• Autumn Road Trip: Lace Up Chantal and Take a Leaf-Peeping Adventure

    By Nick on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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    From the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire to the meandering vineyards of the Napa Valley, colorful leaves make autumn a season worth savoring.

    This year, we decided to “up the ante” on our annual fall celebration by planning a cross-country road trip. We have to admit, though: this isn’t the first time we’ve dreamed of traveling from east coast to west coast—or from continent to continent. What can we say … we love comfortable shoes, and we really love traveling to faraway places.

    So, will you join us? You’ll only need a few key items:

    • Comfortable shoes: We recommend Chantal from our Boulder collection. With a Vibram® outsole and waterproof construction, and with three outdoor-inspired color options, Chantal packs performance features into an adventure-ready sneaker. Lace her up and hit the road.
    • Snacks for the car: Keep those energy bars handy!
    • A cross-country map: From Interstate 40 to U.S. Route 80, you’ll need a personal guide to keep you moving from destination to destination.
    • A detailed itinerary: Take us with you—we have your trip all mapped out below!

    What are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes, jump in the car, and experience the leaf-peeping adventure of a lifetime.

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      White Mountains, New Hampshire

      Start your leaf-peeping tour in the rugged White Mountains, a well-traveled range located 100 miles north of the state capital.

      Drive: Pick up Interstate 93 in Boston and head due north for Franconia Notch, a mountain pass that once held New Hampshire’s iconic “Old Man of the Mountain” rock formation. As you traverse stunning mountainside covered in bold reds, oranges, and yellows, take a detour up Cannon Mountain, where you’ll have the opportunity to lace up Chantal and peer into the dense forest from above. 

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      Adirondack Mountains, New York

      Head west to the dome-shaped Adirondack Mountains, which boast an astonishing 46 “high peaks”—or peaks that rise more than 4,000 feet above sea level. 

      Drive: As you navigate the windy roads of New York’s famous mountain range, make your way to Indian Lake before heading south to the town of Speculator. Along the way, you’ll experience the awe-inspiring sight of fall foliage reflecting off Lake Indian’s crystal-blue surface. Hop out of the car and follow the lake on foot; you’ll want to take your time!

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      Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

      Steer your car south toward North Carolina, Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a mountain range that welcomes more than 9 million annual visitors.

      Drive: Adventure onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience a drive like no other. Remarkable landscapes, striking long-range views and great canopies of trees surround the roadway, which meanders for 426 miles. The drive will require several stops, countless “oohs” and “ahhs,” and a few walks in Candice to experience the sights first-hand.  

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      Grand Teton Mountains, Wyoming

      Travel from Eastern Time to Mountain Time, and from South Carolina to Wyoming, to experience the Grand Teton Mountains, a Midwest range that stretches 13,770 feet into the air.

      Drive: Brace yourself for a five-mile, 1,000-foot climb up Signal Mountain Road, a pass many locals regard as the most beautiful drive in the country. When you reach the summit, park your car and delight in the breathtaking views of Jackson Lake, Snake River, flat glacial plains and a collection of colors that only belong in a painting.

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      Napa Valley, California

      Wrap up your leaf-peeping excursion with a trip to California wine country, a region covered in charming grapevines and alluring mountainscapes.

      Drive: After traveling through the open landscape of Wyoming, head to the Golden State, where sprawling vineyards help highlight the rolling hills of the Napa Valley. Choose a vineyard, book a tour, and soak in the brilliant color palette as you navigate crowded rows of leaves and grapes.

      Can’t make the 60-hour trip from New Hampshire to California? No problem! Lace up Chantal and go on a leaf-peeping adventure close to home. And don’t forget to check out our other styles too, ready for adventures big and small.

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  • 10 Fall Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes

    By Nick on Friday, October 10, 2014

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      1. Attend every fall festival in your area: Sure, your town may host the very best fall festival in the region. But why not judge for yourself? Find every Fallfest, Pumpkinfest and Oktoberfest within a drivable radius of your home and experience everything fall has to offer.  

      On Your Feet: Lynn

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      ​2.  Watch a local football game: Whether you live in downtown Manhattan or in the rolling hills of Iowa, find a local football schedule and become a devoted spectator. Don’t forget your blanket—fall nights can become deceivingly crisp and cool!

      On Your Feet: Devin

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      3. Pick Apples: Tour the rows of a nearby orchard in search of the perfect fall apple. When you return home, cut up your fresh new fruit and dive into a tasty fall recipe—like caramel apple brownie cheesecake!

