• Shop the Trend: A Natural

    By Christina on Friday, December 19, 2014

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    ​From cable-knit scarves to minimalist ankle boots, we have the natural trend covered. Check out our favorite items below:

    1. Cable-Knit Scarf: Encounter the cold in comfort and style with this cable-knit scarf, complete with a buttery-soft texture and a patterned honeycomb design.

    From: AnytimeScarf

    2. Poplar Wood Bowl: Gracefully crafted from recycled poplar trees, this 14" wood bowl adds beauty and versatility to every kitchen--whether used as a center piece or a special-occassion salad bowl.  

    From: oneofakind2woodbowls

    3. Jute Tote Bag: Laid-back, casual and ready for inner-city shopping or warm-weather vacations, this woven linen tote offers long-lasting durability and everyday style.   

    From: IndependentReign

    4. Dansko Maria: Maria, a contemporary wedge ankle boot, pairs clean architectural styling with softly-curved lines and smooth nubuck uppers.

    From: Dansko

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  • Holiday DIY: All Wrapped Up in Holiday Cheer

    By Diana on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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    ​As the holidays draw nearer, to-do lists, shopping lists and grocery lists only seem to grow larger. So why not add a little fun to the holiday hustle and bustle by creating one-of-a-kind wrapping paper? Below, we offer three methods for turning every day present wrapping into an enjoyable (and economical) endeavor. Grab your scissors, tape and holiday-themed markers, and start wrapping!

    • Brown craft paper
    • Scissors
    • Tape
    • Metallic markers
    • Bows, ribbon, string and other present décor
    1. Grab your craft paper and roll out a nice, long sheet, big enough to cover your entire gift
    2. Cut a straight line at the far end to separate your piece from the roll
    3. Grab your markers and choose one of the three designs below
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      Design One: Dancing the Polka  

      Simple, clean and oh-so-trendy, gold polka dots will add fun and festive flair to your favorite gifts. Start by randomly placing gold dots throughout your empty sheet of paper. Keep the dots spaced somewhat evenly and, for the tidiest look, uniform in size. Once you’re comfortable with the look of the sheet, wrap your present the standard way—by folding the ends and taping the seams. We added tan and green garden twine for a naturally-pretty finish.

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      Design Two: Not-So-Fine Lines

      This playful design will let your creativity run wild. Start by drawing a straight line across the center of your sheet. Continue to add other horizontal line elements—from dots, to festive arrows, to holiday-inspired text—without trying too hard to keep your designs straight and even. Your “freehand” will add a homemade twist! Finish wrapping with a bright bow (we chose red for a fun pop of color).

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      Design Three: Holiday joyride

      Fun to make and to receive, this colorful design works with virtually any combination of holiday markers. Start at the top of your sheet and let your hand do the work, creating mismatched “hoops” in a diagonal fashion. Much like design two, you’ll want to focus on random spacing and uneven lines—this approach will add a creative touch to your gift! Once you reach the bottom corner of your sheet, wrap your present and add a simple bow; we chose white baker’s twine.

      There you have it! Three simple solutions to take care of your holiday wrapping needs. Happy wrapping—and happy holidays!


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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Holiday Party Planning

    By Mindful Magazine on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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    The holidays can be both a joyful and chaotic time of year. Families get together—a lovely experience, but when we’re hosting relatives and coordinating gift exchanges, a sense of obligation can crowd out some of our jollier feelings. There’s often so much doing that we don’t make time for being together.
    Here are a few simple ways you can mindfully plan your holidays and spread feelings of kindness and compassion liberally this season:
    Have A Mindful Potluck
    Cutting down on cooking is not a cop out. Extending the invitation to family and friends to bring their favorite recipes into your home is a great conversation starter—after all, we all have a few recipes passed down to us from our grandparents. Potlucks also cut down on worries you might have about guests not enjoying the food. You can extend your generosity a bit further by coordinating your potluck with the fundraising efforts of local food organizations.
    Dodge The Dogfights
    Getting together with relatives can be a real joy, but it can also create many challenges. There are lots of unspoken expectations about the holidays. And sometimes when we visit relatives, we feel like we’re a teenager again and not an adult. And the personalities! When with family, stick to topics you can all agree on. 
    Have A Gift-Light Holiday
    For some of us, giving gifts is as essential as the star on the top of the tree. But the stress of looking for the right “thing” can eclipse actually seeing and talking to the people we’re buying for. Happiness can’t be wrapped up in a bow. Instead of obsessing over what to get someone, consider that the perfect gift might be your presence. You can also give a gift as a family: do some volunteer work together, or take some time at the year’s end to send donations to organizations you care about. 

