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Dansko Clog Materials

The Dansko Professional clog is well known for its comfort and use in the workplace.  It comes in many different styles so that you can find the perfect pair to fit your everyday lifestyle.  There are so many different leathers that it can be confusing if you’re not familiar with them! We’ll break it down for you here.

Dansko Materials


Box Leather
Dansko Black Box Leather

Box leather has a smooth, clean finish that can be easily cleaned. Great for hospitals and kitchens.
Best For: Work environments with wet, acidic, or greasy conditions.
Care: Use a damp soapy cloth or sponge to remove surface dirt. Do not saturate the leather. Ordinary scuff marks may be touched up with shoe polish.


Cabrio Leather
Dansko Black Cabrio Leather

Cabrio leather features a black top coat that provides a high-gloss shine and dressy appeal.
Best For: Arguably the most stylish leather, made for play but suitable for work.
Care: To remove surface dirt, wipe gently with a soft, dry cloth. No other leather care products are needed.


Oiled Leather
Dansko Oiled Leather

Oiled leather has a heavily oiled finish that creates a durable, moisture-resistance surface. This rugged leather creates a matte, textured appearence and has a quick break in.
Best For: Casual wear, okay for work. May stain more easily than Box or Cabrio leathers.
Care: To clean, rub light scuffs with finger tips. Remove stubborn dirt with damp cloth. Dansko offers an Oiled Leather Restorer made specifically to maintain oiled leather clogs. Dansko Beeswax Conditioner can be used for weatherproofing.


Full-Grain Leather *
Dansko Black Full Grain Leather

Full grain leather is a smooth and water-resistant leather that does not break down in environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Best For: Everyday wear or work environments with wet, acidic, or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. To maintain, use matching Leather Cream.
*See finishes below for Oiled Full Grain or Milled Full Grain Leathers



Patent Leather
Dansko Patent Leather

Patent leather is a dress leather with a polycoat finish. This finish gives the leather its high shine.
Best For: A dress clog, perfect for almost any occasion.
Care: Gently wipe surface dirt off the leather with a clean damp cloth.


Nappa Leather
Dansko Black Nappa Leather

Nappa Leather is extremely soft, supple and luxurious, great for a dressy look.
Best For: Special occasions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a soft cloth. A damp cloth may be used for a more thorough cleaning. To maintain, buff with Dansko Leather Cream and a soft clean cloth. To maintain, buff lightly with the Dansko Anytime Shoe Shine sponge.


Suede Leather
Dansko Suede Leather

Suede Leather features a soft, delicate nap.
Best For: Dress-up occasions or every day wear.
Care: Nubuck and Suede Bar and Brush to remove surface stains. For maximum water and stain protection, we recommend using Suede and Nubuck Spray immediately after purchase.

Nubuck Leather
Dansko Nubuck Leather

The softest Dansko leather with a lush and silky feel.
Best For: Leisure shoes and sandals, particularly with bright, vivid colors.
Care: Wipe with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt. Use a Nubuck and Suede Bar and Brush to remove surface stains. For maximum water and stain protection, we recommend using a Suede and Nubuck Spray immediately after purchase.


Dansko Felt Clogs

Felt is a material constructed with non-woven, compressed, synthetic fibers. This material provides a warm, cozy look and feel.
Best For: Casual Wear
Care: Spot clean with a damp cloth.


Hair Calf
Dansko Women's Hair Calf

A soft, supple leather with calf hair.
Best For: A unique, dressy look.
Care: Spot clean with a clean damp cloth.


Other Finishes:


Dansko Antiqued Leather Finish

Antiqued leathers usually have more color depth for an aged or polished look.
Care: Follow instructions for specific leather.


Dansko Burnished Leather Finish

Burnished full grain leather is a smooth and water-resistant leather. Burnishing is a finishing technique that creates depth with darker shades of dye/polish.
Care: Follow instructions for specific leather.


Dansko Crackled Finish

Embossed printing on full-grain leather creates the appearance of pattern or texture.
Care: Gently wipe with soft dry cloth.


Tooled Leather
Dansko Tooled Leather Finish

Tooled leather is pattern-embossed. We carry both patent and full-grain tooled leather Dansko clogs.
Best For: Fun, casual styles and floral patterns.
Care: For full-grain tooled leathers, clean with a soft dry cloth. Patent tooled leathers can be gently wiped with a clean damp cloth to remove surface dirt.


Milled Full Grain Leather
Dansko Milled Full Grain Leather Finish (OOS)

Milled full grain is a leather that has been tumbled and has a smooth and water-resistant leather that does not break down easily.
Best For: Environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a damp cloth. Maintain with Leather Cream.


Oiled Full Grain Leather
Dansko Oiled Full Grain Leather

Oiled full grain leather has a heavily oiled finish that creates a durable, water resistant finish. This smooth yet rugged leather does not break down easily.
Best For: Environments with wet, acidic or greasy conditions.
Care: To clean, wipe with a soft, damp cloth. To maintain, use Dansko Oiled Leather Restorer for darker colors or Dansko Leather Cream for all colors.


You can learn more about Dansko Material care on the brand’s website.

12 Gifts of Christmas: Day 9


We know not everyone is easy to shop for, so this holiday season, we’re giving you 12 days worth of gift ideas!

Day 9 is for super comfy, quality women’s dress shoes that will remind her how much you care all year long.   Some  of our favorites come from the brands below.




