Style Matters, Too
With all this comfort and practicality, you'd think that Dansko would have to compromise somewhere. Fortunately, the company is big on producing stylish nursing shoes that don't take away from your personal look. Their nursing clogs feature a classic clog silhouette in your choice of an open or closed back. But Dansko nursing shoes have evolved in the past several years, and the company now offers many non-clog styles, including nursing Mary-Janes, sneakers and heels.
These shoes are similar to scrubs in that they come in an endless variety of colors and patterns to suit your day-to-day or special-occasion style. For example, the popular Dansko Unisex Nursing Shoe comes in 14 unique colors and patterns, ranging from solid brown and black to brightly colored, kaleidoscopic prints. Dansko also produces a range of nursing sneakers and lace-up athletic shoes that combine comfort and practicality with sporty style.
Eco-Friendly and Ethical to Boot
Another reason nurses love Dansko shoes is because the company operates on an ethical, eco-friendly model. Its Pennsylvania headquarters is LEED® Gold Certified and features a unique, vegetated roof that helps insulate the building to reduce heating and cooling usage. With two-thirds of the roof covered in plants, it's able to absorb up to 80 percent of rainwater to minimize runoff. Of course, the company also uses wind and solar power to minimize its carbon footprint.
Not only that, but Dansko is 100 percent employee-owned. In 2012, the brand introduced a new employee stock ownership plan that put the company in the hands of Dansko employees. That means that its 180 employees are the sole owners, so to speak. Dansko believes this is a particularly ethical business model because it gives employees total control over their work environment and helps invigorate them to succeed in every aspect of the business.