Has anyone tried the new Dansko XP? - page 2

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Wondering if anyone has tried these? They look like the regular professional Dansko line, but there is a very soft removable liner that provides a very cushiony feel. The hardness of the Professional line was what I didn't like,... Read More


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    Quote from mo1222
    I bought my first pair of danskos the xp line, they are really comfortable and help with my lower back until a few hours go by and then my arches ache and I think it's because I haven't broken them in yet/ not used to them? Does anyone have a suggestion on how to break them in faster?
    Wear them around the house. If you decide to break them in at work, wear them for a few hours each time and switch to another pair of shoes you are used to. Gradually increase the amount of wear time with your Danskos as you do it. I hear the XPs have a shorter break-in period compared to The Professional. It took me about a month to get used to The Professionals.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN

    Wear them around the house. If you decide to break them in at work, wear them for a few hours each time and switch to another pair of shoes you are used to. Gradually increase the amount of wear time with your Danskos as you do it. I hear the XPs have a shorter break-in period compared to The Professional. It took me about a month to get used to The Professionals.
    Thanks I will try wearing them around the house more, I think I'm just being impatient lol. I've tried them at work a few times I think I just need to get used to them I've never had any before
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    So after trying out the XPs, I really enjoy them. They do offer more arch support than the original Professional, IMO. I also brought my Alegria shoes to switch into in case the Danskos would hurt my feet because (at that time) it was my first night wearing them. I was able to wear them for the whole 12 hours and my feet only started to hurt at the end. I couldn't wear them for my other two shifts that week, though. I had to wear my Alegrias.

    Now the Danskos don't hurt at all except for the area by my pink toe were it rubs like crazy!!! It's fine until the end of the night where I really notice it, the area gets really red and sore. How long does it take to break in that part? Or should I get the shoe stretched a little?
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    Glad they worked out for you! I would try some sort of padding on your pinky toe while they're still breaking in. A good, sticky bandaid (maybe even add in a corn cushion) might do the trick saving the need for stretching the shoe. I have a bunch of other tricks to try from past figure skating and athletic training experiences if you need more than just a bandaid and a small amount of cushioning - just ask and I can try to remember some of my MacGyverings.
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    Quote from KAR813
    Glad they worked out for you! I would try some sort of padding on your pinky toe while they're still breaking in. A good, sticky bandaid (maybe even add in a corn cushion) might do the trick saving the need for stretching the shoe. I have a bunch of other tricks to try from past figure skating and athletic training experiences if you need more than just a bandaid and a small amount of cushioning - just ask and I can try to remember some of my MacGyverings.
    I'm going to try the band aids tonight. I also bought this thing from Target called "Fab Feet" which is supposed to help prevent rubbing, so we'll see. I'm interested in your other MacGyverings, though haha

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    Moleskin covering a corn pad, makeshift bandaid with gauze and whatever tape is available, etc. My first career in athletic training required some MacGuyverings for things from stopping persistent finger bleeds to padding casts and anything in between. There are also these tube things that are gel on one side and cloth on the other that can be cut to size, but I'm not sure if there's an affordable one in a small enough size for a pinkie toe. My favorite indulgence is second skin squares. If you're not familiar with them, they're a thin, water based flexible gel over a mesh that provides a nice thin barrier (and they feel amazing right outta the fridge). The only draw back to this is they are pricier than just a bandaid and corn pad.
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    Quote from KAR813
    Moleskin covering a corn pad, makeshift bandaid with gauze and whatever tape is available, etc. My first career in athletic training required some MacGuyverings for things from stopping persistent finger bleeds to padding casts and anything in between. There are also these tube things that are gel on one side and cloth on the other that can be cut to size, but I'm not sure if there's an affordable one in a small enough size for a pinkie toe. My favorite indulgence is second skin squares. If you're not familiar with them, they're a thin, water based flexible gel over a mesh that provides a nice thin barrier (and they feel amazing right outta the fridge). The only draw back to this is they are pricier than just a bandaid and corn pad.
    Thank you so much! The bandaids/Fab Feet combo seem to be working. The rubbing is still there and the spot still gets irritated, but now it's bearable. I was able to wear them two nights in a row instead of having to switch to another pair of shoes for my second night. Hoping I can go three for three tonight
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    Woo hoo! Glad I could help!
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