Keep her looking good and feeling happy with Rockport shoes.  Dress shoes from Rockport are comfortable and conservative enough for the office, but stylish enough for the street. A perfect gift for the woman who is always on the go.




Cole Haan

Our Cole Haan dress shoes are fashionable and versatile.  Cole Haan offers both great looking heels and comfortable driving loafers. Their boots are super sleek and stylish, and are a fabulous cold-season gift for the woman that loves fashion and luxury.





Dansko shoes are perfect for keeping her comfortable all day long, especially through a long work day.  Go with a classic professional pattern, or give something a little more stylish, like super-comfy ankle boots or mary janes. Dansko shoes offer relieving comfort to the hard working woman on your list.





Our ECCO shoes are polished, but laid back–perfect to wear with a wide range of outfits. Even dressier slip-ons and oxfords have a low-key appearance perfect for casual days at the office and informal events. Perfect for the effortlessly stylish woman in your life.


How to Clean Suede Shoes


Many people are intimidated when it comes to cleaning suede shoes. However, with a few tricks and tools, you’ll find the process is rather easy.

You’ll Need:

1. A suede brush

2. A suede eraser

3. Rag and sponge

4. White paper towels or cotton towels

5. Shoe Trees

6. Protective Spray

First, take the suede brush to the dry pair of shoes. Remove as much dirt as possible. Go over the entire shoe, brushing the nap in one direction. In addition to brushing out dirt, this will also raise the nap.
Next, go over tough spots with a suede eraser. Rub over scuffs with the suede brush.
Remove water marks: take a damp (not soaking!) rag and wet down the entire shoe. Then gently sponge up any excess water. To dry, stuff the shoes with white paper towels or white cotton towels and place them in an area without direct sunlight or direct heat. It is important that you never apply direct heat to your shoes (place them near a radiator, toss them in the dryer, etc.) as this can damage your shoes.
Once shoes are dry, brush them again in one direction to restore the nap.
Apply a protective spray such as the Collonil Unisex Nanopro Spray 300ML.
Place in shoe tree like Alden Fine Cedar Shoe Trees so that excess moisture is absorbed.

9 Essential Shoes for Daytime Wear

We believe that men’s shoes are just as important in the daytime as they are at night. From the office to the grocery store, your feet should be wrapped in comfort and style. While we all have a reliable, favorite pair, it’s called a shoe rotation for a reason—wearing the same pair of shoes every day without break not only wears them down, but it makes you look dull and worn, as well.

1.  Black Lace-Up

A versatile black lace-up is a must for every shoe rotation.  A plain-toe shoe made of calfskin with a leather sole is formal enough for most occasions. We like the Rizzo from Bacco Bucci — it’s even denim-friendly.

2. Brownwing

A brown longwing is much more casual–and versatile.  A longwing is at home in a non-white collar environment with a sport coat or with jeans. There are tons of shades of brown to choose from:  The Dark Brown Smooth Calfskin All Weather Walker from Alden is a very versatile option, wearable even on those bad-weather days.

3. Burgundy Loafer

Another versatile shoe to have in your rotation is a burgundy loafer for comfort and quick on and off.  Burgundy is a great color because it goes with anything a black shoe does and more.  Bit and Tassel loafers are fine, but a classic penny loafer can be dressed up a bit for more formal occasions.  Try the Pinch Penny from Cole Haan.

4. Driver

Another variation of the loafer is the Driving Moccasin.  A great option for when you are traveling long distances, the driving moc will get you from here to there and keep your tired feet comfortable on the way back from a long day.  Relax in reliable style with the Double Bottom Cowhide Driving Moc from Minnetonka in Dark Brown Lariat or Chestnut.

5. Desert Boot

A classic look that is also comfortable thanks to their crepe soles, the Desert Boot is a pleasant part of your rotation, especially on days that involve a lot of walking.  You can’t go wrong with Clarks in Oakwood Suede or Beeswax Leather.

6. Canvas Pop

Add some color with a reliable canvas shoe. Navy works for any season, so we suggest the Hookset Camp Canvas Oxford from Timberland.  Less daring? It’s also available in black. Very daring? Try the Cherry Red Canvas 8-Eye Boot from Dr Martens.

7.  Boat Shoe

A casual shoe with function and iconic nautical style, a boat shoe is great for a leisurely afternoon on the water. Go sockless and be ready for anything in the Authentic Original from Sperry Top-Sider.

 8. Double Monk

A Monk is interesting and captures attention, drawing comment from others. A double monk makes a statement all on its own. Our pick? The Conard Double Monk Strap from Johnston & Murphy.

9. Reliable Boot

Sometimes life gets rough. On days when you need to be up for anything, it helps to have a well-constructed, dependable leather boot. Made in America with Horween Chromexcel leather, the 1,000 Mile Boot from Wolverine is a great choice to keep you going when the going is tough.

Dansko Shoes for Your Every Day

You get home from work, take off your shoes and think you’ve found the ultimate in foot comfort. You revel in the feeling of relief, the relaxing state your find your feet in, and wonder if wearing shoes could ever achieve this level of solace. Well, with the right shoe, it can.

Standing on your feet for an entire workday can take its toll on anyone. Dansko founders Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup knew this when they devised the design for the perfect barn shoe. Anatomicall contoured footbeds, dedicated space for your toes and slightly-raised heels were the key to this shoe marvel. And 20 years later, the confluence of these factors still helps anyone get through the roughest days.

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