Meet the man who makes ‘proper shoes’ with personalised shoe tattooing and tweed


Lancashire shoe company LANX have launched their second collection.

They make what they call ‘proper shoes’ – shoes that look great, feel great and last for ages – in limited release runs, with as few as 30 pairs manufactured in some styles.

This means once the collection is sold, it will not be available again.

The shoes are made from the finest leather and British sourced textiles from LANX’s base in Whalley near Blackburn.

The brains behind LANX is Marco ‘Marv’ Vaghetti, who launched the business from his nan’s front room last year following a six-month trip when he visited 10 countries and countless shoe designers and manufacturers to learn how to make footwear and find creative inspiration.

The SS19 collection features all the hallmarks that have made LANX renowned for style, quality and more than a nod to its Lancashire roots with influences from Marv’s overseas shoe adventures.

The inspiration for the collection comes from Marv’s time in New York where he studied at the Brooklyn Shoe Space.

It sees a more casual side of the brand as the weather warms up, with a softer palate of browns, tan, grey and khaki, incorporating mesh trainer material and distressed leather for the first time.

The brand’s hugely popular use of tweed continues with a new pattern for the season supplied by Benjamin Thornber & Sons from Clitheroe.

LANX have also introduced a Chelsea boot and loafer for the first time. Other changes include an embossed rather than printed logo on its distinctive orange ‘good luck’ soles and new fits to some of the shoe shapes based on customer feedback.

The shoes can be personalised with shoe tattooing and painting on the uppers and bespoke sole engraving also available.

“This is the second full collection from LANX,” says Marv. “It’s slightly more casual to reflect Spring/Summer but we have retained all the hallmarks to make the ‘proper shoes’ we’ve become known for.

“We’ve sold out of much of the previous collection and we’ve seen people appealing for them on social media which made us very proud, so get in now if you like ‘proper shoes’,” added Marv.

LANX’s success in just one year means they will be moving to larger premises in Whalley in May and will be introducing new lines to supplement their core collection later in the year.

“There’s lots more to come from LANX so watch this space,” says Marv.

The shoes are priced from £140 and are ideal to wear from boardroom to bar. For more information, visit and follow @lanxshoes.


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