    By practicing a few of these quick-and-simple suggestions, you can make the most of your family time—and holiday time—this winter.
    Visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format. Happy holidays!
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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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  • 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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    1. December (5)
      1. December 19 2014 Shop the Trend: A Natural
      2. December 17 2014 Holiday DIY: All Wrapped Up in Holiday Cheer
      3. December 10 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Holiday Party Planning
      4. December 05 2014 Retailer Spotlight: Exploring the Lone Star State with Whole Earth Provision Co.
      5. December 02 2014 Five Looks for the Holiday Season
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      1. November 26 2014 Fall Cleaning: Five Ways To Tidy Up Your Shoe Collection
      2. November 24 2014 Thanksgiving DIY Overload: Bringing the Outside In
      3. November 19 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Rest Up for the Holidays
      4. November 14 2014 Recipe Time: Serving Others with Thanksgiving Favorites
      5. November 11 2014 Retailer Spotlight: Heading West with Schnee's Shoes
      6. November 06 2014 Shop the Trend: Fresh and Festive Cranberry
      7. November 03 2014 Fall Days at Dansko: Our Halloween Celebration
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      1. October 31 2014 The Switch to Standard Time: Ideas For Our "Extra Hour"
      2. October 30 2014 “Be Good to Your Feet" With Dr. Stacie Grossfeld
      3. October 28 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Get Out and Explore
      4. October 24 2014 If These Shoes Could Talk: Stories From Our Fans
      5. October 22 2014 Autumn Road Trip: Lace Up Chantal and Take a Leaf-Peeping Adventure
      6. October 16 2014 Recipe Time: Fall Favorites with Mugshots Coffeehouse
      7. October 10 2014 10 Fall Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
      8. October 07 2014 The Ultimate Nurses’ Bucket List (And A Giveaway, Too!)
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      1. September 22 2014 Runway Rundown: Q&A with Designer Karolyn Pho
      2. September 19 2014 Spotted: TV Host Meredith Vieira
      3. September 18 2014 Kickstart Your Daily Routine With Airman Annelise Rowe
      4. September 17 2014 Dansko Voted Best for Workers
      5. September 12 2014 The Birth of a Comfort Generation
      6. September 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Tuning Into Your Taste Buds
      7. September 05 2014 Staff Picks: Our Favorite Fall Styles
      8. September 04 2014 Get to Know Tamara: Our Go-To-Work or Go-Out Shoe
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      1. August 29 2014 Four Nursing Lessons and One Big Giveaway
      2. August 27 2014 Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets
      3. August 25 2014 Recognizing our Footwear Family with Five Anniversaries
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      5. August 19 2014 Momentum Magazine: 5 Ways to Incorporate Bicycling Into Your Daily Routine
      6. August 14 2014 Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots
      7. August 12 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Three Ways to Focus the Wandering Mind
      8. August 08 2014 The “Art” of Mneme Therapy: How Kim Ingwaldson Makes A Difference Every Day
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      1. July 30 2014 Summer Days at Dansko: A Dip & Dessert BBQ Spectacular
      2. July 28 2014 Shop the Trend: Refreshingly Cobalt
      3. July 23 2014 A Passion for Fashion: Q&A With Marcus Allen
      4. July 21 2014 Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"
      5. July 15 2014 The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?
      6. July 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Practice in Posture, A Seated Guide to Meditation
      7. July 10 2014 Fran’s Four Fabulous and Functional Summer Hairstyles
      8. July 08 2014 10 Summer Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
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      1. June 30 2014 In the News: Dansko Co-Founder and CEO Mandy Cabot
      2. June 27 2014 Food, Farms and Comfortable Clogs: Q&A With Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett
      3. June 24 2014 Summer Days at Dansko: Team Day 2014
      4. June 20 2014 Cabot Creamery Makes a Difference in Local Communities
      5. June 17 2014 Shop the Trend: Rooted in Vintage
      6. June 12 2014 A Moment For Mindfulness: Introducing Guest Bloggers Mindful Magazine
      7. June 10 2014 Kickstart Your Art Collection with these Five Artsy Tips
      8. June 05 2014 A Woman of Many Titles: Q&A with Image Consultant Michele Gustafson
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      1. May 30 2014 Shop the Trend: Fresh and Fabulous Florals
      2. May 28 2014 10 Summer Suitcase Essentials for your Next Adventure
      3. May 22 2014 Brooklyn Chef Justin Warner Shares Three Kitchen Essentials (Hint: He wears Dansko shoes!)
      4. May 20 2014 Let Your Garden Grow: An Early June Planting Guide
      5. May 16 2014 A Month of Celebrations: Dansko Recognizes Teachers and Nurses
      6. May 14 2014 A Mixologist’s Journey: Q&A with Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler (And a Cocktail Recipe, too!)
      7. May 13 2014 Dansko Volunteers Hit the Road During "Footwear Cares" Month of Service
      8. May 08 2014 Mother's Day 2014: Why Do We Celebrate Mom?
      9. May 07 2014 Lace up Your Sneakers and Visit Our Top Walking Cities
      10. May 01 2014 Six Stretches for your Workday
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      1. April 29 2014 "America's Best Cook" Contestant Presses Onward – In Dansko Clogs!
      2. April 25 2014 A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree
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      4. April 21 2014 Earth Day 2014: Five Steps for Conserving Water at Home
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      1. March 28 2014 Volunteers Leave a SPLASHing Impact
      2. March 26 2014 Spotted in Dansko: Acclaimed Chef Suzanne Goin
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