      On Your Feet: Chantal

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      ​4. Go sightseeing in your own city: Grab a map, lace up your flats, and experience your home like never before! Start by visiting your local visitor’s webpage; you never know what gems you’ll uncover. Hidden historical sites, quaint bed and breakfasts, back-road driving tours…

      On Your Feet: Olive

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      5. Take a leisurely bike ride: Pedal past the beautiful leaves of fall on a casual, easy bike ride. As the brisk autumn air brushes past your face, take an unexpected turn and get lost in the colors of the season.

      On Your Feet: Sabrina

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      ​6. Host your very own fall food fest: Pumpkin pasta? Apple cider? Pumpkin cheesecake? Combine them all and host your very own fall party!

      On Your Feet: Billie

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      ​7. Build a fire and roast marshmallows: When the weather feels just right, gather enough logs to build a campfire in your backyard. Enjoy the warmth by roasting homemade marshmallows!

      On Your Feet: Celeste

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      ​8. Paint a pumpkin (or two!): Head to your local pumpkin patch and bring your very own pumpkin to life! Whether you pick a simple Field Pumpkin or a colorful Red Kuri, you’re pumpkin will appreciate its new personality.     

      On Your Feet: Romy

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      ​9. Read on the porch: Slip into your fleece jacket, grab your latest book, brew a warm cup of coffee, and allow yourself to unwind—all while enjoying the delightful fall weather. Before long, you might find yourself on the very last page!

      On Your Feet: Allison

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      10. Journey through a corn maze: Head to a local farm and take part in the full gamut of fall activities! Board a hayride, shop at the market, and make your way through an elusive corn maze.

      On Your Feet: Candice

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Tuning Into Your Taste Buds

    By Mindful Magazine on Thursday, September 11, 2014

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    ​Mindful eating is not directed by charts, tables, pyramids, or scales. It is not dictated by an expert. It is directed by your own inner experiences, moment by moment. Your experience is unique, making you the expert. In the process of learning to eat mindfully, we replace self-criticism with self-nurturing, anxiety with curiosity, and shame with respect for your own inner wisdom.

    In this post, I will discuss a crucial method for savoring all the tastes and smells of the delicious foods you eat—by practicing relaxed, patient, mindful eating.

    Mindfulness Is the Best Flavoring

    As I write this I am eating a lemon tart that a friend gave to me. After writing for a few hours I’m ready to reward myself with a tart. The first bite is delicious. Creamy, sweet-sour, melting. When I take the second bite, I think about what to write next. The flavor in my mouth decreases. I take another bite and get up to sharpen a pencil. As I walk, I notice I am chewing, but there is almost no lemon flavor in this third bite. I sit down, get to work, and wait a few minutes.

    Then I take a fourth bite, fully focused on the smells, tastes, and touch sensations in my mouth. Delicious, again! I discover, all over again (I’m a slow learner), that the only way to keep that “first bite” experience, to honor the gift my friend gave me, is to eat slowly, with long pauses between bites. If I do anything else while I’m eating—if I talk, walk, write, or even think—the flavor diminishes or disappears. The life is drained from my beautiful tart. I could be eating the cardboard box.

    Here’s the humorous part. I stopped tasting the lemon tart because I was thinking. About what? Mindful eating! Discovering that, I grin. To be a human being is both pitiful and funny.

    Why can’t I think, walk, and be aware of the taste of the tart at the same time? I can’t do all these at once because the mind has two distinct functions: thinking and awareness. When the thinking is turned up, the awareness is turned down. When the thinking function is going full throttle, we can eat an entire meal, an entire cake, an entire carton of ice cream, and not taste more than a bite or two. When we don’t taste, we can end up stuffed to the gills but feeling completely unsatisfied. This is because the mind and mouth weren’t present, weren’t tasting or enjoying, as we ate. The stomach became full but the mind and mouth were unfulfilled and continued calling for us to eat.

    If we don’t feel satisfied, we’ll begin to look around for something more or something different to eat. Everyone has had the experience of roaming the kitchen, opening cupboards and doors, looking vainly for something, anything, to satisfy. The only thing that will cure this, a fundamental kind of hunger, is to sit down and be, even for a few minutes, wholly present.

    If we eat and stay connected with our experience and with the people who grew and cooked the food, who served the food, and who eat alongside us, we will feel most satisfied, even with a meager meal. This is the gift of mindful eating, to restore our sense of satisfaction no matter what we are or are not eating.

    - Dr. Jan Chozen Bays

    Jan Chozen Bays is a pediatrician, mother, wife, and longtime meditation teacher. She is the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. (Shambhala Publications).

    Mindful will return in October with their next guest post. In the meantime, visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format.

