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  • Celebrating Dansko Friendships

    By Brendan Carr on Thursday, March 24, 2016

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    ​The Dansko Blog’s celebration of friendship takes a look at a few of the many friendships to be found right here at Dansko!

    Regardless of profession, it's good to be friendly with coworkers. Many studies show that a strong sense of comradery between coworkers often leads to strengthened morale, increased productivity, and decreased employee absences. Simply stated, workdays run smoothly when coworkers get along. At the end of the workday, congenial coworkers bid each other a goodnight and go their separate ways until the next shift. But every now and then, workplace friendships develop that go beyond the punch clock. Sometimes, strangers who started as workplace colleagues become lifelong friends who are just like family.

    At Dansko, we’re proud of the work we do and the people who do the work. We’re proud of the high quality footwear that we produce, the supportive work environment that we cultivate, and the comradery of our various departments. And we’re pleased to see friendships grow under our roof. Here are just a few of the many great workplace friendships that developed at Dansko.

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      Lisa B. and Karen H.

      How did you and your best friend become best friends?

      Karen: We met through a mutual friend in grade school many, many years ago.

      What are your favorite and funniest friend moments?

      Lisa: My favorite moments involved getting off work at 5pm, picking up my children from daycare and then driving to Karen’s house to hang out until 3am. The funniest moments were when my husband would call on those days to ask “Are you guys okay? When you coming home?”

      Karen: One of the funniest moments was when Lisa got her nails done and they were so long she couldn’t type on her keyboard. But my favorite friend moments were when she and her boys would stay at my house till the wee hours of the morning.

      What do you value most about your friendship?

      Karen: That we can be open and honest with each other and can talk about anything. I think Lisa has an amazing family and is a great mom. And she can always make me laugh.

      Lisa: Karen is always there for me no matter what I’ve been through. She always keeps it real and doesn’t sugarcoat it. I also love the way she loves her family no matter what they do.

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      ​​Marco I. and Mike J.

      How did you and your best friend become best friends?

      Mike: Marco had already been working at Dansko when I was hired. We met through a mutual friend who was also employed at Dansko at the time. He seemed to think we would get along rather well because we were both pretty big Philly sport fans. After we recognized that we stood on common Philly sports ground, we realized that we also shared many other interests as well. 

      What do you value most about your friendship?

      Marco: I am blessed to have two wonderful sisters, but when I was growing up I always wanted a brother. Now I can say that I have one. Mike’s a good guy that’s always been there for me no matter what. Certain friends might go come and go, but some friends remain for a lifetime. I am proud to call Mike a friend and a brother. He’s a strong character with the drive to be the best he can be every day.
       
      Mike: Marco’s a true friend and a real good guy! Somebody once told me that there are friends and then there are friends who will drop everything to help. Those friends are the kind of company that you need to keep … and Marco belongs in that category. As long as we’ve been friends, he’s always been willing to help me any way he can. My mom even refers to Marco as her adopted son. 

      What’s your favorite friend moment?

      Mike: My favorite friend moment is when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.  Marco and I couldn’t get tickets to Game 5 but there was a basketball game that night. We got tickets to the basketball game but snuck out after a few minutes to head down to the pavilion to watch the baseball game. As luck would have it, the Phillies won the World Series that night. These huge glass doors in the Pavilion opened up and we ran out into the streets of Philly, hugging perfect strangers and screaming “We won!”

      What’s the best piece of advice that your friend gave you?

      Marco: Over the years, Mike has given me a lot of advice. I can say that all of it comes from the heart. He’s always been honest and genuine with me. Some friends might tell you what you want to hear but Mike tells it like it is. In the end, he always has my best interest in mind. I respect that very much because that is what true friendship is all about.

      Mike: Marco has given me tons of advice over the years but the two messages that I always take away are to keep a positive outlook on life and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Marco is not only great at doing his due diligence, he’s also willing to learn more when the opportunity presents itself.

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      ​Anna K. and Tracy C.

      How did you and your best friend become best friends?

      Anna: Tracy and I have similar life experiences. We clicked right away once we started talking about our families especially our children. Also, we are both outgoing and like to be involved at Dansko outside of our department. 

      What do you value most about your friendship?

      Anna: I can talk to Tracy about anything and know that she will listen without judgement. I also value all of the laughs we share together. There are many LOLs! We have a similar sense of humor and can both be very silly.

