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  • Dansko Gives Back to Our Biggest Fans

    By Brendan Carr on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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    We’ve enjoyed celebrating milestones throughout October at The Dansko Blog! To wrap up this celebration of our many achievements – and our 25th Anniversary – Dansko salutes two groups who championed us from the start and continue to support to this day: medical professionals and educators.

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      ​We love recounting our origin story, but we also love hearing your Dansko discovery stories. Listening to longstanding and recent Dansko fans tell us about their first encounters with our shoes is always enjoyable. Although these stories are individually unique, there are plenty that do share a similar trait: the recommendations of friends and family.

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      ​When Dansko hit the footwear scene, medical pros and educators were among the first to discover the all-day comfort and support that our shoes provide. These professionals became instant fans who quickly spread the word about our shoes to their coworkers, family and friends. Their passion helped Dansko grow into the successful company that it is today. For that, Dansko is eternally grateful to these two professional groups for their enthusiastic loyalty.

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      ​As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we wanted to thank these two exceptional professional groups for their continued support of Dansko by surprising them with the gift of free shoes.

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      ​Meeting these devoted Dansko fans was a wonderful experience made all the better by seeing their smiling faces as we presented them with new pairs of their favorite shoes.

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      ​From everyone at Dansko, we wish the very best for educators and medical pros everywhere. They truly help make the world a better place.

      ​Join us next month at The Dansko Blog as we celebrate comfort!

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  • Milestones That Make a Difference

    By Brendan Carr on Monday, October 12, 2015

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    We’re celebrating milestones throughout October at The Dansko Blog! And since this month marks our 25th Anniversary, the timing is absolutely perfect. This week, we take a look at the many milestones Dansko has reached since launching our volunteer program.

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      ​They say that time is the most precious of commodities. It’s the one thing that always seems to be in short supply for everyone. When someone volunteers, they’re giving up something they can never get back – their time.

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      ​Why do people freely part with something so valuable? For Dansko volunteers, the answer is simple – we want to leave the world in a better place than we found it.

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      ​Volunteering is an official part of our daily life as each employee is given 20 hours of paid volunteer time annually to participate in a number of worthwhile opportunities. If that wasn’t cool enough, Dansko donates the hourly equivalent of each volunteer’s salary to the organization they’re supporting. From planting trees to supporting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to cooking and serving food at shelters, there is no opportunity that is too great or too small for Dansko volunteers.

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      ​Since launching our volunteer initiative nine years ago, the accomplishments have been rewarding – but there is still plenty to do.

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      ​Dansko isn’t the only brand that believes volunteering is the right thing to do. Our B Corps friends at Cabot Creamery Cooperative are all about encouraging folks to volunteer. To support all those committed to making the world a better place, Cabot launched the Reward Volunteers program. After registering online, participants can log their volunteer hours for an opportunity to win great prizes like a pair of Dansko shoes.

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      ​Let’s all do the right thing. Start making a difference today and you’ll be celebrating your own volunteer milestones tomorrow!

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  • Adventures in Volunteering

    By Brendan Carr on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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    Whether you realize it or not, every one of us embarks on a series of adventures every day. We may not be scaling mountains or conquering the open sea, but our daily doings are filled with challenges and interesting activities that are worth celebrating. At Dansko, our everyday adventures often take us beyond our walls and into the community. Come along with us on today’s adventure – corn harvesting!

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      At Dansko, we believe in that old saying: We work hard… but we play hard, too. Balancing work and play helps give everyone at Dansko a healthy outlook and a positive attitude. And as much as that saying is true, it is missing another important fact about Dansko: we volunteer.

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      ​Each year, Dansko gives all employees 20 hours of paid time off to volunteer in the community. Plus, Dansko donates the hourly equivalent of each participating employee’s salary to the organization for which they volunteer. Although many of our volunteering opportunities involve a great deal of hard work, they’re always interesting, educational, rewarding, and enjoyable experiences. These volunteering adventures give our staff a chance to enjoy time away from the office, bond with their coworkers, and experience the satisfaction of giving back to the community.

      One of our most popular volunteer events occurs every fall – corn harvesting. Spearheaded by a group of staffers nicknamed The Corn Crew, this annual event finds these volunteers picking ears of delicious corn in the nearby fields. After the harvesting is over, all of the corn that our crew picked is sorted, boxed and delivered to food relief agencies across our area.  

      It may be time for us to amend the saying to: We work hard… we play hard… and we give back, too!


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  • The Ultimate Nursing School Survival Guide

    By Nick on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    ​Every day of the week, we strive to make a difference. From cleaning local waterways, to creating a positive workplace culture, to supporting doctors, nurses, chefs, teachers and countless other professionals who spend all day on their feet, our mission runs deeper than simply “making shoes.”

    So when we connected with Emily M., a nursing student who relies on Dansko clogs during long clinical hours, we were humbled to hear her story. So humbled, in fact, that we decided to feature her on Word of Foot!

    Below, we share a piece of Emily’s background—and offer five "nursing school survival tips" from the expert herself. We hope her story makes a difference in your life, or the life a hard-working colleague. Remember: we’re rooting for you!

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      Meet Emily, Nursing Student Extraordinaire

      Hometown: Ames, Iowa
      Academic Level: Junior
      Favorite Dansko Style: Black Oiled Professional (they meet my school’s footwear requirements!)

