Difference Between Dansko Black Box Ingrid & Black Oiled Ingrid

by Stephanie Draus, ND

The Ingrid is a clog-style shoe made by the Dansko Shoe Company. Dansko shoes are known for their practicality and wearability, and the Ingrid is no exception. This clog can convert from a sling back to an open back by switching a strap from the back of the heel to the front of the shoe. Like most Dansko shoes, the Ingrid comes in several materials and colors. Box and oiled leather are two of the finishes available.

The Ingrid Clog

The Ingrid is a stylish variation on Dansko's signature clog, the Professional. All the shoes in Dansko's stapled clog line share certain characteristics: the upper is stapled to the sole; the sole is a "rocker sole," raised to a height of about 2 inches and very comfortable for walking and standing; and the toe box is rounded and roomy. While the Professional features a closed toe and back, the Ingrid has an open back with a convertible strap.

Box Leather

Box leather is a very rugged leather with a slightly shiny finish. This leather is suitable for work use in tough environments, and Dansko box leather clogs are very popular among doctors, nurses, chefs and others who need a comfortable shoe that is nearly indestructible.

Oiled Leather

Oiled leather, as the name implies, has been treated with an oil or wax. This gives the leather a matte surface and increases its resistance to water. Scuff or scratch marks can be rubbed out with the fingers, re-distributing the oils to cover the mark. Oiled leather is a common material for hiking boots and work shoes because it is so durable and water-resistant.

Differences Between Box and Oiled Leather

The most obvious difference between box and oiled leather is in appearance: box is a bit shiny, while oiled leather is matte and is sometimes mistaken for suede. Box leather resists stains better than oiled leather. Oiled leather resists water better than box leather. Both finishes are long-lasting and suitable for most work environments. There is no difference in suggested retail price between box and oiled leather.

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About the Author

Stephanie Draus is a naturopathic doctor and assistant professor of clinical sciences at National University of Health Sciences. She has practiced in Chicago as a health consultant since 2005. She is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.