I have had a ton of comments lately about comfortable footwear so I figured it was perfect discussion topic for a post. I battle daily with footwear comfort. I'll be honest. I am vain. I want to look as long and lean as I can. The answer to that is usually the tallest shoes I can possibly walk in. But lets me honest. 95% of heels aren't comfy. There are a few out there. I have some Nike Air Cole Haans but even those aren't wear all day shoes. I walk a few miles a day. I need something that doesn't hurt. I also HATE carrying shoes. I did it for YEARS see my archives. All those days I wore the giant heels (never little heels. I go big or go home) and I would shoved them in purse and change 10 times during the day. One of my friend/ coworkers who reads this (waves) must get a laugh seeing my posts and seeing me during the day changing my footwear repeatedly.
Because I am vain I like to look GOOD. Not for others, but for me. I don't care if so and so likes my heels I care how my legs look in them. Get me? But then there is this other side of me. I LOVE how Danksos look on other people. For years I would see a cute quirky girl clomping around in them in wide legs jeans and a blouse and it was that perfect nerd chic so I finally broke down and got my first pair when I worked at Berklee and was on my feet all day. I got it! I knew why people were devoted. They are seriously the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. They aren't squishy and soft. They actually are hard and the heel doesn't bend. That is why they are good ( I also love wood instep shoes) I was in a car accident when I was 16 pair that with scoliosis and my back aches OFTEN. Because of that I stand stupid, walk stupid and my knees hurts. Dankos solve all that. I can stand all day and walk and hell sight see for 14 hours and only have normal exhaustion anyone would have. Over the past 8 years or so I have slowly added to the collection. I still have them all because as you may or not know you have Danksos for life. They are hard to kill. My original Cordovan ones aren't professional anymore from being scuffed and polished by me poorly (they have that two layer black and red and I tried to replicate it for years and they are finally ugly) but the soles are still solid so they are my bumming, camping, working in yard (if I had a yard) shoes.
Librarians love Dankos. It is a cult. I think they teach it in library school. You hardly ever meet someone who only owns one pair of Dankos.
Because they are well made if something breaks on them and it might... cobblers can fix them! My black mary-janes and red ones both broke on the buckles after 5 years of use and a cobbler fixed them easily! (cheap too) So while they are an investment you will have them for a very long time.
This is my little Danko family.
The blue pearlized sparkly and glittery ones are new and I now have a new pair of the cordovan ones. (my faves)
This is were it gets weird. I LOVE how they look on others. But I HATE how they look on my feet when I look down at them. I feel super frumpy and ugly. (Doesn't help that one commenter who said they made me look like "lesbian pus vomit" what that means I don't know. My husband assures you I like men though. Not that is an issue, but why use intending to be an insult? Lesbians are awesome.)
I always feel ugly in flats DEPSITE knowing they aren't flat and add 2 inches to my height! There is a girl who rides my bus I have such a girl crush on. She always wears them and looks so damn cute and she has the perfect length pants always.(doesn't hurt her husband and 2 kids drop her off every morning and waves and she always smiles at me. She is just SO NICE.)
BUT when ever I see a photo of me from a distance wearing them? LOVE THEM. Total wacko attitude I know. I guess I am just not a birds eye view fan? I am trying to get over that because dude my body LOVES me when I wear them, I just need to get over myself. I think having the blue sparkle pair will help :)
I found a place local that sells uniforms that sells them buy one get one 50% off which is UNHEARD OF! Danskos don't go on sale often, usually never.
All that said? I still don't like how the full clogs look with skirts and dresses and have NEVER worn them like that myself. I do the mary-janes but even that isn't in my comfort zone.
I have gone through the heels of 5 pairs of shoes since May (three boots, a sandal and yesterday a pair of heels). I doubt that will ever happen with a pair of dankos!
EDITED TO ADD holy schnikeys. I am on the Danko site for 2 years and I didn't know?