A friend of mine recently moved to Florida and left behind a pile of her winter clothes and shoes, since she surely wasn't going to need them. Among the lot was a pair of black boots from Dansko, and from just slipping them on, I could tell they were no ordinary shoes. They were just so completely comfortable and totally supportive! I felt like I could walk around in them all day. I had heard raving reviews from professionals in the medical field about Dansko, but it wasn't until I tried out a pair myself that I decided these shoes are the real deal. I've partnered with the brand to tell you more about Dansko shoes from a non-medical personnel standpoint.
These shoes are loved for their comfort by people who spend a lot of time on their feet, like nurses, doctors, teachers, etc., and I think moms can put themselves in that category too! What's my profession? I'm a child-chasing, grocery-hauling, dish-doing, on-my-feet kind of working mom, and what I needed more than anything was a casual pair of something fantastic to keep me going from sun up to sun down. I found exactly that, plus a pair of Dankso shoes for the hubby, and we both can't stop talking about how much we love them.
I feel like I'd been looking high and low for years for a pair of casual shoes that didn't look like "Mom sneakers". I wanted shoes that were cute and functional, but most of all were comfortable and wearable for a 12-hour day. The Dansko Hillary Navy Full Grain Leather Shoes check all the boxes for me and they are the epitome of comfort (please note, the Hillary is no longer available, but the Helen shoes is similar). I LOVE the classic navy color -- to me, it is just bright and different enough to be noticeable, but still quietly compliment any casual outfit I might be wearing. These also come in black and pewter metallic, which might just be the next pair I buy!
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The first thing my husband and I both noticed as we slipped on our new shoes was that we both felt a full inch taller in them. Come to find out, the heel height on my shoes is exactly an inch thick, and it is filled with a contoured, removable footbed of memory foam and built-in arch support. Doesn't that sound dreamy!? There is a good amount of padded comfort underneath your soles that makes it feel like you're walking on clouds, and that is characteristic of all the Dansko shoes.
I think the leather upper is what really makes these look high end. Because this full-grain leather is water resistant, the shoes are not going to break down in poor weather and they would hold up in wet or humid environments. The mesh areas keep feet aerated but still warm, and the suede is treated with Scotchgard for stain resistance. There is also an anti-microbial treatment in the footbed and linings that control foot odor, and a lightweight EVA midsole facilitates excellent shock absorption.
I've been wearing these non-stop since I got them. All day, every day, and I didn't need time to "break them in" at all. I feel like I have a new bounce in my step and I really do look forward to those walks around the neighborhood, the laps at the grocery store, and the errands around town because they really are THAT comfortable.
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I was really interested in getting a man's perspective on this brand, and I knew there would be a pair of Dansko shoes that would take a little drudgery out of my husband's work life. For the last five years, he had a subway ride followed by a 2-mile walk downtown to get to work every day. He was logging miles, and his shoes definitely showed it. He's currently a student attending school for his MBA, but after that, its back to the big city we go, where supportive business casual shoes that can take the miles and the weather are of utmost importance.
He chose the Wyatt Mocha in Full Grain Leather shoes because of how they can transition from casual to business casual and their professional appearance looked clean and durable. He can wear these with jeans to class and then pair them with khakis for events in the evening. These shoes also have a substantial heel height at 1 ½", and are filled with a PU midsole for cushioning and shock-absorption, as well as a triple-density EVA molded footbed. That's a lot of lingo that stands for "ultra-comfy".
The rich leather uppers look classy and the leather sock lining keeps them comfortable throughout the day. The thick sole meets the highest standards of slip-resistance. My husband has noted they are especially roomy in the toe for added comfort, and he's really pleased with them overall.
I would say we're supporters and big fans of Dansko. Based on how much we love these, we'll probably be wearing Dansko for the rest of our lives. If you are a working professional in a job that keeps you on your feet, you really need to look into their Professional line. Their selection of lightweight, slip-resistant, and easy-to-clean clogs are top rated and the first choice among millions for unbeatable comfort and all-day support!
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