• Dogs & Clogs: Recommendations from the Experts, Part II

    By Nick on Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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    ​Inside the doors of Dansko headquarters, employees often hear the sounds of a busy workplace: the click of keyboards, the buzz of afternoon meetings, the laughter of co-workers … and the sweet sound of dogs barking. What can we say? No work day is complete without our tail-wagging, food-hunting, four-legged friends.

    In many ways, this passion for dogs speaks to our overall corporate culture. We work hard, play hard and enjoy what we do. By welcoming dogs into our workplace, we create a friendly, uplifting, enjoyable environment … and spend our free time patting, feeding and playing fetch.
     
    To celebrate this enthusiasm, we decided to let our dogs make a “guest appearance” (well, their second guest appearance) on Word of Foot. Our latest dogs have stories to tell and shoes to review.
     
    Which pair of clogs would they recommend for their owners? Find out below!
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      LUCKY

      Favorite Snack: Big old rawhide bones. I could gnaw on those things all day long.
      Favorite Walk: I like to patrol the fire hydrants on 13th Street and Columbus Boulevard—that’s my territory.  
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Ingrid in Espresso

      “I’m a classic pooch who prefers “no-frills” footwear; that’s why I chose Ingrid. What’s not to like? A heritage espresso finish, buckle detailing and open-back design make them a perfect choice for mom. Once you look under the hood of these clogs, though, everything changes. I’m talking classic rocker bottom, padded collar, nice, firm footbed—you know, the works.”
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      SHELBY

      Favorite Snack: Carrots, but only the baby kind. I heard they’re good for my teeth!
      Favorite Walk: I’m sort of a homebody, so I’m content roaming around my mom’s garden. Oh, the smells…
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Sherise in Black
       
      “Do you see this coat? Beautiful browns, subtle blacks, clean whites … I’m a natural girl, as you can see. So, 'naturally', I would recommended Sherise. Do you see those leathers? Beautiful browns, subtle blacks ... all the colors of the earth in one pair of clogs."
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      PIXIE

      Favorite Snack: I’m out to maintain my slim figure, so I’m a kale kind of dog. Raw or cooked—I’m all in. 
      Favorite Walk: I set up my own race course in the backyard. Think these little legs can’t fly? Think again.
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Professional in Black Woven

      “Take a look at those Black Woven Professionals. Notice anything? That’s right—subtle, aerodynamic grooves on the upper. Not only do they look classy, they will help mom keep up with me in the yard. Catch me if you can!"

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      BELINDA

      Favorite Snack: Salmon-flavored anything. I can smell fish from miles away...
      Favorite Walk: Every once in a while, mom and dad take me out to Pittsburgh. Can you say “Freedom?”
      For My Owner, I would recommend ... Pavan in Caramel
       
      “I have to say, that leather design on Pavan immediately caught my attention. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it reminds me of my curly fur, or my beautiful golden finish. Either way, mom will love these. Wait ... do I smell fish?!"
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      PEPE

      Favorite Snack: I have a pretty diverse palette. My all-time favorite: deviled eggs with chorizo oil and smoked paprika. Yum. 
      Favorite Walk: Look at these legs—walking up and down the stairs twice a day is enough for me!
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Professional Daisy Patent

      “Mom has to wear some ‘flavor’ on her feet. You know what I mean? I’m talking colorful daisies, vibrant colors, eye-catching designs, a shiny patent finish … the whole nine yards. That’s how we do it in my household.”

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  • Retailer Spotlight: Abbadabba's and the Ultimate Atlanta "Foodie Guide"

    By Nick on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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    More than 30 years ago, Dansko retailer Abbadabba’s took the road less traveled. Once a small craft shop that floated from one flea market to the next, the Atlanta-based shoe store grew, developed and evolved, undergoing the entrepreneurial journey from a quirky, catch-all gift shop to a premium footwear retailer. Sound familiar?

