• 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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  • Thanksgiving DIY Overload: Bringing the Outside In

    By Diana on Monday, November 24, 2014

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    When the leaves begin to fall, the air starts to turn bitter and the holiday hustle and bustle emerges, we can’t help but savor the season. Why? Because the holidays offer the perfect opportunity to eat, travel, socialize and, for many of us, uncover our inner crafter.

    Now just days before the heartiest holiday of the year, we decided to embark on a fun and festive decoration celebration. Looking  to “spice up” your home for Thanksgiving? Take a look below—and start crafting!

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      A Warm and Welcoming Wreath

      Before your guests eat your food, sit at your table and see your decorations, make them feel welcome with a handcrafted holiday wreath. We decorated ours with a collection of materials from our own backyard...and you can, too! From bright-red berries to fluffy wheat grass, your surroundings offer a never-ending supply of DIY materials. Let’s get started.

      Materials: Grapevine wreath starter, ribbon, foam board, door hanger, berry twigs, wheat grass

      Tools: Scissors, cutting knife, hot glue
      1. Gather Loose Materials. We chose bright-red berries for a playful pop of color.
      2. Arrange Your Pieces. For a strong hold, trim berries and leaves from the bottom of your branches before sticking them into the wreath. As long as your materials have a formidable stem, you should have no problem keeping your décor in place.
      3. Trim Your Ribbon. Remember to cut more ribbon than you think you'll need; long, flowing tails work best!
      4. Tie Your Bow. Make two bunny ears, loop them together, pull tight—you know the drill! Don’t forget to tie the bow around your door hanger so it perfectly slides onto the top of your wreath.
      5. Cut and Glue Your Letter. Grab a piece of foamboard and trace a large letter for the center of your wreath. Then pick up your cutting knife and follow the edge of the letter. Once finished, your letter should slightly overlap the inside edge of your wreath. Secure your freshly-cut foam by dropping a dab of hot glue on the overlapping pieces of your letter; hold firmly until dry.
      6. Hang and Enjoy. Fluff the ears of your ribbon, hook the door hanger under your wreath and display your creation for the world to see!
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      ​A Table for (More Than) Two

      Of course, the food that will be eaten on your table means more than the table itself. But why not add a little personality to your display? Before gathering and arranging a few household decorations, and building your very own tablescape, join us in creating a festive pinecone placeholder. 
      Materials: Pinecones, spray paint, cardstock
      Tools: Cutting knife, printer
      1. Find the Right Fit. Scan your yard for a perfect set of pinecones—plump, skinny, short or tall. Gather one for each guest.

      2. Spray-Paint the Tips. Start by choosing your desired color (we think metallics work best). Head into a wide open space in your yard and lightly spray the ridges of your pine cones. Let each dry for 25-30 minutes.

      3. Design Your Namecards. Pick a font, type in your guest’s names and print away. Then grab your cutting knife and trim each card into a 4” x 2” rectangle.

      4. Arrange Your Table. Place your namecards into the ridges of each pinecone. Then finish your table with a host of fun accessories: string lights, vintage lanterns, mason jars, acorns...
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      A Taste of the Outdoors

      Before we wrap up our crafting extravaganza, we have a few loose ends to tie. What's next? Bring the outdoors in with a pair of adventurous terrariums. Grab your scissors, head outside and start cutting—you have some last-minute crafting to do!

      Materials: Glass containers, berries, twigs, pumpkins, wheat grass, other outdoor finds
      Tools: Scissors
      1. Find Your Container. We repurposed an existing “mini greenhouse” and round terrarium, but don’t worry—almost any glass container will work as a substitute. Grab a Mason jar, flower vase or tall bowl instead.

      2. Collect Your Materials. We chose pumpkins, moss, red berries and anything else we could find while roaming our campus.

      3. Arrange to Perfection. Take your time arranging your items. We went for an asymmetrical approach in the greenhouse, using a pumpkin to frame the display, and simplicity with the terrarium, pairing our bright-red berries with a subtle "Baby Boo" pumpkin.

      4. Find the Perfect Spot. From the center of your dining room table to the edge of your counter, these terrariums will bring a taste of fall into your holiday-ready kitchen.
      From everyone at Dansko, we wish you a Happy Holiday! Whether you make a pinecone placeholder, a red-berry wreath, an inventive terrarium or all the above, we hope you find joy in the craft-making process.  
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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Rest Up for the Holidays

    By Mindful Magazine on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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    ​It’s time to rest up for the holidays.

    This time of year, we are often so busy that we can’t do what we’d really like to do: appreciate one another, give thanks, celebrate. Instead, we’ve built a long to-do list, our usual routines are disrupted, and we get less sleep than usual.

    It’s a perfect recipe for boosted stress levels. So here are three suggestions to help keep you on an even keel over the holidays:

    1. For five minutes, four times a day, stop briefly. It’s a simple way to practice just being instead of doing. Bring your attention to your own breath and body in the moment, just as they are. And no need to think about your to-do list—guaranteed, it will be there when you’re done.

    2. Try forgoing a few invitations this year. And don’t be shy about ducking out of parties early. You might be surprised at the extra time you’ll find for yourself, not to mention feeling like you’re securely in the driver’s seat of your own life.

    3. Spread compassion around liberally this season (and all other times of the year), and direct a bit of that holiday spirit your own way, too. Especially if you overcook the turkey or don’t get someone the “perfect” gift!

