For probably the last five years, I've anticipated boot season with excitement and hope, and ultimately have come out the other side disappointed. I know this may sound a tad melodramatic but it's true. My typical ritual is this: I fawn over online and print fall boot fashion spreads, hit the stores loaded with energy, and leave utterly deflated because everything I try on makes my calves feel like sausages. And it's not as if I have super large calves, just some little muscles from running and yoga. Nonetheless, all boots to date have suffocated. Until Dansko that is. Read on to learn more Dansko's kid's collection and "miracle boots" (my name for them), as well as to learn how to win a pair of Dansko shoes for you and your child!
When Dansko approached me about testing out shoes, I was intrigued. I used to wear Dansko clogs a lot; I first bought them when I was on my feet all day working at an art store during the bridge period between finishing my Ph.D. and starting my postdoctoral fellowship. I loved them and wore them all the time, and then eventually transitioned out of my clog phase. Nonetheless, Dansko grownup clogs are a handy pick for moms -- they're easy to slide on and off, supportive while walking endless circles around the neighborhood with your baby, and Dansko now offers lots of cool finishes to suit different styles.
Dansko also offers kids clogs and I was interested to see how they performed. Laurel tested out the classic Gitte style (these were like the clogs I used to wear) in the super cool Tiger's Eye Patent (shown; $69.95 at Onlineshoes.com). Laurel loves the look and styling, not to mention being the first one ready at the door (no laces or straps to deal with), and she's found them comfy for kicking around on the weekends shopping and strolling, and even while doing lawn work (I found her wearing them yesterday while she was raking leaves with Jon). My only concern is that the Gittes don't seem quite secure enough for wearing to school and running around at recess; in retrospect, perhaps we should have tested the Jada or Jemma styles, which have straps to secure fit further. All of this said, whichever style you opt for, the nice thing about Danskos is that they are sturdy little workhorses. If you purchase a pair of gender neutral kids clogs, no doubt you'll be able to use them across multiple kids.
Now, about the miracle boots. Dansko offers women's boots (and other shoes) in a variety of styles (they also offer lots of man shoes), and it's the Brielle boots ($239.95 at Onlineshoes.com) that I recommend you consider investing in. Beautifully styled, yet made with the trademark sturdy Dansko construction, the Brielle boot has a 2 5/8" heel that offers height and style while actually being comfortable -- I wore the Brielle boots for the first time traipsing all over the North End/Waterfront area when we attended the Boston Arts Festival earlier this month. And now I really know why women obsess about boots; they instantly make your outfit look awesome. The Brielle's are great because you can dress them up (e.g., with a chic knit dress, contrast tights, and some statement accessories) or down (e.g., with leggings and a tunic). Plenty of bang for your buck.
And circling back to my lead in, the most awesome thing? These boots are fitted yet accommodate non-stick thin calves! When I first received the boots, I tried them on my bare legs gingerly, bracing myself for disappointment, but lo and behold they fit! And I'll admit that I was increasingly gleeful as I discovered that they also fit with basic tights, thicker leggings, and even jeggings (jean leggings look fantastic with these boots...even Jon took notice...here's an example of me rocking the boot/jeggings look).
It took far too long for me to discover Dankso's boots, but I'm thrilled to finally know about them. Whether you're on the hunt for a stylish and comfortable pair of fall boots, or have found yourself in my sausage calf boot fitting predicament, check out Dansko.
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
Congrats to winner Jen!
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Now, want to win a pair of Dansko shoes for you and your child? Here's how:
*One lucky winner (drawn randomly via Random.org) will receive one pair of adult + one pair of child Dankso boots or clogs in their choice of size and style (subject to stock availability; approximate value of $190-$310 depending on style selected). The winner will be notified directly via e-mail, then listed back at this post using first name only.