• 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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  • Material Care: Maintaining Your Winter Leathers

    By Diana on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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    ​Show your shoes some tender loving care this winter by following our quick-and-easy maintenace guide. From smooth nubuck to exotic cobblestone, we want to keep your leathers looking fresh and tidy. Grab your supplies and start cleaning--your shoes will look new in no time!

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      NUBUCK LEATHER

      Shoes with nubuck uppers feature a velvety surface that has been sanded or buffed; this process gives the leather a soft "nap" of protein fibers. We love nubuck because it generally resists wear (and because it feels so smooth to the touch!) but, to ensure your shoes live a long and happy life, we suggest pre-treating them with a nubuck spray.  

      Our Recommendation: Wipe the upper with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt. Then, once you’ve carefully wiped the nubuck, “erase” stubborn stains with a nubuck bar and comb the fibers back into place with a nubuck brush. For maximum water and stain protection, make sure to apply a nubuck spray—doing so will dramatically reduce stains, smudges and unwanted spots!

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      PATENT LEATHER  
       
      Patent leather features a smooth, clean surface and a glossy, high-shine finish. Surprisingly, patents begin as fine-grain leathers; after undergoing a complex process, they reveal the classic polished look that customers have loved for centuries.

      Our Recommendation: Quick and easy--wipe with a clean, damp cloth until the smudges dissapear. No wonder our patent leather shoes serve as fan favorites!
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      NAPPA LEATHER
       
      Soft, supple and luxurious, nappa leather pairs perfectly with dressier looks (think: theater trips and dinner dates). To keep this flawlessly-smooth leather looking flawlessy-smooth, you'll want to periodically "condition" the surface with a leather cream.

      Our Recommendation: Start by wiping the surface with a soft cloth. If you still notice spots and smudges, dampen your cloth and continue to wipe the surface. Then, once the surface has dried, buff the upper with a leather cream, which will clean, nourish and condition the leather. 
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      OILED LEATHER

      After undergoing a simple coating process, oiled leather reveals a supple finish and a soft-yet-rugged appearance. The best part? As the oiled surface wears, it shows small “smudges” that only enhance the material’s rich finish.

      Our Recommendation: Start by lightly rubbing scuffs with your fingertips. As odd as it sounds, small spots can often be “smoothed out” by hand. For stubborn stains, you’ll need to grab a damp cloth and rub lightly. You may also want to apply an oiled leather restorer, which conditions and refines the smooth appearance of the leather. One last tip: you can waterproof your leathers through the end of the winter by using a beeswax conditioner. Apply often and generously—you’ll want to keep your shoes looking fresh!
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      COBBLESTONE EMBOSSED LEATHER

      Our intricately-patterned cobblestone shoes feature “embossed leather” uppers. Applying pressure to the leather over an extended period of time reveals a raised, weighted design—or in our case, a beautiful cobblestone finish!

      Our Recommendation: Grab a soft, damp cloth and lightly rub any dirt or stains that appear. While cleaning, make sure to take nice, gentle strokes—you won’t want to damage the intricate finish!
       
      For a complete list of Material Care tips, visit Dansko.com.
       
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  • Five Warm-Weather Vacations For Your Summer-Ready Feet

    By Nick on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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    ​Now beyond the holidays and into the heart of winter, we can’t help but daydream about umbrella drinks, sun tans and palm trees. Thankfully, we have a proven pick-me-up for the winter blues: a relaxing, warm-weather vacation. Ready to soak up the sun? Clear your calendar, pick a destination and pack your bags—paradise lays ahead!

    Before you embark on your journey, we’d like to make one packing suggestion: our Larissa sandal in vacation-ready Tangerine and Caramel. With gorgeous leather uppers, an adjustable ankle strap and a heritage-inspired blonde outsole, Larissa offers everything you ever wanted in a warm-weather sandal.

    To guide your planning, we made five unique pitches for five winter vacations. Interested in visiting Georiga, Hawaii or somewhere in-between? Read on!