    These three tips offer just a taste of the many ways you can breathe, relax, and make the most of the holiday season. For more information about mindfulness, or to subscribe to Mindful Magazine in print or digital format, visit mindful.org.

    Photo Credits, Clockwise - [Kelly Sikkema, license], [Denise Rowlands, license], [Thomas Quine, license], [StarMama, license]
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  • Recipe Time: Serving Others with Thanksgiving Favorites

    By Christina on Friday, November 14, 2014

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    On an unusually warm November morning, a team of Dansko cooks grabbed their most prized recipes and set out to make a difference with a delicious homecooked meal. As volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Hosue in Wilmington, Delaware, our team of inspired chefs  worked to spread a little cheer to visitors and their families. Of course, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, our volunteers chose to prepare a series of fall favorites, from scrumptious pumpkin pie to mouth-watering cranberry relish. These dishes were then served for lunch before being frozen for future meals.

    In the spirit of the season, we decided to share a few of these recipes with you. Ready to create your Thanksgiving menu? We’re glad to help!

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      ​Mom’s Secret Cranberry Relish
      By Kathy W., Customer Service


      1 lb. fresh cranberries, washed
      1 orange, peeled
      2 apples, peeled, cored (Macintosh apples work best)
      2 cups sugar

      Grind all fruit in a food processor, add 2 cups of sugar and mix well.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  Store in the refrigerator for one week or freeze. Relish will freeze well for about 6 months.

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      Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie
      By Jamey M., Finance

      1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
      ¼ cup Italian dressing
      4 oz. Neufchatel cheese, cubed
      2 Tbsp flour
      ½ cup fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth
      3 cups frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans), thawed and drained
      1 ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust

      Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook chicken in dressing in large skillet on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add Neufchatel cheese; cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes or until melted. Stir in flour until blended. Add broth and vegetables; stir. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

      Pour into 10-inch deep-dish pie plate; cover with pie crust. Seal and flute edge. Cut slits in the crust to permit steam to escape. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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      Perfectly Sweet Pumpkin Pie
      By Christina S., Marketing
      1 cup sugar
      2 eggs
      1 can of evaporated milk
      1 can pumpkin (16 oz.)
      ½ tsp cinnamon
      ½ tsp salt
      1 ½ tsp nutmeg
      ½ tsp cloves
      ½ tsp allspice
      ½ tsp ginger
      1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
      Combine ingredients. Pour into chilled pie crust. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then 350 for 40 minutes. Pie is ready when table knife inserted in center of pie comes out clean.


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  • Retailer Spotlight: Heading West with Schnee's Shoes

    By Nick on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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    ​Born from the hands of a vintage cobbler, Dansko retailer Schnee’s Shoes has developed a comfortable niche in the bustling town of Bozeman, Montana. Offering sporting goods and apparel for hiking, running, hunting and everyday traveling, the versatile retailer outfits outdoorsy Montanans from head to toe—and from fingers to ears!

    We recently had the opportunity to chat with Curt Smith, Schnee’s Footwear President, about his store’s presence in Bozeman, a town fit for the rugged and adventurous. We have to admit—we’re intrigued by Bozeman’s stunning mountainscapes and outdoorsy feel. And, with warm winter jackets and cozy winter hats, think we could probably handle the town’s single-digit temperatures.

    Just ahead of the winter tourist season, we decided to create a travel guide for visiting “Big Sky Country.” Thanks to Curt and his passion for Bozeman, our list includes a number of must-see destinations—and a handful of valuable tips and tricks. Go ahead … see for yourself!

    1. Fly into Bozeman: The town they once called “Valley of the Flowers” sports a vibrant downtown, complete with a prominent shopping scene, alluring art culture and, best of all, a selection of can’t-miss restaurants. Eat, sleep, and prepare for your trip to Yellowstone in a town that “never skips a beat.”

    2. Hike the Local Mountains: Travel from friendly Bozeman to countless nearby ranges, including Beartooth Pass, Bridger Range and the Spanish Peaks. Whether you’re ready for a casual stroll or an expert hike, you’ll find a suitable adventure in Bozeman’s backyard.

    3. Travel by Train: From sweeping prairies to densely-packed forests, Montana has a lot to see. What better way to soak in the sights than traveling by train? Pack your camera and board the Empire Builder, a train that starts in Chicago, spans the length of Montana, and stops in Seattle.  

    4. Visit Yellowstone National Park: Though many tourists flock to the Western Wonder in spring and fall, Curt recommends visiting in winter, when snowy landscapes, steaming geyser basins and rare wildlife take over. For the easiest commute, enter Yellowstone through Livingston, a town located just west of Bozeman. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled—you just may see a bison!

    5. Travel to Glacier National park: If you’re willing to make the six-hour trek from Bozeman to Glacier National Park, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the past, experiencing historic chalets, lodges and Native American folktales. And, according to Curt, the high peaks resemble the Swiss Alps. We think it’s worth your while!

    If you can’t make the trip to Bozeman, we encourage you to experience a taste of Montana by visiting Schnee’s Shoes at Schnees.com. Or, to find a Dansko retailer near you, click the “Find A Retailer” link on the top of this page.

    [Photo Credit: Schnee's]

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      Yellowstone National Park [Photo Credit, Left: Citypeek, via Wiki Commons; license], [Photo Credit, Right: Apollomelos, via Wiki Commons; license]

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