• 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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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Three Ways to Focus the Wandering Mind

    By Mindful Magazine on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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    ​It happens all the time: we’re working away on something we have to get done, and suddenly we realize that for quite some time we’ve been lost in a daydream about something else entirely. We don’t know when our mind went off track, nor how long we’ve been meandering away from our task.

    On average, our minds wander 50 percent of the time. The exact rate varies enormously. When Harvard researchers had 2,250 people report what they were doing and what they were thinking about at random points throughout their day, the doing-thinking gaps ranged widely.

    But the biggest gap occurred during work, as mind-wandering is an epidemic on the job. Thankfully, we can take steps that will help us stay on task when it matters most. Here’s how:

    1. Manage our temptations.

    Many of the distractors that pull us away from what we’re working on are digital: tweets, emails, and the like. But now, several internet apps can help reduce the temptation to wander off. Google Chrome offers two free apps that do this: Nanny for Google, which blocks off websites we might be tempted to visit for a custom length of time, and StayFocusd, which limits the amount of time we can spend in our inbox, on Facebook, or wherever else we might be seduced away.

    2. Monitor our mind and take second thoughts.

    Noticing where our minds have gone – checking our twitter feed instead of working on that report – gives us the chance for a second thought: “my mind has wandered off again.” That very thought disengages our brain from where it has wandered and activates brain circuits that can help our attention get unstuck and return to the work at hand.

    3. Practice a daily mindfulness session.

    This mental exercise can be as simple as watching our breath, noticing when our mind has wandered off, letting go of the wandering thought, and bringing it back to our breath again. These movements of the mind are like a mental workout, the equivalent of repetitions in lifting free weights; every rep strengthens the muscle a bit more. In mindfulness, the brain’s circuits get stronger for noticing when our mind has wandered, letting go, and returning to our chosen focus. And that’s just what we need to stay on task.

    - Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus

    Mindful will return in September 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.

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  • The “Art” of Mneme Therapy: How Kim Ingwaldson Makes A Difference Every Day

    By Nick on Friday, August 08, 2014

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    ​As a talented artist and committed caregiver, Kim Ingwaldson benefits from a seemingly unrelated set of gifts. But last June, Kim stumbled across the opportunity to combine her passion for art and her love for people, kickstarting a new career.

    At the time, Kim, a watercolor artist by trade, discovered an ad for an organization called “Art Without Boundaries” (AWB). The pitch sought qualified artists to become trained therapists, with an end goal of using art to help people with brain illness and injury. Kim followed through. And when she met with AWB founder Noelle Hammer, she knew she made the right decision.

    “We chatted for hours,” Kim told Karma Wilson, author of No Boundaries! The Art of Mneme Therapy, an article published in 406 Woman Magazine. “She said my combination of skills was perfect for their program, and thought my art was phenomenal.”

    After a year of intensive schooling, Kim became Montana’s first certified “Mneme Therapist.” The title, pronounced “Memma Therapist,” describes a professional who uses a “unique, multi-modality process incorporating movement, storytelling, directed painting and praise to achieve sustained focus, which taps into the ability of the brain to heal itself.” On a daily basis, Kim encourages those suffering from dementia, autism, Alzheimer’s, stroke or other brain-related injuries. Along the way, she proudly sports her signature pair of Dansko clogs.

    “I spotted Dansko’s Paint Splatter Professional clogs and, as a watercolor artist, I had to buy them. They were just so me,” Kim said. “Most of my clients are wheelchair-bound, and see my shoes first. It makes quite an impression!”

    After meeting Kim and her creative Professional clogs, clients begin painting their own works of art. And by works of art, we mean professional-quality landscapes, wildlife scenes, floral arrangements and more. The pieces then travel home with their artist, or feature on calendars, greeting cards and mouse pads for client fundraisers.

    Because her clients’ conditions often help them forget about their inhibitions and fears, Kim chooses to see their situation as an opportunity for creativity; they just need someone to open the door for them. Thanks to her beautifully-unique set of gifts, Kim opens doors every day, using her empathetic heart—and her passion for art—to develop optimistic, grateful, and free-spirited artists.    

    To view our colorful collection of Professional clogs, visit Dansko.com. Or, to learn more about AWB and Kim’s influential career, visit ArtWithoutBoundaries.net.

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      Leaf on Water, by Kim Ingwaldson

      [Photo Credit: Kim Ingwaldson]

       

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  • Five Dancing Tips and One Stylish Sandal for your Latin Dancing Routine

    By Nick on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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    ​From San Francisco to Philadelphia, summer nights present the perfect opportunity to leave the house and experience the warm outdoors. Neighborhood walks, outdoor meals and evening hikes often fill our agendas, though a new summer phenomenon has started to surface: outdoor Latin dancing. Towns and cities nationwide have caught on to the craze, encouraging dancers to “move and groove” under the stars.

