• The Birth of a Comfort Generation

    By Diana on Friday, September 12, 2014

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    Way back in 1990, when mood rings, baggy shorts and hair scrunchies dominated fashion trends, husband and wife team Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup revolutionized the comfort footwear industry. How, you may ask?

    Well, it all started with the discovery of “the perfect barn shoe”—a comfortable, supportive clog found in a tiny store in Europe. At the time, Mandy and Peter were horse trainers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and knew these simple clogs would change the lives of everyone who might wear them.  So they packed their suitcases with pairs to share with friends. When their friends tried them on, they told their friends. And just like that, the couple launched a comfort generation.

    From the introduction of our Professional clog to the present day, Mandy and Peter have diligently worked to achieve quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Thoughtful engineering, highest-quality materials and rigorous testing enable every shoe we sell—including sneakers, boots, heels, flats and clogs—to deliver all-day comfort and support. This combination of materials and construction, or the Dansko DNA, as we call it, promotes good foot, leg and back health. What started with the Professional clog now benefits every Dansko style.  

    Below, we shine our magnifying glass on the original Professional clog by sharing ten keys steps in the design, construction and delivery process. Sit back, relax, and learn more about our iconic silhouette!

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      1. Putting the Pieces Together. At this step, all components of the shoe are combined with the Last to ensure that fit, function, and style all align with the creative vision. A prototype shoe is built around the selected Last. Each element is inspected by hand to evaluate quality and performance, both individually and when combined into the shoe.

      2. The Perfect Fit. Detailed measurements are taken and prototypes are fitted on the Last and on our Test Team (in-house Cinderellas!). The goal is to ensure that the shoe fits comfortably. If needed, the Last and shoe prototypes are adjusted. Materials, construction and fit are all finalized by testing a wide range of sizes (and types of feet) before production begins.​

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      3. Upper Material Selection. Our design team reviews thousands of fabric and leather swatches from all over the world each season, choosing only those materials that meet Dansko's high standards. The upper material is tested multiple times throughout the development cycle to ensure the finished product meets our high quality standards. Our Material Technicians take great care to ensure that the materials perform at their best - our full grain leathers are rich and luxurious, our patents bold and vibrant, our fabrics stunning, and our suedes silky to the touch.

      4. Pattern Cutting. With the upper materials chosen, it's time to start cutting. Our Material Technicians carefully place the patterns in such a way to ensure that the natural beauty of the upper materials is preserved and that waste is minimized. They also take care to cut the material so the grain of the leather is aligned with the design to ensure the natural wear and give of the material is preserved. Before an upper is attached to the outsole, it is inspected for material quality and workmanship.
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      5. Pre-Production Testing. We test shoe components, prototypes and pre-production pairs throughout the development cycle. Many tests are performed at independent laboratories, as well as our own laboratory, to ensure that our shoes perform the way we expect. Our laboratory, at our Pennsylvania HQ, has been certified by SATRA, the international organization that sets testing standards for the footwear industry. Dansko's lab performs a wide range of tests, including abrasion resistance, durability when flexing, and tensile strength.

      6. Stapled Construction. Our Stapled Collection launched Dansko! Each clog is carefully stapled by hand to attach the upper with the outsole, delivering maximum performance and durability.
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      7. Baked to Perfection. Once the shoes are constructed, they are heated to 'set' the upper materials. Creams, waxes and finishes are applied to enhance the handcrafted beauty of every pair.

      8. Testing, Testing, Testing. All Dansko shoes go through an extended fit and wear test process. Our Fitting Experts evaluate every Dansko style and size, working with our Test Team to conduct evaluations such as the 30-day "Walk & Wear" marathon...boots in August anyone?
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      9. Final Inspection. The final step is a detailed inspection for quality, aesthetics and craftsmanship. Only those shoes that pass all the rigorous inspections are approved to proudly wear the Dansko brand. These pairs are then placed into Dansko shoeboxes to begin the journey to your local retailer and, eventually, your closet.

      10. And Out the Door! More than 2,800 independent, national and online retail partners proudly carry Dansko footwear and would love to introduce you to your new favorite pair!

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  • Staff Picks: Our Favorite Fall Styles

    By Christy on Friday, September 05, 2014

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    ​Time moves quickly, doesn’t it? Now at the tail end of summer, and preparing for fall, we cannot help but savor the nostalgia that autumn brings. In some parts of the country (like Pennsylvania!), the leaves display a brilliant palette of colors, warm apple cider appears on coffee shop menus, and brisk breezes fill the air. But at Dansko, fall symbolizes another transition: the unveiling of our latest footwear collections.

    For the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing new styles on Facebook and Twitter, like Sabrina from the Santa Fe Collection and Lulu from the Lyon Collection. We’re passionate about the fall line, so we thought we’d share our enthusiasm through the words of our staff.

