Review/Giveaway: Blue Suede Shoes

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at Dansko about reviewing one of their three new shoe styles being released this spring.

As you may know, I have had a complicated relationship with Danskos in the past. I bought a pair of their professional clogs right before my capstone rotation began (man, that feels like it was 10 years ago!). And as cute and stylish as they were, I had a lot of trouble with the way they fit my feet. By the end of one shift, I was hurting. Plus, I rolled my ankle multiple times.

Since then I have continued to wear my clogs for shorter durations and they have been fine. Like I said, they are super cute and comfortable enough to withstand a day at an office when I’m not on my feet the whole time, or have a professional meeting I need to attend. However, I just couldn’t wear them for 12-hour shifts, especially more than one shift in a row.

I have continued to try multiple brands and styles and when I went back into hospital nursing last year, I found that my best and most durable option was the good old cross trainer tennis shoe. It was supportive, comfortable, and allowed me to move quickly around my floor.

So, long story short, I was hesitant about giving another set of Danskos a trial run.

Boy am I glad I gave it a second chance!

I had heard through the grapevine about their new Sedona collection, and their Elise style was one of the shoes available for review. I liked the sportier style of the Sedonas and was more optimistic about the way they would fit (and the decreased likelihood of me rolling my ankles since they weren’t clog-ey).

The Dansko rep told me that the smooth leathers would be much easier to maintain in a hospital setting since the material was so easy to clean. But after reviewing my options, I just couldn’t resist the Blue Suede leather pair. I loved the texture, I loved the color, and I loved that the laces were a bright, fun neon green (turns out they also come with a pair of extra tan laces if you prefer a more subtle approach).

Three days later, my new shoes were in hand and I was lacing them up for my first shift. After wearing them several times hence (including multiple nights in a row), I can honestly say that I am a very satisfied customer.

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The Good

  • My Sedonas get me through the first five hours of a shift (my busiest five hours) with no issues. From 7 pm to about midnight, we are pretty much running with evening assessments and med passes. This is the most crucial time span and the period when you are least likely to get a break or even sit down for more than two minutes.
  • The neoprene collar is a HUGE plus in my book. It encircles the heel and the top of the foot under the shoe’s tongue, which allow for a snug fit in areas that tended to rub and get irritated in other nursing shoes. SO comfortable. It also helps keep my feet in place – one of my earlier complaints about the clogs was that they were just a little bit loose in the wrong places, and my toes would ram up against the front end of the shoe. The extra collar helps keep my feet where they need to be.

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  • I love the sportier style. Like I said before, my tennis shoes have been my most faithfully supportive options when my other nursing shoes have gotten worn down and worn out. So to have a tennis-shoe look makes my feet feel more supported.

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  • The colors. I’m partial to my blue babies, but there are other quite cute and bright color combinations. (And if the tennis-shoe style isn’t your cup of tea, I recommend checking out the other designs within the Sedona collection).

The Verdict

Will I wear my Sedonas for every shift from now until the end of time? Well, there is one caveat. The fact is, 12-hour shifts are rough on the body. By the time I get home from work, I am hunched over, stiff and just generally in pain. And my feet hurt. That has been true in every shoe, from my beloved Timberlands to my ol’ reliable tennies to these Sedonas. But I’ve come to the realization that I can’t really blame the shoe. It’s the nature of the beast to be beaten up by long, exhausting shifts (especially with 6 patients and especially on our floor). So I pop two Advil, get some sleep and I start to feel better (Note to self: I need to return to yoga and acupuncture STAT. And ask for a massage for Christmas!).

Regardless of footwear, I also know that by Night # 3 or 4, the aches and pains won’t be going anywhere until I’ve had a hot bath and several hours of sleep. To mitigate this, I’ve found that alternating shoes for multiple shifts in a row helps reduce the wear and tear where I felt it most the previous night. My feet sometimes just need a different fit when so much is asked of them night after night.

The gist of it is, these are very comfortable and durable shoes! And when they do wear down and it’s time for a replacement pair, Sedonas will most definitely be on my short list!

Now comes the fun part for you…

In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), Dansko is hosting a GIVEAWAY! The lucky winner will win their very own pair of Sedona Elise nursing shoes (in the color and material of your choice)! Woot! I love giveaways! 🙂

In order to enter, leave a comment below about how you are celebrating your Nurses Week, wherever you may be. 

The deadline for the contest is Sunday, May 12 (last day of “our week”) at 11:59 pm EST. This gives you a chance to share how your workplace or nursing school honored you! I’ll announce the randomly selected winner the following evening.

*Note: All product reviews are my opinion and mine alone. I was not paid or perked for this review, except for receiving this product for my personal use, so that I could offer honest and informed feedback.

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