      Favorite Aspect of Nursing School: What's unique about my program is its focus on fostering a sense of community. My colleagues and I have been able to help and support one another in order to achieve our ultimate goal of becoming nurses.

      Future Nursing Specialty: My nursing program equips students to become RN generalists, so we get a taste of many different specialties. I do not have a specialty picked at the moment; however, I am interested in ER nursing and oncology nursing.
      Most Looking Forward To: Making a difference in the physical health of my patients. The concept of helping people heal is so endearing to me!
      [Photo Credit, All Photos: Emily M.]
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      Emily’s “Ultimate Nursing School Survival Guide”

      1. Count your classmates as your family. In nursing school, you’ve already made the cut. The best way to get through non-stop studying and long clinical hours is to be on the same team as your classmates. Study together. Share the joys and the burdens, and remember: you’re all in the same boat.

      2. Find fresh study spots. To keep studying interesting, we are always on the hunt for new (hip) spots to study. If you can handle a little background noise the possibilities are endless. If not, there is always your local nursing library to fall back on!

      3. Wear Dansko Clogs. Dansko Clogs are definitely essential to being a student nurse. Many nursing programs have specific requirements for shoes, and Dansko meets every one. They are great for your feet, especially during long days of clinicals. We love the shoe so much, my roommates and I named our apartment "The Clog!”

      4. Find access to tacos at midnight. Or really any other incentive to finish studying. Our favorite local taco place is open most nights until 4 a.m. and breakfast tacos are served all day long!

      5. Uncover an outlet for constructive stress relief. When an overwhelming day/week/month happens (and it will), it’s easy to get bogged down and deal with stress in a deconstructive way. Take time to take a couple steps back and remind yourself that grades aren't eternal and there is a bigger purpose amidst the chaos. Running and reflecting are two of my favorite ways to de-stress!
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  • Big Game Chili & Cornbread, From King Arthur Flour

    By Nick on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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    We have to admit: we share countless similarities with King Arthur Flour. They make flour, we make shoes…can you see the resemblance?

    …While we may not look similar on the outside, we align with the 225-year-old baking company based on our shared core values. As a 100-percent employee-owned company, a certified B Corporation and a proponent of local volunteerism, King Arthur Flour displays an admirable commitment to their community. So while one company makes flour, and another makes shoes, we work to accomplish the same goal: to become better employers, better community partners and better caretakers of the environment.   

    And, when we’re feeling especially hungry, we have a habit of visiting their blog, Flourish. Just in time for the second-greatest food holiday of the year, we’d like to share two of our “Big Game” favorites. Go ahead—start cooking!

    Oven-Baked Chili and "Just Right" Cornbread
    Ahead of the weekend, when couches will seat six and food will freely travel from kitchen to living room, we want to do our part, helping you prepare for the nation’s biggest sports weekend. Head to your local farmer’s market, pick up fresh, local ingredients and fire up the stove—King Arthur Flour’s oven-baked chili and "just right" cornbread will help you celebrate with a delicious home-cooked meal. Let’s get started.
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      2 pounds cubed stew beef
      1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) chopped onion
      2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
      2 cups (15 ounces) chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
      6-ounce can tomato paste
      1 cup (5 ounces) diced fresh green bell pepper
      2 tablespoons dried cilantro (optional, but good)
      2 teaspoons chili powder
      1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
      2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, to taste
      up to 4 tablespoons sugar, to taste, optional; cuts the acidity of the tomatoes
      1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper, cayenne pepper, or a dash of hot sauce (optional)
      1 tablespoon cornmeal
      1 cup (8 ounces) water
      1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans or black beans, well-drained

      In a large skillet, brown the meat in oil, in batches if necessary, and drain it well. Add the chopped onion, and cook until the onion is soft. Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, peppers, spices, and cornmeal, stirring to combine and allowing to simmer for about 1 minute, just 'till everything is hot.
      Spoon the chili into an ovenproof 2 to 2 1/2-quart crock or casserole dish; add sufficient water to cover the meat. Cover the dish, with a lid or foil, and bake the chili in a preheated 275°F oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the meat is tender. Stir the chili after 1 hour, adding a bit of beef stock or water if most of the liquid has evaporated, and it seems dry.
      Half an hour before serving, stir in the beans, and cook until heated through. Garnish the chili with fresh cilantro and sour cream (with a bit of lime zest added to it), if desired.
      Yield: 8 to 10 servings.
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      1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
      1 cup cornmeal
      2 teaspoons baking powder
      1 1/4 cups milk
      1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
      1 largre egg


      Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9" square or round pan (a cast iron skillet will work fine, too), shallow 1 1/2 quart casserole dish, or 12 muffin cups.

      In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

      Stir in any desired herbs, cheese, corn kernels, or other flavorings.

      In another bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the milk, melted butter, vegetable oil (if you're using it), and egg.

      Pour the liquid all at once into the flour mixture, stirring quickly and gently until just combined.

      Spread the batter into the prepared pan, or scoop into the muffin tin.

      Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges just begin to pull away from the pan and a cake tester or paring knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

      Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for 5 minutes before cutting; serve warm.

      Yield: 9-11 biscuits

      For more delicious recipes inspired by our friends at King Arthur Flour, visit

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      [Photo Credit, All Photos: King Arthur Flour]

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