit the floor equipped to answer questions about styles, trends and shoe care, and never let customers leave without double-checking shoe fit and comfort.

    Of course, this wealth of shoe knowledge didn’t develop overnight: Michael and Simons’ previous owners have stayed on top of industry trends since the store opened in 1892. In Michael’s words, Simons employs “shoe history buffs.”

    Recently, the store discovered a non-traditional list of shoe care tips, dating back to their first year of business. Surprised (and amused), Michael shared the list with us—and added his own modern-day interpretation. Interested in stretching your shoes in the freezer? You may want to think again!  

    Four Vintage Shoe Care Tips (and their Modern-Day Alternatives)
    From Simons Shoes

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      1892: To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow the bread to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread.

      2014: No one likes stale bread, including your gorgeous new suede heels! Simons Says: Clean shoes with a suede bar and brush.
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      1915: Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blow-drying your feet with a hot hairdryer.

      2014: Using a hairdryer will only cause your feet to sweat and swell! Simons Says: Treat those shoes with an oil leather softener and conditioner.

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      1922: To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place one bag into each shoe. Let the bags freeze overnight. As the water freezes, your shoes will gently expand.

      2014: It seems cruel and unusual to punish those new wedges by making them spend a night in the freezer. Simons Says: A shoe stretch spray will do the trick. Or, you can always bring your shoes into Simons Boston-based store to have them carefully stretched.

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      1933: Glass cleaner restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without damaging the material.

      2014: Though glass cleaner may not harm your pretty patent shoes, you don't want that lovely aroma following you around, do you? Simons Says: Try a patent cleaner for an odorless shine.

      In this case, what’s old is not new again! For more information about Simons Shoes, visit their website at SimonsShoes.com.
       

      Dansko does not endorse or suggest the use of bread (stale or fresh), blow dryers or glass cleaner on your shoes. But we do have our very own list of shoe care tips! Learn more by visiting the Material Care section of Dansko.com.

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  • Summer Days at Dansko: A Dip & Dessert BBQ Spectacular

    By Nick on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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    ​On a warm and breezy July afternoon, seated on the patio of our state-of-the-art distribution center, we indulged in a variety of dips and desserts – from homemade salsa to cannoli dip to everything in between! Although this “foodie paradise” represents a common occurrence at Dansko, the event offered a new take on our typical food gatherings.

    This time, Dansko employees brought their favorite recipes as part of our first-ever “Dip and Dessert” day. While a team of grillmasters served up delicious hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, we filled our plates with sides from the tastiest potluck in Southeastern Pennsylvania. And then we ate.

    When we finally stopped eating, a thought came to mind: why not share something great and pass along three of our favorite recipes? Below, we offer something salty, something sweet and, in typical Dansko fashion, something local. Eat up! We hope you enjoy.

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      Jerry’s Spicy Pretzel Bits
      Ingredients:
      • Bag of sourdough pretzels
      • 1 packet of ranch dressing powder mix
      • 1 cup of oil (vegetable or canola)
      • 1 ½ teaspoons of garlic powder
      • Red pepper flakes

      Directions: Partially open the bag of pretzels and break the contents into small pieces, making sure to avoid poking holes in the bag. Mix ranch packet, oil and garlic powder. Pour mix into bag and shake. After pretzels are covered with the mix, spread the pieces onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over the pretzel pieces. Bake at 300 degrees for seven minutes. 
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      Christina’s Out-Of-This-World Peach Pie
      Ingredients for the crust:
      • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • ¼ cup cold water
      • 1 cup (2 sticks) of chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

      Combine all ingredients and mix with a dough hook or blend in food processor and knead by hand. Divide dough in half and chill each for 30 minutes.
       
      Ingredients for the filling:
      • 3lbs of peaches cut into quarter-inch slices
      • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
      • ¼ tsp of salt
      • ¾ cup of sugar
      • Juice of one lemon
       
      Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Fit pie crusts to 12-inch plate. Chill pie crusts for 30 minutes. Spoon peaches into chilled crust mounding in the center; add lattice top. Chill entire pie for another 20-30 minutes. Place pie dish on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes on 400 until crust is golden, and then turn heat down to 350 and bake for another 40-50 minutes.

