Published on December 29th, 2013 | by Kirsten Borrink11
Dansko Shayla Walking Shoe
Dansko introduced a sneaker last season called the Elise. It was cute, practical and mostly comfortable with a wide toe box and decent support, but it didn’t look serious about getting out for a long walk with the dogs. So Dansko mixed a bunch of magic shoe seasonings together (Sorona® fabric, Cleansport NXT® and bright-colored, stain-resistant leathers) in their comfort shoe cauldron and threw in a multi-density cushioned insole with advanced arch support, and a slip-resistant outsole. Lastly, with a dash of sass and a pinch of cheer, out pops the new Dansko Shayla!
Oooo and ahhhh, this is a spunky little shoe. It’s almost as lightweight as your socks, no joke. You should also note that the supportive footbed is also removable so you can wear your favorite pair of orthotics.
On my walk with Harley, the Wheaten Terrorist Terrier, I appreciated the excellent heel cushioning. While the shock-absorbing soles pounded the sidewalk, my heels felt nothing but cushioning! The uppers, made of nubuck and breathable mesh, allow for bunions and hammertoes–I’m referencing mine, but I’m sure they’ll work for yours too. I decided to test out the slip-resistancy of the Shayla, so walked home on the snowy-icy Illinois Prairie Path with no problem, even when Harley pulled to sniff every other tree trunk. The Shayla would be a great shoe for medical professionals.
I did notice that my big toe joint ached a little at the end of our walk. I attribute this to the flexibility of the shoe forefoot and my dang hallux limitus (big toe arthritis). This is not a rigid sole shoe. But if you like flexibility in a shoe, unlike rocker sole Dansko clogs, the Shayla is for you.
I often wear a 10, but sometimes a 9.5 and found the size 40 to fit perfectly.
The Dansko Shayla comes in 5 color combos, Euro sizes 36-43 (5.5-13).
- $130 at Zappos, free shipping both ways.
- $129.95 at The Walking Company, free shipping/free returns to store.
- $129.95 at OnlineShoes.com, free shipping and exchanges.
- $129.95 at Nordstrom, free shipping and returns.