Professionals who are on their feet all day, such as chefs and medical personnel, look to the Dansko professional clog for support and comfort. Dansko clogs have a roomy toe box to allow your feet to spread naturally. These clogs have received the seal of acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association for their excellence in promoting foot health. To ensure that the clogs you pay for are Dansko, purchase only through an authorized Dansko dealer.
Recognize Dansko’s trademark. First, examine the clog bottom for the indicative chevron treading and imprinted word, “dansko,” with lines radiating outward in a wave effect. If the clog has a strap, inspect the metal buckle. It should say “Dansko.” In addition, Dansko will be stamped above a leather symbol on the interior foot bed.
Distinguish the Dansko clog by its shape, which follows the natural contours of the foot. Its outsole has a “classic rocker bottom” to reduce the stress on legs and back. The clog has a wider heel than others, to improve stability. The heel interior is softer than other clogs’ interior. The topmost portion of the instep is padded, not bare leather.
Familiarize yourself with the textiles utilized to craft the Dansko clog. The upper portion is made from suede or rich leathers such as oiled, nubuck, patent or pull-up, which resist scuffs and scratches. The foot bed is derived from recycled foam that absorbs perspiration and lets it evaporate, with open-cell construction. The outer sole is made from polyurethane that provides shock absorption, flexibility and lateral support, much like an athletic trainer shoe.
Be acquainted with the Dansko clog collections. Each group is allocated a common Dansko outer sole, heel height and contoured foot bed. Stapled clog types fall into the categories of professional, Phoebe (for high insteps), traditional Sonja, and the versatile Ingrid, to name a few. This gives the wearer the ability to choose similar Dansko shoes or clogs with the same attributes within one category.
Try on a clog to compare the differences. The Dansko clog is true to size using European sizing, with both wide and narrow options available in the professional collection. It typically has a 1.75- to 2-inch heel height. Characterize the Dansko clog by its clean-line construction; a stapled outer surface.
For best fit, toes should not touch the top of the toe box.
Give the clog a trial run on carpet. Your heel should move up and down naturally, without tightness or catching on the back of the closed clog as you walk.
References and ResourcesClogs and Clog Making; Jeremy Atkinson; 2009; Shire
Dansko Press Room: APMA seal
Footwear News; Distributing Dansko Clogs Puts Horse Trainers in Winner's Circle; Laurie MacDonald; March 1993
Dansko Clog Central: sizing and fit