• Shop the Trend: Fresh and Festive Cranberry

    By Nick on Thursday, November 06, 2014

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    ​From fun and festive scarves to ceramic owl mugs, we have the cranberry trend covered. Check out our favorites by following the links below:

    1. Holiday Scarf: This nordic-inspired scarf will keep your neck feeling warm—and your outfit looking fresh—all season long.
    From: Northernly  

    2. Beaded Necklace: Vintage beads, a classic brass chain and a hook-and-eye clasp turn this beaded necklace in a year-round must-have.
    From: puffluna

    3. Professional Clog: With a stylish felt upper and a playful floral design, our Professional Clog will keep you moving through the holidays in comfort and style.
    From: Dansko

    4. Ceramic Mug: From morning coffee to afternoon tea, enjoy your favorite beverage in this ready-for-anything owl mug.
    From: BlueMoonCeramic

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  • Fall Days at Dansko: Our Halloween Celebration

    By Nick on Monday, November 03, 2014

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    ​On a Halloween morning that required sweaters, scarves and warm winter jackets, a crew of rock stars, nerds and crazed professors coolly entered our annual costume bonanza. Their mission? To top the competition in a variety of must-win categories, from “Most Original” to “Least Recognizable.”

    As our contestants walked the runway to showcase their creative costumes, we attempted to decipher our co-workers, many of whom hid beneath masks and wigs. When we finally put names to costume-covered faces, we couldn’t help but watch as our panel of distinguished judges handed out a series of all-important awards.

    In the spirit of the season, we decided to share a few our co-workers wacky, zany, spooky costumes with you. Take a look below.

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      The Judges: With their “thinking caps” on, our panelists petitioned and debated until they decided on a list of winners.

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      Best Group: The Metal Band. Even from our seats, we rocked out to the tune of 80s Rock ‘N Roll.

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      Most Original: The Super Nerd. High pants? Taped glasses? A homemade bow tie? Our Halloween genius dressed the part.

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      Least Recognizable: Mr. Bones. Despite the permanent frown, our skeleton man warmly accepted his sugary prize. But who was he?

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      Judge's Choice: Sugar Skull. Half woman, half skeleton, all fun and games. Check out the detail on that spider web!

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      Judge's Choice: Milk ‘N Cookies. They covered all the best flavors, from rich chocolate chip to smooth and salty peanut butter. 

      We hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend—just as we did! To learn more about our inner-workings, visit Dansko.com/AboutUs.

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  • The Switch to Standard Time: Ideas For Our "Extra Hour"

    By Diana on Friday, October 31, 2014

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    ​On Sunday, in the wee hours of the morning, Americans will experience an annual phenomenon with century-old roots: the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time or, for many of us, the night that gifts an extra hour of sleep. In the spirit of remembering to adjust every clock in the house before bedtime, we decided to add a playful twist to the fall tradition. What if we chose not to sleep with our extra hour, and instead decided to make productive use of our time? What would we do?

    We asked a few of our co-workers that very same question. From playing the banjo to drinking pumpkin spiced lattes, they came up with a handful of insightful ideas. Take a look below—and don’t forget to adjust your clock!
     
    Jamey M., Finance: “You may be quite surprised at the additional activities just one additional hour could mean for my household this weekend. We plan to fit in trick or treating, a back yard fire pit complete with apple bobbing, a friendly paintball war and football Sunday, just to name a few!” 
     
    Jonathan S., Design: “I’m trying to learn how to play the banjo — so I’d spend my extra hour with Craig, my jovial banjo instructor!”
     
    Briana S., Marketing: “With my extra hour I’m going to start making a healthy breakfast and coffee at home! It’s a great way to save money and time during my daily commute.”
     
    Melissa S., Customer Service: “I would love to say that I would use this extra hour to help organize my life. But instead, I will most likely utilize my time picking up dolls and cars while staring at 36 clocks around the house determining if that’s the ‘real time’ or the forgotten clock in need of a change.  Oh, but I will savor the unclaimed hour with a pumpkin spiced latte!”
     
    Scott R., Sourcing: “In honor of Halloween, I want to paint skulls on my clogs. But before I start, I’ll need to practice, practice, practice!”
     
    Tracy C., Company Store: “With my extra hour, I am hoping to enjoy an extra cup of coffee in the sunroom before my girl wakes up!”
     
    Jon C., Information Technology: “I will probably spend the morning running around and getting ready for Sunday football—just to realize that I still have another hour to go.”
     
    Lisa B., Sales: “I’m excited about the switch to Standard Time because I’ll have extra time to take a morning walk. But because it’ll still be dark in the morning, I’ll probably just stay inside!”
     
    Ed H., Customer Service: “I’m going to enjoy the sunrise while walking my dog. I’m sure he’ll enjoy it, too!” 

    What will you do with your extra hour? We won't blame you if you decide to sleep--but just think about the possibilities!
     
    To learn more about our footwear family, visit Dansko.com/AboutUs.

