Lowa Boots was founded in 1923 by a Bavarian cobbler named Lorez Wagner. It evolved into a well known hiking boot company so prominent, the first American to summit Mount Everest was wearing a pair of Lowa when he did. If you are lookng for high end size 16 hiking boots, Lowa is the best. They became the official gear sponsor for the German ski team among many other notable accomplishments. No boot company on our planet makes as technical of a hiking boot to comfortably fit size 15 and size 16.