Dansko Delphina Review

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If you take a good look at your shoe closet, would you be able to find an ankle boot that you really love, and is both trendy and comfortable? If the answer is no, you may want to keep reading. Featuring a flirty peep-toe and premium leather uppers, Dansko takes fashion to a different level, presenting you the Dansko Delphina model. These stylish heels not only go great with absolutely any outfit, but they also help you feel supported and comfortable throughout the whole day. It is something like your favorite style on a boot, combined with the comfort of a Dansko clog or mule. The brand certainly did a great job with this union. It’s an elegant combination of modern and luxury. With this peep toe on-trend style, you don’t need to worry about which socks to wear. They feel perfect without them! That is one of their best features which may help you fall in love with them even deeper.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  •     Leather Uppers
  •     Molded EVA footbed
  •     Steel shank
  •     Polyurethane outsole
  •     3-inch heel
Cons
  •     Runs a size larger
  •     The material may have an odor
Color

Color

Women love shoes, and they love them in all colors. The fashionable Dansko Delphina heel looks great with almost any outfit. This trend-savvy silhouette feels soft, so soft that is meant to be worn barefoot; it gives you all the comfort you deserve, however, the color choice is limited. We all hope this is only temporary. Featuring a trendy design dressed in leather uppers, you will be able to find the Dansko Delphina boot in three colors including Aged Bronze Metallic, Taupe Milled Nubuck and Black Milled Nubuck. The aged bronze metallic seems to be more of a dark bronze-green color, which looks very unique. This stylish model can be worn with just about everything. Thanks to the trendy boot design and the versatile colors, this may yet turn out to be your new on the go bootie.


Comfortability

Comfortability

Dansko makes shoes designed to help people with their foot issues. Furthermore, Dansko shoes are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association, meaning they deliver exceptional footwear with excellent quality that promotes good foot health. These trendy peep shoes are no exception. According to many, the Dansko Delphina ankle boots feel incredibly comfortable without socks, much like the Dansko Marcelle, and according to a number of happy customers, they feel like they are not even wearing high heels.

The elements that wrap your feet in such comfort are many. Starting from the rocker platform that helps to propel your foot forward naturally every time you take a step, the EVA footbed that is soft and flexible, to the soft leather lining and upper that feels divine to the skin. In addition, the model features a wooden heel which is reported to be really comfortable for a wooden heel, and many women claimed that they can wear them for hours without experiencing any problems. The Dansko Delphina design has the Dansko comfort written all over it.


Fit

Fit

As for the fit with the Dansko Delphina model, it may depend on where you fall within the size spectrum. According to a number of customers, the size is inconsistent. Unlike the Dansko Maria model, which fits better on narrow feet, this design is reported to run a little big, so if you are a half size, you may want to go one size down. For instance, if you are an 8 or 8.5 wide, size 39 should be a good fit. For those with wide feet, the Dansko Delphina boot is a match made in heaven, since they usually tend to buy half a size bigger. Some women wear them with socks, and some cut the socks around the toe area, so the toes can show. Talking about 5-minute crafts!

They fit just like a Dansko model should; like an open heel clog, loose on the foot, and quite roomy. Also, the opening of the Dansko Delphina boot is reported to look and feel big. This sort of puts women off wearing this model with skirts, unless you have bigger ankles in which case they should fit perfectly. If they were a bit smaller, they wouldn’t make such a great choice for women with wide feet, since these women may experience rubbing where the toes peep out. Many are glad that after all those not-so-good looking clogs and mules, Dansko took an interest to make something more stylish. Go Dansko! Thanks for being so fashion forward.
Heel Height

Heel Height

The heel is eight centimeters or 3 inches tall, which is a perfect height for all women, even to those not used to wearing a high heel. It’s not too high and not too short, delivering more stability and allowing you to walk with confidence. Although some wearers were uncomfortable with the height, they said that the platform made the slope more manageable. Together with the platform measuring approximately 0.75 inches, you are adding perfect height without sacrificing comfort. This feature is also relatively supported by the EVA footbed, which molds to the foot to give you optimum, all-day comfort. Some customers were happy to say that despite the chunky heel, there was absolutely no noise coming from it while they were walking.

Insole

Insole

Made with an EVA footbed, which is soft, flexible, light and easily moldable, this Dansko Delphina design is taking comfort to a new level. For instance, the bottom layer of the EVA is contoured in the arch and the heel, and it’s where the footbed gets its integrity and support from. It molds to the foot, which is precisely what we need from an ankle boot. The EVA is a brilliant invention and often incorporated in many shoes due to its supportive and comforting nature. It is a type of a foam that works great as a shock-absorber while providing excellent protection every time the foot hits the ground. The longer you wear the Dansko Delphina model, the more they mold to your feet. In a three inch boot like the Dansko Delphina, this is a godsend.
Materials

Materials

Dansko is a brand renowned for the exceptional quality materials they use to make their shoes what they are. That is why a pair of any Dansko model could last you for years. The upper is dressed in premium leather or nubuck leather which is very soft and subtle. However, the other drawback besides the fit is that they release some kind of an odor. Many customers agreed that there is a chemical smell right out of the box that just wouldn’t go away. Considering the quality that Dansko delivers, and the few reviews about a strange smell that makes the feet stinky, the only reason behind this could be a flaw in one of their batches. Everyone else was happy wearing them even without socks and experienced no weird odor coming from the model.