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      Scottsdale, Arizona

      “The West’s Most Western Town” promises 330 days of sunshine—which means you can relax, explore, eat and play in the nation’s most idyllic climate. Strap on your sandals for a leisurely day by the pool, or lace up your sneakers for a self-guided hike through the desert. No matter how you choose to relax, you’ll instantly fall in love with this picturesque desert city (if you haven’t already!). 

      [Photo Credit: Dru Bloomfield, via Flickr; license]

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      Savannah, Georgia

      With its emerald tree canopy, majestic cobblestone streets and rich architectural heritage, Savannah offers everything you need for a quaint urban getaway. Wander away from the city center and dig your heels into the sand on Tybee Island Beach, an expansive stretch of coast populated by forts, museums, cottages and the historic Tybee Lighthouse.

      [Photo Credit: Jeff Gunn, via Flickr; license]

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      Kauai, Hawaii

      Though the oldest—and one of the smallest—main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, Kauai packs a punch. Deserts, rainforests, swamps and mountains offer unrivaled landscapes, while long stretches of secluded white sand provide opportunity to kick back, relax, and soak in the scenery. Pick your adventure—and uncover some of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets.   

      [Photo Credit: Kathy McGraw, via Flickr; license]

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      El Matador Beach, California

      Located in famous Malibu, California, El Matador Beach offers a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of nearby Los Angeles. Visitors uncover intricate nooks, hidden coves and unforgettable scenery, all wrapped into one incredible beach trip. And, once you’ve had enough time to relax, you can tour one of the country’s most sought-after cities!

      [Photo Credit: Vinh Tran, via Flickr; license]

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      Sanibel Island, FL

      Peaceful, relaxing shell beaches meet renowned wildlife refuges on Sanibel Island, a small stretch of land located just south of Fort Myers. The best part?  Just when you’ve hunkered down, and spent ample time relaxing, you can head north to Captiva Island, a mellow Florida beach that offers a whole new adventure.

      [Photo Credit: echaik, via Flickr; license]

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  • A Timeless Aesthetic: Q&A With Style Blogger Isaiah Walls

    By Nick on Friday, January 09, 2015

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    ​Local Philadelphia blogger Isaiah Walls knows a little something about style. His blog Timeless Aesthetic, which he co-authors with Amara Nwosu, showcases a style that he calls “tasteful, unchanging and classic,” where “menswear and womenswear find their ultimate balance.”

    Through stunning imagery, Isaiah tells his style story, which includes a handful of wardrobe staples: a solid-color wool hat, a masculine wallet and (you guessed it!) black Dansko clogs. If Isaiah and Amara have ever left the house without looking fabulous, nobody has ever see them.
     
    Below, we detail Isaiah’s passion for fashion, including his love for Dansko clogs. Read on to learn more about the man behind the blog.

    1. What colors define your winter wardrobe?
    For fall ’14, I’ve been defining my wardrobe with soft neutral colors such as camel, grey and navy. However, I do sometimes like to “pop” my outfits with bold colors such as a hunter green or burgundy just to give my outfit an extra push. 
     
    2. How do you incorporate layers to stay warm while looking fashionable?
    Layers are the most exciting part of fall and winter. I tend to layer turtle necks with scarves and knit cardigans. And, to top it off, I like to throw a good strong coat to go over it all. I usually like to have fun with it.

    3. How does a solid color hat play into your look?
    Solids are usually the statements for my look, so I either center around the color or make it monochromatic and turn the whole solid into a look.
     
    4. Where or when do you feel most inspired?
    The streets of New York City is always a rush of inspiration for me!
     
    5. Explain the title of your blog—how does “Timeless Aesthetic” describe your style?
    Timeless Aesthetic is about this ideology of a timeless style—fashion you can wear today, or wear 10 years from now. Finding pieces that'll always be everlasting, that's the Timeless Aesthetic.