    At Dansko, we’re always looking for an excuse to show off our best moves. This got us thinking: which Dansko style would we choose for a night of dancing?

    With a striking cross-strap design, gorgeous full-grain leather upper and on-trend wedge heel with stud detailing, our Frida sandal effortlessly fits the bill. But Frida offers more than just style: a memory foam insert and breathable leather socklining will keep you moving from the first dance, to the last dance, to dinner and dessert, all in one stylish pair of sandals. So, what are you waiting for? Strap up those sandals and hit the dance floor. We’ll see you there.

    Before you embark on your night of swinging and rumbaing, we’d love to share a few tips for your next performance. Time to practice—summer won’t last forever!

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      1. Pick a style—and stick to it! Whether you choose the Cha Cha, Danza or ever-popular Salsa, we recommend learning one style before attempting another. If you try too many styles at once, you may confuse your steps! 

      2. Focus on your feet. Before you think about your hips, or even your arms, you will want to master the most important element of Latin dance—your footwork. Develop your dance steps, incorporate your hips and arms, and dance away.
       
      3. Learn the intricacies of leading and following. For Latin dances to work cohesively, leaders must know when to lead and followers must know when to follow. Picture yourself in a conversation with your partner; always tune into his or her moves, and anticipate when to respond.
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      4. Stay positive (and confident). Once you learn the ins and outs of basic Latin dance, the steps (and spins) will become second nature. Stay confident, and let your feet guide you from start to finish. As soon as you begin to second-guess yourself, the rhythm will become harder to follow!

      5. Dance with people of all abilities. Virtually every Latin dance requires a partner. So why not test your skills with a pro—and perfect your moves with a beginner? By practicing with a wide range of partners, you will learn all the intricacies of rhythmic dance.
       
      We hope you practice your skills this summer—and use our tips to become a Latin dance pro! Get outside and enjoy a free-spirited night of dancing in comfort and style.
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  • Retailer Spotlight: Vintage and Modern Shoe Care Tips from Simons Shoes

    By Meghan on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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    ​Located just west of Boston, Massachusetts in historic Coolidge Corner, Dansko retailer Simons Shoes has developed a rich history of serving local (and faraway) shoppers. The acclaimed shoe store has sold “luxurious comfort shoes” and delivered exceptional customer service for 122 years, offering style and value in every pair sold. Over the past century, the business has changed drastically, though owner Michael Kerstein holds tightly to Simons’ core value:

    “It’s all about doing the little things correctly,” he said. “Customers walk in with expectations, and we must meet or exceed them in every way possible.”

    For Michael and the Simons team, personalized, neighborly service has launched the store into one of Boston’s favorite local boutiques. Sales associates hit the floor equipped to answer questions about styles, trends and shoe care, and never let customers leave without double-checking shoe fit and comfort.

    Of course, this wealth of shoe knowledge didn’t develop overnight: Michael and Simons’ previous owners have stayed on top of industry trends since the store opened in 1892. In Michael’s words, Simons employs “shoe history buffs.”

    Recently, the store discovered a non-traditional list of shoe care tips, dating back to their first year of business. Surprised (and amused), Michael shared the list with us—and added his own modern-day interpretation. Interested in stretching your shoes in the freezer? You may want to think again!  

    Four Vintage Shoe Care Tips (and their Modern-Day Alternatives)
    From Simons Shoes

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      1892: To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow the bread to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread.

      2014: No one likes stale bread, including your gorgeous new suede heels! Simons Says: Clean shoes with a suede bar and brush.
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      1915: Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blow-drying your feet with a hot hairdryer.

      2014: Using a hairdryer will only cause your feet to sweat and swell! Simons Says: Treat those shoes with an oil leather softener and conditioner.

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      1922: To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place one bag into each shoe. Let the bags freeze overnight. As the water freezes, your shoes will gently expand.

      2014: It seems cruel and unusual to punish those new wedges by making them spend a night in the freezer. Simons Says: A shoe stretch spray will do the trick. Or, you can always bring your shoes into Simons Boston-based store to have them carefully stretched.

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      1933: Glass cleaner restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without damaging the material.

      2014: Though glass cleaner may not harm your pretty patent shoes, you don't want that lovely aroma following you around, do you? Simons Says: Try a patent cleaner for an odorless shine.

      In this case, what’s old is not new again! For more information about Simons Shoes, visit their website at SimonsShoes.com.
       

      Dansko does not endorse or suggest the use of bread (stale or fresh), blow dryers or glass cleaner on your shoes. But we do have our very own list of shoe care tips! Learn more by visiting the Material Care section of Dansko.com.

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