Dansko shoes were brought to the United States from Denmark by a husband-and-wife team, Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup, more than 20 years ago. The shoes are both highly durable and comfortable, making them the darlings of the restaurant and hospital worlds. The shoes come in a variety of styles, but the hard leather clogs are considered the most popular. Many people who love the shoes admit there is a “breaking-in” period. With a few simple tips, you can break your Dansko shoes in and be walking down the street in comfort.

Things You'll Need

Spray the shoe-stretching spray over the upper part of the Dansko shoe, being sure it gets completely wet.

Insert the shoe stretchers into the Dansko shoes and wait a few hours until the stretching spray is completely dry.

Insert a plastic bag filled with water into the Dansko shoes and stick them in the freezer overnight if you do not have shoe stretchers. The water will freeze and expand, forcing the leather to stretch.

Wear an extra-thick pair of socks until the Dansko shoes begin to soften.


  • Reapply the stretching spray if the shoes do not begin to conform to your feet.