    6. If you had to trim your wardrobe down to one outfit, what would you keep?
    Such a hard question! Well…of course my black Dansko clogs, a good biker jacket, a classic white t-shirt and some great everyday jeans.
     
    7. Name one underrated style element or accessory.
    I would say the wallet—as a man your wallet says a lot about you.
     
    8. Describe your morning routine as you decide what to wear.
    I get up, maybe if I'm in the mood get coffee, turn or music that compliments my mood and check the weather. I start with my shoes, and from there the magic happens!
     
    9. Tell us about your Dansko clogs. Which styles do you own, and how do you wear them?
    Dansko is such a timeless classic shoe that makes such a statement. I wore Dansko clogs everyday this summer and received so many compliments. I own the Pull up Leather Clog, but I have my eye on the Karl oiled open-back clog. I personally wear mine with trousers which gives them a chic touch or, if I'm just hanging out on the go, a good pair of rugged jeans rolled up to give my look an effortless feel. 
     
    10. What qualities of Dansko shoes make you such a loyal fan?
    I love how comfortable but stylish Dansko shoes can be. I literally can walk all day in them and still feel comfortable. Comfort and style is very hard to come by, and that's what makes me such a loyal fan of Dansko shoes.

    To browse our complete collection of men's shoes and clogs, visit Dansko.com. Or, to visit Isaiah and Amara's blog, visit thetimelessaesthetic.com.
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  • Five Uncommon Resolutions for 2015

    By Nick on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

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    ​At Dansko, we strive to leave a lasting impact. Whether cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay or designing all-day comfort shoes, we aim to positively influence our neighbors (and our neighbor’s neighbors). This pursuit got us thinking: what uncommon New Year’s resolutions could we practice in 2015? We developed a list of five difference-making ideas below. Take a look—and commit to one, two or all five!

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      1. Double Up On Dinner. On nights when you plan your favorite meal—the dish that wows guests and excites family members—double your recipe and donate the second half to a local charity. Start by committing to a monthly donation, and then gradually ramp up your schedule to include two-to-three donations per month. From soup kitchens to food rescues, you’ll never be short on grateful recipients of your delicious dinner staple.
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      2. ​Invest In A Local Nonprofit. In many cases, time separates enthusiastic volunteers from enthusiastically volunteering. The solution? Grab your calendar and start small. Nonprofits appreciate consistency, making a two-hour monthly commitment a valuable use of your time (and theirs!). Give tours at a museum or arboretum, read books to children at your local library or help tend to a nearby community garden. Regardless of the organization or cause you chose, stick to it--volunteering requires resiliency! 

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      3. ​Save For The Less Fortunate. Every time you receive an unexpected gift, or stumble across unexpected savings, use your good fortune to serve others. Start by designating an envelope or box for your “philanthropy fund”; gradually stuff bills, checks and change inside. Set a goal, stick to it and then research a worthy organization or cause. Once you reach your goal, donate your “spare change” to an organization of choice, making a significant difference in the life of a less-fortunate family.

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      4. Clean Out Your Closet. The phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” often holds true—especially when it comes to our closets. Sort through your clothes, electronics and other household goods and think about the last time you wore or used an item. If you can’t remember, you can probably afford to make a donation! Start a pile and take some risks—you may not miss that sweater, or that scarf, as much as you think.

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      ​5. Organize A Nature Walk. On a pleasant winter morning, grab a handful of your closest friends and go on a nature walk in your local park. In addition to soaking up the beautiful scenery, soak up the not-so-beautiful scenery—wrappers, soda cans, milk cartons. Hand each person a large trash bag and collect any unsightly items as you go. The park will appreciate your service, even if they never knew you came!

      To learn more about our mission and values, and about the many ways to strive to make a positive difference in our community, visit Dansko.com.

       

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      2. January 15 2015 Material Care: Maintaining Your Winter Leathers
      3. January 13 2015 Five Warm-Weather Vacations For Your Summer-Ready Feet
      4. January 09 2015 A Timeless Aesthetic: Q&A With Style Blogger Isaiah Walls
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