I shouldn’t be telling you this...

but I’m an honest lad, so here it goes... In 2016 I didn’t know how to make a shoe. My name is Marv and I am the founder of LANX. On 26th July 2016 I received a letter which inspired me to roll up my sleeves, pack my bags and set off on a 6 month adventure. The purpose of the adventure was to have the best time of my life and to learn everything I could about making Proper Shoes.

I wrestled with...

sumos in Japan, chatted with monks in Cambodia and trekked the Great Wall of China. In all I visited 10 countries, met some fascinating people and picked up countless shoe industry secrets along the way. Most of the shoemakers I visited were still manufacturing by hand, a pre-historic skill almost extinct in the UK today. The look, smell and sound of a small workshop in Sri Lanka or a mega factory in Vietnam was inspiring and left a lasting impression on me.

Why Asia?

It’s simple really; I’d always wanted to go, the sun always shines, the beers always cheap and most of the worlds shoes are made there. Therefore I figured that’s where I’ll meet some of the best in the business. I returned home in March 2017 and after a quick beer with my mates I immediately set about creating my own unique shoes, using the skills I had learnt from the 10 countries and countless people I had met during my adventure.

LANX shoes are inspired by...

my home (Lancashire, England) and the places and people I meet on my adventures. When you wear LANX shoes you should know... Our footwear is quality, prepare for an adventure, expect the best nights of your life.


Every order made through the LANX website over £20 gets a free copy of Sole Purpose, a 112 page book which documents my 6 month shoe adventure.