• Spotted: TV Host Meredith Vieira

    By Nick on Friday, September 19, 2014

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    Spotted: Meredith Vieira

    Style: Dansko Ingrid

    Source: Meredith Vieira Show: Friday, September 19

    Story: With her outstanding sense of humor, and her down-home personality, Meredith grabbed her backpack and joined the audience during a “Meredith’s favorites” segment. The ever-candid host proceeded to pull various items from her bag, explaining their significance to her daily routine.

    And then, with her smiling crowd watching intently, she unveiled a pair of Dansko Ingrid clogs.

    “My Dansko clogs!” Meredith exclaimed. “Clogs are cool now, but I was ahead of the trend. I’ve actually been wearing these since I was a teenager…”

    As the crowd shared their oohs and ahhs, Meredith announced a gift for all: a voucher for a free pair of Dansko shoes. Of course, the attendees followed with a raucous round of applause (and a few more oohs and aahs!).

    To learn more about our fabulous Ingrid clog visit Dansko.com. Or, to view clips from Friday's episode, check out Meredith Vieira online.

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  • Kickstart Your Daily Routine With Airman Annelise Rowe

    By Nick on Thursday, September 18, 2014

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    ​Meet Annelise Rowe. As a member of the Idaho Air National Guard, and as a dedicated lifestyle blogger, “Aunie” strives to stay active from sunrise to sunset. And she just so happens to wear Dansko shoes.

    Last fall, in search of a career kick-start, Aunie made a life-changing decision: the Boise, Idaho native enrolled in the Air Force, ultimately taking part in Basic Military Training. Aunie's experience forever changed the way she lived, worked, and operated, from mornings at home to afternoons in the office.

    “Military Training completely transformed my pursuit of excellence” Aunie responded. “I constantly found myself on the move while learning to push the boundaries of success. I can apply this mentality to so many every day lessons.”

    Today, Aunie supports development functions in the fundraising office of a local hospital, a role that has greatly benefitted from her experience in the military. She uses a standup convertible desk, which offers the option to stand or sit while working on her computer, and performs exercises, like squats or shoulder raises, in her office space. She refuses to let a desk, or a chair, or any other circumstance interrupt her pursuit of healthy living.

    To navigate busy days in the office, Aunie relies on the comfort and support of Dansko shoes. And while she owns several pairs of clogs, she wears our Sophie Sandal as her top choice for standing, walking and moving through the work day.

    “Dansko shoes just look so cute with all of my outfits,” Aunie said. “I wear them everywhere. Regardless of the setting, their quality is unmatched.”

    Just in time for a healthy autumn, and a new workday routine, we asked Aunie to map out a day in the life of Annelise Rowe. We hope you find time to practice these simple and straightforward fit tips! For more information about Aunie’s healthy lifestyle, visit AunieSauce.com.

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      1. Jumpstart your morning! My best days always happen after I make time to fit in a quick workout in the morning. A morning workout doesn't require waking up at the crack of dawn. Whether it's a brisk 30-minute walk, a few sets of push-ups and squats in your living room, or an awakening and relaxing 20-minute yoga session, get up that few minutes early to give your day (and body!) a jump-start.

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      2. Amp up your water. I try to drink a good amount of water each day, but sometimes it can seem like a lot! Each morning before breakfast, I drink 20 ounces of warm water with lemon. I try to drink a full 20-ounce bottle (or glass) of water before each meal. It helps me feel a little more full before I eat so I don't over-indulge. Also, the lemon works with your body to speed things up and keep your metabolism revved up all day!

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      3. Pack lunches. Each Sunday, I take about 10 minutes to throw a meal together in the slow cooker that can be divided up for the week's lunches. I try to eat 5-6 small meals a day. Oatmeal for breakfast, fresh fruit for a snack, protein and veggies for lunch, veggies or crackers for an afternoon snack, and protein, veggies and a little starch for dinner. There are so many combinations to make (especially if you cook in bulk in the slow cooker!) and they pack up so easily for a quick grab-and-go solution.

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      4. Exercise through the day—yes, at work! A couple times a day (typically when I need to leave my desk to refill my water or use the restroom), I'll do a couple reps of an exercise. I try to hit a different body part each day, and typically choose from squats, standing leg lifts, shoulder raises, side bends and calf raises. Each of these exercises is one that can be done without anyone noticing (should you work in a busy office environment, like I do). Exercising throughout the day keeps my heart rate up and keeps me awake and alert!

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      5. Don't fall for the afternoon slump. Feeling tired around 2-3 pm? Skip the energy drinks and instead opt for a hot or iced green tea. Brewed green tea offers antioxidants and has even been suggested to help lower cholesterol and the caffeine can help to increase your metabolism. It's a pick-me-up and a healthy choice!

      To learn more about Aunie’s all-time favorite Sophie sandal, and the rest of our comfortable, supportive styles, visit Dansko.com.

       

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  • Dansko Voted Best for Workers

    By Christy on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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    From volunteer activities (like tomato picking!) to family nights, and from employee ownership to birthday celebrations (with ice cream, of course), we function as a friendly footwear family. And just like any tight-knit family, we look out for one another--and for our community, too.

