Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dansko vs. Sanita - What's the difference???




So, I know there is still some confusion about the difference between Dansko and Sanita. I'm going to skip all the crap about their legal battle in Denmark and cut to the chase:

Sanita has been making clogs since 1907. Dansko began importing those clogs into the U.S. under the name Dansko in the early 1990s. Dansko lost their contract with Sanita in late 2007. Sanita began importing the original clogs under their own name when the contract expired. Dansko "re-designed" their clogs in January 2008 and moved manufacturing out of the original Sanita factory.

Long story short: Sanita's clogs with the stapled bottom are the EXACT SAME as the Dansko clogs that we have known and loved for almost two decades. You can even look at the patent number on the sole of a pair of Sanitas and an old pair of Danskos.

Dansko's stapled bottom clogs that were manufactured since late 2007 are different.

Different is not necessarily bad. Dansko's new outsole has a broader heel base (meaning more stability, less ankle rolling).

The best thing about the break-up of the partnership?

We, as consumers, have MORE choices!!!! We can now buy the Professional in over 40 different SKUs. Dansko and Sanita are competing, and both companies have made amazing strides in the colors, leathers and fabrics!

Case in point: My two favorite upcoming Fall 2009 shoes. The Dansko Professional in Petrol Patent, and the Sanita Professional in Mermaid (Ariel) Patent.

37 comments:

  1. Has anyone tried the new Danskos? I love them, but I did find that wobble a little annoying - and scary when I'm pregnant/wearing a baby in a sling. Anyone actually find the new ones more stable? Is the sizing similar?

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  2. I like the concept with the new Danskos having the wider heel, but the sizing is different. I have always been a 38 in the Dansko Professionals, but they are too short for me now. The 39s feel huge. I am only buying Sanita now because they fit me better. I do have friends that prefer the new Dansko sole though.

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  3. If you are a loyal clog wearer and a long time fan, you might find sizing of Dansko's frustrating. I was in the store the other day and tried a BUNCH of different shoes on, ALL the same stated size, and they ALL fit differently. When we looked on the box, Made in China, Made in Brazil, Made in Italy, Made in Denmark. The Dansko's were made all over the place! FRUSTRATING.
    I ordered a pair of Sanita's on the web and they fit just like my tried and trusted ones. So, if you want "new" old friends, I say BUY SANITA

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  4. I agree with the dansko sizing issue, although i've never checked to see where they were manufactured. I <3 <3 my petrol patents and get soooo many compliments on them at work. I also have the black tooled in the same size and they are a little smaller. I have straight navy in the sanita's but i they were my first pair and i didn't realize how much they stretch. :( I absolutely love this style of shoe though.....as an RN on my feet for 12 hr shifts nothing else gets my feet through the day. ONE think though ~ i've noticed im getting callouses on the outer aspects of my feet. I know i just said i'm a nurse and i'm sorry if this is a real "duh" question, but to all of you clog people out there ~ do u think it's from them being to small or too big. They honestly don't feel like they're either ~ maybe it's just a natural think from working such long hours and soooo much walking.

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  5. I was getting painful calluses on each of my big toes and had to stop wearing my Dansko's. I wonder if they were too big. I know they weren't too small. I was in 45s thinking about trying 44s

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  6. I have size 36 Danskos that fit perfectly, and the new size 36s that I just ordered by mail are much bigger. I think I can wear them, but they fit so different than the older ones that I love! (To add confusion to the mix: I just ordered a size 36 Sanita by mail, and those were too small...). I am officially a size 37 in the Sanita, 36 in the old Dansko, and 35 in the newer Dansko).

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  7. I was a fiercely loyal dansko wearer for many years and feel that they are not educating their customer on the difference between them and sanita. I feel like they are hiding the truth and decieving their customers. They have lost this consumer for good. Every pair of my Dansko's since 2008 fit so differently. I know I will get what I expect each time I buy a Sanita!

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  8. In Dansko when ordering by mail I always have to go down a size but in Sanita I have to go up a size. Always.

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  9. danskos fit is not much different from the fit of a sanita. but some have noticed a difference; this is because sanitas fit more narrow. to be clear on sizing 37=6; 38=7; 39=8; 40=9...etc. this goes for both shoes because they are european sizes. i always reccomend trying on a few shoes in the same size due to the fact that both brands are hand made. - dansko & sanita sales woman. (:

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    1. Yes, they are European sizes; but, Dansko's clogs are now primarily made in Asia and South America. One has to recognize that there is a significant difference in quality and quality control when items are made in such diverse manufacturing locations.

