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1881

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1924

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2009

2011

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1481

The first written account of wooden clogs are found in Denmark.

1881

Christen Meldgaard Andersen is born at a smallholding in Vorgod, Denmark. He later grows up to play a large role in the Danish clog making industry.

1889

At 18 years old, Christen begins apprenticing as a slipper maker. During his apprenticeship, he learns the craft which becomes the foundation for Sanita’s success.

1907

Sanita is born - On February 4th, Christen opens his first shop and workshop on Skolegade in Herning, Denmark. He ventures out on his bicycle with two pairs of clogs tucked under each arm to local general stores to increase sales

1924

Christen moves Sanita to a larger location just over a mile away on Mindegade and sales continue to climb.

1940

Johannes Meldgaard Anderson, Christen’s son, begins working for Sanita and becomes a co-owner just seven years later.

1965

Clog production is transferred to an independent company. A/S Sanita Traefodtoj situated at Platanvej in Herning, Denmark.

1970

Sanita maintains its position and launches colorful clogs and that year’s biggest hit - wooden soled boots.

1988

Clogs are no longer made with only wooden soles and the flexible SanFlex model is launched.

2001

Sanita forms a US division to have a great presence in the US market. 2004: The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) awards Sanita the “Seal of Acceptance” for the Original Collection.

2007

Sanita produces more than 1 million pairs of clogs annually.

2009

Sanita is sold to new owners and has distributors in over 50 different countries.

2011

Koi designer scrubs and Sanita partner to incorporate Koi patterns onto Sanita’s Original clogs to create Koi by Sanita

2013 & Beyond

Sanita is more than just a shoe, it’s a lifestyle. Sanita has expanded its collections to cover work wear and fashionable comfort while also maintaining its position as a leader in handcrafted comfort footwear.