Dansko Footwear – It All Started With the Clog
The Dansko brand as we know it today is very much a grassroots, entrepreneurial success story. When husband and wife Peter Kjellerup and Mandy Cabot vacationed to Europe nearly 24 years ago, they discovered a pair of clogs in a small shop. Infatuated, they brought them back to their Pennsylvania home, a decision that would eventually give birth to a 180-person staff, 100% employee-owned headquarters and warehouse.
Beyond its supportive clog collections, Dansko has expanded their inventory to include sandals, boots, and shoes in both women’s and men’s styles. Known for their incredible durability, outstanding stability, and an ergonomic, contoured footbed, Dansko’s clogs have long been a favorite of doctors, teachers, and those in the hospitality industry. Best of all, their fashion-forward silhouettes prevent you from having to sacrifice style for all-day comfort and support.
Happy Feet Plus and Dansko have similar views on the environment; in addition to their best business practices, Dansko is also a leader in environmental sustainability. The company’s brick and mortar structures are LEED Gold Certified. Other environmental activism includes the B Corporation, “a group of like-minded companies that meet rigorous standards for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.” As one of the founding members, Dansko was the first footwear company to join. Today, there are over 800 certified B Corporations around the world.
Other affiliations include the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley chapter of United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the Two Ten Foundation, and the American Sustainable Business Council. You can read more about Dansko’s active involvement with these organizations here.