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  10. Have stopped buying Danskos as have my mother and sisters. Made in China means made for bigger feet; this is not the European last that we were accustomed to. My sister has gone to Sanita, the name that appeared on the soles of my old Danskos, and supposedly still made in Denmark.

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  11. Have some 39 Dansko professionals, which fit perfectly. Ordered some 39 Sanitas, which are too narrow. I am now wondering whether I should exchange them for a 40 Sanita or a 39 Dansko.

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  12. Exactly. I have many pairs of old 39 Danskos that are absolutely perfect. Just ordered about 8 pairs of 39 Sanitas and shipped them to myself in South-East Asia, and they are all too narrow! I don't know if a 40 Sanita will fit well or if I should just refund all of them (and lose alot of shipping money) Sigh...

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  13. Spent an entire afternoon at three different shoe stores that sell both brands. I was frustrated with Dansko sizing too! I have a narrow heel and found myself between the 39 (way too small!) and the 40 (massive!)in Dansko's professional clog.

    I had a very old pair of mary jane-style Sanitas (size 41)and was surprised I was in that kind of sizing for Dansko-- and very happy I didn't order the 41 in Dansko online. Yes, Dansko fit very differently across styles. Frustrating.

    Sanita was consistent in sizing and fit my narrow-ish heel perfectly. Guess what? The size 41 still fits perfectly.

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  14. I am a tried and true dansko fan, I own about 15 pair and wear a 37, but I found a pair of sanita that I loved and ordered a 37 needeless to say they were too little, so I ordered a 38 and they were too big and looked long. I guess I'll stick with what I know dansko size 37!! And FYI I have began to notice calluses on my great and small toes, and a lot of chipped nail polish as well, good for the feet bad for the toes!!

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  15. I won't buy Danskos anymore. All made in China, or somewhere in Asia. Call me stupid, but I think clogs should be made in Europe. Sanitas are still made in Europe.
    I find Sanitas are narrower and are better formed than Danskos, even my Danskos I bought in 2006. I have a lot of problems with them staying on my feet and randomly twisting my ankles. It's a little annoying.

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  16. Dansko that were made in Italy has a nice fit,i loved it.I bought another pair,i didn't know it was made in China and it was tight and hurts my feet after few hours of wearing them.Wish you all stick to just one manufacturer!They're not cheap either.

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  17. Clog Wearer since 1979Sat Dec 03, 11:30:00 AM PST

    Sanita beats Dansko any day! I have some old Dansko clogs which are fine. However, when I went back to buy another pair in 2009, they really were not the same. I went to a store that sells Sanita and found that they not only fit fine, but I could wear them for hours on end right out of the box (and I have a particularly fussy right foot). Stick with Sanita.

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  18. I have an old pair of Danksos (1990s) that I love!! They fit perfectly. I tried the Professional on recently and the the size 39 was too small. Usually I do take a 39 (or 9). Have not tried the Sanita yet. I do like the idea of a wider heel base but I think anything made in China is not well constructed.

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  19. I wear a 40 Dansko and a 39 Sanita. To me, that's the difference.

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  20. I have more than 10 pairs of Dansko size 37. I just bought 2 new pairs of Dansko size 37 on line. They are much narrow and smaller and they both are made in China. I am very disappointed of the new Dansko and thinking about switching to Sanita. :-(

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  21. I have a question about both brands. Which one will have beter support? I suffer from plantar fasciitis and have major problems with arch and heel pain. I am a busy hairstylist, and therefore on my feet ALL day. I recently purchased my first pair of danskos. I have worn them daily for about a week, and at the end of the day my arches are in PAIN. Is this normal? Should I try the Sanita?

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  22. I wore Danskos for years until Sanita stopped making them. Now I wear Sanitas--and only the Dansko stapled clog collection. I need lots of arch support, and find that the wooden clog platform is best. Dansko's "Sausalito" collection just does not have enough support--I get pain in my ankles/arches after standing in them all day.

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  23. Just bought a brown pair of Sanitas professional clogs, and I have to admit that I like them better! I thought I would always be a loyal Dansko wearer, but the narrower fit of the Sanitas hugs my narrow heel better, and I didn't have a single ankle roll today! My Danskos always end up stretching out too much in the heel, and I roll my ankle at least once every couple of days. We'll see...