     

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  • “Be Good to Your Feet" With Dr. Stacie Grossfeld

    By Nick on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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    ​Each human foot contains 26 bones, 300 joints, 125,000 sweat glands and more than 100 ligaments—and we care about every, single one of them. So when Dr. Stacie Grossfeld, an orthopedic surgeon in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted “Be Good to Your Feet Month” to inspire injury prevention, we had to learn more.

    Throughout the month of October, Dr. Grossfeld has offered educational information and preventative tips for those who suffer from common foot ailments, working to reduce patients’ everyday pain.
    From blisters and bunions to osteoarthritis and plantar fasciitis, Dr. Grossfeld has seen it all—and she wants to make a tangible difference in the quality of her patients’ lives.

    But for Dr. Grossfeld and her patients, the month of October only represents a small piece of a bigger mission. Year round, the Board Certified Surgeon works to spread her excitement for orthopedic medicine through pre-med internship opportunities, professional mentoring, and a program at nearby Louisville University that helps college students enter medical school. Her passion always shines through. 

    “It’s so important to pass on the profession to others,” Dr. Grossfeld began. “I want to show students what doctors do on the other side, whether it’s a diagnosis, surgery or simply keeping records. I really see myself as a teacher and a mentor.”

    While encouraging these doctors-to-be, Dr. Grossfeld makes sure to treat her staff with the very same respect. So, as part of her special focus on foot care, Dr. Grossfeld provided her entire team at Louisville Orthopaedic Specialists with “some of the most comfortable footwear available”—Dansko shoes! The self-proclaimed Dansko fanatic and owner of 35 pairs led her team through the ultimate Dansko shopping spree, gifting all-day comfort and support to her hard-working staff.

    “Dansko shoes are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn,” Dr. Grossfield concluded. “I sometimes stand for three hours in one place during surgery and my feet are never an issue.”

    From our performance-rich XP collection to our active-inspired Santa Fe collection, we strive to keep all 26 bones and 300 joints healthy, each and every day of the week.

    To learn more about Dr. Grossfeld’s passion for heathy feet, and to read tips from “Be Good to Your Feet Month,” visit LousivilleBones.com/Blog.

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Get Out and Explore

    By Mindful Magazine on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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    ​Mindfulness is not only about sitting still and reflecting inward. Getting up and moving, while still maintaining mindful attention, can turn your focus more outward, getting you out of our head and into your body—and the world around you. Perking up your awareness even a little as you move through the world can enrich your daily experience and anchor you during emotional storms. Steady practice can enable you to manage increased intensity—a difficult conversation, a crisis, a challenging campaign—more skillfully. Instead of responding to highly charged situations by tensing up your body, you can learn to handle things with more ease and grace.

    Here are a few ways you can take mindfulness with you the next time you’re heading into the great (or just everyday) outdoors:
     
    When You’re Outside
     
    Whether you’re perched on your front step with your morning coffee or heading to a specific destination, there’s an opportunity to take in your surroundings. Stop for a moment and see if you can take in all of the senses, one by one: sight, sound, taste, feel, smell. What colors are the leaves? If they’re falling through the air, watch them. What can you hear around you as everyone gets ready for the day? It might be the hum of traffic getting louder or children chatting as they walk to school. You might notice the coolness of the breeze on your cheeks or the smell of the air. Take stock of the different elements at play around you.
     
    When You’re Walking
     
    Walking is a great opportunity to tune into what’s happening in your body. When you’re walking—to lunch, to the car, to the bus—change your pace. Walk half as fast. You can try this mini-walking practice:
    • Feel your feet touching the ground and let your weight distribute evenly
    • Drop your gaze slightly. This helps you maintain focus
    • Step out with your left foot. Feel it swing, and feel your heel hit the ground, followed by the ball of your foot, and your toes. Then feel the same as your right foot comes forward. Keep your attention on the movement: heel, sole, toes, lift. This helps you connect the action of walking to the present moment.
    When You’re Commuting
     
    Commuting can often feel like a transition period that’s all about anxiously waiting to get to the next place—including rushing to get home to relax! To counteract the rushing mentality—which is unsafe in any case—do something to ground you in your place. In the car, notice how the steering wheel feels in your hands, your posture as you sit. Take a few deep breaths before you start the ignition. If you’re on the bus, feel the vibrations of the bus through the soles of your feet as the bus accelerates and decelerates.
     
    If you can walk to or from work, even if only for part of your commute, do it. If you find your thoughts, and your body, rushing, a helpful phrase to remember is: “go elephant.” Walk S L O W L Y. Feel your feet on the ground. Gaze easy and level. Feel the heaviness of your feet on the ground in juxtaposition to your racing thoughts.

    —Barry Boyce, Mindful Magazine Editor-in-Chief and Stephany Tlalka, Mindful Magazine Assistant Editor, Digital.
     

    Mindful will return in December 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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    [Photo Credit, Bottom Right: Alex Eflon, license]
    [Photo Credt, Top Right: Bob Mical, license]

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      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
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