      Tracy: There is so much I value. Anna is an awesome mom, a hard worker and the best listener. She’s a loyal, unselfish friend who can always make me smile. I feel like I’ve known her my whole life but we met here at Dansko.

      What’s the best piece of advice that your friend gave you?

      Tracy: I can’t think of just one thing but I can say that Anna is not afraid to be honest with me – even if it’s not what I want to hear. I lean on her for advice on lots of things. From asking her what outfit I should wear for a special occasion to helping me out when I’m having a bad day, she’s always there to listen and lend advice.
       
      Anna: Tracy and I both hand out mutual mom and wife advice to each other. She also reminds me to find the humor in things especially when times are tough.


      Being friendly with coworkers is good; being friends who work together is best. Just ask Karen, Lisa, Marco, Mike, Anna and Tracy!

       

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  • Dansko Celebrates Two Momentous Honors

    By Brendan Carr on Friday, March 11, 2016

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    ​In its 26 year history, Dansko has received a fair share of praise for its high-quality footwear, ethical business practices, altruism, volunteerism, and dedication to environmentally friendly initiatives. Every award that Dansko receives means a great deal to every member of the team. Each recognition that Dansko earns is considered a representation of its commitment to changing lives through high-quality products. Of all the honors that Dansko has earned, its two most recent awards feel particularly special.

    This month, Footwear Plus presented Dansko with two momentous honors. The first distinction, the Excellence in Design award, was presented to Dansko’s iconic stapled clog in recognition of its many style and comfort benefits. Considering the popularity of the clog and the number of clog brands currently available to consumers, this award distinguishes Dansko as the proven leader in the clog category.

    In addition to bestowing top honors to the stapled clog, Footwear Plus also presented Dansko co-founder and CEO Mandy Cabot with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Acknowledging Mandy’s role as a successful business leader, the Lifetime Achievement Award also pays tribute to her influence on the footwear industry and her dedication to making the world a better place. In the words of Greg Dutter, Editorial Director of Footwear Plus magazine, Mandy “has become a role model for other companies in and outside the footwear industry.”
     
    Please join Dansko in celebrating these two major honors and in congratulating Mandy on her prestigious award!

     

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  • The Art & Science of The Professional

    By Brendan Carr on Friday, February 26, 2016

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    ​​​​We’re celebrating art this month at The Dansko Blog!

    There is an art to everything – especially making your favorite shoes. Our product development team puts their artistic talents to the test every time they create a new style, color or pattern for our Professional clog. But to achieve that celebrated all-day comfort and support that is synonymous with the Professional clog, our team also turns to science. The Dansko Blog is proud to present a behind the scenes peek at the many ways in which art and science collaborate to create our iconic Professional clog.

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      Dansko’s iconic Professional clog is famous for its all-day comfort and singular style. But the impeccable mix of those two key ingredients isn’t coincidental. It’s generated by the tireless efforts of our esteemed product development team blending their creativity with the principles of science.

      One branch of the Dansko product development team is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the Professional always looks its best. By utilizing the art of style, these fashion experts devote their talents and footwear industry knowledge to expanding the Professional clog’s color selection, creating on-trend patterns and prints, and choosing the highest-quality materials for best appearances and long-lasting wear. They’re devoted to safeguarding the Professional’s reputation for unique style and to help continue to grow its fashion fan base.

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      ​​​​​​​​The science-based branch of the Dansko product development team uses technology and their methodical expertise to ensure that every Professional clog offers all-day comfort, unrivaled support, and the best fit for your feet. From blueprints to 3D models to prototypes to finished products, these team members evaluate, measure, and test every shoe for quality, fit, function, durability and performance throughout the preproduction and postproduction processes. No Professional clog leaves Dansko until it’s met the strict standards of our scientific staff.

      ​But the product development team’s responsibilities are not strictly limited to the Professional clog. To keep up with the latest footwear fashions, our designers create new shoe styles and collections, while our science-based team members continue to ensure that every Dansko shoe makes the grade in comfort, fit and function.
      And now you know that every Dansko shoe is the perfect specimen of art and science teaming up to change lives for the better.

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  • A New Year Means New Favorites!