On a more positive note, there are chic looking side cutouts and a peep toe opening that together with the leather lining work well to control moisture, allowing your feet to breath and keeping them nice and dry. The footbed is made of an EVA foam, while the rubber outsole stacked bottom uses polyurethane material. Both work together to deliver excellent arch support, cushioning and shock absorbance.
Outsole

Outsole

Dansko uses a polyurethane outsole for the bottom which besides being highly abrasion-resistant is anti-slip as well. Although the bottom of the Dansko Dalphina model is not considered to be slip-resistant, it has proven, according to many, to keep you safe and stable when walking on a wet surface. However, you always need to be little extra cautious when running, standing or walking on such terrain.

The stacked bottom is made of lightweight materials, and it’s the best in absorbing shock and delivering energy return with every step. If you take a close look at the bottom, you will notice some shallow wavy grooves on the heel, which are added to provide the wearer with some decent traction. In short, this polyurethane outsole is practical and will make sure your Dansko Delphina boots will live a long happy life together with you.


Style

Style

These leather dressed trendy heels are an excellent choice for your feet from spring through fall. Many women find the design adorable and feminine, and at the same time super comfortable. Even those who were not used to wearing heels, had no issues standing and working in them for long hours. We know how much you love the Dansko clogs, especially the Dansko Professional, but this is comfort combined with modern looks so you can walk with confidence everywhere you go.

The Dansko Delphina ankle boots look great in combination with skinny jeans, tights, skirts, or dresses, and according to many, they are worth every penny. Not only do they look great with almost anything from casual to dressy, but the height is perfect enough to allow you to walk with stability and make you look slimmer at the same time. This transitional peekaboo-toe wooden heel perfectly blends the on-trend fashion of a chic bootie with the comfort of your favorite Dansko clog.
Support

Support

Dansko did a great job when creating not only this model but all of their models regarding support. When it comes to support of the Dansko Delphina design, there is nothing you should be afraid of. Firstly, there is the leather-wrapped footbed that provides great arch support and cushioning, which is true to Dansko in support and comfort. Many wearers with sciatica foot pain, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis, agreed that this Dansko made-in-heaven style is so soothing that it felt like a soft glove around their foot.

Similarly, the embedded steel shank is added to give you extra stability and support with each step you take. Furthermore, the bottom features a polyurethane outsole which is proven to be a great shock-absorber, and finally, the contoured EVA footbed and cushioned inserts work well together to give you the proper Dansko arch support that everyone needs. Given these points, the Dansko Delphina is one of the most comfortable heeled shoes that will definitely keep you and your feet happy for a long period of time.
Upper

Upper

The Dansko Delphina model is beautifully dressed in premium leather and nubuck. It features subtle and flirty side cutouts and an inside zipper. Even more, the nubuck colorways have been specially treated with a 3M Scotchgard protector against stains, similar to the Dansko Marcelle design. The leather feels soft and subtle, and according to many, the feeling of the leather on their bare feet feels like they are wrapped in a soft glove.

Bottom Line

Bottom Line

To put it briefly, the Dansko Delphina ankle boot design is a good buy. If you are looking for a summer/fall type of a model, that delivers both style and comfort, you may want to consider this design. Accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Dansko Delphina and the rest of the Dansko models, are the latest trend these days. Women don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style, particularly with this style. Dressed in a nubuck upper with fancy side cutouts and a flirty peep toe, the Dansko Delphina look great almost with any outfit.
These stylish boots feature an inside zipper for easy on and off, and the anatomically shaped footbed will ensure support for your feet all day long. In addition, the three-inch stacked heel allows for natural movement of the feet and together with the rocker-bottom polyurethane outsole help minimize issues with back, legs, and feet. Although the sole is not marked as slip-resistant, it has been said to promote stability and protection when walking on wet surfaces.

There were a couple of downsides with this model that we mentioned earlier. First, the model was reported to run a size larger, but that, however, could be easily solved with purchasing one size smaller. To avoid returns and delays, it’s better to try them on and make the purchase in a shop rather than getting them online. The other drawback was the weird chemical smell that some customers felt, but then again there were others that reported no such thing. On a more positive note, we know for a fact that Dansko shoes are designed, crafted and tested with comfort in mind, to promote good foot health and change the quality of life of people who stand on their feet for hours. If you find yourself in this group, you may want to consider the Dansko Dalphina - stylish, comfortable and durable ankle boot that many fell in love with.