    Which falls styles do we plan to wear this year? Find out below!
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      Heather, Customer Service

      “This fall, I will wear my favorite ‘go-to’ shoe: Olivia in Navy Polka Dot. And of course, I will wear this style EVERYWHERE. Olivia is not only the most comfortable pair of Dansko shoes I own, but also the most versatile, pairing with almost every outfit in my closet. I can truly wear Olivia all day long!”
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      Anna, Purchasing

      “I look forward to spending the fall outdoors. I’m envisioning my Celeste slip-ons by living by my back door where I can quickly put them on to walk the dog, tend to the garden, and attend my son’s cross-country meets on early weekend mornings. They will definitely keep my feet dry and cozy in the wet, chilly grass!”
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      Kristen, Finance

      “I’m excited to wear Renee this fall. Because I often go straight from work to my son’s outdoor sporting events, I need a stylish shoe that can be worn all day long. Renee fits the bill!”
       
      To learn more about Olivia, Celeste, Renee and the rest of our brand-new fall styles, visit Dansko.com.
       
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  • Recognizing our Footwear Family with Five Anniversaries

    By Diana on Monday, August 25, 2014

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    ​At Dansko, we believe the best kind of business success happens in a positive, rewarding workplace environment. Because our employees develop a sense of belonging in this community, they tend to stick around. The result: many anniversaries to celebrate!

    Why do we recognize anniversaries, you may wonder?

    For starters, we never need an excuse to have fun. That’s a given. But we celebrate our co-workers because we understand that Dansko is bigger than ourselves. The decisions we make don’t just affect our individual role, or our particular department; they affect the company as a whole.

    So, how do we celebrate?

    We always begin by sharing a meaningful gift that tells a piece of our story. For five-year anniversaries, we give employees a ceramic bowl handcrafted by a local artisan; for ten years, we give an elegant-yet-classic watch; and for 15 years, we give a platter made of 100% recyclable materials. Sometimes touching or humorous poems accompany these gifts, while other times co-workers present thoughtful tributes. Regardless of the method, we make sure our employees feel valued and appreciated for serving Dansko.

    Recently, we recognized the anniversary of five Dansko employees. Each received a thoughtful (and in some cases, hilarious) tribute as they accepted their gift. We caught up with three of these employees to learn more about their passion for Dansko.

    Jamey M., Finance
    15 years of service
    “A lot has changed at Dansko since my journey began, yet there is a consistency about our culture that remains, which is why I am extremely proud to belong to an organization that cares about people and their community. At Dansko, we treat one another like family, working under with the mentality that we’re in this to succeed together.”
     
    Jess B., Accounts Receivable
    15 years of service
    “Watching Dansko’s growth from 19 employees to more than 170 has been such an incredible experience. Though Dansko symbolizes my ‘work life,’ its values and beliefs have molded a path for my personal life, too. I never want to leave this wonderful, healthy, happy environment, built by the finest family of professionals!”
     
    Nate B., Customer Service
    10 years of service
    “At Dansko, I have learned to think outside the box. I use this philosophy on a daily basis to ensure that our customers receive the best customer service experience possible.”
     
    Click here to learn more about our mission, values, and role as a 100% employee-owned company.
     
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  • Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots

    By Christy on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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    Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Pennsylvania, our LEED® Gold certified headquarters perfectly illustrates our passion for sustainability—and our passion for local living! Paintings from community artists hang throughout the building, solar panels turn sun rays into electricity, and fun little details, like copper rain chains shaped like flowers, enable us to make the most of our resources.

    With these features (and so many more) in mind, we can’t help but feel privileged to work in such an inspiring space. We don’t want to take our beautiful facility for granted, so we decided to pick our five favorite spots.
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      Vegetated Roof
      When the weather feels just right, we walk up to our rooftop garden for a peaceful, sun-soaked lunch. Shrubs, grasses, flowers and other plants take up two-thirds of the roof’s surface, offering the perfect insulation for reduced heating and cooling usage. We’re thrilled to “do our part” for the environment—and we’re glad our efforts helped create the ultimate outdoor café!

       

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      Living Wall
      Stacked vertically from floor to ceiling, our living wall houses all kinds of garden life—including orchids, philodendron, ferns and other colorful plants. The living wall acts as a natural filter, improving air quality to create a clean, healthy workspace. And of course, the cascading waterfall serves as an “occasional” distraction between meetings, providing a calm, cool breather in the middle of the day.  

       

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      Outdoor Pool (with a mermaid, too)
      Just outside our front door, a mermaid sculpture watches over our grounds, sitting in the middle of a small pool. Sometimes we forget she’s there at all, though our visitors often take pictures, walk around the edge of the pool, and explore the various plants that sit by her side.

       

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      Second-Floor Balcony
      Our second-floor balcony provides a perfect view of our living wall—and offers a quiet location to gather our thoughts. Surrounded by elegant local art and fresh flowers from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, we often find ourselves sitting in this spot for a few extra minutes. After all, fresh flowers and a living wall make for a nice, relaxing break!

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      ​​Popcorn and Coffee Corner
      Sometimes we just need a salty, crunchy afternoon snack, and sometimes we just need a little caffeine! When a craving hits, we grab a fresh bag of popcorn from our vintage popcorn machine, fill our mug with warm coffee, and head back to our desk feeling satisfied and refreshed.

      To learn more about our delightful (and sustainable) facility, check out our virtual tour on Dansko.com. You’ll be glad you did! 
       

       

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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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