    By Brendan Carr on Monday, January 25, 2016

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    ​The start of a new year means messy winter weather most everywhere. But a new year also signals the start of yearnings for spring. Thoughts of warmer temps, sunny days, the joys of spending time outside fill our thoughts every time we shovel the sidewalk or scrape ice off of a windshield. To help kick those spring feelings into full swing, Dansko introduces four new footwear collections for Spring ’16!

    • A New Year Means New Favorites!  - Shop The Dijon Collection

      ​​​Dijon Collection

      The new Dijon collection transitions effortlessly from a day at play to a night on the town. Incorporating natural elements like wood-covered block heels into each design, this collection offers the comfort and style that defines Dansko shoes.

    • A New Year Means New Favorites!  - Shop The Larose Collection

      Larose Collection

      Pairing hand-burnished leather uppers with a suede-covered footbed, our Larose collection is ready to impress the most style-conscious customer. A trend-right low block heel adds to the charm and femininity of this new spring collection.

    • A New Year Means New Favorites!  - Shop The Bayview Collection

      ​​​​​Bayview Collection

      Building off of Dansko’s knack for delivering all-day comfort and on-trend style, the Bayview collection updates sporty designs with patterns, colors and features that please on every level. Lightweight construction, a footbed with memory foam and exceptional arch support make this collection an ideal choice active lifestyles.

    • A New Year Means New Favorites!  - Shop The Marion Collection

      ​Marion Collection

      With roots in our classic stapled collection, Marion delivers Dansko all-day comfort via a cushiony leather-wrapped footbed with our signature arch support. Adjustable straps and buckles contribute functional fashion. Washed leather uppers in a choice of seasonally appropriate colors contribute to the distinct designs.

      Let’s hope winter wraps up quickly so we can wear these new favorites and enjoy the springtime sunshine!
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  • Five Uncommon New Year’s Resolutions

    By Brendan Carr on Friday, January 15, 2016

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    ​Happy New Year! The Dansko Blog is looking forward to bringing you another year full of great stories about your favorite shoes! The start of a new year makes it the perfect time to Celebrate New Beginnings. To kick off this month-long celebration of fresh starts, our first blog of 2016 shines a light on a few unconventional ideas for New Year’s resolutions.

    In many ways a new year is a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to set new goals for continued personal and professional success. And most folks set their goals in the form of the infamous New Year’s resolution.  Instead of suggesting the typical resolutions like “exercise more”, “travel more” and “eat healthier foods”, The Dansko Blog is pleased to offer five uncommon ways to start the New Year off on the right foot.

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      From exotic cuisine to long-forgotten family recipes, if you cook one diverse dinner each week you’ll expand your palette and impress your guests. This resolution is also great to learn new cooking skills and sharpen your plating techniques, too. Invite family and friends over and start a new tradition!

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      Instead of taking the usual route home from work, turn down a different street along the way and see where this new road leads you. By exploring new routes, you might discover a cool restaurant or local shop that you never knew existed – or perhaps you’ll just find a faster way home. Drive down a different road once a month during the year and you may be pleasantly surprised by what you’ll find. Just be sure you have a full tank of gas, a fully charged phone, and your GPS in case you get too off course.

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      “I’m going to read more” is a popular New Year’s resolution but unfortunately it’s also one that often falls by the wayside. One way to stay on track is to read to your pet. Although it may seem like a highly unusual idea, many studies have shown that reading to dogs and cats is a great way to reach your reading goals, shed stress, and interact with pets. Plus, reading to pets also helps bolster public speaking, build a better vocabulary, and, best of all, encourage children to read, too.

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      Thanks to the convenience of smartphone cameras and instant access to social media, folks are snapping and sharing pictures all the time. Instead of taking awkward selfies and blurry portraits, make 2016 the year that you branch out and embrace your artistic side. Take photos from different angels. Test out filters. Use accessories and settings to help tell a story. When you experiment with photography, you’ll gain a whole new perspective of the big picture.

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      ​​​Being bold doesn’t mean you have to go cliff diving or run with the bulls. You can be bold by stretching your style boundaries. Don’t be intimidated by fashions that are outside your comfort zone. Dare to wear new styles, patterns and colors!

       

      These are just a few top resolutions to help make 2016 a great year. There are plenty of other fun resolutions out there just waiting to be discovered. So what are you waiting for? The New Year has begun. It’s time to begin your uncommon New Year’s resolution!

       

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