    [Photo Credit: Dan Zen, license]

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  • Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets

    By Nick on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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    ​As the local food movement continues to gain momentum, we have to admit: we’re completely on board. Freshly-picked and locally-grown foods are flavorful and nutrient-rich…and also work to benefit the economy and the environment.

    In cities nationwide, farmer’s markets and seasonal food stands have started to draw customers away from traditional grocery stores, enabling shoppers to build relationships with the farmers who grow their food. This got us thinking: which national markets would we want to visit?

    Of course, we couldn’t visit any of these markets without a comfortable, stylish pair of shoes to carry us from one vendor to the next. So we handpicked a pair for our future journey (and for yours, too!). 

    With exceptional arch support, a lightweight construction and a soft, cushioned ride, our Allison mule belongs on a nationwide tour—or on a quick trip to your local market. Regardless of your travels, grab a tote bag, step into Allison’s cushioned footbed and hit the road. Your taste buds (and feet) will thank you!

    Check out our five bucket-list worthy markets, from New York to Seattle.  

    Five Can’t-Miss Markets Across the USA

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      Union Square Greenmarket (New York, NY)

      A program of GrowNYC, a nonprofit organization that uses environmental programs to improve New York City’s quality of life, the Greenmarket began with 12 farmers in a Manhattan parking lot. Today, more than 54 markets operate in the city, selling goods from more than 230 farmers and fishermen. The Union Square location serves as the “Grandaddy of them all,” selling fresh-cut flowers, seasonal vegetables, homemade wine and more through 140 local vendors.

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      Crescent City Farmer’s Market (New Orleans, LA)

      For nearly 20 years, the Crescent City Farmer’s Market has served up some of New Orleans tastiest seafood, from crawfish to catfish to charbroiled oysters. If you visit on a Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the city’s “Warehouse District,” an art-centric neighborhood that many call “the SoHo of the South.” Grab a shrimp po’boy sandwich, and a bag of homemade Cajun chips, and explore this culture-rich Gulf Coast city.
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      Minneapolis Farmer's Market (Minneapolis, MN)

      Located just west of downtown Minneapolis, this festive market provides an everyday shopping alternative—and a spot for social gatherings, too! Cooking classes, concerts and other special events fill the weekend calendar, while a “Fresh and Local” podcast keeps customers informed while on the run. From fine food to fun entertainment, Minneapolis’ flagship market keeps shoppers coming back all week long.

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      Santa Monica Farmer's Market (Santa Monica, CA)

      Widely regarded as one of the most diverse markets in the country, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market offers a rich cultural experience in a vibrant, open-air setting. From exotic citrus fruits, to Latin music, to children’s pony rides, this California market provides an unforgettable experience for tourists and locals alike. Load up on savory snacks—and then walk a block to Santa Monica beach.

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      Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA)
       
      Overlooking the scenic Elliot Bay, and located on the edge of a steep Seattle hill, Pike Place pairs natural beauty with local food. Comic book shops, antique dealers and art merchants add variety to the market’s fresh produce and fish, helping attract more than 10 million visitors annually. Despite all of its fame, Pike Place holds true to its core value: to help shoppers “meet the producer.”
       
      Whether you explore the country in search of the very best markets, or turn your shopping routine into a local adventure, travel in all-day comfort with our contemporary Allison mule. And remember—when you shop local, you support the environment, the economy and the farmer who raised your food!
       
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  • Shop the Trend: On Active Duty

    By Nick on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    From aluminum water bottles to comfy sneakers, we have the active trend covered. Check out our favorite items below:

    1. Yoga Mat Bag: Meet yoga’s cutest (and most functional) accessory: the mat bag. With a convenient outside pocket, sturdy construction and drawstring closure, this yoga mat carrying bag will keep you organized and ready to go, regardless of the day and time.
    From: effiehandmade

    2. Reusable Water Bottle: Never forget your H20 with this reusable aluminum water bottle. Featuring a vintage graphic of a pointed finger and an easy-on, easy-off cap, this bottle will keep you hydrated from work, to gym and beyond.  
    From: JoyMerrymanStore

    3. Elastic Hair Ties: Say goodbye to damaged, crimped hair with these playful hair ties. Whether you wear them for morning yoga or afternoon errands, these ties will keep you focused on what matters most—while adding a touch of color to your active outfit!
    From: MadebyMegToo

    4. Dansko Sabrina: Lightweight, supportive and fun to wear, Shayla offers everything you ever wanted in a sneaker—and so much more. Pick your color and enjoy comfortable travels.
    From: Dansko

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