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I have Dansko clogs. They are great. My feet and back never hurt at the end of the day like they did when I used to wear other shoes. Also, they are non-slip which is nice. The one downside is that they are narrow in the heel, and so you are more prone to twisting your ankle. They are not too bad looking either. One of my friends got a really cute oxblood pair. They run about $100, but they will last for years (honestly years!) and are well worth the money as far as I am concerned.
 
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R*ckstar said:
I have Dansko clogs. They are great. My feet and back never hurt at the end of the day like they did when I used to wear other shoes. Also, they are non-slip which is nice. The one downside is that they are narrow in the heel, and so you are more prone to twisting your ankle. They are not too bad looking either. One of my friends got a really cute oxblood pair. They run about $100, but they will last for years (honestly years!) and are well worth the money as far as I am concerned.
If you bought Dansko's that actually hit your heel they are too small. They are supposed to move easily in the heel (not fall off, but almost feel like they will - there should be a half inch to an inch of space at the back). I'm a certified fit specialist so I've been trained in the proper fit of all this stuff. I do agree that Dansko's are awesome and your back/legs will never hurt at the end of a day in them. You were actually lucky to find a pair at $100 though - they are more typically $120-$150 (but well worth it).
 

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If you bought Dansko's that actually hit your heel they are too small. They are supposed to move easily in the heel (not fall off, but almost feel like they will - there should be a half inch to an inch of space at the back). I'm a certified fit specialist so I've been trained in the proper fit of all this stuff. I do agree that Dansko's are awesome and your back/legs will never hurt at the end of a day in them. You were actually lucky to find a pair at $100 though - they are more typically $120-$150 (but well worth it).
The actual sole of the shoe is narrow in the heel which causes ankle twisting. Also, try a uniform store. I got mine at Best Uniform for $90 with a ten dollar coupon.
 

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I got my danskos at the local shoe store near my hospital. They gave me a 10% discount for showing them my student hospital badge. I've heard of other shoe stores doing this, so ask. Also, the store let me try on and mix/match shoes, as each pair is hand stitched and may have minor differences. Again, ask if you can do this. I chose the shoe type clogs (as oppose to the backless slip on ones so you could run in them...not that you run a lot, but if you're in a hurry and your clog falls off, it can be annoying)

Finally, after I bought the shoes, I was like, what the furk is everyone talking about? These aren't comfy, they're hard. I just wasted $100. Two weeks later after they were broken in, I realized I could never wean myself from the addiction.

Will your back and feet still hurt after a 14 hour day? Heck yeah, but not nearly as much. I think thats worth a few embarrassing moment of your ankle giving out every now and then (you clog wearers all know what I'm talking about).

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You can't make your clogs comfortable if they weren't built to be comfortable to begin with. Crocs are pretty popular now. I'm sure that others will chime in on this thread with their favorites. I use a $9 set from Allheart and don't recommend it for anything outside of the anatomy lab. As previous posters have mentioned, the hospital's uniform shop is a great place to try clogs and find the one that's best.
 

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R*ckstar said:
The actual sole of the shoe is narrow in the heel which causes ankle twisting. Also, try a uniform store. I got mine at Best Uniform for $90 with a ten dollar coupon.
Ah I get what you're saying now. I don't think you twist ankles because the sole is more narrow at the back though. At least that's not why I twist my ankle in them so mileage will vary on that one lol. Not that I don't twist my ankle occasionally in my Dansko's cuz I do, but for me the reason is usually that I step on something uneven (like a rock on a graded hill), or my head tells me I'm going to slip and then of course I don't cuz i'm wearing the danskos lol.

I also totally agree with mixing and matching Dansko's. Hand-stitching really does affect the size of a shoe - you can get a really small 39 or a really big one just because they were stitched by a different person, on a different day, or at the beginning of a day vs. the end of one.

Finally Dansko's are European sizes. Many salespeople don't really know the translation from American sizes to European. So, the translation is - take the Euro size and subtract 29. If you are a half size try both sizes, but make sure you're not hitting your toes and that there is 1/2 inch to an inch at the back. For example, if you are a size 8 you would want a 39 in European sizes. An 81/2 would have to try both the 39 and the 40 to see which works better for them. (I've had salespeople try to stuff me into 38's before because I'm an 8 and then assume they just have to take off the 3 to figure out your size.)
 

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If you want to try some Dansko's without breaking the bank, try Ebay. I just bought a lightly used pair for ~$30 and new pairs usually sell for ~$70. Of course, if you decide you don't like them, you can't return them, but this might be an option for some people.

I have a pair of crocs as well. They are pretty comfortable. My two biggest gripes are the sizing (at my size, the best fit pair is a bit on the big side) and that they just aren't dressy enough to wear in clinical situations. That's why I bought the Dansko's - I needed something that was comfortable but professional looking.
 

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i bought a pair of danskos a couple weeks ago and have been wearing them.

my knees stopped hurting but my feet hurt like a mo****f******!!!!. i only wear them every other day b/c it hurts too mmuch. when are these things going to get broken in?!
 

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gaikokujin said:
i bought a pair of danskos a couple weeks ago and have been wearing them.

my knees stopped hurting but my feet hurt like a mo****f******!!!!. i only wear them every other day b/c it hurts too mmuch. when are these things going to get broken in?!
I agree, they kill my feet. I hate them. Worst 100$ I have ever spent in my entire life. Maybe they aren't broken in yet, but I can't stand to have my feet in them so I don't think I'll ever get them broken in.
 

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I got a pair of Merrell Primo clogs about a year ago and they are possibly the best pair of shoes I have ever owned. As a lab tech, I'm usually on my feet most of the day, and I've never had any soreness and they dont slip in the rain/lab spills. just my $.02
 

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First off you should never wear the same pair of shoes everyday period. It's not good for your body, and it's not good for your shoes. Even just a second pair in the same brand helps. Most likely you just haven't broken them in completely yet but you also might have very flat feet or very sensitive feet which probably make tolerating (or even not noticing) the hardness of Dansko's difficult. I know it's insanely hot out right now, but you might want to wear thicker socks with them until they've broken in more, but definitely take more of a breather between wearing them than every other day for now.

By the way I agree with the Merrill recommendation as well. They are softer than Dansko's and have decent support so most people should be able to handle them well for long days.
 

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Blade28 said:
Yes. Firm arch support in clogs trumps a soft sneaker any day.
You can add arches to tennis shoes. Clogs are gay.
 
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