Dansko Professional Clog Review

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Dansko is a brand that originated in Pennsylvania, US, in 1990. It all started with a horse training couple who was in search of a good equestrian shoe. During their trip to Denmark, they came across a “ barn shoe,” and decided to bring some home in order to give to family and friends. Not long after that, the word about the very comfortable design spread fast, and little did they know, they were about to create an iconic brand that millions fell in love with. After this brilliant discovery, there was no end to the possibilities. The couple started manufacturing sandals, flats, boots, clogs and mules, both for men and women. Their primary goal was to design a model that will improve people’s quality of life. And that is exactly what they achieved.

Today, many professionals, like nurses, doctors, chefs, teachers, and flight attendants rely on Dansko shoes for all-day comfort and support. As a result of the high demand, Dansko made all their collections available in a wide range of styles, colors, and material. Furthermore, the use of high-quality materials and the staple construction ensures that the wearer gets the stability and support he/she needs, as well as the necessary shock absorbing and slip-resisting features.

All Dansko collections are based on comfort and support. Similarly, the Dansko Stapled Clog collection is much appreciated by professionals whose work demands standing on their feet for long hours. One of the much-praised clogs in this collection is the Dansko Professional. If you also spend long hours on your feet, get ready to fall in love with this iconic shoe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Great shock absorption

Incredibly comfortable

Exceptional arch support

Good stability

Breathable design

Long lasting clog

Cons

Some customers experienced tight fitting across the top middle section

Outsole

Outsole

Like most Dansko clogs, the outsole of the Dansko Professional model is made of a polyurethane material, which is known to provide shock absorption as well as flexibility every time the foot touches the ground. Featuring an anti-fatigue rocker bottom, the Dansko Professional clog easily compares to some athletic footwear regarding shock-absorption. The PU outsole is not only lightweight and durable, but it is also treaded to provide decent traction. In addition, the sole is non-slipping, which makes it safe to walk on slippery surfaces. The heel base is wide and measures about two inches height, while the platform measures approximately 0.75 inches.
Midsole

Midsole

An anatomically contoured PU midsole lies between the upper and the outsole. The midsole plays a significant role in keeping the feet cushioned and stable. In the case of the Dansko Professional model, the PU midsole is reported to be longer lasting and has better aging resistance than other midsoles made with EVA foam.
Upper

Upper

Dansko Professional clog is still a clog and definitely looks like one. The upper is nicely dressed in brushed leather, suede or patent leather, which is a material proved to be long-lasting. Therefore many successful brands include leather in their footwear. It is also known to stretch easily after prolonged use.

Dansko Professional clog is built by hand using staple construction. In addition, there is a reinforced toe box, which according to many customers is roomy and makes the design ideal for people with wide feet and bunions. The collar is padded and provides additional comfort, and the slip-on style works great for medical professionals and all those who want and need to put shoes on and off quickly. Another important feature is the footbed that delivers excellent support and comfort, and there is enough space to insert insoles and orthotics for a customized fit.
Comfort

Comfort

According to many buyers, the Dansko Professional style is the most comfortable non-slip clog that is out there. They have been praised for the comfort and support they provide even after long hours shifts. At the end of a working day, many customers reported that they felt no backache, leg or foot pain. Since it is known as the best nursing shoe in the world of medical professionals, many nurses swore on the exceptional qualities this model delivers.

Even though the foot does not rest on memory foam, but instead steps on a hard, arched footbed, according to many wearers, it feels like walking on pillows and provides them with substantial arch support. Accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association for outstanding comfort and reliable stability, the Dansko Professional is yet to improve the quality of many people’s lives.
Support

Support

For those who have high arches, the Dansko Professional clogs are ideal from day one. They are reported to relieve pain in the feet and arches, and they feel better the longer you wear them. They have a molded footbed, and unlike other shoes where you have to wear orthotics for high arches, there is no need for that when wearing the Dansko Professional. Many customers said that they also help them with their plantar fasciitis, reducing the stabbing heel pain.

It is imperative to have proper arch support, especially when your job requires standing and walking on hard surfaces for long periods of time. Some people take arch support for granted, but it’s essential for the overall health, since not only does it help your feet, but if there is inadequate arch support, it may affect your spine, knees, hips, and joints.
Stability

Stability

Many customers reported that they had no issues with the heel or with slippage. This is a result of the wide heel and the non-slip PU outsole that provides a good grip. Due to the wide heel, the wearer’s feet stand safe and stable on the ground, especially after wearing the clogs for long periods of time. In addition, the wide heel helps prevent ankle rolling and comes with a soft heel cavity.
Protection

