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At 5’3”, I just barely qualify as “petite.” But as a woman who’s almost 30 and still gets carded on the regular, I find some heel necessary for most outfits. Simple black Chelsea boots do the trick for half the year, but in the warmer months, it’s all about Dansko Thea in the sandy brown color.
Danskos are amazing, but the Thea doesn’t really look like the classic, Dutch-style clogs Dankso’s known for. Fat ankle straps and a chunky heel keep wobbly limbs like mine upright when navigating cracked sidewalks and gravel parking lots, and the neutral color paired with a wooden heel lends the shoe some sophistication. However, its NBD vibes helps anchor the Thea in the highest of chill looks — wearing them is like wearing the tattered, bleach-stained jeans that make your butt look amazing, or a weathered band shirt from an ex you only medium-hate. They’re trying without trying.
The brand’s serious comfort is famous in the healthcare professional community (Dansko even offers nursing-specific clogs), but non-nurses like myself can jam on this easy footwear, too. The soft leather footbeds come armed with serious arch support, making the shoe ideal and downright relaxed for transitioning between a morning commute, actual office time, an evening commute, and walking to and from dinner or drinks — even if it’s a small hike. Honestly, you have to try to get blisters in them.