• Fall Cleaning: Five Ways To Tidy Up Your Shoe Collection

    By Nick on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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    ​As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season draws nearer, we decided to take a step back for a little “fall cleaning.” Read on to uncover five practical (and inventive) methods for keeping your shoe collection clean and tidy.

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      Vintage Bookshelf
      You’ve worked hard to build a complete shoe collection: wedges for nights on the town, sneakers for strolls with Fido, flats for days at the office. So why not turn your wardrobe staples into a piece of trendy décor? Grab an old bookshelf and place your shoes (by wearing occasion, of course) in nice, even rows, filling the shelves with various colors, styles and patterns. As long as you keep your rows neat and tidy, your bookshelf will show off your shoe collection while also reducing clutter in your closet.

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      Apple Crates
      For a piece of rustic flavor, take a trip to your local farmer’s market, craft fair or antique store and search for wooden apple crates. You’ll want to buy one crate for each style of shoes you own: heels, flats, sneakers, boots. Before you arrange your shoes, create an organized (and visually appealing) display in your closet or along the wall in your room. Place one crate vertically and two crates horizontally on the ground; then hang another crate on the wall just above. However you organize your display, make sure to aim for a perfect blend of function and style!

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      Repurposed Furniture
      Browse antique stores—or your own bedroom—for a classic armoire. If the piece needs a little upkeep, choose a playful color and paint a little personality on the doors, shelves and feet. Instead of hanging and stacking clothes inside, develop an organizing system for your beloved shoe collection. Place sneakers in one drawer and flats in another; stack your boots vertically inside; and hang your summer flip-flops (ready for a winter vacation) from wire hangers. The piece will look like a simple armoire—but will function as your personal shoe assistant.

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      Utility Ladder
      Head into the garage and find the oldest, dirtiest wooden ladder you own. Don’t worry if the rungs tell stories of old projects, showing splashes of paint in every color: the wear and tear will add character. Place scrap wood between the rungs and nail the boards in place. If you decide to paint the ladder, make sure to leave a vintage touch! Once your boards are in place, and your paint has fully dried, start placing shoes on each “shelf.” Save your favorites for the top rung: a pair of modern wedge heels, perhaps?

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      Old Shoe Boxes
      If you’re anything like most of us, you probably have a stack of shoe boxes carefully hidden somewhere in your home: the corner of the closet, the attic, the back of the garage. Why not repurpose your boxes for simple shoe storage? Place one pair of shoes in each box, glue a photo or a description of the contents to the front, and stack away! Although your new organizing system will demand a little closet space, it will help store your favorite shoes in a straightforward, streamlined manner.

      To browse our complete collection of comfort shoes (in an organized manner!), visit Dansko.com.

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Rest Up for the Holidays

    By Mindful Magazine on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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    ​It’s time to rest up for the holidays.

    This time of year, we are often so busy that we can’t do what we’d really like to do: appreciate one another, give thanks, celebrate. Instead, we’ve built a long to-do list, our usual routines are disrupted, and we get less sleep than usual.

    It’s a perfect recipe for boosted stress levels. So here are three suggestions to help keep you on an even keel over the holidays:

    1. For five minutes, four times a day, stop briefly. It’s a simple way to practice just being instead of doing. Bring your attention to your own breath and body in the moment, just as they are. And no need to think about your to-do list—guaranteed, it will be there when you’re done.

    2. Try forgoing a few invitations this year. And don’t be shy about ducking out of parties early. You might be surprised at the extra time you’ll find for yourself, not to mention feeling like you’re securely in the driver’s seat of your own life.

    3. Spread compassion around liberally this season (and all other times of the year), and direct a bit of that holiday spirit your own way, too. Especially if you overcook the turkey or don’t get someone the “perfect” gift!

    These three tips offer just a taste of the many ways you can breathe, relax, and make the most of the holiday season. For more information about mindfulness, or to subscribe to Mindful Magazine in print or digital format, visit mindful.org.

     
    Photo Credits, Clockwise - [Kelly Sikkema, license], [Denise Rowlands, license], [Thomas Quine, license], [StarMama, license]
     
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  • Shop the Trend: Fresh and Festive Cranberry

    By Nick on Thursday, November 06, 2014

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    ​From fun and festive scarves to ceramic owl mugs, we have the cranberry trend covered. Check out our favorites by following the links below:

    1. Holiday Scarf: This nordic-inspired scarf will keep your neck feeling warm—and your outfit looking fresh—all season long.
    From: Northernly  

    2. Beaded Necklace: Vintage beads, a classic brass chain and a hook-and-eye clasp turn this beaded necklace in a year-round must-have.
    From: puffluna

    3. Professional Clog: With a stylish felt upper and a playful floral design, our Professional Clog will keep you moving through the holidays in comfort and style.
    From: Dansko

    4. Ceramic Mug: From morning coffee to afternoon tea, enjoy your favorite beverage in this ready-for-anything owl mug.
    From: BlueMoonCeramic

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  • 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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