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"If you’ve got something great to share, you share it."
— Mandy Cabot

Our History

Founded in 1990 by Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup, Dansko’s mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives through great products, sincere passion and a commitment to a better tomorrow. Former horse trainers, Mandy and Peter sought the perfect “barn shoe.” They found it in a in a tiny shop in Europe -- the traditional clog. They returned with suitcases filled with clogs for family and friends, and soon started selling them from the back of their station wagon. Word of the clogs comfort traveled quickly, and Dansko (meaning “Danish shoe”) was born.

 

Our Brand

Dansko shoes are for people who strive to get the most from life. We make shoes that are simply good for your feet-all day, every day-in a range of styles that are just right for you. Like you, we go the extra mile, love what we do, and do our best to make the world a better place.

 

Employee Owned

"In any business, employees are the life-blood, they ARE the business. Through our employees, Dansko will learn, evolve and regenerate itself virtually forever, ensuring that we are able to deliver our brand promise today, tomorrow and for generations to come."
— Mandy Cabot

Based in West Grove, Pennsylvania (about 40 miles west of Philadelphia), Dansko employs over 150 dedicated people working in our LEED Gold Certified corporate headquarters and state of the art Distribution Center.

In 2012, Dansko proudly became 100% employee-owned through an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). The transition to employee ownership marked the continuation of Dansko's commitment to its employees, its community and its values.

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