LOrenz WAgner founded LOWA in the Bavarian village of Jetzendorf near Munich in Germany in 1923 making brogue oxford shoes. The high quality work involved in the production of the Norwegian welt-stitched shoes stemmed from traditional techniques used in the Bavarian mountains. In 1930/31 Lowa’s first manufacturing facility was built. Further success ensued with Alpine boots for the mountain infantry along with lace-up ski boots. Lorenz Wagner passed away in the 1950’s and the second generation of the Wagner family took the business over.
Ground-breaking innovations followed, manmade materials, vulcanised rubber soles, air injected sole units along with the first polyurethane injection moulding systems.
In 1996 the Jetzendorf facility was expanded and in 2000 Lowa sold over 1 million pairs of boots and shoes. Lowa continues its commitment to European production in its original headquarters. In 2010 Lowa manufactured 2 million pairs of shoes and boots and is on course to manufacture 3 million pairs of boots and shoes by 2020.
Customers appreciate the heritage, comfort and innovation and value the function, fit and quality of LOWA boots. Lowa boots have been used worldwide in areas as diverse as Mali with the French Army, Special Forces worldwide and in the Belgian Prison Service.
Task Force Distribution has been the UK importer and distributor for the Lowa TF collection since 2011 and will be exhibiting at the Emergency Services Show on stand E15.