Essential Kitchen Footwear: Dansko Clogs

I spent this past weekend cooking for a large party, which meant six- to eight-hour stretches on my feet on a hard kitchen floor. Yet at the end of it all, I had very little back and leg pain thanks to my trusty Dansko clogs.

I've cooked barefoot, in slippers and in sneakers, but none provide the hours of support that the clogs do. I feel the difference not only in my legs, shoulders and back, but also in the arches of my feet, which normally have a tendency to hurt after several hours of standing.

The clogs also protect my toes from dropped objects and splattering juices while I cook. They feel secure and look professional. When I slip them on, I feel more focused and determined in the kitchen, properly outfitted and ready to cook. Before buying them, I never thought about having special shoes for cooking — I don't typically wear shoes at home — but now I can't imagine long bouts in the kitchen without them.

Find them: Dansko Professional Leather Clogs, $99-$120 at Amazon

What about you? Do you wear specific shoes in the kitchen?

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(Image: Emma Christensen)