Has anyone tried the new Dansko XP?

  1. 0 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, so I am wondering if these are as good as they claim!
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    BacktotheBeach has '3' year(s) of experience. From 'Midwest'; Joined May '10; Posts: 490; Likes: 215.

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  3. Visit  WoundedBird profile page
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    I LOVE my XPs. I needed the slip resistant soles for my waitressing job and was having issues with back, hip, and knee pain from sketchers. Within the first 2 hours of my first shift in the XPs, my pain was dramatically reduced. I wear them anytime I know I'm going to be on my feet for a long time so I'm not hurting the next day. I have the plain black leather ones and they took about a week or two to really break in. They've been worth every penny. I haven't replaced my inserts yet (about a year of wear on them) but I will before I start my program in June.
  4. Visit  jordinriess profile page
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    I bought the XPs as my first pair of Danskos, and after about a week and a half they are so comfortable and I'm finally standing up straight and don't have sore feet at the end of the day! As a comparison when I bought them I tried on a regular Dansko on one foot and an XP on the other and the difference in arch support and overall comfort was huge.
  5. Visit  ICURNAsh profile page
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    I just bought my first pair of Danskos and I picked the XPs. I spent a long time walking around the store (hell I walked around the entire mall! lol) in both the pros and the XPs. I personally found the XPs to be much more comfortable, I definitely preferred the softer insole. I tried to break them in in small amounts last week and wore them for my first shift on the floor on weds night. I brought extra tennis shoes in case I couldn't make it through the night in the danskos but I loved them. I started to have a little pain around 4-5am but nothing crazy and my feet felt great when I got home and got them off. Usually, once my feet start to hurt they continue to ache even after taking off my shoes and rubbing my feet. I think I was just suffering from a little pressure from the XPs because it was gone immediately after taking them off. Hopefully a few more wears will stretch the area that's hurting me, if not I'll take them to a shoe store to have that little spot stretched out (it's by the outside of my pinkie toe).

    Overall I would definitely recommend the XPs. I think they are great! :-)
  6. Visit  302queen profile page
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    the xp's are awesome awesome imo i love mine
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  7. Visit  nursetaminator profile page
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    I loved the XP's over the regular ones. The extra cushioning really helped.
  8. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Hmmm is the footbed similar to those of Alegria shoes?

    I loved my Danskos. After wearing them for a long time I noticed that I started getting knee pain...I know Danskos were supposed to help with that. Maybe it was the firm footbed or something. Or maybe it's because I wore the same pair of shoes for three nights in a row instead of rotating pairs like you should. Once that knee pain started, I went with Alegria shoes. I think the extra cushioning on their memory foam footbed really helped and I love them, but I still want to give Danskos another whirl. I may try the XPs.
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  9. Visit  WoundedBird profile page
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    It sounds like the footbeds might be similar. I want to say that the XPs have a dense foam footbed that's removable. There's some give/squish to it, but not a ton. Not sure if you're familiar w/ open vs closed cell foam, but I would say they're closed cell foam. (Open cell allows air out as it's compressed - think a kitchen sponge - while closed doesn't allow air out of the cell - kinda like a pool noodle or foam roller. OK...padding material lesson over.)
  10. Visit  mo1222 profile page
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    Quote from BacktotheBeach
    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, so I am wondering if these are as good as they claim!
    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?
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  11. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Quote from KAR813
    It sounds like the footbeds might be similar. I want to say that the XPs have a dense foam footbed that's removable. There's some give/squish to it, but not a ton. Not sure if you're familiar w/ open vs closed cell foam, but I would say they're closed cell foam. (Open cell allows air out as it's compressed - think a kitchen sponge - while closed doesn't allow air out of the cell - kinda like a pool noodle or foam roller. OK...padding material lesson over.)
    Lol thank you for the explanation. I caved in and bought a pair of the XPs. The Alegria footbeds have more squish to them than the XP footbeds, but I do prefer the XP footbed compared to the original Dansko one. I wore the XPs around in a store for awhile, walking around to get a feel for them. I switched back and forth between the XP and the original Professional and the XPs are more comfortable. I decided to give them a try. I think switching between the XP and my Alegria shoes will be better instead of wearing the same pair for three nights in a row.

    I'm excited to go back to work on Sunday so I can try out my new Dansko XPs! lol
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  12. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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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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  13. Visit  mo1222 profile page
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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
  14. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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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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