    In many ways, Abbadabba’s story tells a piece of our past. Twenty-five years ago, Mandy Cabot and her husband, Peter Kjellerup, took the road less traveled in their own entrepreneurial adventure, turning equestrian-focused careers into shoe-focused futures. While Abbadabba’s founder Janice Abernethy started selling products in local flea markets, Mandy and Peter started selling shoes out of the back of their station wagon. As time evolved, the pair connected over a common passion: shoes!
     
    Today, more than three decades after Janice opened her first retail store, we’re thrilled to celebrate Abbadabba’s and their distinct entrepreneurial spirit. The retailer now operates four stores in the greater Atlanta area: the original location in Little Five Points, as well as stores in East Cobb, Buckhead and Kennesaw.
     
    Through all of its growth, Abbadabba’s has established numerous niches among Atlanta shoppers—including the ever-growing (and quite renowned!) Atlanta restaurant scene. Area chefs, cooks and culinary professionals frequent Abbadabba’s to purchase feel-good footwear for long hours in the kitchen; the retailer recommends Dansko shoes to keep them moving from the first plate to the last. 
     
    When we connected with Abbadabba’s to learn more about their story, they offered a little something extra: a celebration of Atlanta’s vibrant food scene. Interested in following Abbadabba’s ultimate “Foodie Guide?” Read on!
     
    [Photo Credit, top right: Abbadabba's; Photo Credit, bottom left: Lauren Holley via Flickr, license]
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      FOODIE's GUIDE TO ATLANTA

      1. Check out Eater Atlanta’s “Eater 38” for a list of the top 38 restaurants in Atlanta, updated regularly.  Some favorites include: Bocca Lupo, Cakes & Ale, Holeman & Finch, Muss & Turners and St. Cecilia

      2. Visit Southern Living’s #1 Best New Restaurant of 2014: Kimball House

      3. Visit Bon Appetit’s Top 10 Restaurant of 2013: The Optimist

      4. Take a stroll through Krog Street Market, a foodie’s paradise of food stalls and sit-down restaurants

      5. Shop one of the many farmers markets throughout the year for locally-sourced produce and homemade eats

      We hope you have the opportunity to check out all that Atlanta has to offer--both in shoe selection and good eats! And if you can’t make it to Atlanta, you can always shop Abbadabba’s Dansko selection by visiting coolshoes.com.
       
      [Photo Credit: Atl10Trader via Flickr, license]
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      [Photo Credit, top left: Ryan Cramer via Flickr, license; Photo Credit, top right: Jeff Webster via Flickr, license; Photo Credit, bottom: Peter Bond via Flickr, license]

       

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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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  • Retailer Spotlight: Heading West with Schnee's Shoes

    By Nick on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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    ​Born from the hands of a vintage cobbler, Dansko retailer Schnee’s Shoes has developed a comfortable niche in the bustling town of Bozeman, Montana. Offering sporting goods and apparel for hiking, running, hunting and everyday traveling, the versatile retailer outfits outdoorsy Montanans from head to toe—and from fingers to ears!

    We recently had the opportunity to chat with Curt Smith, Schnee’s Footwear President, about his store’s presence in Bozeman, a town fit for the rugged and adventurous. We have to admit—we’re intrigued by Bozeman’s stunning mountainscapes and outdoorsy feel. And, with warm winter jackets and cozy winter hats, think we could probably handle the town’s single-digit temperatures.

    Just ahead of the winter tourist season, we decided to create a travel guide for visiting “Big Sky Country.” Thanks to Curt and his passion for Bozeman, our list includes a number of must-see destinations—and a handful of valuable tips and tricks. Go ahead … see for yourself!

    1. Fly into Bozeman: The town they once called “Valley of the Flowers” sports a vibrant downtown, complete with a prominent shopping scene, alluring art culture and, best of all, a selection of can’t-miss restaurants. Eat, sleep, and prepare for your trip to Yellowstone in a town that “never skips a beat.”

    2. Hike the Local Mountains: Travel from friendly Bozeman to countless nearby ranges, including Beartooth Pass, Bridger Range and the Spanish Peaks. Whether you’re ready for a casual stroll or an expert hike, you’ll find a suitable adventure in Bozeman’s backyard.