Protection

Almost all Dansko designs have been tested on dry, wet and oily environments, therefore they ensure protection against slippage. At the bottom, the clog’s outsole protects you from slipping when walking and standing on wet and oily surfaces. The toe box is reinforced and helps protect your toes from falling objects. It is also roomy, allowing your toes to move freely and spread in a natural way as you walk. The Dansko Professional is on the top ten list for comfort and support. It is the number two most recommended shoe for people affected by bunions. The clog has many attributes that help individuals with bunions, starting from the rocker-bottom outsole to the soft and comfortable leather upper.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The element in charge of Dansko’s Professional flexibility is the PU outsole. Polyurethane material is a type of dense foam known to provide great shock absorption and flexibility every time the foot comes in contact with the ground.
Durability

Durability

Dansko is known to produce good quality shoes, and the Dansko Professional model is no exception. Starting from the 100% leather that is easy to clean, to the durable and abrasion resistant PU outsole, Dansko Professional clogs have been reported to maintain good shape even after five years of extensive wear. If you want to extend the life of your Dansko Professional, it is recommended to spray a water repellent before taking them out for a walk on a rainy day, or if you think you are going to walk through puddles or snow. If they get dirty, you can use a clean damp cloth to remove excess dirt off the leather. However, if there is a stubborn stain, you can use mild soap and water and then pat it dry with a soft and dry cloth.
Traction

Traction

When it comes to traction, the PU outsole is reported to provide a good grip while walking on wet, oily or dry surfaces. Many customers were happy to say that even after wearing the Dansko Professional clogs every day for many years, they never had issues with slipping.
Terrain

Terrain

The Dansko Professional style is created to improve the health of many people who stand on their feet the whole day. Hence, they were designed to be worn indoors and outdoors, on both dry or wet terrain. However, this model is not meant to be worn on uneven surfaces, or rocks and pebbles, since the footbed is not that flexible for that type of terrain, and may cause the wearer to lose balance.

Many nurses wear the Dansko Professional model through hospital hallways with no problem. Since they provide excellent arch support and have non-slipping abilities, the Dansko Professionals are loved by millions, including people who work in restaurants, kitchens, those who stand on hard floors, teachers and flight attendants. They are also reported to perform great during wintertime, due to the thick outsole that doesn’t allow for cold to penetrate.
Airflow

Airflow

According to many buyers, the Dansko Professional breathe well and won’t make your feet get hot or cold. This is due to the breathable PU foam footbed that controls temperature. They can be worn with or without socks and will not allow moisture buildup. The good airflow is also due to the space around the heel and the leather sock liner that feels soft to the touch. It is essential for your clogs not to get wet because that is when blisters appear. Therefore, it is vital for your shoes to remain dry at all times, especially when it comes to clogs.
Style

Style

Dansko Professional models are part of the Dansko Stapled Clog collection. They run true to size and width, but many buyers with wide feet mentioned that the toe box was roomy enough and that they felt very comfortable. Dansko made these clogs available for men and women. Soon after their release, due to the high demand, Dansko made the Professional model available in many different prints and colors for every personality and dress code. Starting from Antique Brown, Black Cabrio, Blueberry, Cobalt box, Linen Patent, to Floral metallic patent and honey distressed.

The upper also comes in different finishes, like brushed, suede or patent leather. Many nurses said that the patent leather design is the one that works best for them. The Dansko Professional can be matched with jeans, pants or skirts, depending on the style of the wearer. Women love the height of the heel, and they say that they are also perfect for travel.
Weight

Weight

Although there is no specific measurement of the weight, the Dansko Professional style is reported to be lightweight and very comfortable to wear all day long. From busy hospital hallways to packed airports and bustling restaurants and kitchens, these shoes made it to the top ten list of clogs for working professionals.
Key Features

Key Features

• 100% Leather upper
• Heel measures approximately 2 inches
• Platform measures about 0.75 inches
• Roomy reinforced toe box for protection
• Polyurethane slip-resistant outsole with rocker bottom for shock-absorption
• Padded instep collar
• Leather sock liner and footbed that delivers optimal cushioning and support
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Dansko Professional is regarded by many as one of the most comfortable clogs for working professionals. All elements and materials incorporated into this design help ensure support of the foot, toes, the arch, and the heel. They offer solid arch support, and together with the padded collar provide excellent all-day comfort. In addition to that, there is a breathable PU foam footbed that helps keep your feet dry, making them even more comfortable to wear while walking and working. The roomy toe box adds to the brilliant design and helps your toes move freely and naturally, promoting circulation. The PU rubber outsole has a rocker bottom which is known to have excellent shock absorbent ability and at the same time reduces exhaustion after extensive wear.

Many customers said the Dansko Professional lasted them for more than five years, and still kept the original shape. With proper care of the nubuck or patent leather, rest assured they will keep your feet happy for a long time. Accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association, this classic model quickly became a favorite amongst medical professionals, chefs, teachers, and people who needed support and comfort when standing on their feet all day long.