LOWA History

100 years of LOWA

1923 – 2023

The year of 2023 marks a milestone in LOWA’s history. The shoemaker is celeb­rating its 100th anniversary. It is the perfect time to look back over the last 100 years and bring the company’s history to life.


“I, the oldest son in our family, inherited our parents’ estate, which consisted of both some farm land and a cobbler shop. It was under­standable that my aim was to create a company from the cramped little shoe­making shop, as foolhardy as this plan may have seemed to many in the area.”

Lorenz Wagner | LOWA

The next generation Sepp and Berti Lederer

Good and bad fortune were walking hand in hand when the former apprentice Josef Lederer, nicknamed Sepp, returned to LOWA. The company had run into economic problems, and Lorenz Wagner, the head of the company and its founder, had died. At the same time, Sepp fell in love with Berta Wagner and married her. Together with Berta’s brother, Josef Wagner, the new generation managed to save the company and turn it into an inter­na­tionally known and successful brand.

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LOWA History