Upper/Lining material

Only the best

For upper and lining material Lowa uses exclusively high-quality leather and synthetic from selected suppliers. Selectively chosen and well-matched materials guarantee an excellent fit and perfect comfort.

Upper material

For centuries people have used this natural product for various purposes. In shoe manufacturing leather is indeed the most important material because it offers unsurpassed benefits with its combination of different characteristics. Although the industry has experimented for years  with various new materials, not one has even approached being a high-quality substitute for leather.

Leather is, generally speaking, „animal skin that is made stable through the process of tanning“. The leather that is used for LOWA footwear comes primarily from cow hides from Europe and is of course free of pollutants. Be it soft edging leather, smooth lining leather, or stable uppers leather, all come orginally from the same product.




A full-grain leather that has been sanded lightly for texture.

This leather has a velvety appearance.

Nubuck can be oiled or waxed, or even left in a natural state, depending on the desired look.

Suede Leather

Suede Leather

This comes from the underside of the hide.

Because of its raw texture, suede is particularly durable. It is sometimes used as a protective cap on the heel or toes.

Suede leather can be oiled or waxed, or even left in a natural state, depending on the desired look.

Full-grain Leather

Full-grain Leather

This leather comes from the exterior of the hide.

Because of its thickness, this leather is very tough.

It can be made either smooth or textured.


Good footwear lining materials must fundamentally provide optimal temperature regulation. Moisture produced during physical activity must be allowed to escape and be transported away from the foot. In that way heat build-ups and blisters can be prevented. The materials must also be guaranteed to dry quickly after use in order to minimise the waiting time after an adventure. At the same time the surface must feel good to the touch, and it must lie in footwear without creases or folds.


GORE-TEX® footwear lining

A two-layer lining material is bonded to the GORE-TEX® membrane to create the GORE-TEX® Footwear System which keeps the footwear waterproof yet still breathable. It prevents water from seeping into the footwear, but still lets your foot "breathe" and creates an ideally temperature-regulated environment in the shoe. This, too, even in the cold, in the snow and in the most adverse weather conditions.

Leather footwear lining

Leather footwear lining

LOWA uses soft, buttery Nappa leather from cows that is 1-1.5 mm thick. It is not dyed, therefore retaining its open pores. That means its ability to absorb water lies somewhere around 200 percent of its own weight.
Its large capacity to absorb moisture as well as the comfortable fit of a leather-lined boot enables long and pleasant wear time while still while maintaining dry feet that don't overheat. Occasionally on lengthy treks, for example over several days, one has to take extra care to allow sufficient drying time of a leather-lined boot.


Fabric/Synthetic - Footwear lining

When it comes to footwear linings, LOWA prides itself on a perfectly combined mix of polyester and polyamide materials. With that we achieve a high level of comfort in our footwear based on this combination's multifaceted characteristics, including its ability to dissipate heat and moisture, a high abrasion-resistance and durability, as well as its pleasant hand feel.