|Waldlaufer . In 1960, Gunter Bauer founded the Lugina shoe factory. The choice of the brand name Waldlaufer, or "Forest Walker", was spawned from his passion for the outdoors and nature. In 1986, his son Wilhehad Bauer took over the management of the company and soon recognized that there was further potential for the Waldlaufer brand within the comfort shoe sector. Because of his dedication and vision, Waldlaufer is now one of the leading names on the market for comfort shoes with rising sales figures and daily production currently lying at 5000 pair of shoes.