Mandy and Peter discovered the "perfect shoe"-- a fully flexible, closed heel clog while on a horse buying trip to Denmark.
Bought initially as barn shoes, Dansko clogs were put through two years of acid-testing, proving to be the most comfortable, supportive, hard-wearing and practical shoes either had ever worn. Over the next 10 years the flexible design evolved to include Dansko shoe and Dansko boot collections with styles for all season, all ages, most foot types, and nearly all occasions.
It began with a uniquely designed and patented Danish clog, discovered by company founders Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup . This husband and wife team, then professional horse trainers, flipped over their discovery of “the perfect barn shoe,” and, quite literally, put them through two years of “acid testing.” Mandy and Peter found these shoes to be extraordinarily comfortable, virtually indestructible, and attractive enough to wear almost anywhere. They were the only shoes they ever wore.
Mandy and Peter secured the exclusive rights to the stapled clog product line from Denmark, and“Dansko, Inc. was up and running in 1991. Pairs were shared, new designs designed, new collections developed; the good word spread, and within a few short years Dansko footwear was distributed in over 3500 retail locations—from tack shops to uniform shops, outdoor retailers to specialty boutiques.