LOWA's Business Practices
A tradition of sensible and sustainable manufacturingWe produce 95% of our footwear in the center of Europe, following the strictest environmental laws in the world. We purchase materials from European suppliers required to follow the same strict rules when producing their merchandise.
Our workers are also our neighbors.
We are all invested in the health of our community. The LOWA factory in Jetzendorf, Germany is literally in the middle of this Bavarian village. The cows who drink from the stream behind our factory stay healthy, not to mention our workers, neighbors and families.
Our leathers are manufactured in Germany and Italy.
Where tanneries are required to own their own sewage plants to prevent pollution. These plants are under constant supervision by government regulating agencies. We do not produce cows to make shoes. Top quality leathers come from cattle hide, bred for meat production. This eliminates waste and additional impact on the environment.
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle
Words everyone is familiar with these days, but which word out of that mantra is generally overlooked? Reduce.
Fact is, by virtue of their design attributes, quality materials and the craft that goes into them, LOWA Boots last much longer than comparable hiking boots and consequently consume only about half the resources along the way.
The average pair of LOWA boots lasts 5-7 years, which means that fewer LOWA Boots end up in the landfill.
We receive countless letters from happy customers who report on how long they've owned their boots, how many miles they've logged (in many cases, thousands) and how thrilled they are to have boots that they can resole, repair and keep going well into a second decade, in some cases.
Made in Europe:
Keeping most of our business on the continent means that we use less energy to transport our goods to their final destinations.