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  24. I bought a pair of Danskos three years ago; they were great, but are now worn out. I got a new pair and they simply don't fit and can't be stretched to fit. Horrible thick bulging built in strap over the instep that is sheer torture--cuts into the instep and keeps my feet out of the shoe; next size up is obviously too big in the last. Right and left shoes seem to be different sizes. Turns out they are Chinese knockoffs; the old ones I now know are Sanitas. The manager at the shoe store acts like the trouble is with me. Total waste of money and they won't give me a refund; live and learn. (Immediately previous pair of new Danskos came apart at the seams after a couple of months.) I don't find a store with Sanitas around here, but Amazon has free shipping and returns.

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  25. I bought Sanita clogs in a size 38 and they caused me to have excruciating pain after wearing them a few hours. Returned those and searched and found a 39 that has a somewhat comfortable toebox and heel area, but feel really tight across the bridge of the shoe after I got them home. My shoe size is 7.5. I thought European sizes 38=8, 39=9. Can the Sanitas be broken in? My Dansko Kelsey's were able to be broken in but now they're stretched out of shape with no support. The sanitas seem to have better support.

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  26. Sanita is definitely true to size than Dansko. Dansko seems to be a little larger and wider. Sanita may be a touch narrier but fit better.

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  27. I am so glad to find this site! I thought I was crazy. I have a few pairs of Dansko purchased MANY years ago and I need some new ones. I tried on so many pairs and was really frustrated. The 39s, which had always fit me before, suddenly were too short in the toe (but wide in the heel). When I tried on the 40s, they were enormous! I tried on a bunch of different styles and shoes and bought none. I'm very glad to find out why this sizing change/quality change happened. I just ordered some Sanitas online!

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  28. I bought a pair of 37 Dansko which took a month to break in. The 38 was too big. Then I found out about Sanita and the 38 fit very well. Not a lot of breaking in. I'm sticking with Sanita.

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  29. Just bought my first pair of clogs,Sanita 40. They are very comfortable and loose fitting. Not sure if I bought them to big. My normal shoe size is 7 1/2 and I have wide feet. Should I change them for a 39 to break them in or keep them? Hoping I didn't pick the wrong size.

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  30. I have been trying to buy a pair of clogs-- Sanita or Dansko-- and have had to return several pairs because of problems with the fit of both. Sanita clogs usually rub against my inner heel, so I have given up on them. Finally, I bought a pair of Dansko last week. I am trying them out at home: I feel pressure in my arch. Are they supposed to be like that?

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  31. Wow, now I really don't know what to try next. My first pair of Danskos broke in quickly and were great, but the patent leather wore off the toes. I've been breaking my new oiled leather Danskos in for 6 months (wow, didn't realize it had been that long!) and they still hurt across my instep after about 10 hours at work. To the point where I drive home in my socks. I'm afraid to order Sanitas without trying them on. THanks for the info.

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  32. I bought my first and second pair of danskos in 2003. They lasted 6 years. Now, I find that the newer Danskos (which aren't made in Europe), they only last approximately 8 months before I have to buy another pair. I am thinking of switching to Sanitas if they will last me 6 years like the original Danskos I bought in 2003.

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  33. I love Dansko! It fits me perfectly well and hold my ankle well given that I had 3 severe incidents of ankle rolling in Sanita shoes. Sanitas is not great when you have to on your toes running around but Dansko truly works for me given that I have high arch.

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  34. I know this is an old post but Sanita v. Dansko is a favorite subject. Until recently, I owned nothing but Dansko. The quality of which varied. There was a period of time when Dansko was manuafacturing squeeky shoes in China. One thing to be said about Dankso is that they have excellent customer service and took my squeeky shoes back and replaced them with a brand new pair. I only tried Santa because I found a brand new pair on EBay for $70/free shipping. When viewing Dansko and Sanita side by side, there is a difference. Much like the previous commenters noted, the Sanita are really narrow. I am debating on ordering up a size. The heels are more narrow.

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  35. I wear a women's 12 wide. Leaning towards Sanita from conversation above, but with Dansko reportedly running wider, maybe I need them? My toes are wide, not so much my heels. Advice? Sanita 43 wide or Dansko 43 (haven't seen a wide option)?

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