    As a "Certified B Corp," Dansko meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Thankfully, we’re not alone in our pursuit of a better tomorrow; more than 1,000 companies from 33 countries and more than 60 industries also serve as Certified B Corps, creating a friendly community of forward thinkers.

    For us, meeting these standards requires a commitment to the environment, the community, our consumers and, of course, our very own employees. So we work in LEED® gold certified facilities and run the only recycling center in our community; design “Foot Healthy” shoes, as certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association; and provide our employees with 20 hours of paid time off to volunteer, all while donating the equivalent of their salaries to the organizations they serve.

    For our efforts, B Corp recently recognized Dansko as a 2014 “Best for Workers” company—for the second year in a row! We’re thrilled and honored to create a rewarding workplace for our employees, and couldn’t be happier to work in such a positive, uplifting community.

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      ​Late this summer, our employees took full advantage of their volunteer hours, heading to SIW Farm in nearby Chadds Ford, PA to pick tomatoes. Our crew traveled under the name “Team Tomato” and picked goods for the Chester County (PA) Food Bank, who later distributed our tomatoes to smaller, local food banks. We even put bruised tomatoes to good use, picking them for use in tasty tomato sauces.

      “‘Team Tomato Day’ fell in line with everything I am passionate about” started Bruce M., Sales, “including farming, growing and distributing locally, fresh veggies, giving back, the helping less fortunate and the hungry. It gave me great pleasure to take part in such a rewarding experience.”

      For Bruce, “Team Tomato Day” represents one of many ways Dansko strives to create an employee-focused--and others focused--community.
       
      “Our staff regularly volunteers for causes and projects they believe in, want to be part of, and just find interesting,” Bruce continued. “Collectively, volunteering makes a positive difference in our communities and in our Dansko family.”  
       

      To learn more about our role as a 2014 B Corp “Best For Workers” company, visit the Dansko Press Room.  

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  • 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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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Tuning Into Your Taste Buds

    By Mindful Magazine on Thursday, September 11, 2014

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    ​Mindful eating is not directed by charts, tables, pyramids, or scales. It is not dictated by an expert. It is directed by your own inner experiences, moment by moment. Your experience is unique, making you the expert. In the process of learning to eat mindfully, we replace self-criticism with self-nurturing, anxiety with curiosity, and shame with respect for your own inner wisdom.

    In this post, I will discuss a crucial method for savoring all the tastes and smells of the delicious foods you eat—by practicing relaxed, patient, mindful eating.

    Mindfulness Is the Best Flavoring

    As I write this I am eating a lemon tart that a friend gave to me. After writing for a few hours I’m ready to reward myself with a tart. The first bite is delicious. Creamy, sweet-sour, melting. When I take the second bite, I think about what to write next. The flavor in my mouth decreases. I take another bite and get up to sharpen a pencil. As I walk, I notice I am chewing, but there is almost no lemon flavor in this third bite. I sit down, get to work, and wait a few minutes.

    Then I take a fourth bite, fully focused on the smells, tastes, and touch sensations in my mouth. Delicious, again! I discover, all over again (I’m a slow learner), that the only way to keep that “first bite” experience, to honor the gift my friend gave me, is to eat slowly, with long pauses between bites. If I do anything else while I’m eating—if I talk, walk, write, or even think—the flavor diminishes or disappears. The life is drained from my beautiful tart. I could be eating the cardboard box.

    Here’s the humorous part. I stopped tasting the lemon tart because I was thinking. About what? Mindful eating! Discovering that, I grin. To be a human being is both pitiful and funny.

    Why can’t I think, walk, and be aware of the taste of the tart at the same time? I can’t do all these at once because the mind has two distinct functions: thinking and awareness. When the thinking is turned up, the awareness is turned down. When the thinking function is going full throttle, we can eat an entire meal, an entire cake, an entire carton of ice cream, and not taste more than a bite or two. When we don’t taste, we can end up stuffed to the gills but feeling completely unsatisfied. This is because the mind and mouth weren’t present, weren’t tasting or enjoying, as we ate. The stomach became full but the mind and mouth were unfulfilled and continued calling for us to eat.

    If we don’t feel satisfied, we’ll begin to look around for something more or something different to eat. Everyone has had the experience of roaming the kitchen, opening cupboards and doors, looking vainly for something, anything, to satisfy. The only thing that will cure this, a fundamental kind of hunger, is to sit down and be, even for a few minutes, wholly present.

    If we eat and stay connected with our experience and with the people who grew and cooked the food, who served the food, and who eat alongside us, we will feel most satisfied, even with a meager meal. This is the gift of mindful eating, to restore our sense of satisfaction no matter what we are or are not eating.

    - Dr. Jan Chozen Bays

    Jan Chozen Bays is a pediatrician, mother, wife, and longtime meditation teacher. She is the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. (Shambhala Publications).

    Mindful will return in October with their next guest post. In the meantime, visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format.

    [Photo Credit: Dan Zen, license]

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      2. September 18 2014 Kickstart Your Daily Routine With Airman Annelise Rowe
      3. September 17 2014 Dansko Voted Best for Workers
      4. September 12 2014 The Birth of a Comfort Generation
      5. September 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Tuning Into Your Taste Buds
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      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
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