    3. Travel by Train: From sweeping prairies to densely-packed forests, Montana has a lot to see. What better way to soak in the sights than traveling by train? Pack your camera and board the Empire Builder, a train that starts in Chicago, spans the length of Montana, and stops in Seattle.  

    4. Visit Yellowstone National Park: Though many tourists flock to the Western Wonder in spring and fall, Curt recommends visiting in winter, when snowy landscapes, steaming geyser basins and rare wildlife take over. For the easiest commute, enter Yellowstone through Livingston, a town located just west of Bozeman. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled—you just may see a bison!

    5. Travel to Glacier National park: If you’re willing to make the six-hour trek from Bozeman to Glacier National Park, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the past, experiencing historic chalets, lodges and Native American folktales. And, according to Curt, the high peaks resemble the Swiss Alps. We think it’s worth your while!

    If you can’t make the trip to Bozeman, we encourage you to experience a taste of Montana by visiting Schnee’s Shoes at Schnees.com. Or, to find a Dansko retailer near you, click the “Find A Retailer” link on the top of this page.

    [Photo Credit: Schnee's]

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      Logan Pass, Glacier National Park ​[Photo Credit: MONGO, via Wiki Commons; license]

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      Yellowstone National Park [Photo Credit, Left: Citypeek, via Wiki Commons; license], [Photo Credit, Right: Apollomelos, via Wiki Commons; license]

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  • The Switch to Standard Time: Ideas For Our "Extra Hour"

    By Diana on Friday, October 31, 2014

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    ​On Sunday, in the wee hours of the morning, Americans will experience an annual phenomenon with century-old roots: the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time or, for many of us, the night that gifts an extra hour of sleep. In the spirit of remembering to adjust every clock in the house before bedtime, we decided to add a playful twist to the fall tradition. What if we chose not to sleep with our extra hour, and instead decided to make productive use of our time? What would we do?

    We asked a few of our co-workers that very same question. From playing the banjo to drinking pumpkin spiced lattes, they came up with a handful of insightful ideas. Take a look below—and don’t forget to adjust your clock!
     
    Jamey M., Finance: “You may be quite surprised at the additional activities just one additional hour could mean for my household this weekend. We plan to fit in trick or treating, a back yard fire pit complete with apple bobbing, a friendly paintball war and football Sunday, just to name a few!” 
     
    Jonathan S., Design: “I’m trying to learn how to play the banjo — so I’d spend my extra hour with Craig, my jovial banjo instructor!”
     
    Briana S., Marketing: “With my extra hour I’m going to start making a healthy breakfast and coffee at home! It’s a great way to save money and time during my daily commute.”
     
    Melissa S., Customer Service: “I would love to say that I would use this extra hour to help organize my life. But instead, I will most likely utilize my time picking up dolls and cars while staring at 36 clocks around the house determining if that’s the ‘real time’ or the forgotten clock in need of a change.  Oh, but I will savor the unclaimed hour with a pumpkin spiced latte!”
     
    Scott R., Sourcing: “In honor of Halloween, I want to paint skulls on my clogs. But before I start, I’ll need to practice, practice, practice!”
     
    Tracy C., Company Store: “With my extra hour, I am hoping to enjoy an extra cup of coffee in the sunroom before my girl wakes up!”
     
    Jon C., Information Technology: “I will probably spend the morning running around and getting ready for Sunday football—just to realize that I still have another hour to go.”
     
    Lisa B., Sales: “I’m excited about the switch to Standard Time because I’ll have extra time to take a morning walk. But because it’ll still be dark in the morning, I’ll probably just stay inside!”
     
    Ed H., Customer Service: “I’m going to enjoy the sunrise while walking my dog. I’m sure he’ll enjoy it, too!” 

    What will you do with your extra hour? We won't blame you if you decide to sleep--but just think about the possibilities!
     
    To learn more about our footwear family, visit Dansko.com/AboutUs.

     

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