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      Community Garden Shredded Cucumber Dip
      Ingredients:
      • 1 (8 oz.) container chive cream cheese, softened
      • ½ cup mayonnaise
      • ½ cup sour cream
      • 1 large cucumber shredded, after removing seeds (ours came from the Dansko community garden)
      • 2 green onions, sliced using whites and greens
      • ¼ cup chopped red onion
      • ½ tsp. garlic powder
      • ½ tsp. onion powder
      • Fresh chopped dill, about ¼ cup or to taste (another community garden special!)
      • Squeeze of ½ lemon
      • Cayenne Pepper—a couple of shakes or to taste (optional)

      Directions: Blend all of the ingredients together and refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to blend. Serve with your crackers of choice. 

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  • Shop the Trend: Refreshingly Cobalt

    By Meghan on Monday, July 28, 2014

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    ​From terra cotta tiles to nubuck leather shoes, we have the cobalt trend covered. Check out our favorite items below:

    Strand Necklace: Let this elegant, single-strand necklace add a Mediterranean-inspired pop to your favorite outfit. Complete with a gold-plated chain and intricate brass beads, this crisp and clean necklace deserves a spot in every summer wardrobe.
    From: That’s Mine Boutique

    Suede Clutch: Grab hold of this handmade suede clutch, stash your cards and cash, and hit the town. A metal stud closure and roomy interior pocket present a flawless blend of function and style.
    From: Disco Lemonade Designs

    Talavera Clay Tiles: Ready for countless summer DIY projects, these terra cotta tiles feature a white glaze finish and a natural distressed look. From coasters, to garden crafts, to playful mosaics, add a bright-blue hue to your next home project.
    From: Joyride Vintage

    Dansko Lulu: Turn up the style quotient with Lulu, a soft and smooth ankle-strap shoe. Wrapped in cobalt nubuck uppers, and featuring a beautiful crepe-textured rubber outsole, Lulu offers modern style for every day of the week.
    From: Dansko

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  • A Passion for Fashion: Q&A With Marcus Allen

    By Diana on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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    ​As a high school student, Marcus Allen experienced a typical teenager’s plight. Torn between his passion—modern fashion—and his studies, Marcus took a job with popular clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch before moving on to work for Ralph Lauren. Along the way, he discovered that a hard-working hobby can turn into a successful future.

    “My family actually asked me not to work during school so I could focus on my studies,” he said. “But I had my mind set on buying Purple Label and Ralph Lauren; I’ve always been intrigued by who you can become with clothing.”
     
    Marcus harnessed his passion all the way through school and into his current role as a New York-based stylist and consultant. On a daily basis, he surrounds himself with “amazingly inspiring people,” from fashion photographers, to the city’s top creative minds, to client Melet Mercantile, a vintage showroom.
     
    In early 2014, one of Marcus’ influential partners—Australian-born designer Drew Villani—introduced a men’s clothing line. Marcus served as Drew’s professional stylist, pairing clean, contemporary tops and pants with Dansko clogs. After speaking with Drew this spring, we had to know more. So we caught up with the ever-stylish Marcus to ask a few questions about his passion for fashion—and to learn more about his enthusiasm for “minimalistic” Dansko clogs.  
     
    Q: Describe your style in five words or fewer:
    A: Eclectic
     
    Q: If you had to select one fashion icon, you would chose:
    A: I’m always impressed with the personal style of L'uomo Vogue fashion editor Robert Rabensteiner
     
    Q: Number one tip for those looking for a style update:
    A: Comfort always looks best so I wouldn't try too hard to update—just re-evaluate your wardrobe and purge when things feel dormant
     
    Q: If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, you would wear:
    A: A black t-shirt and tux pants
     
    Q: Favorite summer fabrics:
    A: Linen and cotton blend because of their drape and flow
     
    Q: No man should ever leave his house without:
    A: His card case
     
    Q: How does confidence influence a man’s style?
    A: Confidence allows you to try new things and speaks to how you carry yourself
     
    Q: How do Dansko shoes complement your wardrobe?
    A: Dansko provides an unexpected element and makes for an interesting style combination—and most definitely a topic of conversation
     
    To view our complete men's line, and learn more about Marcus' must-have shoes, visit Dansko.com.
     
    [Photo Credit: Christopher Fenimore
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      ​Marcus sporting our Karl clogs with denim and a scoop-neck t-shirt

      ​[Photo Credit: Justin Chung]

       

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